Whole Wheat Cinnamon Coffee Cake

This Whole Wheat Cinnamon Coffee Cake perfect is for brunch and full of whole ingredients, but so delicious you can’t even tell it’s healthy!

 

 

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March. Can you believe it? Snow storms all over the country and we’re only a few short weeks away from the first day of spring. And Easter is right after that. I swear, we haven’t had a warm Easter in ages. Cute Easter dresses meant for warm sunny days just don’t seem all that practical after-all. I’m pretty sure last year or the year before, the kids were hunting for Easter eggs while snow was falling from the sky.

Oh well, despite the snow and chill in the air, I am already starting to think about some of the foods I may want to eat on Easter, and of course, it’s all got to start with something brunchy to go along with my coffee. Something to tide us over until the big meal is ready.

The problem is, when I think about brunch, I’m thinking about pastries. Cinnamon rolls. Danishes. Doughnuts. For someone trying to feel good about herself, those things seem a bit counter-intuitive. But of course, I never want to have to miss out on all the good food that I love.

So, as always, I decided to take matters into my own hands and put a major healthy spin on something that’s normally considered more of a dessert than a breakfast food.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Coffee Cake - perfect for brunch and full of whole ingredients, but so delicious you can't even tell it's healthy! | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Coffee Cake. You know what I mean. The fluffy cinnamon swirled cake that’s topped with a crumbly streusel full of sugar and butter. Eating it is definitely not going to make me feel amazing about myself in the long run. But I love it, and I had to find a way to have it!

When I asked my 8 year old if he wanted some coffee cake, he was so surprised.

Me: “Would you like to try some cinnamon coffee cake?”

8 year old: “But I can’t have that!”

Me: “Why not? it’s yummy.”

8 year old: “You won’t let me though.”

Me: “But I’m telling you right now to have some.”

8 year old: “But what about the coffee? I can’t have coffee!”

Ha! That would be misleading as a child. It’s called coffee cake, so it would only make sense to be full of coffee (mmm, I think I’m on to something here!).

The thing is, this really should be called crunchy cinnamony addiction cake. You can’t even tell that this cake is healthy. It’s got a perfect crumble on top, but that has also been lightened-up!

So when Easter comes around and you’re really considering Cadbury Cream Eggs for breakfast (blegh, I hate those things!), how about this CINNAMON COFFEE CAKE instead?!

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Coffee Cake - perfect for brunch and full of whole ingredients, but so delicious you can't even tell it's healthy! | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com
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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Servings: 9 -12 servings
Ingredients
For Topping:
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (or vegan butter)
  • 3/4 cup walnuts , chopped
For Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup (pure maple syrup, agave, or raw honey can be substituted)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt (dairy-free yogurt can be used
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil or spray with a nonstick spray an 8x8-inch baking pan and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together all the topping ingredients, using the back of a fork to separate the butter and incorporate it throughout.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. Stir in the yogurt, milk of choice, brown rice syrup, and vanilla. Mix everything completely until just combined. You will have a very thick dough.
  5. Spoon it into baking pan evenly and sprinkle topping over the top.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
Recipe Notes
adapted from the cookbook La Dolce Vegan

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a picture, upload it to Instagram and tag me (@happyfoodholly) and use the hashtag #inspiredbyholly

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Coffee Cake - perfect for brunch and full of whole ingredients, but so delicious you can't even tell it's healthy! | www.happyfoodhealthylife.com

Looking for more healthy brunch ideas?

Crustless Vegetarian Quiche – Happy Food Healthy Life
Peanut Butter Granola – Tried & Tasty
Coconut Cream Pie Scones – Happy Food Healthy Life
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes – Sally’s Baking Addiction
Cranberry Pistachio Coconut Chia Pudding – Happy Food Healthy Life
Homemade Whole Wheat English Muffins – Happy Food Healthy Life

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Comments

  1. says

    Dear Holly, I would love to have a slice of this cake this morning with my coffee. It looks beautiful and moist…Pining for later! xo, Catherine

  2. Natalie says

    Hi, I just found this recipe and would love to try it. You mention baking soda in the methods bit, but there’s no soda in the ingredients list. How much should I put in? Thanks

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Eileen, you can use any sugar of your liking, and truly any nuts as well. Almonds would be yummy. Pecans as well. Let me know what you end up doing and how it works out for you!

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Your weekend will be so much better because of it! Let me know if you try it out Marly (funny enough – I literally just pulled up the Chopped podcast to listen to while I edit videos)

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