Go Back
+ servings

Paleo Apple Walnut Coffee Cake

Grain-Free and Paleo Apple Walnut Coffee Cake is upping your fall breakfast game! You'll love this lightly sweetened and perfectly spiced Coffee Cake that is so simple to make. The walnut crumb topping and maple glaze icing is the perfect touch!

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet GlutenFreeDiet
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 310 kcal
Author Amy Rains


For the Cake:

  • 2 small - medium sized apples
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup

For the Crumb Topping:

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cut coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted

For the Maple Glaze (optional):

  • 1/4 cup coconut butter*
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp water or coconut milk to thin it out
  • pinch of sea salt


  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8x8 pan and line with parchment paper (I use a sling so the parchment paper hangs over the sides).
  2. Peel and core your apples, and chop into small chunks (about 1/4 inch chunks). Set aside in a bowl and drizzle with lemon juice.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together your dry ingredients: flours, baking soda, salt, spices, coconut sugar, and walnuts.

  4. In a smaller bowl, whisk the eggs and add vanilla extract, melted coconut oil, and maple syrup. Pour into dry ingredients. Mix until well incorporated and dry flour pockets are gone. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula when needed. Slowly fold in apples. Batter will be thick.
  5. Spoon or pour batter into the 8x8 pan and spread batter with a spatula so it's even.
  6. Make the crumb topping: mix together coconut flour, walnuts, cinnamon, salt, and sugar. Stir in coconut oil, and mix until mixture is evenly wet and crumbly. Crumble on top of the cake batter and place in the oven.

  7. Bake for 30-32 minutes. Toward the end of baking, make the optional maple glaze (if using). Partially melt the coconut butter and whisk in the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and sea salt. If you need to thin it out, stir in coconut milk or water. Drizzle over coffee cake slices before removing.

  8. Let sit for 15 minutes before cutting into small squares. Cake will be crumbly, but will still hold shape.

Recipe Notes

*If you cannot find coconut butter, you can use coconut oil in its place. 

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Apple Walnut Coffee Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 177mg8%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 63IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.