Friday, March 30, 2012

blueberry banana coffee cake

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who doesn't like coffee cake - i for one am a huge fan.
perfect for Sunday mornings with a few slices left over for a quick breakfast to go the next morning.

back in  the day  - my pregan life, i use to make a coffee cake that was amazing.
what wasn't so amazing was the full stick of butter that went into the cake, plus another 1/2 a stick for the crumb topping. so when the craving struck this past weekend for coffee cake, i though to myself "i can do better than 1 1/2 sticks of butter". so i set to work on a just as good, if not more awesome and healthier version of my beloved morning treat.

lemon juice, lemon zest, & frozen wild blueberries along with 2 bananas is your flavor base
i opted for the frozen wild blueberries saved from last summers berry picking adventure hike
they still taste like summer and remind me of the fun we had picking our stockpile of summer berries
the crumb topping is a mix of brown sugar, almonds, flour & butter
the bananas are mashed with the lemon sugar and mixed with lemon juice and almond milk.
blueberries are mixed in with the dry mix to ensure all your berries don't sink to the bottom.
once your dry and wet ingredients are mixed until just combined it all goes into a deep dish baking pan. the final step is to get messy with your crumb topping, mix it up with the hands and sprinkle on top. once baked, the crumb topping creates am irresistible sugar and almond crust.


best eaten the day it 's made - keep uncovered until ready to serve.
once covered the sugar crust doesn't stay as crisp as it once was. still good the next day, just different - sometime different is good.
the lemon adds a nice balance to the cake - Meyer lemons would make an excellent substitute for regular lemons.


a perfect lazy Sunday cake - i found myself grazing on cake all day.
invited to brunch? make this the morning of - it really is quite simple and bakes fairly quick.
in the time it will take you to ready yourself for said brunch this cake will be out of the oven ready to go....that is if you even have to leave the house for brunch - have the people come to you!


i was pleased with the results - compared to the old butter laden version, this one won hands down.
there was no guilt in devouring 3 pieces (ahem large pieces) in one day.
 make this your next baking adventure - i guarantee this coffee cake is sure to please!
Blueberry Banana Coffee Cake
serves 12-14

you will need:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup spelt flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tsp lemon zest
1 cup sugar
2 bananas
juice of 1 lemon
1 1/4 cups almond milk
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

for the topping:
1/3 cup almonds
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tbsp flour
1/8 tsp salt
4 tbsp cold butter

preheat oven to 350*

in a medium bowl sift together flours through salt
toss blueberries in the dry mix until all berries are coated with flour

place the lemon zest on a cutting board and rub a 1/4 cup of the sugar into the lemon zest releasing the oils of the zest
in a large bowl mash the bananas with the 1/4 cup lemon sugar and the remaining half cup of sugar. once mixed well, add the juice of the lemon and 1 1/4 cups of milk & vanilla - mix well. add the dry mix to the wet and stir until moist.

in a small bowl combine all the topping ingredients - with a pastry cutter, fork or your fingers mix the butter into the dry ingredients until butter is evenly distributed.

pour the batter into a greased baking dish and sprinkle with the crumb topping.

bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a cake tester comes out with a few moist crumbs

remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes until serving.

this will keep up to 3 days covered but best eaten the day of and kept uncovered until ready to serve.




  1. oh my gosh. this coffee cake looks absolutely amazing! so moist and sweet and delicous!

    i used to LOVE blueberry coffee cake in my prevegan days, too. i remember devouring an entire cake on my own once(not my proudest moment). but, for some odd reason, i thought coffee cake was healthier than regular cake..the lies i would tell myself :/

    1. isn't it funny how sometimes we have it stuck in our heads some things are healthier than others just because we want them to be....I am guilty of eating a half a coffee cake, the only reason it wasn't the whole thing is because Justin ate the other half :)

  2. I am pinning this bad boy for future kitchen adventures, for sure (however the blueberries I go picking for are the ones at Trader Joe's, sadly...)

    1. Yessa!

      If you have a patio I bet you could grow your own little blueberry bush in a pot :)

      Or I could just take you Blueberry picking on our Summer Hike!

  3. wow. This coffee cake looks so delicious. Soft and sweet...mmm.
    This recipe will soon be made in my kitchen oh yes!

    1. Excellent!

      The topping was my favorite part of the cake....well actually, honestly I loved all of it!

      I kept sneaking little slivers of this cake throughout the day - i had my self convinced that if I just kept eating slivers it wouldn't count if I had eaten the entire cake :)

  4. Yum. I want to make (and EAT) this NOW! Too bad it's not the weekend and I should be doing work instead....

    1. I WANT you to make this and eat this :)

      Work can wait, this my Friend cannot!

  5. ooooooooh i love the bananas in there and that crumb.. yummmmmm! You know amazingly hubbs has started complaining of too much grease or sugar if he picks up some store bought stuff... who says fat is addictive.. healthy is too!

    1. I wish more people would be like the Hubs; I have to say I am totally addicted to "healthy food" or what I like to refer to as real food :) want find a fear of oats in this girl, I think next time cara should make us those little chocolately lava cakes and ship them to us!

  6. This cake looks so goood ;)

    It was great having you at the Potluck Party today! xo

    1. Thanks Ella - I absolutley love the potluck idea, I can't wait to stop back over and see what everyone else shared!

  7. wow lovely recipe and awesome pics.. Will definitely try this very soon

    1. awww you are so sweet, love having you visit SMBP!

  8. Aren't freshly picked and then frozen blueberries the best? This cake looks so good, I might have to break out my stash! I wish I could reach through my computer screen and just steal a slice. :P

    1. Um YES the BEST - I look forward to Blueberry picking while hiking every year - and having freshly picked frozen berries throughout the Winter - Love it!

  9. This coffee cake is so moist and delicious looking - great flavour combination :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. Yum, I love healthy coffee cakes - so much better than the sugary kinds from the store...And you combined two of my favourite baked good flavour combinations (lemon-bluberry and banana-blueberry)!

  11. Love coffee blueberry.....

    :) I need to make this!

  12. Hey there, Do you think I could make this Gluten Free by substituting the flours for an all purpose Gluten Free Flour?

    1. Hi Molly!

      It is definitely worth a try, I can't think of any reason it wouldn't work, let me know how it turns out :)

  13. Ok so I made the this cake today and I substituted All Purpose Gluten Free Flour for all the flour in the recipe and it came out great! My 3 yr old said the crumb topping was his favorite part =)

    1. That is so great Molly! You can tell your 3 year old the crumb topping is my favorite part too :)

  14. This looks ridiculously good! Crumb topping?? Yes.

  15. What size baking dish did you use? This looks fantastic. Thank you!

    1. Hi Bailey - I used a large round baking dish...I am not 100% sure the size. I would reccomend using a 9 x 13 baking dish - I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!


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