Freekeh Pumpkin Streusel Cake | © 2014 |

This tender, moist coffee cake is made with healthy freekeh flour, pumpkin puree and Speculaas spice. The hazelnut streusel topping gives the cake a very delicious crunchy.
Apart from bursting with an amazing combination of flavours, this crumble coffee cake is also very versatile. It works great as a weekend breakfast with a steaming cup of tea or with a large dollop of whipped cream as the afternoon coffee accompaniment. Instead of honey that original recipe has called for, I have used homemade pistachio syrup that Evelyne from Cheap Ethnic Eatz sent me a couple of months ago. With the fresh homemade pistachio syrup, this cake is definitely a winner. Thanks, Evelyne!

  • 50 g Hazelnuts, chopped
  • 10 g Brown raw sugar
  • 25 g Butter
  • 1/4 tsp Speculaas spice mix
  • 200 g Whole freekeh berries (green spelt), ground into flour
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1+1/2 tsp Speculaas spice mix
  • 50 g Dried cranberries
  • 300 g Pumpkin puree
  • 100 g Plain low fat yogurt
  • 100 g Pistachio syrup or honey
  • 50 g Coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 4 Egg whites
  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Grease a 20-cm springform pan or line with a parchment paper.
  2. For the crumble topping, place all of the crumble ingredients into a large bowl. Rub the butter into the nuts until crumbly. Set aside.
  3. Combine freekeh flour, baking soda, salt, spice mix and dried cranberries in a large bowl. Stir well with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture.
  4. Combine the pumpkin puree, yogurt, pistachio syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract and eg whites in another bowl. Add to flour mixture. Stir just until moist.
  5. Spoon batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with streusel topping. Bake for about 1 hour or until a wooden skewer inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack. | © 2014 | | © 2014 |


Veronica Ng 29/9/14 06:01

Hi Angie, I am always learning something new from you. Today is freekeh. This is a very healthy cake. Loved the streusel on the cake. Thanks for sharing.

The Yum List 29/9/14 06:08

Oh boy, these grain companies should be paying you big bucks for promoting their products - such delicious recipes make me want to run out and buy the ingredients right now.

cristina 29/9/14 07:16

I always learn about new ingredients from your recipes and features, Angie! Delicious looking cake with great ingredients...luvin' all those hazelnuts on top!!

Bel | Ooh, Look... 29/9/14 07:18

You do find the most amazing recipes! I didn't know freekeh flour existed but am glad you told us about it. Your cake looks really delicious.

tuzekmek 29/9/14 08:15

Freekeh is one of the pilaf ingredients in my kitchen but I haven't used it gounded version. Nice suggestion. We make pilaf with it including bulgur in my country, Turkiye. It is delicious.
Photos are great as usual.
Bona petit.

Ann Low 29/9/14 08:26

Hi Angie, That is a good looking healthy cake. I've never heard of freekeh too. Good thing that I can always learn from you. Thank you for sharing. :)

thecompletecookbook 29/9/14 08:49

This is perfect for the festive season coming up.
Have a super week Angie.
:-) Mandy xo

My Little Space 29/9/14 08:50

Shuling, the cake looks so moist & tempting. Wish I can have a slice or two too. Yummm....
Enjoy & have a wonderful week ahead dear.
Blessings, Kristy

Rosa's Yummy Yums 29/9/14 09:40

Very original and extremely tempting! This beautiful cake must taste wonderful.



Elzbieta Hester 29/9/14 11:00

Wow, I just bought a pumpkin. Time to put it to work! Great inspiration, thanks!

Medeja 29/9/14 12:19

Beautiful color! And streusel looks especially delicious!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 29/9/14 12:24

Lovely cake Angie. I'm not familiar with freekeh and, as the others have said, I always learn something new. It's breakfast time here and you've made me hungry :)

Barbara 29/9/14 13:28

That's gorgeous, Angie. I love your crumble....the speculaas spice mix must be delish!

Shashi Charles 29/9/14 14:22

Angie - what a gorgeous cake! I am a fan of freekeh - but never heard of Speculaas spice - I need to go Google that pronto...

Alida 29/9/14 14:26

Wow, this cake has risen really well! And I like the perfect shape too. A sigh that you have good experience in baking :-)
I love the topping and it looks nice and moist inside.. yum!

Easyfoodsmith 29/9/14 14:31

Beautiful cake! I am loving it although there are certain ingredients that are new to me.

Von 29/9/14 14:44

Your cake looks super moist and yummy! Love the idea of adding pistachio syrup- I'd love a slice of this right now :D

Sharon D 29/9/14 14:59

You have really done it now, Angie. I am amazed! This is such a lovely cake and I love how unique it is.

Catherine 29/9/14 16:10

Dear Angie, This is such a beautiful pumpkin cake. It would be perfect for the Thanksgiving table. It looks so moist and delicious. Blessings, Catherine xo

Susan 29/9/14 16:38

I actually bought some Freekah and this cake is making my mouth water! Your recipes are just wonderful and with the Fall upon us, this is bound to be a winner here too! XOXO

Marcela 29/9/14 16:41

Oh! It looks so scrumptious! I love your recipe!

