The natural sweetness and tender crumb of this quick-prep treat make it a true family favorite around here. Though I originally created it as a healthy snack or dessert option, its wholesome qualities soon made it an acceptable–and regular–addition to our breakfast menu. That posed one small dilemma…
What should I name it? Is it a cake or a quick bread? Should it be eaten for breakfast first thing in the morning or later in the day as a snack or dessert? Ultimately, the name doesn’t really matter, nor does the time of day it’s consumed.
Realistically, this recipe is a hybrid. It lacks icing and isn’t as decadent as a traditional cake, although the tenderness and flavor do not leave us wanting. Unlike most quick breads, I forego the loaf pan in favor of a square or round pan for the sake of faster, more even cooking. (And randomly, I always think that a slice from a loaf pan seems less substantial than a square or wedge cut from a cake pan. Does anyone else think that, too?)
One important note: coconut flour is unique. It’s far more absorbent than flours like all-purpose, almond, and oat and, as a result, imparts great moisture in baked goods. It’s these properties, however, that make substitutions nearly impossible without altering the amount of eggs and other liquid in the recipe. For those who wish to experiment, I can give you some tips, but for time-tested results, I recommend following the recipe as written.😀
Yield: 8–10 servings
- 1 cup (112 grams) almond flour
- ¼ cup (28 grams) coconut flour*
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 large eggs**
- ¾ cup (184 grams) pumpkin puree (canned is fine; not pumpkin pie filling)
- ¼ cup (60 grams) maple syrup
- ¼ cup (52 grams) melted coconut oil (could substitute melted butter)
- Optional: ¼-½ cup chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and grease an 8-inch square baking dish or a 9-inch round cake pan.
In a small bowl, stir together the almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate medium to large bowl, whisk the eggs and then stir in the pumpkin, maple syrup, and melted oil.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and stir to combine. Stir in the optional half cup of chocolate chips. (Alternately, you can use 1/4 cup of chips a topping. Even 2 tablespoons is enough to add a hint of chocolate on top for those who enjoy but want to keep added sugar to a minimum.)
Pour into the prepared pan (sprinkling with chips if desired), and bake for 25 minutes, give or take a few minutes depending on oven and precise dimensions of the chosen pan, or until just cooked through the center.
- *To avoid over-packing the flours, fluff them up a bit before spooning into the measuring cup and leveling off with the straight edge of a knife. This is especially helpful with the coconut flour, which is a particularly absorbent flour. Also, because the properties of coconut flour are unique, equivalent substitutions of alternate flours tend to be unreliable.
- **It’s helpful to bring the eggs and any other refrigerated ingredients to room temperature in order to prevent the coconut oil from solidifying upon contact with them. If this does happen, warm in 10-20 second bursts in the microwave—just enough to re-melt the oil without cooking the eggs. Tip 1: To quickly bring eggs to room temperature, place them in a bowl of warm water for 5 minutes. Tip 2: A large is equal to approximately 1/4 cup or 2 ounces. If your eggs are on the smaller side, you can add extra egg white to equal a total of 3/4 cup or 6 ounces of eggs for this recipe. That will ensure a proper ratio of wet to dry ingredients.