Monday, April 5, 2010

Berry Coffee Cake, Berry Good!

Let's face it, holidays can be rough on the waistline.  This Easter, I made an attempt at finding a way to sneak a healthier treat in without losing any of the yummy-factor. :)  Luckily the internet is full of healthy recipes these days...the tricky part is weeding out the boring ones to find recipes that actually taste good.  I wanted to share this recipe sooner but hesitated before trying it myself.  Luckily I hit the jackpot on the first try!

This recipe came from which highlights the very best parts about America, including food.  They have a whole section of recipes I can't wait to browse through.  For now, I give you...

Mixed Berry Whole-Grain Cofee Cake

3 Tablespoons butter
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour (yes...flour again)
1 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup skim milk
1 Tbls baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 (12 oz) bag frozen, unsweetened mixed berries, thawed and drained (or 2 cups fresh)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (I omitted these)

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix butter, oats, 1/4 cup flour, and brown sugar in small bowl with a fork or pastry cutter until crumbly; set aside.  Combine flours, sugar, oil, milk, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and egg in a large bowl.  Beat mixture with wire whip or mixer 1-2 minutes, until well blended.  Stir in mixed berries.  Spread half of the batter in pan and sprinkle half of the oat mixture on top.  Add remaining batter and sprinkle with remaining oat mixture and chopped walnuts (if you are using them).  Bake 40-45 minutes in a 9x9 pan or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Whole wheat, berries, oats...yumm yumm!  This is a treat you can feel good about sinking your teeth into!

1 comment:

  1. Lauren, this looks quite tasty and seasonal as we head into fresh berry season. I love recipes where I can "trick" my family into healthy eating too.

    Your reference to the site made me think of a cookbook you may want to check out (perhaps at the library), "An American Place" by Larry Forgione, which is fitting with his restaurant of the same name here in STL. It's solely based on American foods and you can check out the fantastic pompano we made from it on my blog: