Delicious and Healthy Low Fat Coffee Cake Recipe

Hark, coffee and cake lovers! I bring to thee a delectable recipe that will satisfy your craving for sweetness while staying true to your healthy lifestyle. Behold, the low-fat coffee cake recipe!

As a barista and a lover of all things coffee, I understand the joy a good slice of cake can bring. But oftentimes, indulging in such treats comes with the guilt and the fear of derailing from a healthy diet. Fret not, dear friends, for this recipe is designed to keep you on track without sacrificing flavor.

Picture this – a moist and fluffy cake infused with the richness of Starbucks coffee and topped with a delectable cinnamon streusel made with wholesome ingredients. The aroma alone is enough to send your taste buds into overdrive.

This recipe works perfectly as breakfast on the go, an afternoon snack or even as dessert after dinner. It’s easy to make, customizable and pairs beautifully with a piping hot cup of coffee or cold glass of skim milk.

Don’t settle for bland and unappetizing low-fat options found at the store – create your own healthier version at home with the best low-fat coffee cake recipe out there. Let us savor life’s simple pleasures without worry or guilt. Join me and let’s dive into this flavorful world of low-fat coffee cakes together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Low Fat Coffee Cake
Low Fat Coffee Cake

Ladies and gentlemen, have you ever wanted to indulge yourself in a delicious cake but feared the consequences it might inflict on your body? Then fear no more, as I present to you the perfect solution – our low-fat coffee cake recipe!

This recipe is perfect for all those health-conscious individuals out there who want to enjoy a dessert without feeling guilty. With its combination of wholesome ingredients such as reduced-fat margarine, skim milk and Greek yogurt, this cake is the ideal treat that won’t break your waistline.

What’s more, it’s incredibly easy to make! So simple in fact that even if you are a novice baker, you can whip up this scrumptious treat effortlessly. It only requires basic baking ingredients like flour, sugar, and baking powder – nothing fancy here.

But let’s not forget about that irresistible streusel topping. Made with walnuts or pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon, it’s the perfect complement to this coffee cake that will excite your taste buds with every bite.

And if you’re a fan of versatility, this recipe has got you covered too. You can easily switch things up by adding blueberries or pineapples to make a fruit-flavored version or swap in almond flour for a low-carb option. The possibilities are endless!

So to conclude why you’ll love this recipe – it’s perfect for all occasions and all seasons! Whether it’s a warm spring afternoon or a chilly winter’s evening; whether you’re celebrating a birthday or just treating yourself after a long day at work, our low-fat coffee cake recipe is the answer to all your dessert cravings without any guilt.

Ingredient List

 This low-fat coffee cake is the perfect breakfast or snack option for those who want to indulge without guilt
This low-fat coffee cake is the perfect breakfast or snack option for those who want to indulge without guilt

Ingredients needed for low fat cinnamon streusel coffee cake:
For the cake:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted margarine or reduced-fat margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, instead of oil.
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup skim milk

Note: You can substitute the all-purpose flour with other types of flour such as almond flour or coconut flour if you prefer a low-carb or gluten-free option.

For the cinnamon streusel:

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Note: Using brown sugar in the streusel add extra moisture and depth of flavor to the cake. You can substitute it with your preferred brown sugar alternative.

For the glaze:

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons skim milk

Note: Greek yogurt is another option for frosting or glaze that will complement the taste of this coffee cake.

The Recipe How-To

 The aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg will fill your kitchen as you bake this delicious treat
The aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg will fill your kitchen as you bake this delicious treat

Now that we have gone over the ingredients for this low fat coffee cake recipe, it is time to put on our chef hats and get started with the cooking! This recipe will have multiple steps, but the end result will be a moist and flavorful coffee cake that is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or even as an afternoon snack.

