Amy Green

Peanut Butter Apple Coffee Cake

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This recipe takes the classic peanut butter and apple childhood snack and turns it into a moist, flavorful grown-up coffee cake. I used Old Fashioned Crunchy peanut butter to give the cake a little more texture and interest. Eat this at breakfast or as a snack with your afternoon cup of coffee. Or, if you’re really feeling indulgent eat a warm slice with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

My good friend, Kelly, from The Spunky Coconut inspired this dish with her Blueberry Coffee Cake. I wanted to make something not only gluten-free but grain-free for all those who can’t tolerate grains. As a bonus, it’s dairy-free too.


Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
Yield: 1 (9-inch round) coffee cake; 8-10 servings

Peanut Butter Apple Coffee Cake

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Apple Coffee Cake Ingredients - Peanut Butter & Co. Old Fashioned Crunchy Peanut Butter

For the crumble topping
1 cup walnuts
1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the coffee cake
3 large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup grate apple, with the peel on
1/2 cup Old Fashioned Crunchy peanut butter
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup neutral flavored oil, such as canola or grapeseed
1/4 cup unsweetened organic applesauce
1/4 teaspoon liquid vanilla stevia
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1 teaspoon baking sodae
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Procedure

Make the crumble topping
Put the walnuts, coconut oil, coconut palm sugar, and cinnamon in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse several times to combine then process until walnuts are finely ground. Don’t over-process or you’ll have walnut butter. Set aside.

Peanut Butter Apple Coffee Cake - Put the walnuts, coconut oil, coconut palm sugar, and cinnamon in a food processor fitted with a steel blade

Make the coffee cake
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9-inch round ceramic baking dish.

2. Use a handheld mixer to beat together the eggs, grated apple, Old Fashioned Crunchy peanut butter, honey, oil, applesauce and stevia until combined.

3. Sift together the almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.

Peanut Butter Apple Coffee Cake - Sift together the almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt

4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Turn batter into prepared ceramic baking dish.

Peanut Butter Apple Coffee Cake - Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Turn batter into prepared ceramic baking dish

5. Spread crumble topping over cake batter. Use a knife to swirl the topping into the cake. Press topping down into the batter. Bake for 30 minutes, then cover with aluminum foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs.

6. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving. Store covered at room temperature.

Peanut Butter Apple Coffee Cake - Let cool for 15 minutes before serving

Besides apple, what other fruits would pair well with Old Fashioned Crunchy peanut butter in a coffee cake recipe? Leave a comment below and on Monday, July 30, 2012 we’ll choose a random commenter to win a 16oz jar of Old Fashioned Crunchy, the peanut butter used in this recipe! US residents only.

The random winner is Rebecca.

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26 Responses to Peanut Butter Apple Coffee Cake

  1. Arman L says:

    Banana would add more sweetness but perhaps adding just ripe (Not overripe) berries to aid the taste of the coffee cake

  2. Amy P. says:

    Pear would go nicely 🙂

  3. Juliana Tappen says:

    I love peaches and peanut butter (it’s really good).

  4. Ann Waters says:

    Peaches. Wonderful sweet, juicy peaches. Sliced and placed in a swirl pattern on the top of the cake.
    Just looking at it will make anyone hungry!

  5. Sara says:

    I would add banana! this looks awesome..thanks for a gf recipe 🙂

  6. Jessica says:

    Bananas for sure! I love bananas and peanut butter! 🙂

  7. Melissa says:

    Bananas are an obvious choice.. I think strawberries would be great, too!

  8. Rian says:

    Apricots! I loved peanut butter and apricot jelly sandwiches as a kid 🙂

  9. Francisco says:

    Dried cherries, blueberries, or cranberries. Also, you can never err pairing raisins and peanut butter.

  10. megan kupres says:

    This cake would defiantly pair well with bananas. Then it would be like crumbly banana bread. Or you could do blueberry and banana which happens to be the best fruit to add to your cereal or oatmeal as well.

  11. Sarah says:

    I would try red raspberries! When they combine with the crunchy peanut butter, it is just like a grown up version of PB and J!!!! The perfect amount of tart, sweet, salty, crunchy, and comfort 🙂 I would also maybe add a thin layer of red raspberry jam just to compliment the other layers! Happy baking!

  12. Jody says:

    I would use strawberries and/or cherries because they are so deliciously in season right now! Plus, I love a little tartness with my peanut butter. mmmm…..

  13. Cyntha says:

    My first thought was dates or raisins but even though its not a fruit, what I would love to try is zucchini.

  14. Alba Kerr says:

    I think peanut butter and bananas are delicious together. I would definitely add banana.

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  15. Donna Thomas says:

    Bananas…totally!

  16. Adrianna Huff says:

    I totally would make this recipe if I had the peanut butter. It looks delicious.

  17. Nikki V says:

    Bananas go well with peanut butter, and perhaps just a touch of chocolate as well.

  18. Hannah says:

    yum! I love peanutbutter and coffee cake! bana would be good too!

  19. Rebecca says:

    Peaches!

  20. Janice says:

    strawberries since peanut butter and jam have ALWAYS made the yummiest of combos!

  21. Melinda (Kitchen Tested) says:

    Gotta go with banana! Just add some peanut butter and marshmallow fluff and I’m a happy girl.

  22. Samantha says:

    You can need go wrong with bananas and pb!

  23. Tracy Robertson says:

    I would say banana, and add some chocolate chips too!

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