“Healthy dessert” might seem like an oxymoron. For some of us, if it’s healthy it just doesn’t qualify as dessert. While our Applesauce Cake with Streusel Topping might not quite fall into the category of “healthy,” it most certainly is dessert, and not so bad for you in the bargain.
For starters, the recipe calls for unsweetened applesauce, which keeps the cake moist and tender while reducing the amount of butter required. Cranberries add fiber and eye appeal.
Last but not least, it skips the frosting, which can more than double the calorie count of a slice of cake. Instead, this cake has a streusel topping that bakes along with the cake. This means no waiting for the cake to cool completely before you frost it, which in turn means that you can dig in as soon as it’s cool enough to cut. We think this is almost like having your cake and eating it, too.
From Fix-It and Forget-It Vegetarian Cookbook, page 235
Makes 16-20 servings
Prep. Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 45-60 minutes
Standing Time: 30-60 minutes
1 stick (½ cup) plus 2 Tbsp. butter, softened, divided
¾ cup sugar
½ cup molasses
2 eggs, well beaten
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. cloves
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 ½ cups unsweetened applesauce
1-2 cups chopped cranberries or ½ cup chopped nuts
¼ cup rolled oats
¼ cup brown sugar
1. Cream ½ cup butter. Add sugar and molasses and continue to beat until fluffy.
2. Add eggs and beat thoroughly.
3. In another bowl, sift flours, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, salt and baking soda together.
4. Add dry ingredients to creamed butter mixture alternately with applesauce, beating thoroughly after each addition.
5. Fold in cranberries or nuts.
6. Pour into greased tube pan.
7. In a food processor, combine oats, sugar and remaining 2 Tbsp. butter. Pulse to combine. Sprinkle on top of cake.
8. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes or until pick inserted in middle comes out clean.
9. Cool in pan for 10 minutes and then invert on rack to cool.