Pam 29/9/14 16:41

It looks beautiful AND delicious!

Mijú 29/9/14 17:10

Tiene una presencia ideal.
Un saludito

Cheri Savory Spoon 29/9/14 21:00

Hi Angie, I am going to have to get my hands on some of that freekeh flour, another fabulous recipe, love it!

CookWith Manali 29/9/14 21:37

I would love this with my cuppa of chai! The cake looks absolutely amazing Angie!

Kari Lindsay 29/9/14 22:13

This cake looks moist and delicious, and streusely (just made that up). Yummo Angie!

Monica 29/9/14 22:35

This little cake looks lofty, moist, and so flavorful. I'm such a fan of hazelnuts and I know it's awesome in streusel. It just screams for a cup of tea.

Allison 29/9/14 22:50

I absolutely love that you used freekah flour! That would add such a complex flavour to the cake. And anything with pumpkin is my kind of dessert :)

Gloria Baker 29/9/14 22:57

Beautiful Angie!
I love pumpkin! Look amazing dear:)

Pam 30/9/14 00:06

I'm with the others about freekah. The cake looks and sounds delicious and a very elegant dessert for the holidays!

Norma Chang 30/9/14 01:25

Did not know about pistachio syrup let alone that you could make it at home, always learning something new from your post.

Ashley 30/9/14 02:34

Pistachio syrup? How have I never heard of this before! This cake looks fantastic - it's been far far too long since I've made a coffee cake!

ahu @ ahueats 30/9/14 02:43

Angie - you are really making me think I need to go buy some freekeh!!! Another lovely recipe from you - speculoos is just lovely!

Jeannie Tay 30/9/14 03:05

Hi Angie, your cake looks so amazing, I like tall cakes! And I too am not familiar with this freekeh flour.

Regina 30/9/14 04:39

I JUST baked a pumpkin loaf as well. I guess it is the season ;) Love how deliciously moist your cake looks.

Nammi 30/9/14 05:03

wow love that topping ,

Ivy 30/9/14 05:23

Wow, it looks amazing and must taste wonderful. I've never heard of freekeh before and how does your friend make pistachio syrup!!!

Katerina 30/9/14 09:36

I particularly love that crunchy topping!

Kelly 30/9/14 11:22

Wow, this cake is stunning Angie! I just made a pumpkin streusel cake last week but it's definitely not as healthy or as pretty as yours. You are so creative for using freekeh flour to make a pumpkin streusel cake - it sounds incredible :) Love it!

Priya Suresh 30/9/14 12:29

Damn gorgeous cake, hard to resist to this cake.

Beth 30/9/14 12:47

Looks gorgeous! And so perfect for fall. It would be worth hunting down some pistachio syrup to make this!

Debra Eliotseats 30/9/14 13:07

I love all the flavors here---pumpkin and pistachios, YUM!

Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat 30/9/14 15:23

What a gorgeous cake, Angie! Love your use of healthy ingredients.

Simi J 30/9/14 17:50

Angie, can I invite myself over ? Love the flavors and the texture is amazing

Hema 30/9/14 17:56

OMG, such a beautiful cake, beautiful crust, would love to have a slice now, Angie, seriously wish, I stayed somewhere close to you..

sophiesfoodiefiles 30/9/14 19:09

A fantastic lighter pumpkin yoghurt spelt cake, waw too! :) That streusel on top must add a wonderful flavor to the pumpkin in the cake!

Erica 30/9/14 20:45

What a beautiful cake, Angie!The perfect treat to enjoy during Fal!l

Juliana 30/9/14 22:34

Awesome looking cake Angie...I love all the spiced that you have in this cake and yes, the hazelnut on it just sounds delicious!
Have a wonderful week :D

Kitchen Belleicious 30/9/14 23:04

I am a sucker for anythign streusel. I grew up eating my grandmothers famous pecan streusel cake. I love the idea of the pumpkin flavor! YUM

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl 1/10/14 00:50

This is gorgeous. I just want to eat the entire thing!

Liz Berg 1/10/14 02:27

Pumpkin and dried cranberries have me sold! This looks like one terrific cake! And lucky you with the special delivery of pistachio syrup from Evelyne!

Jess Bakericious 1/10/14 03:38

Angie, I dun think can find freekeh flour over here but this cake looks real good!

The Squishy Monster 1/10/14 04:08

What a gorgeous thing! I love that you've incorporated freekeh in this, how awesome!

Muna Kenny 1/10/14 04:30

Oh my! Look at this beauty. It looks moist, and I love the you've used freekeh. I have to try this cake :)

Dawn Yucuis 1/10/14 05:23

The cake looks beautiful and very yummy!

Esther Lau 1/10/14 06:27

Hi Angie, your cake looks gorgeuos! Such a lovely coffee cake of the day !:)

Kitchen Butterfly 1/10/14 07:00

It looks amazing - I can imagine how nutty it tastes. Send me a slice. Please?

