Gluten Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel is one of fall’s best gluten-free pumpkin recipes! Creamy swirls of pumpkin cheesecake, warm pumpkin spice, and a maple drizzle bring the taste and aroma of autumn to this nutty free pumpkin crumb cake. And with just a short list of ingredients to replace the usual wheat flour, it’s an easy gluten free holiday breakfast. You only need almond flour, oat flour (or ground oatmeal), and coconut flour to make this gluten free pumpkin swirl pecan crumb cake.

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel Recipe

Autumn! My favorite season! I love the crisp weather, the sound of the wind rustling through the drying out leaves and the smell of those leaves as they gather on the ground.

The flavors of things like Gluten Free Apple Cider Donut Cake and Gluten Free Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cake are the only thing that can pull me away form my old standby of chocolate and peanut butter. Butternut squash soup simmers on the stove, or the World’s Best Chili cooks in the crockpot, just waiting to warm you from the inside out. A maybe you are sipping on a Spiced Apple Cider Moscow Mule or a mug of hot cider.

Sitting on a hay ride with my boy as we make our way out to the pumpkin patch are pure joy. Days where it is cool enough to need jeans, but not so cold that you need to wear a heavy jacket are heaven. Football.

‘Tis the season to make gluten free pumpkin coffee cake.

Piece of Gluten Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake on a plate

Gluten Free Pumpkin Crumb Cake with Pecan Streusel

I “borrowed” the gluten free coffee cake recipe from the awesome Erin of Texanerin Baking. The slightly nutty flavor lends itself perfectly to the fall flavors and spices, which is why adding a pumpkin cream cheese swirl to her basic recipe was totally necessary. Top that with a maple cream cheese drizzle, and you have the perfect blend of everything you love about autumn in one moist, tender slice.

What flours do you need to make this gluten free pumpkin coffee cake?

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This recipe uses three basic flours – almond, coconut, and oat. And you can either buy oat flour, or just whizz up some oatmeal in a food processor). No tapioca starch, millet flour, xanthan gum, or anything else. This makes gluten-free baking so do-able for anyone.

How do you make Gluten Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel?

Gluten Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel for breakfast

What are some more gluten free pumpkin breakfast recipes?

Pumpkin spice latte overnight oats will make you forget Starbucks. Get your PSL fix in a satisfying and healthy breakfast instead! Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Pudding Oatmeal Flourless Oatmeal Nutella Pumpkin Muffins Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt Parfaits

Gluten Free Pumpkin Swirl Pecan Crumb Cake with a cup of coffee

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What do you need to make Gluten Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake?

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  • 8 INCH SQUARE CAKE PAN – I love that this cake is baked in an 8 inch square baking pan, so it doesn’t make a ton. I’m not always feeding a crowd and don’t want to always have too many baked goods in the house, which makes this the perfect size for our family of four. Even though these pans are nonstick, I do like to line the pan with parchment paper so I can easily pull out the entire cake.
  • FOOD PROCESSOR – The cake batter and streusel topping are actually made in a food processor. It doesn’t get any easier! I use an older model of this Hamilton Beach Stack and Snap, but I would like to get that newer model.
  • MINI SPATULAS – I have these mini spatulas that I use all the time. There are three different shapes and each works better for different things. They are so convenient for scraping things out of the crevices of your food processor.= and smoothing the batter into the pan. Since this is baked in an 8 inch baking pan, you don’t really need a giant spatula.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel

This easy gluten free pumpkin crumb cake recipe has a pumpkin cheesecake swirl, pumpkin spice, and a crumbly nut topping. You only need almond flour, oat flour, and coconut flour and no starches or gums, making this a simple gluten free baking recipe. In just minutes you can whip it up and have the aroma those warm autumn spices all through your kitchen. Then pour a cup of coffee or tea and cut yourself a slice. Perfect for a holiday breakfast or dessert.

