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Low FODMAP One-Bowl Streusel Coffeecake

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We have many one-bowl cookie recipes for you (see the list at the end of this recipe) but it was high time to bring you brownies, bars and cakes, like this Low FODMAP One-Bowl Streusel Coffeecake.

White plate holding squares of low FODMAP one bowl streusel coffee cake; coffee cup in background

One-Bowl Recipes

Okay, now it is time for a full admission up-front. This cake has two components: streusel and cake batter. Both are made by hand in the same bowl – no mixer needed. But we need to make the streusel first and then set it aside. You could place it in another bowl until needed, or it could be set aside on a piece of parchment. 

If you go the former route, obviously two bowls will be used. I still think of this recipe as a one-bowl recipe; and you don’t even have to wash any electric beaters! And, you can make it in the time it takes for the oven to preheat.

White plate holding squares of low FODMAP one bowl streusel coffee cake; coffee cup in background

Let’s Talk Streusel

Butter, sugar, cinnamon, a bit of flour – you will find all of these traditional ingredients in our streusel (low FODMAP gluten-free flour, that is). And we have streamlined the process. Simply melt the butter in a large bowl in the microwave, add the remaining streusel ingredients and then set aside. Less than 5 minutes. Then, you can use the same bowl for the coffeecake batter. So little clean up!

White plate holding squares of low FODMAP one bowl streusel coffee cake; coffee cup in background

Cake Batter!

Cake batter is a flavor, literally, as in there are cake batter cookies, ice cream, candies and what have you. Personally, I don’t get it. I like my cake batter in cakes. Baked. Let’s talk about this cake batter, which forms the basis for our easy one-bowl coffeecake.

You will notice that it starts with melted butter, which is unusual, but makes creating the batter very easy, no mixer needed.

The second thing to notice is that while many coffeecakes contain sour cream, yogurt or buttermilk, I wanted this cake to be one you could make on the fly. For the dairy component, in addition to the butter, it calls for milk, which we usually have around.

The cake component won’t be as rich as one made with sour cream (lactose-free of course) but it is soft and tender, and we think you will love it.

White plate holding squares of low FODMAP one bowl streusel coffee cake; coffee cup in background

How To Make Low FODMAP One-Bowl Streusel Coffeecake.

Position rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Coat the insides of an 8-inch (20 cm) square cake pan with nonstick spray; set aside.

For the Streusel

Melt the butter in a large microwave safe bowl.

melted butter in glass bowl

Whisk in the sugar, cinnamon and salt…

melted butter sugar, cinnamon, flour and vanilla in glass bowl for making streusel

… then stir in the flour until clumps form.

Making streusel in a glass bowl

Set aside on a piece of parchment. No need to wash out bowl (the streusel should come out of the bowl very cleanly).

For the Cake

Using same bowl, melt the butter, then whisk in sugar and vanilla.

whisking butter, sugar and vanilla together in glass bowl

Now whisk in eggs one at a time.

adding egg to melted butter and sugar in glass bowl

At this point it should look like this:

eggs, sugar and melted butter whisked together in a glass bowl

Add flour, baking powder and salt and begin to stir/fold everything together with a sturdy wooden spoon or silicone spatula until partway combined.

dry ingredients added to melted butter in glass bowl

Add milk…

adding milk to cake batter in glass bowl

…then switch to a whisk and continue to beat until you get a fluid batter.

cake batter in glass bowl

Scrape about half of the batter into the prepared pan (you can do this by eye). Scatter about ½ cup of the streusel evenly over the batter, squeezing it into clumps as you go (this is about a handful).

cake batter in square pan with streusel on top

Top with remaining batter, gently spreading into an even layer.

cake batter in a square pan

Top evenly with remaining streusel.

raw batter and streusel on square cake ready to be baked

Bake for about 25 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick shows a few moist crumbs clinging. The cake will have begun to come away from the sides of the pan and the streusel will be golden.

