Gluten-Free Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake

Published on Dec 07, 2021

  by   Kristina Stosek

13 reviews

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Serves: 16
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Another insanely delicious Gluten-Free Breakfast Blueberry Streusel Cake to enjoy in the morning with a cup of hot coffee or as anytime healthy-ish snack. This buttery, blueberry studded coffee streusel cake is nothing short of deliciousness.

blueberry streusel cake square

What sets this Gluten-Free Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake apart from most?

The moist butter flavoured cake is topped with bursting blueberries scented with cinnamon and a crunchy almond streusel topping. Honestly, I will not say this often, but this blueberry streusel cake is THE BEST!

What is the difference between cake and coffee cake?

The primary difference between a coffee cake, sometimes called a crumb, or breakfast cake is the topping. A cake is usually glazed or has frosting. A coffee cake, often has a streusel or crumb topping.

What is streusel?

Streusel is typically made from butter, sugar, flour and sometimes cinnamon baked on top of cakes, muffins or pies. Sometimes oats or nuts are used to make the streusel.

I like to think of this gluten-free blueberry streusel coffee cake as my go-to special treat for breakfast or brunch.

Here are two of our most popular recipes with a streusel topping:

Gluten Free German Apple Cake

Gluten Free Dutch Apple Quick Bread

side view of blueberry streusel coffee cake

Is this blueberry streusel coffee cake nutritious?

This blueberry streusel coffee cake is not shy of nutrients. The batter is made with protein fibre-rich almond flour, eggs which are a great source of vitamin D and packed with antioxidants deliciously sweet blueberries. 

Is butter good for you?

If you are concerned about butter, in moderation, it can be a healthy part of your diet because it is rich in bone building nutrients like calcium and butter contains compounds to lower chances of obesity. 

gluten-free blueberry streusel coffee cake — recipe details

This coffee cake is gluten-free. Using two flours, a gluten-free measure for measure flour to keep the recipe simple, and almond flour to add protein and fiber and keep the cake moist.

blueberries coated in cinnamon sugar in a bowl

Why are fresh blueberries better in streusel cake?

I used fresh blueberries and tossed them in cinnamon and sugar first. I tried to make this recipe with frozen blueberries, but the cake was a bit soggy, and the blueberries didn’t have that punch of fresh blueberry flavour.

If you have to use frozen blueberries, add a tablespoon of gluten-free flour to the mix with cinnamon and sugar to coat the blueberries.

If you are looking for recipe inspirations using blueberries check out the Gluten-Free Zesty Blueberry Scones or my favourite the Gluten-Free Blueberry Buckle. 

Once you make the batter by creaming the butter with sugar, adding the eggs, milk, and dry ingredients, spread it in a 9-inch square pan.

coffee cake batter topped with blueberries in a square pan

Next, scatter the cinnamon-sugar-coated blueberries over the batter in an even layer.

How to make the perfect streusel?

To make the streusel is so simple. Combine the dry ingredients, add cubed or grated butter and one tablespoon of cold water. Most streusel recipes do not use water, but I find it makes a much better streusel with a bit of extra crunch.

baked gluten free blueberry streusel cake in a square pan

pie-like blueberry topping

This gluten-free coffee cake takes a little longer to bake because of the blueberries. They add a pie-like blueberry filling layer to the cake, which is why the cake takes a little longer to bake.

So, do not underbake the cake. The topping and the edges of the cake should be a golden brown colour.

sliced gluten-free dessert

Add whipped cream or vanilla bean ice cream for an extra special coffee cake

When serving this gluten-free coffee cake, you can change it up by adding whipped cream or ice cream.

The cake must cool completely in the pan before you cut it. I lined the pan with parchment paper for easy removal of the cake.

Lift the cake using the paper and place it on a cutting board. You can cut it into 9 or 16 squares. I prefer smaller pieces, so I cut them into 16 squares.

side view of blueberry streusel coffee cake

This gluten-free blueberry streusel cake is delicious just as is. However, if you want to serve it for brunch, add a dollop of whipped cream or for a special gluten-free dessert, add a couple of scoops of vanilla bean ice cream.

OMG…blueberry dessert heaven!

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Many thanks!

Kristina xx

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wonderful, Happy it turned out with the adjustments Linda. Thank you for sharing

Linda L

Very good. Didn’t have 9 x 9 pan, so I reduced sugar to 1/3 cup and batter fit in my old 8x8 pan. And reduced baking powder to 1 and 1 half teaspoons. Was afraid that batter would be too much for smaller pan. Did not miss extra sugar. Family all loved it! Thank you!


yes Brandy, the eggs go in with the sugar and butter

Brandy Q Barnett

Am I missing something? I just made this with no egg because it never said to use the eggs in the direction. It's still tastes awesome! Are there supposed to be eggs in it and if so when do they go in?

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