Apr 15

Raspberry Vanilla Skillet Coffee Cake

So I don’t drink coffee.


Not because I’m all anti-coffee.  I think it smells like heaven, it reminds me of my mom and I love how trendy and cute those girls at starbucks look when they order their tall, half-caf, low-fat whatever it may be.  But my stomach doesn’t quite stomach coffee ifyaknowwhatimean.

And serious question time.  Why does Starbucks not serve almond milk?  I will never understand.  Both regular milk and soy milk make me feel less than ideal.  Ughwhatev.


And then there’s Joe Fox’s view of Starbucks…

“The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are, can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall! Decaf! Cappuccino!”*

So it’s totally unfair that I can’t handle coffee because I am totally that person with no ‘decision-making ability whatsoever.’  For serious.  You should have seen how long it took me to buy a couch.  So all these other people are getting a sense of self at their local starbucks when I’m left with just ordering something like green tea…and you only have to make like 3 decisions for that: type of tea, size of tea, sweetener/no sweetener.

How am I gonna get a ‘defining sense of self’ by only making 3 decisions…umm I don’t.  So I’m left to my own devices to find this ‘sense of self’ that I could be getting for $2.95 (or $3.95…i’m sure we’ve experienced some price inflation since that movie came out).  Not fair.


And then there is coffee cake.  Which when you think about it could totally give a person with no decision making ability a “defining sense of self” because I had to make like a lot of decisions to make this.  Probably like 8 decisions.  The most important being to make it a vegan coffee cake which is essential because that means you get to eat the batter…yeeessssss.  My love for eating batter is nearly as deep for my love for tacos.  And both of those loves are greater than my love for golf.

However, while doing homework yesterday (all the while sneaking little, baby handfuls of dark chocolate covered cacao nibs), I had The Masters on in the background.


Now I’m not an avid golfer (…or an avid golf followers), but drama is fun.  And Tiger got a two stroke penalty (which I’m sure we all heard about) that everyone was freaking out about so all the sudden golf seemed interesting and drama-filled just like an episode of anything on E! (right, Haley?)

Plus, watching Tiger Woods play is interesting because I have a second cousin that looks exactly (EXACTLY!!!) like a white version of Tiger Woods and it’s just fun to completely freak out over how identical they look every single time Tiger’s face pops up on the screen.


And maybe I should start watching golf all the time because it was pretty dramatic.  At one point a guy was trying to snap his golf club in half because he was uber disappointment.


But I think I reached my golf watching quota for awhile.  Which is probably good because it’s kinda sort slow and I’ve got a busy week with a phone interview for a possible summer internship + making a version of this + 2 papers + 1 case study + 1 test + 1 quiz + Andrew’s birthday + i have to go to the post office…ahhh hate the post office + another week of this strength workout + 1 spinning class + 2 (4 mile) runs + 1 stair stepper workout.

But then Friday night will arrive and I somehow managed to convince Andrew that he wanted Mexican food for his birthday dinner so it’s gonna be just delicious (we’re going to our fav place, Morgan).


*who can name the movie reference?!

Raspberry Vanilla Skillet Coffee Cake

makes 8-10 slices

[oh so slightly adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie]

1 cup milk (I used original almond milk)

1/2 cup vanilla flavored greek yogurt (I used Chobani)

1 Tbsp ground flax seeds

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3 Tbsp coconut oil (or vegetable oil)

1 cup almond meal (or almond flour)

1 cup oat flour (just oats ground into a flour)

2/3 cup sugar

4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup dark chocolate covered cacao nibs (or dark chocolate chips)

1 3/4 cup frozen raspberries, divided

Preheat the oven to 350F.  Grease a 10-inch enamel-lined cast iron skillet (similar to this one).

In a bowl, combine the milk, greek yogurt, flax, vanilla extract, and coconut oil.

In separate larger bowl, combine the almond meal/flour, oat flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  Use a sifter to sift everything together/get out all the lumps/make everything light and fluffy.  Stir in the dark chocolate covered cacao nibs.  Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients.  Quickly and partially stir together (about 5 stirs).  Then add in 1 1/3 cup frozen raspberries and finish stirring until wet and dry ingredients are JUST incorporated (be careful not to over mix).

Pour batter into your greased skillet and top with the remaining frozen raspberries.  Bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center mostly clean.  The coffee cake will still seem a little under cooked   Allow to cool 15 minutes in your skillet before slicing and removing slices.  The first slice will be hard to get out but after that it’ll be easier.  Serve warm topped with vanilla greek yogurt and frozen raspberries.

13 comments on “Raspberry Vanilla Skillet Coffee Cake”

  1. This looks amazing!! Hey, and drama on E! is real life. It’s good stuff. Really just helps me procrastinate but whatever. I am definitely one of those people at Starbucks. I do not know why I spend so much money on coffee. For some reason when I am at Starbucks it doesn’t seem like real money or something. Awful habit. And I asked them the same thing the other day about almond milk!! It makes me so mad. Soy milk is less than ideal. We really should get real problems . :)

  2. I love you’ve got mail! And it’s exactly what I thought of before you said it! I hope your week isn’t too busy!

    • Woohoo you guessed it:):):)) How could anyone not love You’ve got mail?! Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks will get ya every time! Probably one of the sweetest movies ever. F-O-X.

  3. This sounds great. And I always look forward to the little anecdotes that you give in your blog posts. So I couldn’t figure out where that quote was from and I cheated and looked it up on yahoo. Darn it! I’ve totally seen that movie too, so I should’ve known.

    • Not cheating…just using your resources! And when movie quotes are out of context it’s hard to know where they’re from. Like when someone asks you to name the character in some TV show and you can’t think of it to save your life even though you watch that show all.the.time…always happens to me:)

  4. This skillet coffee cake is totally up my alley. I JUST had some raspberries in my yogurt. SO GOOD. Definitely one of my favorite fruits. Plus I don’t like coffee either…and they should have almond milk!! My dad and grandpa were goin’ craaaazy over the Masters yesterday. It was like the super bowl in this house! ;)
    But anyway, thanks for another nugget of your recipe wisdom!!!

    • I keep waiting for raspberries to get cheap but they’re still $9853089 at my grocery store! So I went with the bag of frozen ones…not as fun:( But I love being home when big sporting events are on because my dad gets SOOOO into it…a lot of yelling and changing the channel saying “oh I can’t even watch, these refs have this game so rigged” haha drama!

  5. Oh Starbucks…I really only buy my coffee beans there so I’m not sure how much of a sense of self that gives me. Although it DOES allow me to choose how finely I want them ground!

    I love the sound of this coffee cake. Raspberry vanilla = heaven in cake form.

    • I HAVE bought a mug at Starbucks and that took some serious decision making skills but yeah but I don’t feel like I got a sense of self…I think you have to buy the venti, double mocha, halfcaf, extra hot, cappuwhateverfor that:))

  6. I have seen You Got Mail at least a thousand times. I can quote it line by line. And this coffee cake sounds right up my ally. Raspberries + Vanilla? Yum!

    • Such a great movie and it’s the perfect movie for like a relaxing Sunday afternoon:) Actually maybe that’s what I’ll do this Sunday…watch You’ve Got Mail and bake something delicious. Sounds like happiness:)

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