Grain-Free Apple Crumb Cake

Grain-Free Apple Crumb Cake

Ahhhh Fall…my favorite time of year! In Florida, the weather could not be more perfect. “Chilly” mornings, cool evenings and 83 and sunny during the day! I just can’t get enough of the outdoors. I also can’t get enough of the Fall flavors: apples, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger….mmmmmm! You will find me in the kitchen baking breads, muffins and other treats all season long. And this Grain-Free Apple Crumb Cake is the newest addition to the rotation!

Apple Crumb Cake made for the SCD diet

We follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to manage my daughter’s Crohn’s Disease. So traditional cake ingredients like wheat flour and sugar are off limits.

You can read about all of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet Legal/Illegal Foods HERE.

When we bake for the SCD diet, we use nut flours and honey to create our delectable desserts. While this sweet treat is called a cake, there are actually no eggs, leavening agents or milk in this recipe. This Apple Crumb Cake is simply made with all whole foods like apples, nuts, honey and spice. So not only are we talking grain-free, but this lightly sweetened snack is dairy-free and vegan too!

How to eat Grain-Free Apple Crumb Cake

  • Cake for breakfast? Absolutely! Because of the super clean ingredients, this “cake” makes a delicious breakfast. I topped mine with SCD Legal 24-Hour Fermented Yogurt and an extra drizzle of honey. YUM!
  • Need a new lunchbox idea? Pop a piece of Apple Crumb Cake into a small Tupperware and your kids will think they’re eating dessert for lunch!
  • Want to make it more dessert-like? Try Apple Crumb Cake a-la mode! Warm up a slice and top it with this SCD Legal Vanilla Ice Cream.

Cashew and Coconut Milk Vanilla Ice Cream

  • 1 can (13 oz)- full fat coconut milk (nothing added)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup raw cashews (quick soaked for 15 minutes. See HERE for directions.)

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and process until super smooth. Freeze and enjoy!

Interested in more grain-free Fall goodies? Try these other healthy SCD Legal sweet treats.

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Grain-Free Apple Crumb Cake

  • Author: Kristi McCollom
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


The perfect fall pairing of nutritious whole foods creates this delicious, sweet treat that is healthy enough for breakfast or snack time.  Elevate this confection to Apple Cake a-la mode with the BONUS recipe (found in the notes) for Cashew and Coconut Milk Ice Cream!



For the Crumb Mixture:

2 cups almond or combination nut flours (I like use a walnut, pecan, almond combo)

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 Tbsp honey

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

For the Filling:

4 apples (I like a firm, tart variety like honeycrisp or fuji)

1/4 cup honey

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp ginger

1 tsp cinnamon


For the Crumb Mixture:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. If starting from whole nuts, place nuts in a food processor and pulse until a fine flour forms.  Do not over-process to create a nut butter!
  3. Combine all crumb mixture ingredients in a large bowl to form crumbs.

For the Filling:

  1. Peel and core the apples.  Coursely shred the apples.
  2. Squeeze apples to remove excess liquid.  Place in a bowl and toss them in 1 Tbsp lemon juice.
  3. Add the honey and spices to the apples.

To Assemble: 

  1. Press 1/3 of the crumb mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 8″ round or square pan.
  2. Sprinkle 1/2 of the apple filling mixture over the top.
  3. Repeat these steps 2 more times, to create 5 layers, ending with the crumb mixture on top.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or  until the top of the cake is golden brown.


Store the cake in an airtight container in the fridge.  This cake is delicious warm or cold.  To warm, pop a piece in the microwave or gently warm in a microwave oven.

BONUS RECIPE** Top with a scoop of Cashew and Coconut Milk Ice Cream to create Apple Crumb Cake A-La Mode

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes

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