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

Holiday Spiced Pecans

Okay, I suck.  I know I’ve been so bad about posting lately but I swear I’m back for good now.  I have so many new posts coming up with all the Thanksgiving and Christmas goodies I’ve been whipping up so please let me back into your good graces..I promise you won’t regret it. Okay, this is getting weird so let’s talk Holiday Spiced Pecans.

I had a ton of pecans left over from Thanksgiving (thank you Costco) but they kinda suck plain so I made this spice mixture and baked them to snack on!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350F
  2. In a medium saucepan, warm the vegetable oil over medium heat
  3. Add in the brown sugar, water, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.  Stir until sugar dissolves and it begins to bubble
  4. Add in the pecans, stir until they’re fully coated by the sugar mixture
  5. Transfer pecans to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread evenly
  6. Sprinkle with the sea salt
  7. Bake for 8 minutes
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes