• Cooking Time: 30
  • Servings: 8
  • Preparation Time: 15


I got this recipe from Kim Lutz at Welcoming Kitchen.

This was Recipe #25 in the "Gluten Free Baking With KitchenAid" event.

This apple coffee cake is DIVINE! This is really different, and has a salty-sweet flavour. The apples add a lovely sweetness and a delightful moisture to this treat that is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free, soy free and vegan! I love the use of chia seeds in this recipe too. Aren't those little beads of joy a gluten free vegan baker's best friend? WOW!

Learn more about Kim's recipe in her original blog post.

Discover more about Kim Lutz at Welcoming Kitchen.


  • chia seed mixture
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • pepita topping
  • 1/2 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
  • cake ingredients
  • 2 cups gluten-free baking flour mix (Kim used King Arthur)
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 1/2 cup vegan buttery spread (soy free Earth Balance)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp coconut palm sugar, divided
  • 3/4 tsp salt, divided in half
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • add ins
  • 1 1/2 cup 1/2-inch diced, peeled apples


  • Preheat oven to 180 / 350.
  • Lightly oil an 8-inch-square baking pan.
  • Combine the chia seeds and water in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Lightly toast the pepitas in a dry skillet for approximately one minute or until lightly golden.
  • In a food processor, pulse together the pepitas, 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • In your stand mixer, cream together the earth balance, 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar and maple syrup.
  • Mix in the chia seed mixture and vegan milk.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg using a whisk.
  • Mix dry ingredients into wet, one half at a time until well incorporated.
  • Gently fold in the apples.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth the top with a damp spatula.
  • Spread the pepita mixture over top.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. YUMMO!

Categories: Cake 

Author Credit: Kim Lutz at Welcoming Kitchen

Website Credit: http://www.welcomingkitchen.blogspot.com/2012/03/putting-chia-seeds-to-work-in-apple.html

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