Indulge in a Guilt-Free Treat with This Coffee Cake Recipe

Welcome to my kitchen, coffee lovers! Today, I’m excited to share with you my latest creation – a delicious no sugar coffee cake recipe that will make your mornings brighter and your taste buds happier.

Coffee cakes are perfect breakfast or mid-day snack options, but most commercial versions are loaded with refined sugars and other unhealthy ingredients that can ruin your diet and your health. That’s why I decided to create a healthier alternative that is low in sugar, free of gluten, dairy-free and keto-friendly.

But don’t be fooled by these healthy attributes – this coffee cake is incredibly moist, fluffy and packed with rich flavors that will satisfy even the most demanding palates. Plus, it’s so easy to make that you’ll impress yourself and anyone who tries it.

So whether you’re trying to eat healthier, lose weight, or simply enjoy a guilt-free treat, this no-sugar coffee cake recipe is the perfect choice for you. Are you ready to try it out? Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

No Sugar Coffee Cake
No Sugar Coffee Cake

Are you craving some delicious coffee cake, but don’t want all the added sugar and refined flour? Look no further! This no sugar coffee cake recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a sweet treat without the guilt.

First of all, this recipe is completely sugar-free, making it a great option for anyone on a low-carb or keto diet. Instead of using refined sugar, we’ve used dates and optionally maple syrup as natural sweeteners. Dates not only adds sweetness, but they’re also packed with nutrients like potassium and fiber.

Secondly, this recipe contains unbleached flour, which means it’s free of harmful chemicals that can be found in bleached flour. The use of almond flour and coconut flour also makes this coffee cake gluten-free, making it accessible to anyone following a gluten-free diet.

Thirdly, this coffee cake recipe is easy to make with just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. All you need are eggs, butter, baking powder, baking soda, almond flour, coconut flour, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt.

Finally, this no sugar coffee cake recipe is versatile and open to substitutions and variations. You can add blueberries for an extra burst of flavor or walnuts for some crunch. You can even make it into a bundt cake or a nutty apple cinnamon cake.

In conclusion, whether you’re looking for a quick breakfast option or a dessert to share with friends and family, this no sugar coffee cake recipe is perfect for you. Not only is it healthy and nutritious but it’s also easy to make with minimal effort. So go ahead and indulge in this guilt-free treat!

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven on a plate - this coffee cake is the perfect way to start your morning!
A slice of heaven on a plate – this coffee cake is the perfect way to start your morning!

Here is the ingredient list you will need to make this delicious no sugar coffee cake:

  • 2 cups of unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of butter melted
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of dates, pitted and chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

For the batter topping:

  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

If you are looking for a low carb or gluten-free option, feel free to use almond flour or coconut flour instead of unbleached flour. Also, if you prefer dairy-free options, substitute the butter and sour cream with coconut oil and coconut yogurt respectively.

The Recipe How-To

 Meet your new favorite cake - no sugar, but it's still irresistibly delicious!
Meet your new favorite cake – no sugar, but it’s still irresistibly delicious!

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients, it’s time to get baking!

Step 1: Preheat Oven
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Step 2: Create the Cake Batter
In a mixing bowl, whisk together 2 cups unbleached flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. In a separate bowl, blend 6 dates, 2 large eggs, and 1/2 cup melted butter until well combined. Add in 3/4 cup of sour cream and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Next, gradually stir in the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until a smooth cake batter forms.

Step 3: Pour the Batter into a Pan
Take a 9-inch cake pan and lightly grease its sides with butter. Pour the cake batter evenly into the pan.

Step 4: Make the Topping
In a mixing bowl, combine 1/4 cup almond flour, 1/4 cup coconut flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon to create the topping mixture.

Add in finely chopped nuts like walnuts or almonds for additional texture and flavor.

Sprinkle and distribute the topping mixture evenly over cake batter.

Step 5: Bake!
Place your soon-to-be coffee cake in your preheated oven and bake for about 35-40 minutes or until when a toothpick inserted near the edge of the center comes out clean.

Once done baking take it out of the oven and cool it for at least 10 minutes before cutting or serving.

Now you have made yourself an amazing sugar free cinnamon coffee cake!

Substitutions and Variations

 Tired of overly sweet desserts? Try this no sugar coffee cake for a change of pace.
Tired of overly sweet desserts? Try this no sugar coffee cake for a change of pace.

