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Scrumptious Whole Wheat Apple Coffee Cake

Victoria is a stay-at-home mom, author, educator, and blogger at Healthy at Home. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.


I love the fall, and I am one of those people that plans out all of the yummy fall items I'm going to cook when the season rolls around, all year long. Pumpkin, apple, pears, cinnamon, sweet potatoes, pecans, acorn squash, ginger, nutmeg, cloves—and the list goes on and on.

We do fall crafts over here with the kids, make all sorts of homemade bath products for the season, and bust out tons of yummy drink recipes, like apple cider and cinnamon hot chocolate. I can't wait for the cooler weather, the changing colors of the leaves, picking fresh fruit from the trees, and even planting my fall garden in the backyard.

I definitely don't use pumpkin spice in everything, but I would if I didn't think I would burn out on it over the next few months. I like to mix it up and include all of the wonderful fall flavors in everything I do before winter comes and my menu changes. I'm already pulling out all of my fall decorations, and we are growing our own pumpkins in the backyard this year.

I've already started some spiced vanilla pear jam, and I've made my pumpkin spice soap. Next, it was time to bake my delicious apple coffee cake, and boy was it delicious. Apples, cinnamon, and candied pecans really set the mood. It was super easy to toss together, and it was amazing to have for breakfast. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have!

Let's see how to make it.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

40 min

55 min

About 12 servings of coffee cake


  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 apples, cored and diced
  • Topping :
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9x13 in a casserole dish with some coconut oil. The parchment paper was just ripping to shreds for me, and the loaf pan was way too small. It needed to be spread much thinner.
  2. Add each of your ingredients one at a time in a large bowl, melting your coconut oil first and adding in your apples last.
  3. If your mixture is too thick at the end, feel free to mix in a little more milk, a quarter cup at a time.
  4. Pour the mixture into your prepared 9x13.
  5. Pour your topping over the top and spread it out evenly.
  6. Slide into the oven and bake for 40 minutes. I would slide a clean knife into the middle to make sure that it's completely done. The knife should come out clean, with no sticky batter stuck to it.
  7. If your coffee cake is not finished when you check, cook it in additional 15 minute increments until it's done.

So this dish was truly amazing. All of the different flavors really made the house smell amazing and was definitely a recipe we will be repeating over and over again over the next few months.

Unfortunately, my little one is teething, and so I have been pretty sleepless for about a month now. As I was pouring it into a dish to bake, I wasn't thinking clearly and poured it into a loaf pan when it should have been more like a 9x13 inch casserole dish. I won't make that mistake again. Although I didn't bake it correctly, the recipe was delicious. So I just gave you the recipe and directions the way it should have been done.

You may have to adjust your baking times and liquid a little bit for your altitude. It was really thick for me, and I obviously baked it in the wrong dish. It took me almost 3 hours to get it baked all the way through. Next time I'll add a bit more liquid to thin it out a bit and make it easier to mix, and I'll pour it into a 9x13 inch casserole. Then it will be a little lighter, fluffier, and faster to bake. This is all just trial and error.

When I make it again, I'll be sure to update my recipe for you. But I didn't want to keep all of the yummy appley deliciousness from you in the meantime. Before you take it out of the oven, just be sure to slide a clean knife down into the middle to see if it comes out clean. If it is all sticky and doughy on the knife, it needs to bake 15 to 30 minutes more, and you can adjust your recipe. Good luck and enjoy!

© 2018 Victoria Van Ness


Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on October 10, 2018:

Thank you! I've made it a couple times since then and a 9x13 inch casserole dish definitely turned out to be a much better choice!

Dianna Mendez on October 08, 2018:

We used to grow pumpkins when we lived up north. They do grow big up there! This recipe is a lovely idea and so healthy!

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on September 06, 2018:

Absolutely. Honestly I don't have a preference. I usually use either what's on sale at Sprouts or what my friends allow me to come pick from their orchards. Granny Smiths are delicious but I don't get ahold of them very often.

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on September 06, 2018:

Absolutely. Honestly I don't have a preference. I usually use either what's on sale at Sprouts or what my friends allow me to come pick from their orchards. Granny Smiths are delicious but I don't get ahold of them very often.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 06, 2018:

This apple cofee cake sounds delicious. I usually use Granny Smith green apple when using apples in baked products. I wondered if you had an apple preference for baking.

I love how healthy this recipe counds. I have never used coconut sugar, but I use coconut milk all the time, so i would sure try it. Thanks for this great recipe.

Victoria Van Ness (author) from Fountain, CO on September 05, 2018:

Thanks! I've got many more yummy breads and baking recipes to share! I look forward to really getting into all of the Fall spices!

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 05, 2018:

Different flavours such as cinnamon and nutmeg would also make for a great cooking aroma. This recipe sounds delicious

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 05, 2018:

This looks delicious, Victoria. I like that you don't peel your apples. I'll have to give it a try. It's a nice change from banana nut bread.

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