Paleo Coffee Cake (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Healthy)

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Feast your eyes on the BEST Paleo Coffee Cake with a Cinnamon Crumb Topping! Made with only whole ingredients and gluten-free! 

Bakery style coffee cakes can be full of refined sugars and loaded with oil and butter, but now there’s a better option! This healthy-ish version has the same moist texture and is bursting with flavor! 

You know I am all about the sweet stuff, especially my Vegan Apple Cake and one of my most recent creations, Dairy Free Carrot Cake Banana Bread! You have to try both of these, they make great snacks and even breakfasts! 

holding a piece of Paleo Coffee Cake

What Makes This Coffee Cake Paleo? 

If you are unfamiliar with the Paleo diet, basically it means that you eat only whole foods and exclude grains, legumes, and dairy products. The idea behind the Paleo diet is to think about what hunter-gatherers would eat a long time ago. You wouldn’t run out and grab a pack of Pop-Tarts or processed chips. So the Paleo diet also keeps you away from unhealthy oils, processed foods, and refined sugar. 

Compared to traditional coffee cake, this paleo recipe includes some healthy swaps like almond flour instead of all-purpose, coconut oil instead of butter, maple syrup for a natural sweetener, and coconut sugar instead of granulated sugar. 

For future reference, if you have some dessert recipes that you want to make healthier coconut sugar is a 1:1 swap compared to table sugar. Also, applesauce can also be used to cut back on oils and butter. 

top view of Paleo Coffee Cake after being baked

What You Need to Make Paleo Coffee Cake 

For The Cake: 

  • Eggs 
  • Applesauce
  • Coconut oil
  • Maple syrup
  • Vanilla  
  • Almond flour
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

For the Crumb Topping:

Kitchen Tools and Gadgets: 

close up of 1 Paleo Coffee Cake

How To Make Paleo Coffee Cake 

While your oven is preheating, line your baking pan with parchment paper. Then start mixing your wet ingredients in a bowl. Be careful to not overmix. Next, add your remaining dry ingredients for the cake portion and combine. 

Pour the batter into your lined pan and combine the crumb topping ingredients together. Sprinkle crumb mixture over the batter and bake for 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees. 

holding 2 squares Paleo Coffee Cake

Can You Make this Coffee Cake Vegan? 

You could try swapping the eggs out for flax eggs, but we have not tested this recipe with flax eggs.

As always, if you switch things up, tag me on Insta so I can see!

front view of 3 Paleo Coffee Cake

Plated a stack of Paleo Coffee Cake

Freezing Instructions for Paleo Coffee Cake 

Allow the coffee cake to cool completely. You can freeze the full loaf or cut the coffee cake in slices to store in portions, which is great for a grab and go snack! 

I can’t wait for you to devour this moist and delicious coffee cake! If you decide to make it, give me a shoutout by tagging me on Instagram and I’ll share your creation on my stories! 


More Healthy Paleo Recipes: 

top view of Paleo Coffee Cake after being baked

Paleo Coffee Cake

Feast your eyes on the BEST Paleo Coffee Cake with a Cinnamon Crumb Topping! Made with only whole ingredients and gluten free!


  • Paleo Coffee Cake
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup applesauce
  • ¼ cup coconut oil melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups almond flour packed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2.5 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Crumb Topping

  • 3/4 cup almond flour packed
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 5 tbs coconut oil melted
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


  • Directions

  • Heat oven to 350. Line 8×8 square cake tin with parchment paper.

  • Mix together the wet ingredients for the cake until well combined. Then, add in dry ingredients and stir until well combined.

  • Pour cake batter into 8×8 cake tin.

  • Next, mix together the ingredients for the crumb topping. Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over the cake batter.

  • Bake cake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. Let cool a bit before devouring (if you can wait that long!)

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