Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Cake

Greek yogurt is SO in right now.  It’s a great healthy replacement for butter in cake recipes and actually makes the cake very moist.

This recipe is delicious,  low-fat and super easy to make.

Ingredients:

For Cake:

  • 1 15 ounce can of pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup low-fat greek yogurt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For Icing:

  • 6 ounces low-fat cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans

Directions:

For Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease a 9 by 11 glass baking dish.
  2. Mix together pumpkin, yogurt, egg whites, sugar and vanilla.
  3. Add in the baking powder, baking soda, flour salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well at a low speed.
  4. Pour batter into the baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean from the center)
  5. Let cool completely before icing the cake

For Icing:

  1. Cream together the cream cheese and vanilla with a mixer
  2. Slowly add in the powdered sugar
  3. Spread mixture evenly over the cake
  4. Top with the pecans

Apple Crisp

This is a great recipe to have on hand because it can really be used for any type of fruit crisp.  I generally make fruit crisps when I have a lot of one type of fruit left over and need to use them before they start to go bad.  It’s a great dessert in the fall and kinda just warms the soul, ya know?

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups sliced, peeled cooking apples (pears, peaches, or apricots also work)
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Mix together fruit and sugar in a large bowl.  Transfer to a 2 quart square baking dish.
  3. In another bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, flour, nutmeg and cinnamon.  Add in the butter in small chunks.  Mix together until it resemble coarse crumbs.  Stir in the pecans.
  4. Sprinkle topping over the fruit.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Let cool for 20 minutes. Top with ice cream and serve 🙂