Apple Coffee Cake (Paleo, GF, DF)

This luscious apple coffee cake is spiced with cinnamon and cloves, topped with toasted walnuts and served with a vegan coconut caramel sauce.

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Apple Coffee Cake

It’s apple season, and Dessi recently made this apple coffee cake on the FlavCity Instagram and everyone wanted the recipe. So, she fine tuned the recipe, made it even better, and came out with a dairy free vegan caramel sauce to go with the cake.

This apple coffee cake with vegan caramel sauce is gluten and dairy free, and 100% paleo. But forget about the dietary restrictions, this cake tastes amazing, no one would even know, or care, that is paleo!  Be sure to check out my Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread recipe as well!

Apple Coffee Cake
Paleo Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

How To Make Apple Coffee Cake?

For this recipe I recommend using a sweet variety apples such as Honey Crisp, Gala or Fuji. The first thing you want to do is combine the wet ingredients. Do this be beating egg whites, eggs, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract on high using a hand mixer.

The dry ingredients consist of almond flour and arrowroot starch, which makes the apple cake gluten and diary free. You can also use tapioca starch if you don’t have arrowroot. To get some of those fall flavors that we all love, add some cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg to the flours along with baking powder (baking soda and cream of tartar to keep it paleo).

Combine the wet ingredients on top of the dry ingredients and mix well. Add one cup of freshly grated apples to the batter. Be sure to squeeze out all the moisture from the grated apples. Pour batter into a springform baking pan lined with parchment paper, and top with chopped walnuts. Bake in a 350F oven for 40-45 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Paleo Apple Coffee Cake
Paleo Apple Coffee Cake with vegan Caramel Sauce

How To Make Vegan Caramel Sauce?

It cannot be easier to make vegan caramel sauce! You basically need 2 ingredients – coconut milk and coconut sugar. Place these two ingredients in a pot with a couple of pinches of salt and bring to boil, then turn the heat down to low and simmer for about 40 minutes, while stirring occasionally. The caramel sauce is totally optional for this recipe but let’s be honest, it’s not really optional!

Paleo Apple Coffee Cake
Paleo Apple Coffee Cake with vegan Caramel Sauce

What Apples Are Best For Making Cake?

It’s best to choose apples that are firm and have a sweet and slightly tangy flavor when making a cake. I find that Honey Crisp, Gala or Fuji work well for the apple coffee cake. Granny smith is better for making pies.

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Apple Coffee Cake

Apple Coffee Cake (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cake, apple walnut cake, coffee cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Dessi Parrish

This apple coffee cake is luscious and rich, spiced with cinnamon and cloves and topped with toasted walnuts and a vegan coconut caramel sauce! It's paleo, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free.



For The Cake:

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  • 3/4 cup virgin coconut oil melted
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • ½ cup arrowroot starch or tapioca starch
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda + 2 teaspoons cream of tartar or 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup peeled and grated apples about 2 medium sized apples (Honey Crisp, Gala or Fuji)
  • 3/4 cup toasted walnuts chopped

For The Caramel Sauce

  • 1 can (13.5 oz) full fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.

  2. Using a hand mixer beat the eggs and egg whites on high along with the coconut sugar and vanilla until fluffy and the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Add the melted coconut oil and beat just to incorporate.
  4. In a separate bowl mix in the almond flour and arrowroot starch along with the ground cinnamon, ground cloves, grated nutmeg, baking soda and cream of tartar (or baking powder), and salt. If you want to keep it strictly paleo use baking soda and cream of tartar, because baking powder typically has cornstarch in it.

  5. Pour the egg mixture on top of the flour mixture and beat on medium for 30 seconds to incorporate.
  6. Peel and grate the apples and squeeze out all of the excess moisture. Measure one cup of the grated and squeezed apples and add it to the batter.

  7. Mix well and pour into a 9-inch round springform baking pan lined on the bottom with parchment paper. An 8x10 inch baking pan also works for this purpose.
  8. Top off with the toasted and chopped walnuts.
  9. Bake in 375F oven for 38-40 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. The edges of the cake should be deep brown in color.

  10. For the caramel sauce, place the coconut milk, coconut sugar and a couple of pinches of salt in a small pot and bring to boil.

  11. Turn the heat down to low and simmer on low for about 40-50 minutes while stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. The sauce will reduce and turn deep caramel color. It’s done when it coats the back of the spoon. Keep in mind that it will thicken a little more once it cools down.

  12. Remove from the heat, stir in the vanilla paste or extract and set aside to cool. Makes about 8oz of caramel sauce.

  13. Once both cake and sauce have cooled down, drizzle the caramel sauce all over the cake and serve!

Recipe Notes

Cake will keep for 4 days stored in the fridge in an airtight container. Apple cake can not be frozen. Vegan caramel sauce will keep for 7-10 days stored in the fridge.

2 thoughts on “Apple Coffee Cake (Paleo, GF, DF)”

  1. Why does the recipe calls for 3 egg and 2 egg whites? In the video Desi only uses 3 eggs? Are the recipe ingredients above incorrect? I’m actually making right now and I’m following the ingredients listed here. I hope my cake comes out good. I wouldn’t want to waste good ingredients 😬

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