Apples, breakfast, coffee, and cake – these were just meant to go together! This grain-free spice coffee cake is made with pecan meal, pumpkin pie spice, and nut milk and is then topped with a sticky-sweet pecan streusel. It's quick, easy, and packed with awesome flavor and tons of nutrition.

Apple Spice Coffee Cake [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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For the Cake:

  • 2 cups pecan meal or almond meal
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon stevia powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk, cashew milk, or rice milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

For the Pecan Topping:

  • 1/2 cup raw chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon stevia powder
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed meal
  • 2 teaspoons tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

For the Streusel:

  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan pink sea salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil, not melted
  • 2 tablespoons almond, coconut, or rice milk


  1. If using pecan meal, in a high-speed blender grind pecans into tiny crumbs.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. In a small mixing bowl combine the 5 wet ingredients and add to the dry ingredients, mixing thoroughly.
  4. Spread the batter evenly in a lightly greased 8 by 8-inch baking pan. Top with streusel topping.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350°F.
  6. To make the streusel topping, add all streusel ingredients to a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Spread over the cake batter before baking.
  7. To make the pecan topping, Add all the topping ingredients into a small bowl and mix thoroughly. Place them into a small skillet and toast on medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
  8. Sprinkle atop the baked cake.


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