This Spiced Apple Coffee cake makes for a delicious fall staple to be enjoyed as a snack at any time of the day. Enjoy with tea or coffee as a snack or if you prefer as a dessert with the icing.

Spiced Apple Coffee Cake [Vegan, Gluten-Free]



Cooking Time




Walnut Crumble for Topping:

  • 1/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil or vegan butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup granny smith apples, cubed

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 1/4 cup non-dairy milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of flaxseed
  • 2 cups of all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon power
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granny smith apples, peeled and chopped into small cubes

Icing Glaze:

  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp plant-based milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and grease a 8×8 in. baking pan or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients for the Walnut Crumble together in a medium bowl and set aside. Don’t overmix.
  3. In a small bowl, add wet ingredients and whisk until well combined.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk dry ingredients until well combined.
  5. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients. Using a stand mixer or by using a fork, combine until well-incorporated. Stir in chopped apples.
  6. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan. Top with walnut crumble and spread evenly.
  7. Bake for 45-55 minutes. Baking times vary, so keep an eye on it. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. In a medium bowl, mix in the icing sugar and plant-based milk and mix until you have a uniform mixture. Set aside.
  9. Remove the cake from the oven and set on a wire rack. Allow to slightly cool for at least 15 minutes before drizzling icing sugar on top.
  10. Slice and serve.