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FitDay Recipe Re-Do -- Moist Coffee Cake

Apr 23, 2012
Coffee cake is a popular baked item that can be consumed any time of the day. However, most recipes are high in calories and fat. But by making a few substitutions and cutting back on extra ingredients you can enjoy a lower calorie dessert.

In this particular recipe redo, butter is replaced with low-fat, low-calorie unsweetened applesauce. Applesauce preserves moisture without altering the flavor of the recipe. Additionally, the original recipe uses more streusel topping to use as a middle layer in the cake. The recipe redo completely eliminates the middle layer further reducing the calories and fat.

coffee cake and fork.jpgOriginal Moist Coffee Cake (9 servings)

Coffee Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup plain yogurt

Streusel Topping:
1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
Calories: 459
Total Fat: 23 g
Carbohydrates: 6 grams
Sodium: 318 mg

Coffee Cake ReDo (9 servings)

Coffee Cake:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup plain yogurt

Streusel Topping:
½ cup chopped nuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
5 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
Calories: 210
Total Fat: 7 g
Carbohydrates: 31 grams
Sodium: 170 mg

coffee cake raspberry.jpgDIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Use a light cooking spray to lightly coat a 9-inch square baking pan. Flour the inside of the pan.
  2. Mix Streusel Topping: Stir together the chopped nuts, sugar, flour, butter, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Put aside.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the yogurt, eggs and apple sauce until smooth. Slowly add to dry ingredients.
  4. Spread in the pre-greased baking pan and top with streusel topping.
  5. Bake for 45-65 minutes, or until springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Mandy Seay is a bilingual registered and licensed dietitian who holds both a bachelor's degree in nutrition and in journalism. After gaining 30 pounds while living abroad, Mandy worked to lose the weight and regain her health. It was here that she discovered her passion for nutrition and went on to pursue a career as a dietitian. Mandy currently works as a nutrition consultant and freelance writer in Austin, Texas, where she specializes in diabetes, weight management and general and preventive nutrition. She recently published her first book, Your Best Health, a personalized program to losing weight and gaining a healthy lifestyle. Please visit Mandy's website at Nutritionistics.com.





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