This lightened-up Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe is the perfect breakfast for a special occasion! It is dairy-free & gluten-free and feeds a crowd!

When we plan our menus for Thanksgiving or Christmas, we usually put most of our efforts towards the big dinner! However if you’re like me {and my three kids}, even on days when you know you’re going to eat a TON of food later, you still need to have something for breakfast!  This Blueberry Coffee Cake is the perfect, healthier dish to serve your family as a special holiday breakfast!

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This lightened-up Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe is the perfect breakfast for a special occasion! It is dairy-free & gluten-free and feeds a crowd!

I love making every moment of the holidays memorable, which means I do NOT want to start out a special day with your average, run-of-the-mill breakfast. No matter what the occasion–a birthday, Valentine’s day, Easter, or Christmas–you’d better believe my kids start counting down weeks early {or months when it comes to their own Birthdays😂}!

So when they come bounding down the stairs with their springy morning hair in their adorable pajamas all excited that the day is here, I want to have a super-special breakfast surprise waiting for them!

This lightened-up Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe is the perfect breakfast for a special occasion! It is dairy-free & gluten-free and feeds a crowd!

We all love this Blueberry Coffee Cake! It is special enough to signal that this morning is different than all the rest {I mean, c’mon…cake for breakfast?!}, but healthy enough that it doesn’t derail our entire day with a sugar rush and regret! 😉 It is dairy-free, low in sugar, and can easily be made gluten-free with great results!

This lightened-up Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe is the perfect breakfast for a special occasion! It is dairy-free & gluten-free and feeds a crowd!

I usually bake this Blueberry Coffee Cake the night before I plan to serve it! If you haven’t picked up on this as a reader of my blog yet…I am all about make-ahead recipes! When we hosted Thanksgiving a few years ago I had everything made or started the day beforehand! Even the turkey had been brining for a couple of days! I like to enjoy the holidays by being present with my loved ones instead of spending the day cooking in the kitchen!

Also, on a holiday like Christmas…where the best part of the day is first thing in the morning…having breakfast ready to go the night before is so helpful!

This lightened-up Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe is the perfect breakfast for a special occasion! It is dairy-free & gluten-free and feeds a crowd!

Holidays are definitely not the only occasions that I make this Blueberry Coffee Cake! It is at the top of my short-list of breakfast recipes when we host out-of-town guests! And this cake is not just for breakfast…you can totally serve it as a delicious dessert too! 🙂

This lightened-up Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe is the perfect breakfast for a special occasion! It is dairy-free & gluten-free and feeds a crowd!

Notes on Substitutions for this Blueberry Coffee Cake: 

There are many acceptable substitutions in this recipe. I have tried most of them with great results:

All-Purpose Flour: can be substituted with equal amounts of your favorite gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.

Coconut Oil: If you are allergic to coconut products you can substitute equal amounts of regular butter or vegan butter (like earth balance).

Coconut Milk: Can be substituted with any non-dairy or regular dairy milk (the higher the fat content the richer the taste).

Granulated Sugar: You can use coconut sugar or your favorite unrefined granulated sugar.

This lightened-up Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe is the perfect breakfast for a special occasion! It is dairy-free & gluten-free and feeds a crowd!

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 9" round cake (serves 6-10)

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 9” round cake pan with parchment paper and lightly grease. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; set aside.
  3. In a large, microwave-safe glass bowl melt the coconut oil.
  4. Whisk in coconut milk until combined.
  5. Add sugar, apple sauce, eggs, and vanilla extract and whisk until completely combined.
  6. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  7. Gently fold the blueberries into the batter until evenly mixed.
  8. Pour batter into prepared cake pan.
  9. Evenly sprinkle the top of your mixture with cinnamon sugar.
  10. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  11. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  12. Use parchment paper to lift cake out of the pan and continue cooling on the rack.
  13. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator! Can be served warm, room temperature or cold!

Notes

*or butter or vegan butter substitute **any non-dairy or regular dairy milk can be used here

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