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Almond Coffee Cake (Whole Grain)

Almonds, whole grains and coffee cake. I’m in, are you with me? 

Almond Coffee Cake: A great tasting dessert filled with whole grains and healthy nuts!

We have this family cookbook that I make a lot of my recipes from. It was a gift at our family reunion in 2008 to all of the family members that made it to the event.

This Almond Coffee Cake is highly rated in it. I decided to try it out but make my own additions and substitutions. I have to agree with my family that this cake is bad ass, even this whole grain version!

To intensify the almond flavor in this recipe, I used almond flour in the crumb topping and added slivered almonds to the top. The almonds give a nice crunch to the otherwise spongy cake, even the whole grain addition didn’t seem to hinder the cake in anyway.

Sure, it is a bit darker in color than its white flour counterpart but does the color really matter when making a recipe just a bit healthier?

Almond Coffee Cake: A great tasting dessert filled with whole grains and healthy nuts!

I’m no longer going to pretend that I don’t love dessert. If it were socially acceptable to eat dessert all day, I’d be completely okay with that.

Instead of stuffing my face with desserts that will more than likely give me some chronic disease I’ve decided to try my best to create healthy desserts filled nutrient dense whole grains instead of empty all-purpose flour, less sugar or sugar that ranks lower on the glycemic index (think unrefined or coconut) and oils that aren’t hydrogenated.


Almond Coffee Cake (Whole Grain)

This almond coffee cake is made with white whole wheat flour and I promise, you won't notice!

Yield: 18

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Total Time: 45 min


almond coffee cake base:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup coconut sugar
2 cups + 3 Tbsps white whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp almond extract

for crumb topping:
2 Tbsp coconut sugar
1/4 cup butter
2 Tbsps almond flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup slivered almonds


almond coffee cake base:
Grease 2 8x8 square pans with butter or coconut oil with wax paper, set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine the sugar, butter, and white whole wheat flour in a medium bowl with a pastry cutter until crumbly. Reserve 3/4 cup of the crumbs in another small bowl for the topping, set aside.

Add the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, baking powder and almond extract to the medium bowl. Pour the mixture into the prepared pans.

for crumb topping:

In the small bowl, add the sugar, butter, almond flour and cinnamon to the reserved mixture. Combine with a pastry cutter to form crumbs.

Cover cakes with crumb topping and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let cool. Add 1/2 cup slivered almonds and cut squares into 18 equal pieces.

Almond Coffee Cake: A great tasting dessert filled with whole grains and healthy nuts!

I’m breaking free and experimenting and I couldn’t be happier about it.

This cake is so good that even my Mom enjoyed it. If you know my mom, you know that she isn’t a fan of baked goods. When she likes something I’ve baked up, I know I have a great recipe on my hands.

Related Recipes:

Whole Grain Apple Cake

Whole Grain Apple Cake: Yesterdays Apple Cake comes from the same cookbook. It’s truly a family favorite!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes


Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Cupcakes: Carrot cake speaks for itself, right? I can’t get enough of the stuff.

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9 Responses to “Almond Coffee Cake (Whole Grain)”

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    Carolyn — May 1, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Looks delicious! I’ve made a whole career out of making healthy dessert so I feel ya!

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    Lauren Kelly — May 1, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    I love that you made this cake whole grain! It looks delicious!

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    Lana | Never Enough Thyme — May 1, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    I always enjoy a good coffee cake! Even better when it’s made with healthier ingredients like this one.

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    Martha @ A Family Feast — May 1, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    I think family recipes are the best – and this coffee cake is no exception! Looks delicious and I love the healthy twist!

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    heather | girlichef — May 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    I love anything almond, and I bet the slices on top add a pleasant little crunch. Plus, I think the dark color is beautiful!

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    Cookin Canuck — May 3, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I am sitting here, drinking my tea, and thinking that a piece of this cake would be perfect right now. You just can’t beat great family recipes!

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    Kim Beaulieu — May 4, 2015 at 1:06 am

    These look so yummy. I’m all about almond flavouring. Can never get enough of it.

    I’m on the flip side of things. Because of a chronic illness I cannot eat whole wheat or whole grains. Not an easy thing in today’s healthier world. I love whole wheat so it’s not an easy thing, grinds my gears I can’t have it.

    I can eat coconut sugar though which is awesome. It’s so good.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 4, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    This whole grain cake looks so good! I’m a huge fan of any cake described as “bad ass” 🙂 Bring me over a few slices?

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    Colleen (Souffle Bombay) — May 4, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I have never heard of coconut sugar….I am so curious about it now…I have to try some!

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