Cinnamon crumb cake is one of my favorite deserts. It goes with coffee in the morning, an after lunch desert treat, or even served after dinner. I remember having them at the county fair, or at the mall, and remember them serving it at local cafe’s in California with breakfast (instead of the age-old stack of pancakes).
However, (here it comes) traditional Cinnamon crumb cake is absolutely loaded with sugar and fats! The crunch topping can sometimes be made with little more than butter, cinnamon, and sugar. But, there is an alternative! Here is one Cinnamon Crumb Cake recipe that lets you enjoy all that flavor, without all the sugar and fats.
I’m not doing without, and so whenever I’m in the mood for crumb cake I use this Cinnamon Crumb Cake recipe. It’s easy to make, but has a few substitutions that can be adapted to your own tastes. The one main substitute is the milk – and I’ve tried it several ways. The recipe below calls for buttermilk, but there are many who would rather use soy. Using Stevia, or other sweeteners, is also not so easy to get right. But with practice is easy enough to save 50 calories.
Once you’ve tried this recipe you’ll appreciate the low-calorie, very healthy version, that it is. Serve at anytime to family and guests – they will love it and not know it’s so low in calories.
- Crumb Topping
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup whole rolled oats
- 3 tbsp. brown sugar (not packed)
- 6 drops (about 1 packet) Stevia Sweetener, or 2 tbsp. Splenda Sweetener
- ½ tsp. Cinnamon
- 3 tbsp. light butter
- Coffee Cake
- 1½ cup all-purpose flour
- 20-30 drops (about 9 packets) plain or vanilla stevia liquid, or ½ cup Splenda Sweetener (to taste)
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 large egg
- ⅓ cup low-fat buttermilk
- ¼ cup warm water
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8" X 8" baking pan with nonstick spray.
- Add all other topping ingredients to the bowl except butter, and mix well. Add butter, and mash and stir until uniform.
- To make the cake, in a large bowl, combine whole-wheat flour, Splenda, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk thoroughly.
- In a medium-large bowl, combine all cake ingredients, and whisk until uniform. Add mixture to the large bowl, and whisk until uniform.
- Pour cake batter into the baking pan. Sprinkle evenly with crumb topping.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 - 35 minutes.
- Let cool for 30 minutes. Slice into squares, and eat!
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