Nana’s Norwegian Coffee Cake

Nana’s Norwegian Coffee Cake

My family is big on “traditions” and we have many, but this may be one of our favorites, to have this coffe cake on Christmas morning.  I must admit, every time my girls asked me “mom, how will we have Nana’s coffe cake, we cannot have eggs”? I would cringe, not exactly sure how I was going to recreat this recipe.  But, I DID! Egg free, gluten free, and dairy free but all the same delicious flavors I remembered growing up and eating this.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar (yes, I know, this is a lot, but this is a treat)
  • 1/4 cup dairy free margarine
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 1/4 cups cassava flour (for recipe purposes, do not substitute this, I had to tweak this recipe to get the liquid to flour ratio correct, trust me, this is so worth it, I recommend Otto’s Cassava Flour)
  • 2/3 cup applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder



  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together.  Add in the almond milk, flour, applesauce, baking powder, and salt. Stir.
  3. Pour in to a greased 8×8 baking pan (I like to double the recipe and make in a 9×13 so we have leftovers).
  4. In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup sugar with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.  Sprinkle on top of the batter.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until knife comes out clean.

There you have it, my Nana’s amazing coffee cake.  This is so buttery and delicious.


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