Step 1: Making the Cake Batter

  1. In a mixing bowl, add all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and salt. Whisk everything together until well-combined.
  2. Next, add in your wet ingredients: skim milk, egg, and vanilla extract. Mix until there are no lumps in the batter.
  3. Once the batter is smooth, stir in any desired mix-ins: chopped pecans, walnuts, or coconut.

Step 2: Making the Streusel Topping

  1. In a separate bowl, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour.
  2. Next, cut in your margarine or coconut oil until pea-sized crumbs form.
  3. Keep mixture aside.

Step 3: Assembling the Coffee Cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and spray your baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Pour half of your cake batter into the greased pan.
  3. Sprinkle half of your prepared streusel mix over the batter.
  4. Now pour over remaining cake batter on top of streusel layer followed by another layer of prepared streusel mix on top of it.
  5. Place in oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let cool before slicing.

Now that you know how to properly create this delectable low fat coffee cake, you can indulge in a slice (or two) without feeling guilty about it. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 You won't believe this coffee cake is low in fat and calories when you take your first bite
You won’t believe this coffee cake is low in fat and calories when you take your first bite

Mmmm, nothing beats the warm and comforting flavor of a freshly baked coffee cake! But, did you know that you can easily switch up the flavors of this classic recipe? Here are some substitutions and variations that will take your low-fat coffee cake to the next level:

– Nutty Coffee Cake: Instead of pecans or walnuts, try using almond flour in your recipe for a deliciously nutty twist.

– Blueberry Coffee Cake: Add a cup of fresh blueberries to your batter for a punch of fruity goodness. You can also try substituting pineapple for a tropical twist.

– Cinnamon Sour Cream Coffee Cake: For an extra dose of cinnamon flavor, swap out the ground nutmeg for more cinnamon and swap out skim milk with sour cream.

– Vegan Option: To make this recipe vegan, simply substitute margarine with coconut oil or applesauce instead of eggs, non-dairy Greek yogurt in place of regular Greek yogurt.

– Gluten-Free Option: Substitute all-purpose flour with gluten-free all-purpose flour.

By trying any of these substitutions or variations mentioned above or others by your choice, you can upgrade your favorite comfort food to something truly special!

Serving and Pairing

 This recipe is a healthier twist on the classic coffee cake, without sacrificing on taste
This recipe is a healthier twist on the classic coffee cake, without sacrificing on taste

Once you’ve baked this delicious low-fat coffee cake, it’s time to enjoy it with a perfectly paired drink. Since coffee cake pairs well with any hot or cold beverage, the options are endless. However, I suggest a cup of freshly brewed coffee, especially Starbucks coffee. Starbucks coffee’s bold and rich aroma is the perfect complement to this healthy treat.

Another great option is to pair the low-fat cinnamon streusel coffee cake with a cup of tea, such as chamomile tea or Earl Grey tea. The herbal taste of chamomile tea will complement the nutty flavor of the pecans and walnuts in the cake. On the other hand, Earl Grey tea’s bold and rich flavor balances perfectly with the sweet and spicy notes in the cake.

For a more indulgent serving option, top your slice of low-fat cinnamon streusel coffee cake with a dollop of Greek yogurt or whipped cream. The tangy creaminess of Greek yogurt or whipped cream complements the sweetness and spiciness of this healthy dessert.

Lastly, if you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing your coffee cake slice with a glass of pineapple juice. The tropical flavor of pineapple juice adds an exciting twist to your coffee cake experience.

No matter how you choose to serve it, this baking masterpiece is sure to impress your guests at your next gathering or even as a treat for yourself.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 With the perfect balance of sweetness and spice, this coffee cake is a crowd-pleaser
With the perfect balance of sweetness and spice, this coffee cake is a crowd-pleaser

One of the best things about this low-fat coffee cake recipe is how easy it is to prepare ahead of time. If you have a busy morning, you can make the entire cake the night before and simply cover it with plastic wrap until you’re ready to serve.