When it comes to this sugar-free coffee cake recipe, there are a few substitutions and variations you can make to adjust the flavor and texture to your liking. Here are some options:

– Flour: If you want to make this a gluten-free coffee cake, you can use a 1:1 gluten-free flour blend instead of regular unbleached flour. I recommend using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour or King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Measure for Measure Flour. You could also use almond flour or coconut flour in place of some of the all-purpose flour, but keep in mind that the texture will be different.

– Sweetener: This recipe calls for dates as a natural sweetener, but if you don’t have any on hand, you can use another liquid sweetener such as honey or maple syrup. Just keep in mind that these will add some additional sweetness to the cake.

– Eggs: If you want to make this a vegan coffee cake, you can use flax eggs instead of regular eggs. To make flax eggs, mix together 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed with 6 tablespoons of water and let it sit for 5 minutes until thickened.

– Nuts: This recipe calls for chopped walnuts, but you could use pecans or almonds instead. You could also omit the nuts altogether if you prefer.

– Fruit: To mix things up, try adding some fresh or frozen blueberries to the batter before baking. You could also try making an apple cinnamon version by adding diced apples and extra cinnamon to the batter.

No matter which substitutions or variations you choose, just remember to adjust the ingredient amounts accordingly and keep an eye on the baking time as it may vary slightly depending on your adjustments. Have fun experimenting and personalizing this delicious sugar-free coffee cake recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 Perfectly moist and fluffy, this coffee cake is a true delight for your taste buds.
Perfectly moist and fluffy, this coffee cake is a true delight for your taste buds.

Now that you have made this delectable cake, it’s time to serve and enjoy it! This sugar-free coffee cake pairs perfectly with your morning coffee, but don’t limit yourself to just that. You can serve it as a dessert after a delicious dinner or as an afternoon treat with tea.

To elevate the flavors of this cake, I recommend pairing it with a rich and bold roast coffee like a cinnamon or chocolate flavored coffee. The spice notes in the coffee will complement the cinnamon in the cake and enhance its flavor.

If you want to make this cake even more special, consider serving it with a dollop of freshly whipped cream on top or a side of warm berries. The tartness will balance out the sweetness of the cake perfectly.

Lastly, if you are looking for a healthier option, try serving it with a side of fresh fruit or yogurt for breakfast. It’s an indulgent yet satisfying way to start your day.

No matter how you decide to serve this sugar-free coffee cake, it’s sure to impress your taste buds and satisfy your cravings. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The cinnamon and nutmeg spice blend gives this cake a warm, cozy flavor that's perfect for chilly mornings.
The cinnamon and nutmeg spice blend gives this cake a warm, cozy flavor that’s perfect for chilly mornings.

As a busy barista, I know how important it is to have breakfast ready to go in the morning. That’s why this No Sugar Coffee Cake Recipe is perfect for meal prep! You can easily make this coffee cake ahead of time and store it for up to five days.

To store the cake, first, allow it to cool completely before wrapping it tightly with plastic wrap to prevent any air from getting in. You can then store it in an airtight container or a zip-lock bag at room temperature.

When you’re ready to enjoy the cake again, there are two options for reheating: the microwave or the oven. To heat up individual slices, simply place them on a microwave-safe plate and microwave for about 15 seconds. If you prefer a crispy exterior, place the slices in a preheated oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes.

If you want to enjoy this coffee cake warm and fresh but don’t have time to bake from scratch each morning, make-ahead cinnamon-coffee cake batter is your best friend! Whip up a double batch of the batter on Sunday night and keep it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator until ready. Come Monday morning, simply pour the batter into a baking dish and bake it while you brew your coffee. This way, you get to start off every day with a warm and delicious slice of healthy sugar-free goodness.

Finally, as with most cakes, this recipe freezes well. So if you end up with leftovers or want to save some of that amazing coffee cake batter for later use, simply slice then wrap each slice individually with plastic wrap before storing them all together in a freezer zip-lock bag. They will last beautifully up to three months in the freezer!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Why settle for a plain cup of coffee when you can enjoy it with a slice of this amazing cake?
Why settle for a plain cup of coffee when you can enjoy it with a slice of this amazing cake?

