Remember my banana coffee cake with pecan brown sugar streusel?

If you don’t, I’ll just let you know that it was incredibly good.  I ate for afternoon snacks, I crumbled it over yogurt and ate it for breakfast, I ate it over ice cream with a scoop of peanut butter for dessert…

Needless to say it didn’t last very long.


Anyway, that’s just a really long way of telling you that when I made that, it got me SO excited to make a version of it with apples for Fall!

And because Sunday was the Autumnal Equinox (or as commoners such as myself like to call it, ‘the first day of Fall’) – I decided there was no better way to celebrate than to sit down at my table with my peeler, a few apples and a Friends DVD on in the background and bake up this coffee cake!


It was a pretty perfect kick off to Autumn if I do say so myself.

{whole grain apple coffee cake with walnut streusel} – adapted from Food Network

serves: 9


for the coffee cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat or white whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup soymilk (regular or other non-dairy alternatives would work here too)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped apples, peeled (2 to 3 small apples)

for the streusel topping:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat or white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons earth balance
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Grease an 8-inch square pan.
  3. Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl.
  4. Beat egg then add soymilk and canola oil.  Mix together.
  5. Add wet ingredients into dry and mix until just combined.
  6. Gently fold in apples.
  7. Using a spatula, transfer the dough to a baking pan and spread evenly throughout.
  8. Combine ingredients for the streusel topping and sprinkle evenly over the cake.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


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Note: With the streusel this recipe is pretty high in sugar.  While I strongly believe that everything can be enjoyed in moderation, if you want to cut down on it a bit you can either cut the streusel ingredients in half or omit it all together!



  1. Everything about this post makes me happy… because well… I just LOVE FALL.

    Everything about fall makes me all giddy inside! The apples, desserts, bitter crisp air, EVERYTHING!

    <3 <3 <3

    yum. yum. yum.


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