Gourmet Getaways 1/10/14 09:59

I find it balancing for cake to have crunchy and nutty toppers such as this. It makes more munching enjoyable. Thanks for sharing!

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Amy (Savory Moments) 1/10/14 12:49

This cake looks wonderful, as always! I've never heard of or seen pistachio syrup before, but it sounds great - pistachios are so tasty!

Joanne 1/10/14 13:33

What a lovely cake! I've never heard of a speculaas spice blend...must seek it out!

Donalyn@TheCreeksideCook 1/10/14 16:49

Angie, this is a gorgeous cake! I am currently experimenting with new grains, so this is in tune with my thinking lately - thanks for a great recipe!

Sokehah Cheah 1/10/14 18:15

Something new to me again, freekah flour. Like the streusel on the cake, yum!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz 1/10/14 20:16

OMG Angie did you hear me scream just now lol? I had this page up on my computer at work for a while, talking with a colleague. Once I actually really looked at the pic I screamed when I saw my bottle lol. I ma so happy you like the pistachio syrup and what a great idea to use it as a honey substitute.

The cake sounds absolutely divine and moist. Pumpkin ads such moistness too and I adore the Speculaas spice.

Guru Uru 1/10/14 22:50

What a stunning cake, I didn't even realise you could have freekeh! Crazy awesome idea :D

Choc Chip Uru

Yelena Strokin 2/10/14 01:42

Wow, that's what I call a cake!!! Looks amazing!!!

kitchen flavours 2/10/14 07:23

Hi Angie,
This is such a lovely cake! I have not seen freekeh before!
Thanks for sharing another healthy yummy bake!

lenia 2/10/14 09:46

This is a very tempting cake,dear!
Hugs from Greece!

Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes 2/10/14 13:22

Is it possible to see how moist this cake is? Because that's what I am thinking. It just looks so yummy and moist. I really wish I could reach through my monitor for a taste.

Abbe@This is How I Cook 2/10/14 16:12

I am speechless! This sounds so good. Never tried freekeh flour, but I sure am willing!

Shibi Thomas 2/10/14 18:26

Never tried freekeh flour. I am amazed how you incorporate these exotic ingredients in the recipes and comes up with stunning results!!

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 2/10/14 18:32

Another gorgeous recipe Angie. It looks so moist and the topping must be fantastic. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Mary Frances 2/10/14 21:35

This looks so dense and delicious. I love all the wholesome ingredients.

Couscous & Consciousness 3/10/14 03:01

What a stunning looking cake, Angie. Whilst I'm so excited to be enjoying beautiful spring weather here, and all the beautiful spring produce, this cake almost (almost!) has me wishing for autumn. I'm definitely bookmarking this for that time of year.

Reeni Pisano 3/10/14 03:20

So delectable! Love pumpkin with speculass spice! And pistachio too. This must taste outrageous Angie! Wish I could try a slice. :-)

Kiran @ 3/10/14 06:30

So delicious!! I want a few slices for breakfast :)

Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen 4/10/14 12:08

Hi Angie, I love reading your blog because not only do I find new dishes but nearly always I find a surprise ingredient too! Love this gorgeous cake, and it is a bonus to find that it is kinda healthy too!

Ritu Ahuja 5/10/14 11:46

Angie after checking out this recipe, my love for pumpkin has emerged..I never liked it before. Hats off. Great dish. :)

Pilar. Cook and Spoon 5/10/14 16:36

Oh, Angie, what a cake! It looks delicious and beautiful. I must try that pistachio syrup immediately.

Emma @ Bake Then Eat 5/10/14 18:44

What a simply stunning cake I wish I had a slice of it right now.

My Inner Chick 6/10/14 00:03

I love pumpkin almost as much as cats! mmmmmmmmm. Meow. xx

The Cooking Doctor 6/10/14 13:12

this is my kind of cake! Nutty, and full of flavour :-)..I am so intrigued now to try out freekeh flour, you always introduce me to good stuff Angie :-)

Amy 6/10/14 18:18

such a gorgeous cake. This is packed with the lovely fall flavors.

mjskit 7/10/14 03:41

Your freekeh pumpkin cake is freakin awesome IMO!!! Please wrap it up and ship it to me. I'll pay for shipping!!!

Rebecca Subbiah 7/10/14 03:48

looks wonderful and a new to me flour

Kelly 7/10/14 23:00

Holy cow! This is one gorgeous gorgeous pumpkin cake! I am drooling over all that streusel - my absolute favorite part on any streusel cake and with hazelnut too? Yum!! So creative and brilliant to use freekeh flour too and the pistachio syrup sounds to die for!

V 9/10/14 20:39

Angie, this cake looks deliciously moist. And pumpkin, one of my faves!

Jean | 10/10/14 14:49

Angie, what a beautiful cake! Like you, I love pumpkin. The streusel topping really makes it special!

Nisa Homey 21/10/14 09:14

What a stunning cake and pictures....the streusel topping is awesome!

Tina 23/10/14 21:38

This cake looks AMAZING! Love the name. :)
Tina from

mui mui 7/11/14 03:38

I love the look of this healthy and pretty cake.
I love the crunchy top even more, Angie.


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