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Grain Free Pecan Praline Coffee Cake

Not overly sweet, but absolutely delicious with that perfect nutty flavor, this Grain Free Pecan Praline Coffee Cake hits the spot! Make it for brunch or dessert and fill your cup!

Grain Free Pecan Praline Coffee Cake

I don’t think you necessarily have to be team pumpkin or team pecan, but if we’re choosing…. PECAN 100%! I look forward to all things pecan in the Fall and since the dew point has dropped below 500%, I’m down for baking. I had been thinking about making a sour cream coffee cake for awhile and finally carved out time to do just that. 

Our friend and houseguest for the month has a cinnamon allergy. Like a legit lip tingling, anaphylaxis cinnamon allergy. So yes, while coffee cake and cinnamon are best friends, the ER is not on my agenda so Imma skip right over that ingredient. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to make a coffee cake scrumptious. 

Grain Free Pecan Praline Coffee Cake

I posted my pecan pie recipe [1] not long ago and it got me to thinking. Maybe I’ll skip the streusel and cinnamon and Epi pen this coffee cake and go straight to the salted, maple pecans. And that’s exactly what I did. 

This is the perfect balance between ooey gooey and not too sweet. The praline topping definitely gives you that caramelized vibe, but the cake part is less sweet and won’t make you desperate for a glass of milk or a dentist. 

Grain Free Pecan Praline Coffee Cake

If you’re ready for some Fall vibes but pumpkin just isn’t your thing, I got you boo. I think this coffee cake will hit the spot and have you sharing the recipe with all your friends. Side note: makes the perfect sustenance for November 3rd. We’re gonna need to carb load. 

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Grain Free Pecan Praline Coffee Cake

  • Author: Jennifer Robins



For the cake base:

  • 4 tablespoons ghee or butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (more if you want sweeter)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup cassava flour [4]
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

For the topping:

  • 2 cups pecan pieces
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or butter
  • 3 tablespoons water


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and set a 9×9″ greased casserole dish aside
  2. Now add your praline ingredients in a skillet over medium heat
  3. While those ingredients heat up, mix the batter for your cake in a medium bowl
  4. Once the cake batter is done, set it aside until your pecans are ready
  5. Cook your pecans for about 5-10 minutes, shifting them regularly until the water evaporates and the sugar and nuts caramelize
  6. Once they do, take 1/2 cup of the pecan mixture and add it to the cake batter
  7. Spoon the cake batter into your casserole dish and then spoon the remaining praline mixture on top
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean

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