Pineapple Spoon Cake

Pineapple Spoon Cake {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Grain-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Gum-Free}

4.9 from 8 reviews

Quick, simple recipe for a delicious, gluten-free vegan pineapple spoon cake. Easy to make and your whole house will smell wonderful. No refined sugar. * Adapted from Shirley's “New and Improved” Crustless Apple Pie


Cake ingredients:

  • 4-5 cups fresh pineapple chunks, strained {-- enough to line the bottom of a pie plate. Mine were cut into 1" squares. Reserve any juice and set aside}
  • 2 ½ cups raw almonds
  • 2 ½ tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • ½ cup olive oil {or another cooking oil like coconut, etc.}
  • 1 cup maple syrup {or another liquid sweetener of your choice}
  • 2 tbsp reserved pineapple juice {or water}
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • ⅛ tsp raw ground vanilla {or 1 tsp pure vanilla extract}
  • dash of salt

Toppings ideas:

  • Chopped almonds, whole flax seeds, cacao nibs {I used all three}. Other nuts or seeds or a chocolate drizzle would work great here too.


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Oil a 9" or 10" pie pan and spread pineapple chunks evenly throughout pan. Set aside.
  2. Place the almonds, ground flax seeds, and tapioca flour in a food processor and process into a meal {the consistency of a very fine crumb -- just be careful not to overdo it or it will turn into almond butter...}.
  3. Add all remaining cake ingredients into the food processor and process to combine until a uniform batter forms {takes just a few seconds}. Scoop the batter over the pineapple chunks and use a spatula to even everything out. Sprinkle toppings evenly on top.
  4. Bake for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, checking in occasionally to ensure the top of the cake doesn't burn. When done, remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. Enjoy!


Serve warm in a bowl with a spoon in tow {it's also good chilled, but warm is my personal favorite}. Optional: serve with a side of sweet non-dairy yogurt, vanilla ice cream, or coconut whipped cream. It's also perfectly delectable on its own. Watch it go real fast ;)