Pineapple Coffee Cake

Pineapple Coffee Cake

Nonfat plain yogurt stands in for sour cream to add moisture and tenderness to this lightened-up pineapple coffee cake. Best of all, you can mix the batter and have this wholesome breakfast treat in the oven in under 15 minutes—that's healthy in a hurry.

From EatingWell: September/October 2008, April 1998
Yield: 9 servings
Active Time: 15
Total Time: 90


  1. 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  2. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  4. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  5. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 large egg
  8. 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  9. 1/4 cup canola oil
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  11. 1 1/2 cups diced fresh or canned pineapple chunks, blotted dry and coarsely chopped
  12. 1/4 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Whisk egg, yogurt, oil and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Add the dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until just blended. (Do not overmix.) Fold in pineapple. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Combine pecans and the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the batter.
  5. Bake the cake until the top is golden and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 20 minutes. Cut into squares and serve warm. Variations This quick coffee cake can be made with a variety of fruit. Try rhubarb, blueberries or peaches. If using frozen fruit, increase the baking time by 10 to 15 minutes.


Nutrition Per Serving: 253 calories; 9 g fat (1 g sat, 6 g mono); 24 mg cholesterol; 38 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 2 g fiber; 476 mg sodium; 94 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (23% daily value).

2 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 2 1/2 other carbohydrate, 2 fat