Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake Without Milk

16 slices
50 min

Are you looking for an easy strawberry rhubarb coffee cake recipe without milk? If so, this might be just what you need.

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

This easy cake recipe uses the perfect combination of strawberries and rhubarb to create a delicious cake for spring and summer.

Recently one of our daughters was diagnosed with a severe intolerance to milk protein. She's also supposed to avoid nuts that come from trees for now.

Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe

So for the past twelve weeks, we've been vigilant about checking all the labels on all the food we buy. As always, we're trying to make more of our meals from scratch.

Chopped Fresh Rhubarb Stalks

I've been baking at home for a long time, and we have a whole binder full of "family-approved" favorite recipes. Now my task is to go through all of these recipes to change them up and remove the dairy and/or replace the non-dairy milk. No milk, no butter, no sour cream, no margarine.

Strawberries on plate

Depending on the original recipe, I'm replacing dairy ingredients with the following:

  • coconut milk
  • oatmeal milk
  • applesauce
  • coconut oil
  • canola oil (may try grapeseed oil too)
  • crushed flax seeds
  • banana
Diced red and green rhubarb for coffee cake

Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Cake Recipe Without Milk

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake Without Milk

This dairy-free strawberry rhubarb coffee cake recipe evolved with some trial and error. It uses oat milk instead of regular milk.

We're lucky to have fresh rhubarb through the summer months. Our backyard garden includes tart rhubarb plants at each corner. So I've been making lots of rhubarb jam and preserves.

We also grow strawberries in pots and planters. So I've been experimenting with various new strawberry recipes too! I really like this old-fashioned strawberry syrup recipe.

Dry ingredients for strawberry rhubarb coffee cake recipe without milk

During rhubarb season (which starts in June here) we harvest rhubarb stalks a couple of times each week. So this time of year we're always on the lookout for rhubarb desserts like strawberry rhubarb pie, strawberry rhubarb jam, and strawberry rhubarb bundt cake.

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake batter in big bowl

Since rhubarb can have a bit of a sour taste, many rhubarb recipes call for at least one cup sugar or more. We reduce the sugar because I prefer a less sweet flavor.

Baking with oat milk works well in our recipes because we love that oat flavor. However, oat milk is also denser than the 1% dairy milk I normally use. So I add a little oil to lighten it up.

Dairy-Free Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe

This easy, moist cake recipe includes sweet strawberries. The sweetness of the strawberries helps reduce the need for sugar. (And by the way, if you love strawberries, check out my Homemade Strawberry Syrup Recipe!)

We love quickbreads because they're quick to make, they use up leftover fruit, and they're inexpensive.

We often freeze them for later as well. And they're easy to double to triple when we're feeding a crowd. And as a homeschooling family, it's so easy to slice up a coffee cake or loaf for a healthy, fast snack during a busy day.

When your kids start eating the rhubarb coffee cake before you can get a good pic for your blog!

How do you adapt traditional recipes to make them dairy-free? Let us know in the comments below.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake Without Milk
Recipe details
  • 16  slices
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup oat milk with 1 tablespoon vinegar mixed in
  • ½ cup canola oil (you could use coconut oil - need ½ cup liquid oil, NOT solid coconut oil )
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup finely diced rhubarb
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tbsps brown sugar

Set oven temp to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Grease an 8 x 8 cake pan OR line it with parchment paper
Combine all the dry ingredients (the first five) in a large mixing bowl.
Make a well in the middle.
Combine wet ingredients (egg, oatmeal + vinegar, oat milk, and canola oil) in a medium bowl.
Pour the wet ingredients into the well in the dry ingredients bowl.
Add the strawberries and rhubarb.
Mix in the fruit gently, otherwise, you'll end up with pink coffee cake!
Stir until just moistened.
Pour batter into the cake pan with a spatula.
In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients.
Sprinkle topping over the top of the cake batter.
Pop it in the oven.
After 30 minutes, use a cake tester or knife to ensure the center is set. (I just stick a butter knife in the middle).
Serve warm, or let the cake cool on a rack
Enjoy with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or just as a simple cake snack!
  • Your oil needs to be liquid, so if room temperature oil is solid, warm it in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Instead of brown sugar, use coconut sugar for a sweetener.
  • For a tropical variation, add shredded coconut to your cake mix.
Sarita@An Off Grid Life
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