This tender cranberry coffee cake recipe is packed with tart cranberries and a hint of orange zest, and loaded with slivered almonds and a sweet crumb topping. Try my paleo apple cinnamon coffee cake next.
Happy October, everyone! This is when it’s now socially acceptable for me to start decorating the house with pumpkins and apples, wear nothing but shades of beige and black, and watch my electric bill plummet while I cease using the AC.
It’s the (second) most wonderful time of the year.
I’ve been dying to start making all things cranberry for the holidays, and I’ve decided that I don’t have to wait for the holidays! With the weather cooling down, I start to crave things like casseroles and coffee cakes.
I no longer want egg whites and a fruit salad for breakfast. I want waffles, and piles of pancakes, and coffee cake – hence, this cranberry coffee cake.
This cranberry coffee cake is paleo, but not hard to make
But here’s the thing about waffles and piles of pancakes and coffee cake – they’re loaded with gluten and dairy, and that’s a big no-no for a paleo diet. And since I’m stubborn as hell, I’m not giving up my fluffy breakfast confections.
So that means I had to find a way to make them gluten free, dairy free, lower carb and refined sugar free. And guess what? I did it, and it’s beautiful. The smell alone kinda got me in the holiday spirit, which is good because I am desperately trying to get ahead on my recipes so that I have more time to drink and be merry once winter rolls around.
Paleo baking with almond flour and coconut flour
I’ve been spending a lot of time learning the ways to use almond flour and coconut flour, and it’s not as easy as swapping one for another. Almond flour can be mostly a 1:1 ratio for all purpose flour, but you have to use more baking powder to get more rise out of it.
Coconut flour is sort of a pain in my ass – it’s much more absorbent, so you can’t just use it as a 1:1 ratio of all purpose flour. With that said, the right combination of the two can result in a perfectly puffy and tender cake when paired with the right amount of rising agent, egg and oil.
Using coconut sugar as a paleo sweetener
And of course you need a little bit of sweetener, for which I used coconut sugar. Coconut sugar has been a real life saver, because using maple syrup or honey isn’t always the right option. I wanted this cake to have a tender crumb, but I didn’t want it to be heavy. Coconut sugar to the rescue, my friends. Outside of that, there’s nothing crazy about this recipe!
Storing cranberries to have on hand
I always stock up on cranberries and freeze them – I’m basically never without at least two bags of cranberries at any given point and time. You can add them to the batter straight out of the freezer and the result is just as delicious as cranberries fresh out of the bog.
They get all wrinkly and give the coffee cake those perfect little pockets of tart deliciousness.
How many servings does this make?
As for portion size, you can slice this into nine pieces or 16 – totally up to you. I like huge pieces of coffee cake, so of course I cut it into nine.
But you should all be proud of me because I resisted the urge to make some sort of vanilla drizzle to just douse the thing.
Mind you… there are still a few pieces waiting to fulfill their purpose. It’s not too late.
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Paleo Cranberry Coffee Cake
- ¼ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, solid (not melted)
- 3 tablespoons slivered almonds
- 2 ¾ cups almond flour
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup coconut oil, solid (not melted)
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup almond milk, or coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
- 2 cups cranberries, divided
- Zest of 1 orange, divided
- Preheat oven to 350° and line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, coconut sugar and coconut oil. Use a pastry cutter to cut in the coconut oil until completely combined and crumbly. Set aside.
- In another medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In a large bowl, whisk together coconut oil and coconut sugar until well combined.
- Add eggs, almond milk and vanilla/almond extract and use a wooden spoon to combine.
- Add dry mixture to wet mixture until combined. Add 1 ½ cups cranberries and ¾ of the orange zest and gently stir to combine.
- Press batter into prepared pan. Top with crumb mixture, cranberries and orange zest.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Let cool completely in pan. Cut into 9 pieces and enjoy!