When it comes to storing this coffee cake, it’s best to keep it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. You can also store it in the fridge for up to a week, but be aware that it may dry out slightly.

If you want to reheat the cake, simply place it in the microwave or oven until it’s warmed through. However, because this is a low-fat recipe, be careful not to overheat it as this can cause your cake to become dry and tough.

If you’d like to enjoy this coffee cake on-the-go, consider cutting individual slices and storing them in the freezer. That way, you can simply pop one in the microwave or toaster oven for a quick breakfast or snack!

Overall, this low-fat coffee cake recipe is versatile and easy to store and reheat, making it a fantastic option for meal prep or busy mornings.

Tips for Perfect Results

 The crumbly streusel topping adds an irresistible crunch to every bite
The crumbly streusel topping adds an irresistible crunch to every bite

To ensure the best possible outcome for your low-fat coffee cake, here are some tips to consider:

Firstly, when measuring the ingredients, be sure to use the exact measurements as listed in the ingredient list. Baking is a science, and accurate measurements are crucial for successful results.

Secondly, it’s essential always to preheat your oven before baking the cake. This preheating process helps the cake cook evenly and also prevents it from sinking in the middle.

Next, avoid overmixing the batter once you’ve combined all the ingredients. Overmixing can lead to a tough, dense texture, so aim to stir only until just combined to give your coffee cake a light and fluffy texture.

Additionally, don’t open the oven door too often during baking. Consistent temperature is critical, and opening the door can cause fluctuations in oven temperature, which can negatively affect the outcome of your coffee cake.

If you want to achieve a rich flavor, feel free to experiment with different types of nuts in your streusel topping such as pecans or walnuts. You might even add almond flour to give it a nutty taste that will make this healthy starbucks coffee cake even more amazing.

Lastly, once out of the oven give it enough time to cool down at room temperature before slicing into it. A warm cake might be tempting but doing so could cause it to crumble easily.

By following these tips, your low-fat coffee cake will turn out perfectly delicious and satisfying, enjoyed by all!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Low Fat Coffee Cake Recipe is a delicious and healthy option for any coffee lover. This recipe offers a low-fat alternative to the traditional coffee cake, without compromising on taste or texture. The blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar creates a mouth-watering aroma that will instantly transport you to your favorite bakery.

Moreover, this recipe is highly versatile and can be easily customized with substitutions and variations. You can add pecans or walnuts for a crunchy texture or switch to almond flour for a low-carb version. Not to mention, the Greek yogurt and applesauce instead of margarine make this cake an excellent source of protein and fiber.

In addition to being easy to make, you can store this cake in the fridge or freezer for days without losing its flavor. Plus, it is an ideal treat when hosting friends over a cup of Starbucks Coffee or enjoying some quality time with family.

Finally, I urge you to try this Healthy Low Fat Coffee Cake Recipe because it perfectly brings out the richness and flavor of coffee. You will not only satisfy your sweet cravings but also stay on track with your diet plan. So why not give it a try? Trust me. After one bite, you’ll be hooked!

Low Fat Coffee Cake

Low Fat Coffee Cake Recipe

This recipe was adopted with love in February 2006.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Healthy
Calories 251 kcal



  • 1/4 cup margarine, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup skim milk (or soy milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 egg whites, beaten (or egg replacement)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup pecans or 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped


  • Cream margarine and sugar together until fluffy.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and add to the margarine/sugar mixture.
  • Add 1/4 cup milk to mixture, beat well, repeat twice.
  • Beat in the vanilla.
  • Fold in the egg whites.
  • Pour mixture into a greased 8"x8" baking pan.
  • Combine topping (last four) ingredients and sprinkle over the top.
  • Bake at 375° about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Serving: 91gCalories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 48.4gProtein: 4.7gFat: 4.6gSaturated Fat: 0.7gCholesterol: 0.4mgSodium: 245.7mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 27.4g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breads, Healthy, Low Cholesterol
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