Thursday, July 26, 2012

Low Fat Apple Banana Spice Coffee Cake

I've hesitated posting a low fat coffee cake recipe. My philosophy on baked goods is "If you have to ask, you can't afford it." I say this as someone who has lost 50lbs in a year. I'm not trying to be flip, but the ugly truth is that you need some fat in baked goods to make them taste good. Nevertheless, I realize that others might count calories and fat grams. I've done a couple of things to try to retain the taste and texture: (1) I've substituted oat flour for some of the wheat flour as oat flour contains more fat; (2) I've added spices and orange zest for flavor. There is no icing or crumb topping on this cake...only chopped apples with cinnamon sugar.

Low Fat Apple Banana Spice Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¾ cup oat flour**
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
dash - ¼ tsp nutmeg
2 tsp orange zest
½ cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
104g mashed banana, ripe
½ cup fat free milk
4oz Greek yogurt, plain, fat-free

Apple Topping
88g apple, peeled and chopped
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

**Note: If you can't find oat flour, put some oats in a blender and blend until it's the consistency of flour.

Generously grease a 9" round pan. Heat oven to 350° F.

For the topping
Combine chopped apple, cinnamon, and sugar. Set aside.

For the cake
Combine whole wheat flour, oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, orange zest, cinnamon, ground ginger, and nutmeg in a bowl. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat sugar and egg until creamy. Add mashed banana and mix thoroughly. Add flour mixture and stir. In another bowl, combine milk and yogurt. Add milk/yogurt and mix thoroughly. Pour into greased pan. Sprinkle chopped apples on top. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Serve warm. Serves 8.

Calories: 183;  Total Fat: 1.6g;  Trans Fat: 0.0g; Saturated Fat: 0.6g  Cholesterol: 21mg;  Sodium: 178mg;  Total Carbohydrates: 37.3g;  Dietary Fiber: 2.1g;  Sugars: 19.9g;  Protein: 5.2g

Inspiration Recipe(s): Low-Fat Coffee Cake



A word about calories and fat...
I used the Recipe Analyzer at Calorie Count and it should be used for estimation purposes only. All numbers are based on 8 servings. You'll also notice that I was very specific in measuring the apple and banana...yes, I did use a food scale. These are not large pieces of fruit. The apple is about 2 inches in diameter and the banana is about 5-6 inches long. The Greek yogurt specified over at Calorie Count is Dannon Greek Yogurt. If you use a different brand, larger fruit, or a different percentage of milk, then your calories and fat content will vary.


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