This beautifully easy Chocolate Coffee Cake is sweetened with banana and applesauce and topped with a chocolate-cashew crumb topping.
Coffee cake confuses me. The “coffee” part makes me think breakfast, but it’s cake. I guess doughnuts, danishes, and most muffins are more like dessert than a healthy start to your day, yet they somehow got the stamp of approval for breakfast. Coffee cake is no different. In this recipe, I used banana and applesauce to add sweetness and moisture while reducing the oil and sugar, which makes it practically health food.
I know lots of people who can’t drink coffee in the evening or they will be up all night, so for those folks this chocolate coffee cake would have to be breakfast. Lucky for me, I can drink a cup of joe any time of day or night without it affecting my sleep, so I will gladly enjoy this cake in the morning or after dinner.
Don’t let the pretty marbled effect make you worry that this recipe is difficult. Making it marbled is just one tiny extra step, but we can keep that our little secret. I know everyone you serve this to will be impressed with your mad baking skills, and they’ll never guess it’s super easy. I used cashews in the crumb topping because I had a bag of broken cashews that needed to be used, but peanuts or walnuts would be great too.
Be a hero at your next potluck, bake sale, or brunch with this easy and delicious Chocolate Coffee Cake!
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