Healthy Cranberry Coffee Cake
This Healthy Cranberry Coffee Cake is the perfect, cozy fall breakfast or dessert. It's dairy-free and made without refined sugar or flour. You’ll be amazed at how much it is like a traditional coffee cake!
This healthy cranberry coffee cake was supposed to be an oatmeal breakfast bar. I went to bed thinking about breakfast bars and woke up thinking about my Grandma's cranberry coffee cake. I don't know what happened overnight, but I can assure you my idea became a few hundred times better.
Every summer when my sister and I were kids we would spend a week with our Grandma at her rustic cabin at the edge of her favorite fishing lake. She cooked her meals on a discarded antique wood-burning stove that she found and hauled out of the lake. Can you imagine not burning EVERYTHING in an oven that's temperature is controlled by the amount of wood you feed it? Ya, neither can I.
She'd feed us constantly. Like, we'd barely get through one meal and there would be another in front of us. First, there was the pre-breakfast snack, then breakfast, then an after breakfast snack, then a bite before lunch, then lunch, and then …. it went on like this all day.
My favorite was the after breakfast snack; it was always cranberry coffee cake. Or some sort of coffee cake, I remember it being sweet/tart so I think it was cranberry. Oh man, I could eat a whole pan of that stuff, even if I'd already finished my pre-breakfast and breakfast.
I've asked my mom to see if she can find the recipe and when she does I'll make sure to share it with you. It's full of flour, butter, and sugar and totally worth pigging out on.
THIS cranberry coffee cake is a different story. I've replaced the butter with coconut oil, ground healthy oats to replace the flour, and used honey rather than processed white sugar. I'll admit that I was skeptical when I started working on this recipe. I'm not one for making desserts healthy, but this one totally worked out.
While this cranberry coffee cake is not as good as Grandma's (obviously!), you'll be amazed at how much this resembles a traditional coffee cake.
Even though I'm calling this Cranberry Coffee Cake, I've been eating it for breakfast all week long. Is that wrong? I mean, it's really like eating a bowl of oatmeal in cake form. And besides, it's called COFFEE cake, so obviously it's meant to be eaten with coffee. At breakfast. Obvs.
We should be calling it Healthy Breakfast Cranberry Coffee Cake. Maybe I should change the name. What do you think?
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Healthy Cranberry Coffee Cake
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The Coffee Cake
- 1 cup milk, I use almond, but any neutral flavoured milk will work
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- ½ cup honey, or maple syrup
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 ¾ cups oat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
The Cranberry Layer
- 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
- ¼ cup honey
- ¾ cups oats
- ¼ cups coconut sugar
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking dish with parchment paper. Begin by making the cranberry layer, add the cranberries and honey to a small pot. Bring them to a simmer over medium-high heat and simmer for 4-5 minutes, until the cranberries begin to break down.4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, ¼ cup honey
- To make the crumble, mix the oats, coconut sugar, and melted coconut oil in a small bowl.¾ cups oats, ¼ cups coconut sugar, ¼ cup coconut oil
- In a large bowl, whisk the milk, melted coconut oil, honey, eggs, and vanilla.1 cup milk, ½ cup coconut oil, ½ cup honey, 2 large eggs, 1 tablespoon vanilla
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the oat flour, baking powder, and sea salt. Add these dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk until just combined.1 ¾ cups oat flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and dot the cranberries over the batter – the batter is quite thin so the cranberries will fall into the batter a little. Top with the crumble.
- Bake the cranberry coffee cake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until it puffs up slightly and the edges start to brown. Let the cake cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting it into 12 slices and serving.