It’s fall and we all know what that means. It is comfy time.
It is sweater time!
It is jeans time!
It is WOOL SOCKS time!!!!!
It is pumpkin time!
But first, before I roll into pumpkin flavored everything….I have to tell you about my big accomplishment. This weekend I went on a fall cleaning and organizing mission. This is monumental, people. I peeled everything out of all of our closets and was ready for a massive PURGE. Usually when I do a “purge” I just sit around staring at old memorabilia and becoming even more attached to the T-shirts that I bought 15 years ago but haven’t worn in 10 years. But seriously, folks…how can you get rid of a shirt that says “Not everything is flat in Kansas“!!?!?! I know! Precious. My point exactly.
Man, you guys just get me.
So this weekend’s purge was different. I properly purged. (No, don’t worry I didn’t get rid of that awesome T-shirt.) But I DID manage to organize everything in our closets (a.k.a shove-crap-wherever-it-would-fit space) and get rid of:
- Other not-so-cool shirts,
- Expired medicine (goodbye Benedryl from 1990),
- Stained things (note to self – QUIT buying white things…ketchup loves it too much),
- Single socks that have permanently lost their partner (let’s have a moment of silence for all of the poor sock widows), and
- A metric boat load of half-marathon race packets with sample bottles of weird things, etc.
As I stuffed and crammed these unwanted and unnecessary items into either goodwill sacks or the trash, I wondered why have I held on to this crap for so long? Holding onto stuff is an interesting thing. I put a big importance on odd things, but seriously not EVERYTHING has to be a gem, does it? At this rate I will need to get a separate storage unit just to store my “awe remember when…” items.
But now I feel fabulous and comfy. I’m wearing my comfy old T-shirt and a pair of wool socks that I lost. My closet is clean, stacked, organized, and comfy. Everything is just…comfy.
Comfy like the fall weather blowing around the leaves outside.
Comfy like old love letters from my husband that I found in a shoe box at the back of my closet.
Comfy like my favorite broken-in sweatshirt that I found crammed underneath a suitcase (okay, so I didn’t purge EVERYTHING…baby steps, people).
Comfy like nearly anything pumpkin flavored!
We all get bitten by the pumpkin bug every year! I have held off for quite a bit, but now it is on like a pumpkin thong. Hrmmm….wait. Bad idea. A pumpkin thong would NOT be comfy. Scratch that…
Just make this pumpkin apple coffee cake instead. I promise that the scent of it will make you swoon. You will want to wrap up with a comfy blanket, have a warm cup of coffee, and grab a big square of this warm coffee cake.
This coffee cake recipe is adapted from my Pumpkin and Apple Almond Flour Muffins and the Peach Streusel Topped Coffee Cake recipe featured in the fabulous Against All Grain Cookbook. It is moist and light with warm spices to fill your belly. I whipped this up for a football brunch watch party last weekend. My house smelled SO good while it baked and for days afterwards. I definitely think I will make this again for the holidays (or tomorrow).
Note – To make this recipe, I used Honeyville blanched almond flour. I prefer this brand because it makes baked goods lighter and flufflier than almond meal. I have not tried this recipe with other brands or with almond meal. If you try it with another brand or almond meal, please let me know how it turned out. This coffee cake takes nearly an hour to bake. If you need something that cooks in less time, try my delicious Pumpkin and Apple Almond Flour muffin recipe.
Pumpkin Apple Coffee Cake (Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo-Friendly)
Coffee Cake Ingredients
- 2 cups blanched almond flour (I use Honeyville)
- 2 Tablespoons coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
- 3 eggs (room temperature)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey)
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 Tablespoon coconut oil (or grass-fed butter), melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 medium apples (dice one and thinly slice the other)
- Streusel topping (recipe below)
- Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease a 9X9 inch square pan or 9-inch round springform cake pan with coconut oil. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients (flours, salt, baking soda, and spices) with a whisk. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or food processor, mix the eggs and the maple syrup on medium speed until eggs become frothy (about 2 minutes). Add remaining wet ingredients (pumpkin, applesauce, oil, vanilla). Mix until all ingredients are combined. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Stir in diced apples (about 1 cup). Spread mixture into the prepared pan. Place thin apple sliced on top. Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over the top.
- Place pan on middle rack of the preheated oven. Cook at 325 F for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Streusel Topping (adapted from Against All Grain Cookbook)
- 1/3 cup pecans or walnuts
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Combine all of the streusel ingredients into the bowl of a small food processor. Pulse a few times until the nuts are chopped finely and the streusel comes together.
- Sprinkle ingredients onto the coffee cake or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 1 day.