Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Crumb Coffee Cake; Gluten-free, Dairy-free

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Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Crumb Coffee Cake. A moist pumpkin cake with a cinnamon swirl middle and sweet crumble top.  I was in HEAVEN when I tasted this low-FODMAP recipe!

My loyal readers know that I love Thanksgiving. Relaxing and enjoying close family and friends is so important right now.  But, if I’m honest, Thanksgiving is all about the food! And to me, that means PUMPKIN RECIPES.

My blog is full of pumpkin inspired low-FODMAP treats!  Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Spice Latte, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Cookies, even a whole blog listing them for you- my Best Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Recipes.

So, here is my newest addition for you all to enjoy!! Low-FODMAP Pumpkin Crumb Coffee Cake.

I decided to make this coffee cake as decadent as possible.  It has a cinnamon swirl.  It has a streusel topping.  It has a glaze.  But, it’s the holidays!  We want things a little ‘over-the-top”, don’t we?!

If you prefer, leave out the swirl or the glaze, and it will still be amazing.

And, all kidding aside, it’s pretty straightforward to make.  No mixer, no finicky frosting or decorating.  EVERYONE will love this moist, incredible dessert.

You HAVE  to make this low-FODMAP Pumpkin Coffee Cake.



If you are looking for a larger, holiday inspired sheet cake, try my Low-FODMAP Sweet Potato Cake with Crumble Topping (made with my low-FODMAP certified vanilla cake mix)!

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Be healthy and happy,

Rachel Pauls, MD

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Although this recipe has not been tested, a single serving should be low-FODMAP based on the ingredients (*using available FODMAP data at time of posting)

Serves: 16

Prep time: 15 min plus cooling

Bake time: 45-55 min *ovens vary, yours may need more or less time

Total time: 60-70M

Bake: 350 F

Equipment: 8 by 8 inch aluminum pan


For low-FODMAP Pumpkin Coffee Cake:

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (8 ounces; 226g) pumpkin puree (this is the same as canned pure pumpkin)
    • 1/3 cup (75g) is one low-FODMAP serving
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup low-FODMAP, gluten-free all-purpose flour (see my low-FODMAP bake off blog for my fave brand!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum, if not added to your flour choice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • Baking spray

For low-FODMAP Filling:

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

For low-FODMAP Crumb topping:

This makes a lot of Crumb Streusel.  Feel free to cut the recipe in half if you prefer a less thick topping!

  • 1 cup low-FODMAP, gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (can also substitute low-FODMAP vegan spread, such as Earth Balance, or coconut oil for dairy-free)
    • If you want the crumb to taste extra decadent, then brown your butter when you melt it!
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
  • For an even more delicious coffee cake, top with my low-FODMAP Glaze!


  • Preheat oven to 350 F, place rack in center of oven
  • Line an 8×8-inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment (optional) and spray with baking spray; set aside
  • Prepare the filling:
    • Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl
  • Prepare the crumb topping:
    • In a medium sized bowl, place the low-FODMAP flour, white and brown sugars and salt, and stir to combine (I like to use a large fork for this)
    • Add the cinnamon, then drizzle in the melted butter or vegan spread and mix and fluff with your fork
    • It should be moist and  clumpy
    • Add the optional pecans or walnuts and mix again lightly
    • Place in the fridge until you are ready to add it
  • In a second medium bowl, mix low-FODMAP flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Stir until just combined
  • In a large bowl, place your eggs, and sugar, whisk to combine.  Then add your pumpkin, canola oil, and vanilla.  Whisk to combine again (can do by hand or with a mixer)
  • Slowly add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and mix by hand until well incorporated
  • Spread half of the batter into your prepared pan, smoothing the top with your spatula (the entire amount of batter should be  about 2 & 1/2 cups; so half the batter would be about 1 & 1/4 cups)
  • Sprinkle with your prepared filling (cinnamon and brown sugar) in the small bowl, and then layer with the second half of batter
  • Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the cake batter in your pan
  • Place in preheated oven for about 45-55 minutes or until the center is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and it is slightly firm to touch (the crumb topping makes it tough to tell, make sure to insert your tester at the middle of the cake mixture)
    • Since ovens vary, your oven may need more/less time
    • Check baking 5 minutes prior to end time
  • Set cake on a wire rack in the pan to cool before serving.  Serve straight from pan, or lift out with the parchment if desired for slicing
  • Drizzle with optional low-FODMAP glaze before serving (optional)
    • Can be stored at room temperature in covered container for up to 5 days, or freezes well

It won’t last 😉

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Comments Rating 5 (2 reviews)

4 Responses

  1. So Delicious

    This is quite a fiddly cake to make (many parts to it : topping, filling, cake itself, and yes, I made the glaze). However, when it’s finally done and the cake is in your mouth, all that hard work is just forgotten.

    This is absolute bliss to eat, and it’s hard to keep to one serving. Husband says he’s saving his second slice for “afters” with some lovely ice cream. Thanks for a lovely surprise!

    1. Hi The Mrs!
      We do agree that because we incorporated a filling, topping and glaze, the cake takes a little time. But if you compare to a layer cake that requires frosting and cooling, the steps noted here are not that bad after all 🙂 Plus, the taste is worth it! Thanks for your review and Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. So good!

    I made this for Thanksgiving and my non – low-fodmap family liked it so much they requested it for Xmas as well! Great recipe, I wouldn’t change a thing!

    1. Hello Darcy,
      Absolutely amazing!! We are so pleased to read this lovely comment. Happy holidays and stay in touch!!

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