Since realizing that I’m a more friendly person when I bake on a regular basis, I’ve made the time to make some delicious treats for my family, friends, and colleagues. However, I think we can ALL admit that we like trying out our own treats to see how they come out. At least, I do! Since I also happen to be a lifetime Weight Watchers member, I try to keep most of my baked goods in a somewhat reasonable points friendly range. Enter stage right, the Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake from Alexandra’s Kitchen. It’s a delicious recipe I found on Pinterest and filed away. It’s also 11 points plus for one serving. So my snow day project was to lighten up a delicious recipe for all to enjoy and I succeeded (and only changed three ingredients!) Below, enjoy Alexandra’s recipe altered to a much more Weight Watcher friendly (and super rich!) 5 points plus.
Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake (makes 6-8 servings in a 9×9 pan)
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce (replaces butter)
2 tsp. lemon zest
3/4 c. plus 1 tsp. sugar
2 egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour (set aside 1/4 for the blueberries to be tossed into)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 c. buttermilk (make your own with fat free milk and 1 tbsp white vinegar)
Preheat your oven to 350. Cream applesauce, lemon zest, and 3/4 c. sugar until fluffy and light. Add the egg, vanilla, and beat until combined. Meanwhile, toss your blueberries with 1/4 cup of flour in a separate bowl. In a third bowl, whisk remaining flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the batter a little at a time alternating with buttermilk. Gently fold in the berries.
Grease a 9×9 square baking pan with Pam or non-stick spray. Spread batter into pan and sprinkle with the remaining tbsp of sugar. Bake for 35 minutes and test with a toothpick. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.
And there you have it. I only changed the whole egg for egg whites, the butter for applesauce, and I simply made my own fat free buttermilk variation and shaved a whole 6 points (non-ww folk: that’s like a meal!) off of a serving of cake. I’ll be enjoying this 5 point wonder with some green tea and a banana. Yum!
Let me know what you think and I’ll continue to post more lightened up recipes as I find success with them!