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Blueberry Banana Almond Coffee Cake

An incredibly moist, buttery and easy-to-make coffee cake with fresh blueberries, banana and sliced almonds! This coffee cake made with a portion of almond flour is soft and tender with full of fresh blueberries, ripe banana and sliced almonds. Best served with your morning coffee, or as an evening snack with a cup of black coffee or just skip the coffee and have the cake! 😍

Blueberry Banana Almond Coffee Cake

What is a coffee cake? Does coffee cake have coffee in it?

I too had this very question whenever I see "Coffee Cake" mentioned but no coffee listed in the ingredients. Laura Vitale explained in one of her episodes that a coffee cake is a sweet dish served with black coffee. Simple as that! Upon reading further about this often misleading name, I learnt that a classic coffee cake will have some kind of crumb toppings like streusel and or a sugar glaze or both. This can be baked even in a square or rectangle pan that holds the cinnamon flavoured crumbs beautifully.  So no, coffee cake need not have coffee, but if you do make a cake with coffee for the flavour, then you won't need coffee to go with it. You know what I mean?🙂

Blueberry Banana Almond Coffee Cake

Why I baked this Blueberry Banana Almond Coffee Cake?

I had an overly ripe banana which made me switch on the baking mode. Quickly glanced through the fridge to see if anything else needs to be used up - there! a box of blueberries that I got on a good discount. Banana and Blueberry is a well-known pairing but I didn't want to bake another loaf bread again. I know, almost all my previous bakes have been loaf or muffin! 🤣 So it has to be a round cake. Next, I scanned the pantry and found a bottle of almond flour (remember my keto stint?) So now I have a picture - Blueberry, Banana, and Almond flour round cake. 

I own only one 8-inch springform pan that I purchased while in Yanbu to make cheesecakes for my cheesecake lover. A few months ago, I had baked my first ever coffee cake with apple and crumb toppings in this springform pan which I carried to F's colleagues gathering. Everyone loved it but I wasn't too happy with it nor was it an easy recipe to recreate. So it is time to make another coffee cake!🤩

Blueberry Banana Almond Coffee Cake

Who can have this cake?

This deliberately lowered-carb Blueberry Banana Almond Flour coffee cake is perfect for those who don't mind indulging but want to feel less guilty. 😆 You won't feel too guilty because I have reduced the calories way down by using less sugar, almond flour and skipping the crumb. But this is no way a healthy version or any of the fancy diet-friendly. And of course, mind your allergies and tweak the recipe as needed. I have provided substitution options down below. 

Blueberry Banana Almond Coffee Cake

Ingredients of this coffee cake

  • Flour: I have used an equal amount of all-purpose flour and almond flour. If you don't have almond flour, you can replace it with all-purpose flour or wheat flour or oats flour. 
  • Leavening agent: Both baking powder and baking soda are essential.
  • Salt: A pinch will help bring the flavours out. If you are using salted butter then skip this salt. 
  • Sugar: I have used only 2/3 cups of granulated sugar so the cake is not overly sweet but the sweetness comes from ripe banana too. You may increase to 1 cup or make crumb or glaze for extra sweetness. 
  • Unsalted butter: Only room temperature butter should be used. Don't try to melt to bring to room temperature. Let the butter block sit on the counter for 1 to 2 hours. 
  • Egg: A whole large egg in room temperature. 
  • Banana: 1 medium-sized very ripe banana. If you don't have a banana, then add another egg. If you plan to use egg instead of a banana, then increase sugar to 1 cup. 
  • vanilla extract: pure or essence
  • Milk: full-fat cow's milk. You may replace with buttermilk.
  • Labneh: You may replace it with sour cream or thick hung yoghurt - do not skip this. 
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Sliced almonds
  • vanilla sugar: for dusting
You will just need two bowls and a whisk to whip up the batter for this cake. Make sure all the ingredients are room temperature which is the most important factor to make this cake. Bake the coffee cake for 40 to 50 minutes. Bake until the cake feels springy when you gently press the middle and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. If the top start to get too brown before the cake is done, tent the top of the cake loosely with aluminium foil.

I contemplated adding a crumb topping to make it more like the classic coffee cake, but I loved the look of the berries and almonds studded so much that I couldn’t stand the thought of covering them up. So, I skipped even the glaze but you may add that for a richer taste.  

Blueberry Banana Almond Coffee Cake

I watched Laura Vitale make her blueberry vanilla bean coffee cake and adapted her method but my ingredients and measurements are totally different. Watching her videos gives me the confidence to experiment because she makes it seem all so easy and effortless. If I still feel doubtful, I read Sally's nerdy notes that help me decide most of the times. Then you have Google for everything else. 

Blueberry Banana Almond Coffee Recipe

INGREDIENTS

Large bowl:
1 cup all-purpose flour 
1 cup almond flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Medium bowl:
2/3 cup granulated sugar 
100gms unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg, room temperature
1 very ripe banana, mashed 
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup full-fat cow's milk
1/4 cup labneh or sour cream or thick hung yoghurt

3/4 to 1 cup blueberries, washed, drained and pat dried 
1/4 cup sliced almonds 

METHOD

  1. Keep all the wet ingredients measured on the counter so that it can come to room temperature
  2. Preheat oven to 190c (375F) with the rack in level 2
  3. Grease the bottom of an 8-inch springform* or a round cake pan lightly with butter (you may line the bottom with baking paper)
  4. Whisk together the Large bowl ingredients and keep aside
  5. Add the butter and sugar in another bowl and whisk with a hand whisk or electric whisk until creamy
  6. Add the mashed banana, egg and vanilla and whisk thoroughly until combined 
  7. Stir in the milk and labneh and whisk again until a smooth batter 
  8. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until combined (batter will be thin but almond flour will absorb)
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and tap twice to break any air bubbles 
  10. Bake for 25 minutes, open the door and quickly scatter the blueberries and almonds all over the top, close and continue to bake for another 25 mins or until the toothpick test comes out clean
  11. If the top starts to brown faster, then cover the cake pan with foil and continue to bake until done
  12. Remove the cake pan and let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack until the sides release (10 minutes) 
  13. Run a blunt side knife around the tin before removing the ring
  14. Sprinkle icing sugar before serving with coffee or tea
Notes:
* If you plan to add crumb or streusel topping then stick to a springform pan so you don't have to remove the cake causing the crumbs to fall apart.

How to store coffee cake?

Coffee cake can be made one day ahead and kept covered at room temperature for at least 2 days. As we have a banana in the cake, like all banana treats, this one also gets better the next day. Almond flour gives this moist cake a nutty flavour, while the slivered almonds and a sprinkling of vanilla sugar add an extra sweet note. You may freeze or refrigerate any leftovers to last longer. 

Blueberry Banana Almond Coffee Cake

I baked this cake on 19th Feb afternoon when I very well knew I would be baking my birthday cake soon! 😅 That is what a baking bug does! I took a small portion of this coffee cake to my neighbour and had black tea with her. She had a visitor who also got to taste my cake and loved it! F had them but did not seem to be very impressed because of the banana but he still ate them the next day too. Instagram fam was demanding for the recipe...so here it is!  

Hope you will make this and let me know if your family loved it too! 

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Blueberry Banana Almond Coffee Cake


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