Cranberry Orange (Blender) Coffee Cake – Gluten Free & Vegan

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An amazing coffee cake that is just moist with a perfect crumb.  And all in your blender?  Yup!  (Don’t worry, if you do not have a high powered blender, you can still make this!)

I saw a recipe via the Blendtec blog, and knew I had to try and make it sugar and gluten free!    It was a smashing success…everyone who has tried it agrees!  You can change the fruits and zest if you like…I just love cranberries and orange, and my son still can’t have berries!  I am thinking of trying cherries, maybe a rhubarb and strawberry combo!

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Cranberry (Blender) Orange Coffee Cake - Gluten Free & Vegan
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Serves: 6-8
  • Topping
  • ¼ cup palm sugar
  • ¼ cup any rice flour
  • ½ cup pecans (or ¼ cup additional rice flour for a nut free option)
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil or palm shortening
  • Wet:
  • ¾-1 cup preferred milk (will depend on your apple size, start with ¾ and add additional if you need it)
  • ½ cup palm sugar + ¼ cup equivalent stevia (I use NuNaturals Clear Stevia)
  • ½ cup palm shortening or coconut oil
  • 1 apple, chunked and cored
  • 1½ tablespoons chia meal or flax meal
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Zest of one orange (Use a Microplane, there is NO better tool for this!)
  • Dry:
  • ¾ cup sprouted brown rice flour (I am sure brown rice flour would work too, but sprouted brown rice flour is easier to digest and produces a finer crumb)
  • ½ cup sorghum flour
  • ¼ cup rice flour or tapioca flour
  • 1½ baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon guar gum
  • 1 cup cranberries, or more to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, grease a 9" spring-form pan, or and 9" pan
  2. First place all topping ingredients into a high powered blender, or the bowl of a food processor and pulse until crumbled and blended.
  3. Pour the topping into a bowl, and place all the wet ingredients in the jar or bowl, and pulse to break up the apple and then puree until smooth and well combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and cranberries, and pulse until roughly chopped and mostly combined. You can use a spatula to mix any last bits of flour in.
  5. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, then sprinkle the topping over.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 35 minutes, or until a a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean,



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This post was shared with  Mostly Homemade Mondays, Fat Tuesdays, Totally Talented Tuesdays, Hearth & Soul, Waste Not Want Not, GF Wednesday, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday,


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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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7 comments on “Cranberry Orange (Blender) Coffee Cake – Gluten Free & Vegan
  1. Dan Brusca says:

    I bet that coffee cake tastes good.
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  2. Andrea says:

    Is there a point to putting it in the blender? A lot less work than usually yes but could I just mix this by hand or even my mixer? Thanks!! Looks delicious.

    • Sure Andrea! Obviously a whole apple will not work, it would have to be apple sauce…which I mean to test but have not yet. There is additional fiber in the peel, but I don’t think it should effect the end results too much!

      • Andrea says:

        Thanks Tessa! I’ll try this out at in my cafe on Wednesday. We do most vegan and or gluten free
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        • Tessa says:

          Ooh, can I come?! I wish we had a place around here that served gf and vegan goodies! This one has the added bonus of being free of just about everything! Look forward to your feedback and seeing if the applesauce/mixer version works as well!

  3. This looks wonderful! I think I would love the texture (and of course, flavor!) Thanks for sharing this at Naturally Sweet Tuesday,~Aubree

    p.s. the linkup for this week is live :)
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  4. Yum! Your recipes are really encouraging me as I’m learning to deal with more and more food allergies!

    Thanks for sharing at Waste Not Want Not Wednesday!

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