Vegan Apple Streusel Cake – Gluten Free

Published on Aug 01, 2022

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 50 minutes Serves: 8
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Enjoy the flavors of this gluten free, vegan apple streusel coffee cake. Exceptionally moist crumb, layered with plenty of fresh apples, and topped with a sweet cinnamon streusel. Whether craving a cozy treat or celebrating a special occasion, this plant-based dessert is an excellent choice. 

slice of vegan apple streusel cake dusted with powdered sugar

Discover the Easiest Gluten Free Vegan Apple Streusel Cake Recipe!

There’s nothing quite like a warm, apple streusel-topped coffee cake. This gluten free, vegan version is just as delicious as the original dessert, one that includes gluten. In addition, this plant-based recipe has only ten key ingredients.

Key Ingredients for Gluten Free Vegan Apple Streusel Cake:

  • Gluten-free flour
  • Almond flour
  • Olive oil
  • Psyllium husk powder
  • Dairy-free milk
  • Sliced peeled apples
  • Cinnamon
  • Sweetener
  • Lemon juice and lemon zest
  • Vanilla

sliced vegan apple streusel cake


This is a straightforward dessert recipe. Combine the dry ingredients such as the two flours, psyllium husk powder, sweetener, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. *If you are using maple syrup or agave, mix it with wet ingredients.

Then, whisk the wet ingredients, such as dairy-free milk, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla, and combine with the dry ingredients.

To assemble, line an 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and layer it with half the batter, sliced apples, and then the remaining batter.

Finally, prepare the streusel topping by mixing the ingredients and scattering it over the apple cake.

This gluten free vegan apple streusel cake is baked slowly at 350 F for about 45 minutes.


This apple streusel cake offers a healthier alternative, unlike typical plant-based desserts laden with excess sugar starches and calories. Its gluten-free nature, including almond flour, plenty of fresh apples, heart-healthy olive oil, and no refined sugar, makes it a healthier dessert option. 


While apples are the star in this recipe, feel free to experiment with other fruits, such as pears, peaches, or berries, for a unique twist.

Why is Vegan Apple Coffee Cake Popular?

Known for its moistness, sweetness from apples, and satisfying streusel topping, apple coffee cake stands out as a favorite choice not only because of how delicious it is but also because apples are budget-friendly and are always available. Its easy preparation further adds to its popularity.

Choosing the Perfect Apples for Baking:

Selecting the ideal apple variety for your coffee cake depends on personal preference. Opt for Honeycrisp or Golden Delicious for a sweeter profile, Granny Smith for a tart taste, or Fuji for a balanced sweet and tart flavor.

Spice Infusion:

You can also spice up the flavor of your vegan apple cake with a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice, enriching every bite with aromatic warmth.

sliced apples in a bowl

Peeling Considerations:

Whether to peel the apples depends on their firmness. Softer varieties like Macintosh or Red Delicious may not require peeling, whereas firmer options like Granny Smith benefit from peeling for a smoother texture.


Store the gluten free vegan dessert in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for up to 1 week.

overview of pieces of apple streusel cake

Frequently Asked Questions About Gluten-Free Vegan Desserts

What are gluten free, vegan desserts?

Gluten free, vegan desserts are sweet treats made without ingredients containing gluten (such as wheat, barley, and rye) and without any animal products (such as dairy, eggs, or honey). These desserts cater to individuals with dietary restrictions due to gluten intolerance, sensitivity to dairy, or those following a plant-based lifestyle.

Are gluten free, vegan desserts healthier?

Gluten free, vegan desserts can be part of a healthy diet, especially when they incorporate whole-food ingredients like fruits, nuts, and gluten-free grains. They often contain less saturated fat and cholesterol than traditional desserts made with animal products. However, like any dessert, they should be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

What ingredients are commonly used in gluten free vegan desserts?

Common ingredients in gluten free, vegan desserts include gluten free flour, plant-based milk alternatives (such as almond milk, coconut milk, rice or oat milk), natural sweeteners (such as maple syrup, agave nectar, or coconut sugar), fruits, nuts, seeds, and plant-based oils (such as coconut oil or olive oil).

How do you replace eggs in gluten free, vegan baking?

Eggs can be replaced in gluten-free, vegan desserts using various egg alternatives, such as psyllium husk powder, flax eggs (made from ground flaxseeds mixed with water), chia eggs (made from ground chia seeds mixed with water), and commercial egg replacers. These substitutes help bind ingredients together and provide moisture to the dessert.

Are gluten free, vegan desserts tasty?

Yes, gluten free, vegan desserts can be incredibly delicious! They can rival traditional desserts in taste and texture with the right combination of ingredients and flavors. 

close up of vegan apple cake

Serving Suggestions For Vegan Gluten Free Apple Streusel Cake

Dairy-Free Whipped Cream: Top your gluten-free vegan dessert with a dollop of dairy-free whipped cream made from coconut cream or aquafaba (chickpea brine). This adds a luxurious touch and creamy texture without using dairy products.

Nut or Seed Sprinkle: Sprinkle crushed nuts (like almonds, pecans, or walnuts) or seeds (such as pumpkin or sunflower seeds) over your dessert for added texture, protein, and healthy fats. Toasting the nuts or seeds beforehand can enhance their flavor.

Drizzle of Vegan Caramel or Chocolate Sauce: Elevate your coffee cake with a drizzle of gluten free vegan caramel or chocolate sauce. This adds richness and indulgence, perfect for chocolate lovers or those with a sweet tooth.

Coconut Yogurt or Vegan Ice Cream: Serve this apple dessert alongside a scoop of coconut yogurt or your favorite dairy-free ice cream flavor. The creamy, cold contrast complements the dessert’s warmth and sweetness.

Decorative Dusting: Finish your gluten free, vegan dessert with a dusting of powdered sugar or ground cinnamon for a decorative touch. This makes it look pretty with added sweetness or extra flavor.


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Warmth and Comfort in Every Bite:

Indulge in the comforting warmth of this gluten-free, vegan apple coffee cake, perfect for chilly mornings or leisurely afternoons. Its vegan version ensures everyone can savor its deliciousness without worrying about gluten, extra calories, and animal products.


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Bev, psyllium husk powder is a must in this recipe because it replaces eggs. However, you can replace 5 teaspoons of whole psyllium for 2 teaspoons of psyllium powder.

Bev Power

Wonder what psyhllium does in this recipe and is it needed? I have whole psyhllium, could I use that in place of the powder?

Jennifer Gillard



Delicious and easy to make


absolutely delicious and super easy to make!

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