Maple Streusel Coffee Cake Squares

This image courtesy of Amber Shea Crawley

These are one of Matt’s all-time favorites. Considering the fact that it doesn’t contain any chocolate (which he loves), that’s really saying something!

NotesIf you have mesquite powder on hand, add 2 teaspoons to the batter along with the coconut flour for a delightful flavor enhancement.

• 20 Minutes or Less

• Grain-Free Variation

• Lower-Fat Variation

• Oil-Free

12 servings



Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, raw, soy free, vegan, vegetarian

Mealbreakfast, brunch

Type of Dishcake, dessert


  • 1 cup dry walnuts
  • 1 cup dry pecans
  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1¼ cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup, divided
  • 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar


  1. In a food processor, combine the walnuts and pecans and pulse a few times, until the nuts are roughly chopped. Add the oats, cinnamon, and salt, and pulse just until the nuts are coarsely ground (be careful not to overprocess). Transfer 2/3 cup of the nut mixture to a small bowl and set aside.

  2. Add the coconut flour to the remaining mixture in the food processor and pulse until just combined. Add the dates, 2 to 3 at a time, pulsing between additions until each date is well-incorporated. Add the vanilla and ¼ cup of the maple syrup and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Transfer the batter to an 8-inch square baking pan (lined with plastic wrap for easy removal, if desired), using your fingers or a spatula to press it firmly and evenly into the pan.

  3. Add the coconut palm sugar and remaining tablespoon of maple syrup to the reserved nut-oat mixture in the small bowl. Use a fork to stir it together until it becomes sticky. Scatter the streusel evenly on top of the cake in the pan, and firmly press it down with your fingers or the bottom of a cup. Refrigerate until ready to cut and serve.

  4. Store the squares in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month.

  5. Substitutions:

  6. • Walnuts: additional pecans, or almonds a Pecans: additional walnuts, or almonds

  7. • Dates: soft golden raisins

  8. • Coconut palm sugar: Sucanat, maple sugar, or organic brown sugar

  9. Variations:

  10. • Grain-Free Coffee Cake Bars: Replace the oats with unsweetened flaked coconut.

  11. • Lower-Fat Coffee Cake Bars: Replace ½ cup of either the pecans or the walnuts with additional old-fashioned rolled oats.

  12. • Tropical Carrot Cake: Mix ½ cup unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut into the batter.


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It was very tasty but way too dry. I used it to top strawberries. While I was making it I saw that it was not going to hold together and added some extra maple syrup. Would love to know how to fix it!


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