If you’re looking to make a delicious sugar-free coffee cake that’s moist and flavorful, there are a few tips that you should keep in mind. While the recipe for the cake is quite simple, using the right ingredients and techniques can make all the difference between an ordinary cake and an extraordinary one. Here are some tips to help you get perfect results every time you make this recipe:

1. Use fresh ingredients – Always try to use fresh ingredients in your baking for best flavor and texture.

2. Measure ingredients accurately – Ensure accurate measurements of flour, baking soda, baking powder, and other dry ingredients to avoid a dense or dry cake.

3. Preheat the oven – Always preheat the oven before putting the cake batter in for even cooking of the cake.

4. Don’t overmix the batter – Be gentle when mixing dry and wet ingredients together to keep your batter from getting too tough.

5. Check the cake for doneness – Use a toothpick or cake tester to check if your cake is done by inserting it into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, your cake is ready.

6. Allow your cake to cool completely before serving – This will allow the flavors to develop fully and prevent a collapsed structure once cut.

7. Add extras – Feel free to add nuts such as walnuts, blueberries or apple cinnamon for extra flavor and crunchiness.

8. Make substitutions wisely – while some substitutes can be a great idea like using cinnamon coffee instead of water others may end up sabotaging your recipe.

Follow these simple tips, and you’ll be able to make a perfect, delicious sugar-free coffee cake every time!


As with any recipe, you may have a few unanswered questions that need clarification before starting. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! Here are some frequently asked questions about this sugar-free coffee cake recipe that may clear up any doubts you may have.

Can a cake be baked without sugar?

Creating low-sugar cakes is a culinary challenge as they are traditionally known for their sweetness. Eliminating table sugar entirely from cake recipes requires the use of artificial sweeteners, but not everyone is comfortable with that option. Instead, there are various alternate ingredients that can be used to enhance the sweetness of the cake while reducing the amount of table sugar used.

What makes coffee cake different from cake?

What sets coffee cakes apart from other cakes is their distinctive streusel topping and the fact that they typically lack frosting. While some may be adorned with a light glaze, many feature a mouth-watering swirl of streusel or are filled with delicious additions like fruit, nuts or chocolate.

Does coffee cake have sugar?

Kaffekuchen, also known as coffee cake, is a scrumptious cake that has a distinct sweet taste with a cinnamon kick. This cake is made with a single layer of flour and butter, and it is topped with a delicious streusel made from sugar and more butter.

Why is it called coffee cake if there’s no coffee in it?

Initially, some coffee cake recipes included coffee as one of the ingredients. However, in general, coffee cake refers to a basic type of cake that is not typically frosted, but instead serves as a complement to coffee. It’s a cake that is often consumed with a cup of coffee, rather than a cake made with coffee as a primary ingredient.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this no-sugar coffee cake recipe is the perfect breakfast or dessert option for those who are looking for a guilt-free treat. With its delicious aroma and flavor, this cake will surely satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your health.

By using natural sweeteners like dates and maple syrup, along with low-carb flours like almond and coconut flour, this recipe is perfect for anyone on a keto or gluten-free diet. Even if you’re not specifically following a diet plan, reducing your sugar intake is always a good idea – and this coffee cake allows you to do just that while still enjoying all the deliciousness of a traditional coffee cake.

I hope these instructions help you create a scrumptious sugar-free cinnamon coffee cake that you can enjoy with your favorite beverage. With various options for substitutions and variations provided, you can add your own twist to the recipe and make it truly your own.

Don’t hesitate to try this recipe and share it with others who want to indulge in something sweet without the harmful effects of refined sugar. With its easy-to-follow steps, accessible ingredients and excellent taste, it’s truly one of the best sugar-free coffee cake recipes out there.

No Sugar Coffee Cake

No Sugar Coffee Cake Recipe

This came from Dr. Douglas Wonder Baker 2 Recipes booklet. I have not tried this just posting for safe keeping.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 754.5 kcal


  • 1/2 cup mashed banana
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 1/4 cups water


  • Beat together mashed bananas and butter until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla and water; beat. Slowly add in flour, baking soda and baking powder; beat well. Stir in chopped dates.
  • Spread into an un-heated Baker.
  • Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
  • Serve warm.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 242gCalories: 754.5kcalCarbohydrates: 112.3gProtein: 16gFat: 27.9gSaturated Fat: 15.9gCholesterol: 219.6mgSodium: 716.7mgFiber: 6.8gSugar: 32.3g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Brunch, Dessert, Easy, From Scratch, Fruit, Inexpensive, Kid-Friendly, Toddler-Friendly
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