Cranberry Apple Coffee Cake + Walnut Streusel

Hey there sweet thang.

How you doin'?

Coffee cake lovers - this one is for you! Some of the best flavors of the season here! #healthyholidays

Oh - HI!

I was just talking to this scrumptious little morsel - I mean... thinking about maybe having another slice of coffee cake?  

Breakfast or dessert - either way, this Cranberry-Apple Coffee Cake w/ Walnut Streusel is amazing! #healthybaking
Cranberry Apple Coffee Cake + Walnut Streusel: Must. Bake. MORE! #holidaybaking

Didn't mean to get all PG-13 about it but... dang.  I try to limit myself on treats - healthy ones included  - but if there was ever a coffee cake to have another slice of, it would be this baby here.

On the holiday baking list: Cranberry Apple Coffee Cake + Walnut Streusel #holidaybaking
Breakfast or dessert - either way, this Cranberry-Apple Coffee Cake w/ Walnut Streusel is amazing! #healthybaking
Cranberry Apple Coffee Cake + Walnut Streusel: Just the thing for our holiday baking list! #healthyholidays

To give you a little perspective... because I'm always dreaming up something new, there are very few things I bake more than once in the same week.  And I'm about to go for round three with this recipe.

Cranberry Apple Coffee Cake + Walnut Streusel - great recipe for any time! #healthybaking

I just realized that this coffee cake has just about everything I really like in my indulgences.  A little fruit - seasonal, of course; moist, bready texture; jazzy, upbeat flavor; a crumbly-crunchy topping; and benefits to boot!  You know what I mean.  It's nutritious!  (This is FITcakes here, after all.)  I'm not wasting my calorie-budget on some floozy doughnut that just hurts me and leaves me feeling sad in the end.

Breakfast or dessert - either way, this Cranberry-Apple Coffee Cake w/ Walnut Streusel is amazing! #healthybaking
Cranberry Apple Coffee Cake + Walnut Streusel - easy to make and healthy! #easyrecipes

Plus, pair this with a big mug of medium-roast black coffee (maybe with a little coconut oil in it, perhaps!) and I am SET for Sunday.  Or hump-day.  Whichever.

Cranberry Apple Coffee Cake + Walnut Streusel - a really delicious breakfast or dessert recipe! #holidayrecipes

Cranberry Apple Coffee Cake + Walnut Streusel 

For your best nutrition and enjoyment, I made sure to include the tastiest nutrient-dense ingredients I could find: protein-packed Greek yogurt + eggs, apples, cranberries, whole wheat flour, walnuts + pecans!  I even cut the sugar by half - and you can NOT taste the Stevia!  PS. Make this 100% dairy-free by replacing the butter in the streusel with Earth Balance vegan butter!

Ingredients:

Coffee Cake:

5.3 oz nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce
3 T. canola oil
1/2 c. thinly sliced + peeled apples
1 c. chopped fresh cranberries
2 eggs
Fresh lemon juice and lemon zest from one small lemon (1/4 c. juice)
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. Stevia powder
2 1/4 c. (about 270 g) whole wheat pastry (or regular) flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
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Streusel:

1 T. cold butter (or vegan butter), chopped into tiny pieces
1/3 c. walnuts
1/4 c. pecans
2 T. flour
1 T. sugar or stevia

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray two 8 X 4" loaf pans with baking spray.
Combine the Greek yogurt through Stevia powder in a mixer or with a whisk until everything is well combined.

Add flour through salt to the bowl and combine thoroughly, but do not overmix.

In a food processor, pulse all ingredients together just until they form a crumbly-looking streusel. You can also do this in a bowl with a fork, after chopping the walnuts and pecans.  (I did it with the fork once, when my food processor was in the dishwasher, and it is possible! Just doesn't work as well and it is harder.  But it still works.)

Divide the coffee cake batter between the two loaf pans and sprinkle the streusel evenly across the top of each one.

Bake 50-60 minutes, or until the toothpick-test says they're done.

Makes about 14 slices
Nutrition per serving: 212 calories; 8.2 g fat (1.7 g saturated); 30 g carbs; 4.2 g fiber; 5 g protein