Baked streusel coffee cake in square pan

Cool on rack for at least 10 minutes. Cut into a 4 by 4 grid to make 16 servings and serve warm, or at room temperature.

coffee cake in square pan but into 16 squares

Cake may be stored at room temperature overnight, well wrapped with plastic wrap.

square of coffee cake held in woman's hand in front of blue background

More One-Bowl Baking Recipes

We want you to come to us when you need fancy birthday, holiday and celebration cakes and desserts and also when you need super simple baked goods – like these:

You will be well-prepared to make recipes on the fly like this one when you have a well-stocked pantry. Check out our article for 12 Essential Pantry Items.

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Low FODMAP One-Bowl Streusel Coffeecake

We have many one-bowl cookie recipes for you (see the list at the end of this recipe) but it was high time to bring you brownies, bars and cakes, like this Low FODMAP One-Bowl Streusel Coffeecake.

Makes: 16 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Author: Dédé Wilson

Ingredients:

Streusel:

Cake:

  • ½ cup (1 stick; 113 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
  • cup (131 g) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 ¾ cups (254 g) low FODMAP gluten-free all-purpose flour, such as Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder; use gluten-free if following a gluten-free diet
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (240 ml) lactose-free whole milk, at room temperature

Preparation:

  1. Position rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Coat the insides of an 8-inch (20 cm) square cake pan with nonstick spray; set aside.
  2. For the Streusel: Melt the butter in a large microwave safe bowl. Whisk in the sugar, cinnamon and salt then stir in the flour until clumps form; set aside on a piece of parchment. No need to wash out bowl (the streusel should come out of the bowl very cleanly).

  3. For the Cake: Using same bowl, melt the butter, then whisk in sugar and vanilla. Now whisk in eggs one at a time. Add flour, bajing powder and salt and begin to stir/fold everything together with a sturdy wooden spoon or silicone spatula until partway combined. Add milk, switch to a whisk and continue to beat until you get a fluid batter.

  4. Scrape about half of the batter into the prepared pan (you can do this by eye). Scatter about ½ cup of the streusel evenly over the batter, squeezing it into clumps as you go (this is about a handful). Top with remaining batter, gently spreading into an even layer. Top evenly with remaining streusel.
  5. Bake for about 25 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick shows a few moist crumbs clinging. The cake will have begun to come away from the sides of the pan and the streusel will be golden. Cool on rack for at least 10 minutes. Cut into a 4 by 4 grid to make 16 servings and serve warm, or at room temperature. Cake may be stored at room temperature overnight, well wrapped with plastic wrap.

Notes:

Tips

Variations:

• You may add ½ cup (50 g) chopped walnuts or pecans to the streusel.
• Add ¼ to ½ teaspoon cardamom to the streusel.
• Add ½ cup (90 g) fresh blueberries to the flour as you fold it into the batter
• Add 2 teaspoons grated orange or lemon zest to the batter.
• Add ½ cup (43 g) sliced almonds to the streusel and ½ teaspoon almond extract to the batter.

FODMAP Information

Our recipes are based on Monash University and FODMAP Friendly science.

  • Butter: Both Monash University and FODMAP Friendly have lab tested butter. Monash states that a low FODMAP Green Light portion is 1 tablespoon or 19 g and also states that “butter is high in fat and does not contain carbohydrates (FODMAPs)”. FODMAP Friendly gives it a “Pass” at 1 tablespoon or 19 g. Both recommended serving sizes are presented as part of healthy eating guidelines, not as maximum FODMAP serving size. Fat can affect guy motility and trigger IBS symptoms in some people. Eat to your tolerance.
  • Sugar: Monash University and FODMAP Friendly have both lab-tested white, granulated sugar. Monash states that a Green Light low FODMAP serving size of white sugar is ¼ cup (50 g). FODMAP Friendly simply states that they have tested 1 tablespoon and that it is low FODMAP. Regular granulated white sugar is sucrose, which is a disaccharide made up of equal parts glucose and fructose. Sucrose is broken down and absorbed efficiently in the small intestine.

Please always refer to the Monash University & FODMAP Friendly smartphone apps for the most up-to-date lab tested information. As always, your tolerance is what counts; please eat accordingly. The ultimate goal of the low FODMAP diet is to eat as broadly as possible, without triggering symptoms, for the healthiest microbiome.

Course: Breakfast, brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more. For a more detailed explanation, please read our article Understanding The Nutrition Panel Within Our Recipes.