(Meal Prep Style)
This is a coffee cake that everyone in the family will enjoy. I LOVE making this for my family. My husband literally fights the girls over the leftovers, crumb for crumb!
What I love about this cake is the fact that I do not have to make everything from scratch like my main coffee cake recipe. In fact, you might already have most, if not all of the ingredients in your home. Since I aim to help busy momma’s and daddies meal prep and organize food, this recipe is to the point and easy for a tween to make alone -assistance with the oven though!
When you meal prep this, consider how you want to store it. If you decide to do this muffin style, you’ll allow them to cool, than put them in a gallon sized labeled freezer bag. If you do this large cake pan style, use a sharp knife to cut even squares, wrap between wax paper, and than store it in freezer bags.
I make this in a loaf pan. Sometimes, I like to make extra pans to give away to other busy mamma’s out there. We should support each other! Life is hard, thank God He doesn’t let us do it alone. So see a need of another mamma and help out!
With that said, LETS GET STARTED!
Coffee Cake (Meal Prep Style)
This coffee cake is made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. A very easy Meal prep item that freeze's and defrost really well. —Secret ingredient: pancake mix–
If meal prepping, DOUBLE all ingredients! Or just enjoy today:)
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
- 2 Cups Pancake Mix (YES!! This is what makes the cake fast and easy to prepare.)
- 2/3 Cups Milk (You can use water, but milk adds a richer taste!)
- 3 tbsp Brown sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 Cup Applesauce (My secret tenderizer!)
- 2 tbsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/3 Cup Pancake Mix (Or flour, I like that taste better. )
- 1/3 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 2 tbsp Butter or oil
First, oil your baking pans!
Next, Mix the Streusel ingredients together with a fork. Tossing it in the bowl with your fork until the ingredients come together.
Third, mix all of your cake ingredients together, until well blended.
Now, fill your pans, muffin cups, or bundt.
Spread the Streusel all over your cake. Next, take a knife and slice it through the batter, creating a zig zag. This will allow your cake to look pretty inside!
Bake at 350 degrees, for 18-22 minutes depending on your ovens heat range. Its done once its golden brown. (See Picture.)
(Some ovens cook faster, some ovens cook slower!)
Allow your cake, or cakes to cool COMPLETELY before slicing them into 1/2 inches for 12 pieces, or 1 inch for 6 pieces.
Next, Cut pieces of wax paper to go between each cake slice. No slice should touch while freezing. Label your bag, allow them to cool additionally over night in the fridge, than freeze the next day.
If you made muffins, once they cool, pile them six or four (depending on the size) to a large gallon sized freezer bag. Allow to cool additionally over night in the fridge. Than freeze them the next day. Don't forget your bag label!
Why Meal Prep?
I cannot stress these benefits enough:
- It saves money.
- It provides fast food that is ready to heat and serve.
- You have food to come home to and enjoy!
- You can make as much as you have room to store.
- You will not waste food. That’s a big plus for me. We tend to have leftovers that no one wants to eat right away, so this helps by only cooking what is needed for each day. That’s 2 chicken thighs for each person. So I’ll prepare 3 pans, with 12 thighs in each pan!
- Its grab and go food.
- You control your portions for you and your children.
- You spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family!
- Who doesn’t love more cuddle time with their babies! They grow up so fast!
- It helps you plan your grocery list in advance.
- Especially, if your job is demanding, or you work in ministry, or you are away from home most of the time.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Let us know what you think in the comments below!