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Christmas Morning Coffee Cake (Grain Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free)

  • Author: Jaime Hartman
  • Total Time: 2 hours 40 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x


This recipe recreates the taste of a family holiday favorite without grain, dairy, or nuts. Technically paleo, though probably not suitable for people who want a low-carb treat.


  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 packages yeast (each one 1/4 ounce)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons powdered gelatin
  • 3/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 3/4 cup potato starch
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup of dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/3 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup of raisins


  1. Combine water and honey in a small bowl or large glass measuring cup. Sprinkle yeast over top and allow to bloom for several minutes while you gather your other ingredients.
  2. Melt coconut oil and and add to yeast mixture. Add eggs and powdered gelatin, whisking vigorously to combine.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the tapioca flour, potato starch, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the wet ingredients and whisk thoroughly, making sure their are no lumps.
  4. Place a kitchen towel over the bowl and let it rise in a warm, draft-free area for 1 hour.
  5. Grease a 1.5 quart loaf pan and pour about 1/3 of the dough into the bottom of the pan.
  6. Sprinkle half the dried fruit on top of the dough in the pan, then spread another 1/3 of the dough and sprinkle the rest of the dried fruit on top of that. Spread the remaining dough on top of the dried fruit.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and allow the completed coffee cake to rise for about 30 minutes.
  8. Bake until the cake is lightly browned, about 35-45 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edge and carefully invert the pan to release.
  10. This is best eaten right away, so slice and serve warm.
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: baked good
  • Cuisine: American