Anne Lindsay, author of Lighthearted at Home, shares a recipe for a scrumptious and health conscious Applesauce Cranberry Cake. At only 159 calories a slice, it’s the perfect holiday treat. The recipe is also certified by the Heart & Stroke Health Check program, meaning it’s nutritionally sound and totally good for you!
Applesauce Cranberry Cake
Makes 24 slices
Full of flavor, this delicious moist cake looks attractive when made in a Bundt or tube pan. It’s easy to make and keeps well. Serve with fresh fruit desserts, poached pears or sorbets.
¾ cups granulated sugar (425 mL)
¼ cup soft margarine, at room temperature (50 mL)
½ cup low-fat plain yogurt (25 mL)
2 cups applesauce (500 mL)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (5 mL)
1 Grated rind of 1 medium orange
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (375 mL)
1 ¼ cups whole-wheat flour (300 mL)
1 cup dried cranberries or raisins (250 mL)
¼ cup wheat bran (50 mL)
4 tsp cinnamon (20 mL)
2 tsp baking soda (10 mL)
½ tsp ground nutmeg (2 mL)
Lightly grease and flour a 10-inch (25 cm) Bundt pan.
In mixing bowl, beat sugar with margarine until well mixed. Beat in egg until light in colour. Beat in yogurt until mixed. Beat in applesauce, vanilla and orange rind.
In separate bowl, combine all-purpose and whole-wheat flours, cranberries, bran, cinnamon, baking soda and nutmeg; stir to mix. Pour over applesauce mixture and stir just until combined.
Pour into prepared pan and bake in 325°F (160°C) oven for 60 to 70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean. Let cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes, then turn out onto rack and let cool completely.
MAKE AHEAD: Wrap well and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
PER SLICE: 159 calories, 2 g protein, 3 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 8 mg cholesterol, 33 g carbohydrate, 2 g fibre, 138 mg sodium, 81 mg potassium
Excerpted from Lighthearted at Home. Copyright © 2010 by Anne Lindsay and Associates. Excerpted with permission of the publisher John Wiley & Sons Canada Ltd.