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Swirl Pecan Crumb Cake with a cup of coffee

Gluten Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel

Creamy swirls of pumpkin, warm spices, and maple drizzle bring the taste and aroma of autumn to this nutty crumb cake for breakfast or dessert
Servings: 16 pieces


For the pumpkin swirl:

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 2 oz. regular or light cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

For the crumb cake:

  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup oat flour (our can purchase or place instant or old-fashioned oats in a food processor and pulse until it forms a flou)
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil (or vegetable, avocado, or other neutral oil)
  • 2 Tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk (can also use almond milk)

For the maple cream cheese drizzle (optional):

  • 1 oz. regular or light cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup


For the pumpkin swirl:

  • Combine the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Set aside.

For the crumb cake:

  • Grease an 8"x8" baking pan or line with parchment paper.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together the almond flour, oat flour, coconut flour, salt, 1 t pumpkin pie spice, and brown sugar until combined.
  • Add the oil and Greek yogurt, and and pulse until well combined.
  • Transfer this mixture to a large bowl and set aside.
  • For the topping, return 1/2 cup of the flour mixture to the food processor.
  • Add the pecans and additional 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and pulse a couple of times to combine and form loose crumbs.
  • To the reserved dry mixture, stir in the the baking soda and baking powder.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla and milk and stir until smooth.
  • Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  • Drop and drizzle small spoonfuls of the reserved pumpkin mixture across the top of the batter.
  • Sprinkle the pecan crumb mixture evenly over the top of the batter.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the middle should come out clean (perhaps only a little of the pumpkin mixture on it, but not cake batter) and it will not jiggle in the middle.
  • Cool the cake completely, and drizzle with the maple cream cheese drizzle, if desired, or another glaze, or just sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • Store the cake, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

For the maple cream cheese drizzle:

  • Blend together the maple syrup and cream cheese. I like to throw it in the fridge to thicken up a bit before using. Also, if your cream cheese gives you a hard time and won't make a smooth glaze, you can press the mixture through a fine mesh sieve several times.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 94mg4%
Potassium 68mg2%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 715IU14%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Originally published on Sep 22, 2013.

  1. CG

    This sounds yummy! What can I use instead of coconut flour? And also instead of Greek yogurt? I can’t have those two things. So a great substitute would be helpful because I really want to make this! Thanks.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Thanks for your comment. As far as substitutions go, you can use sour cream instead of Greek yogurt. The coconut flour is pretty important to making the recipe work, because it absorbs a lot of the moisture. If you don’t need it to be gluten free, you can use all-purpose flour instead. Otherwise, you can try just using a little more almond flour, but I can’t promise a good result because I’ve never tried making it that way. Good luck!

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  3. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    I hope your little guy gets better soon so that he can stop bugging you, Brianne 😉 Gluten free recipes always scare me away with the unique flours (I really don’t want to buy a bag of xanthum gum or whatever it’s called. I’ll never use it all!) so I appreciate that this recipe utilizes flours I can easily obtain and incorporate into different recipes. Crumb cakes are the best and you’re right, you definitely needed the maple cream cheese drizzle (because there’s no reason in the world NOT to!).

  4. No way! I came over here from my pumpkin roundup thread and as soon as I saw this cake, I knew I had to share it on FB (do I have permission to download + tag + link? :))

    Then I skimmed over the ingredients and thought, “Oooh! This sounds great! Totally my kind of cake.”

    Then I actually read it. Hahaha. Thank you for linking to me! I’m so happy that you liked the cake. And your version sounds sooo much better. And hey – you noticed I only use non-funky flours! I’m impressed.

    This totally made me day. Thank you. 🙂

    (By the way, the rating stars aren’t working!)

    1. I actually meant to tell you I adapted your recipe, but have been crazy after my son’s surgery. But as soon as I read your recipe, I wanted to try it, and when you said berries, I thought apples or pumpkin. I may try apples too. Feel free to share. Thanks!

  5. You write with such eloquence and love of Mother Nature’s autumn landscapes. I do hope your boy recovers soon and you can enjoy, Brianne! In the meantime, your dessert does sound like its bringing big smiles to everyone in your household. I appreciate the pared down list of ingredients and the savings for the budget =)

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