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Orange, Cranberry & Pecan Coffee Cake

Written by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci

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Prep time: 15 min • Cook time: 12 to 15 min • Yield: 8 servings


  • 8- or 9-inch round cake pan


  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup dried unsweetened cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (do not use white pith)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon pure orange extract or ½ teaspoon orange oil (you can use vanilla if you don’t have the orange extract/oil)
  • Coconut oil pan spray or 1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted



  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray pan with coconut oil or brush with melted coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, pecans, and cranberries. In a smaller bowl combine remaining wet ingredients: orange zest, egg, honey, and orange extract and mix well.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients ­­­and mix well.  You may need to knead dough in the bowl a few times to insure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  4. Turn dough out into prepared pan and spread evenly. Dough will be thick and sticky. Cut dough as you would a pie into 8 evenly-sized slices. This will make it easier to remove from pan when cool.
  5. Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes. When edges and top are lightly golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out dry, it is done.
  6. Let cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes before removing from pan. Rescore the slices with a sharp knife, remove slices with a metal spatula, and serve.

Notes: If you choose, you can glaze the coffee cake. Mix 2 tablespoons powdered coconut sugar with 1 tablespoon orange juice and stir vigorously until smooth. When cool, drizzle over coffee cake in a zigzag pattern.