Yesterday was the first time I baked in a while! I’ve been trying to avoid it as part of my “healthy” initiative, figuring that abstaining from baked goods altogether would be the wisest choice, but I had the craving to get creative in the kitchen yesterday. I really wanted some kind of fruit crumble cake to have with an afternoon cup of coffee, so I decided to see what healthy substitutions I had lurking around in the fridge and pantry. Of course, as we all recall, Chobani sent me an amazing case of yogurts a few weeks ago and we still have plenty in the fridge.
This little carton of Greek yogurt, along with Truvia baking blend, gave me some inspiration. I’d also just bought a package of frozen blackberries to put in my protein shakes, so I whipped those out as well. Add some applesauce, whole wheat flour, eggs, and I had the making of an awesome quick bread.
We had some after dinner, warmed up, but it’s also good at room temperature. I was surprised at how juicy the frozen blackberries turned out to be. I won’t argue that they’re just as good as fresh berries, but they were pretty darn close.
Connor kept calling this baked concoction a “pie”, which, I suppose is a testament to how good it tasted. It definitely is not a pie and it definitely a zillion times healthier than pie! Honestly, there’s not one “bad” ingredient in here. How’s that for substitution genius?
Blueberry-Blackberry Oat Bread
You will need…
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup blueberry nonfat Greek yogurt (Chobani recommended, of course)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup Truvia baking blend (or 3/4 cup sugar)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup blackberries
For the topping:
- 3 tbsp flour
- 1/4 cup raw oats
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp cold butter or margarine
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 baking pan.
- In a medium bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine yogurt, applesauce, Truvia/sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Mix to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet. Fold in berries.
- Batter will be thick. Pour/spread into the greased pan.
- In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients for the topping. I suggest you use your hands, as it’s easiest to mix that way. Sprinkle the topping over the prepared batter.
- Bake in the preheated oven approx 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!
- What’s your favorite type of bread?
- What do you do to make baked goods healthier?