Emmer Applesauce Coffee Cake


If you enjoy baking with whole wheat flour, I encourage you to give emmer flour a try. Emmer (also known as farro) is a low-gluten, high protein, ancient grain loaded with nutrients.

Emmer flour gives baked goods a sweet, nutty, rich flavor and can be substituted for whole wheat flour in any recipe with good results.

This Emmer Applesauce Coffee Cake is a variation on a recipe developed by Tess Houk at Local 98856 in Twisp, Washington. It’s dark, rich, moist, and totally satisfying, without being overly sweet.

If you’d like to try baking with emmer flour but can’t find it in your area, you can order freshly milled organic emmer flour from our friends at Bluebird Grains Farm.

Emmer Applesauce Coffee Cake

Recipe Type: Breakfast, Dessert, Coffee Cake
Author: A Passionate Plate – inspired by Emmer Coffee Cake by Tess Houk at Local 98856
Serves: 9-12
Emmer flour is a low gluten, nutrient dense grain with a sweet, nutty flavor. If you cannot find Emmer flour in your market, you can order it from www.bluebirdgrainfarms.com or you can substitute whole wheat flour.
  • 2 1/2 cups Emmer Flour (or substitute whole wheat flour)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9 x 9 baking dish or spray well with non-stick spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, oil, and applesauce.
  5. Stir the applesauce mixture into the dry mixture just until it is combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  7. Combine the brown sugar, pecans and butter. Drizzle over the top of the batter.
  8. Bake 45-50 minutes until the cake is golden brown and set in the middle.
  9. Allow to cool slightly before serving.



  1. Phyllis Klaudt says:

    I tried the Emmer Applesauce Coffee Cake today. I had emmer grain, so ground my own flour. The coffee cake is WONDERFUL! It has a different texture than using regular whole wheat flour but it is not objectionable. The taste is amazing. My hubby says this is a keeper. thanks!

    • MaryMiller says:

      Hi, Phyllis – I just love the fact that you ground your own emmer flour. Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed the recipe – it is one of my favorites.

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