This Gluten-Free Apple Streusel Cake is so light, you can enjoy it for breakfast or dessert.
Once the weather turns cooler and Fall is in the air, I think of apples and pumpkins, especially since we live in the Northeast where the leaves are already starting to fall.
This apple cake recipe from Cooking Light caught my eye because of the streusel topping that uses grated frozen butter as a trick to reduce the amount of butter used by two thirds the typical recipe. I’m always looking for ways to lighten up recipes but this was a new idea I’d never thought of before. Grated frozen butter makes it easier to distribute the butter in the topping, while using less.
Greek yogurt is another ingredient in this recipe that lightens it up. I used Greek yogurt in both the cake and in the creamy topping. You can get away with using twice as much Greek yogurt as heavy cream when making whipped cream and get a nice creamy topping. It’ll have a slight tang, but maple syrup and vanilla mellow it out.
You could even have a slice of this Streusel Topped Apple Cake for breakfast.
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This month’s theme is Apples hosted by Liz from This Skinny Chick Can Bake. I hope you enjoy all the recipes using apples we made for this special event.
- Apple and Pecan Stuffed Pork Chops from Never Enough Thyme
- Apple-Cheese Spread from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
- Apple Chutney from Mother Would Know
- Savory Apple Cheddar Bread Pudding from Stetted
- Tsunth Monji – Green Apple Fritters from Spiceroots
- Apple Butter Coffee Cake from Pastry Chef Online
- Apple Streusel Cake with Yogurt Cream (Gluten-Free) from Jeanette’s Healthy Living
- Homemade Pink Applesauce (Gluten-Free) from The Heritage Cook
- Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Hubba Hubba Apple Cake from The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
- Maple Glazed Apple Tart from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Maple Roasted Apple Butter with Bourbon from Creative Culinary
Apple Streusel Cake with Yogurt Cream
- 2/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1/3 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cashew milk or low-fat milk
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup almond flour I used Bob's Red Mil
- 1 cup millet flour I used Bob's Red Mill
- 1/3 cup arrowroot starch
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 cups ~ 3 small or 2 large apples shredded peeled apples (I used Golden Delicious)
- 3 tablespoons quick-cooking oats
- 2 tablespoons chopped raw pecans
- 1 tablespoon organic brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons frozen unsalted butter grated
- 1/2 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line bottom of 9" springform pan with parchment paper cut to size; spray with cooking spray.
Place coconut sugar, yogurt, milk, olive oil, vanilla and eggs in a large bowl; beat until well combined, about a minute.
Combine almond flour, millet flour, arrowroot starch, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and ginger; whisk together. Add to sugar mixture and beat on low until just combined. Stir in shredded apples. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake for 45 minutes; place pan on wire rack and let cool in pan 10 minutes; remove sides of pan.
In a small bowl, mix together oats, pecans, brown sugar and grated butter. Sprinkle on top of batter.
Place yogurt, cream, vanilla and maple syrup in a small bowl; beat until soft peaks form. Serve with warm cake.
Adapted from Cooking Light
Angie@Angie's Recipes says
This is so PERFECT for the season, Jeanette. Can I use other starch (still have some potato starch that I want to use it up) instead arrowroot or the texture would be different?
Thanks Angie! Potato starch should work fine instead of arrowroot. I’ve used potato, tapioca and arrowroot starch interchangeably in gluten-free recipes and haven’t had a problem.
rachel@ atheltic avocado says
this recipe reminds me of the apple streusel muffins from costco, except way healthier and bester for you! this looks amazing, pined! 🙂
Thanks so much Rachel!
Elizabeth Shaw says
I love this! Just pinned for later. I think Greek Yogurt is my favorite #simpleswap to use in the kitchen. A little bit of maple and cinnamon always make it just right!
Thanks Elizabeth – I love using Greek yogurt as a healthy swap for higher fat dairy products.
I am a huge fan of apples in baked goods—and when I can eat them for breakfast, I’m thirlled! LOVE your streusel topped apple cake!
Thanks Liz – I agree, who wouldn’t love to eat cake for breakfast 🙂
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Cake for breakfast 😉 I believe that’s for me!
I don’t know anyone who would say no to cake for breakfast!
Laura @MotherWouldKnow says
I love the idea of a light apple cake for breakfast. Tasty but not heavy.And the topping looks like an incredibly light yet sweet touch – bravo!
This cake and the topping are both very light, so yes, cake for breakfast!
Wow–love this cake! It looks so warming and it just screams fall. I love to use a topping with a bit of a tang since that can often balance a sweeter dessert, so whipped Greek yogurt cream is right up my alley!
I do like the tang that the Greek yogurt adds to this whipped topping Jenni 🙂
Just so perfect. Light and nice to be part of an evening snack with coffee.
Yes I agree Ansh – would be terrific after dinner with coffee.
I love the idea of a light apple cake for breakfast. thank you is good
Thank you Alaoui!
I’m loving the greek yogurt cream–I feel like the slight tanginess would be great on so many desserts. This looks delicious!
I agree Sue – this topping would be a great lighter topping on many other desserts!
susan // the wimpy vegetarian says
This is lovely, Jeanette! I add Greek yogurt to all my cakes, and love how it affects both the flavor and texture!
I agree – Greek yogurt is really versatile in baking – love it!
Laura O |Petite Allergy Treats says
This look like a perfect fall dessert yet healthy enough for breakfast! Pinned!
Thanks so much Laura!
Barbara | Creative Culinary says
This looks fantastic Jeanette; since I don’t cook gluten free I don’t have a need to carry some of the flours you mention but I had a big takeaway anyhow. Yogurt AND whipped cream? Genius…plus I would love the tang; I am going to do this!
Streusel is one of my favorite things – I love how wholesome this looks!
Jane, The Heritage Cook says
Heaven’s to Betsy Jeanette! What a stunning dessert, I mean breakfast treat. Oh heck, I’ll just eat it for both!! 🙂
Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen says
Yes, the grated butter trick is genius – I’ve been wanting to try that. And this cake sounds stellar…and so moist! I love that it’s also gf so that I can make it for my mom.
The grated butter trick is terrific – I’m so glad I had a chance to try it finally. Hope your mom enjoys the cake!
Lana | Never Enough Thyme says
What a delicious cake! Love the tips about the grated butter and the yogurt cream – fantastic.