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Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Coffee Cake Recipe

A moist cake accented by a crunchy top layer to enjoy with a warm beverage in the morning or slice up when guests come over to visit.

  • Author: Dr. Rosane Oliveira
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35-40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50-55 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x
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  • 2 1/2 cups pastry flour, whole wheat or gluten-free
  • 1 3/4 cup sucanat
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground (plus more for topping)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 3/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 1 cup Homemade Nut Milk or store-bought plant-based milk
  • 1/4 cup yogurt, dairy-free
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup nuts, chopped (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine flour, sucanat, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  3. Add applesauce and stir until crumbly. Remove 1 cup of mixture and set aside for use in Step 5.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine nutmilk, dairy-free yogurt, vinegar, vanilla, baking powder and baking soda.
  5. Stir well then mix into the large bowl of dry ingredients. Add chopped nuts (if using) and stir.
  6. Pour batter into an 8×8 baking dish.
  7. Crumble over the top of the batter then sprinkle with additional cinnamon as desired.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.