Cranberry, Orange and Applesauce Cake

This is a perfect loaf for breakfast with some fruit, or as a mid-morning snack. I use very little oil due to the applesauce, yogurt and added flavorful ingredients. You can also bake this using a loaf pan.

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat an 8-inch-square baking pan with cooking spray.

2. To make the topping, in a small bowl, stir together the oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, oil and water. Mix together with a fork and set aside.

3. To make the cake, combine the applesauce, oil, sugar, egg, orange zest, orange juice concentrate, vanilla and yogurt in a large bowl. Whisk together until well combined.

4. In another bowl, stir together both flours, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt and cranberries. With a wooden spoon, stir the dry mixture into the applesauce mixture until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the topping mixture over the batter.

5. Bake in the center of the oven for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cut into 16 squares.

1/4 cup large rolled oats
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour pinch of cinnamon
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 tsp water

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 Tbsp orange zest
2 Tbsp orange juice concentrate
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp nutmeg
pinch of salt
2/3 cup dried cranberries

Nutritional Analysis per Serving (1 square)

Calories 167
Protein 2g
Fat 1.1 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Carbohydrates 30 g
Cholesterol 14 mg
Sodium 100 mg
Fiber 1.1 g

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes

Make Ahead: Can be baked up to 2 days in advance and frozen for up to 1 month

Makes one 8-inch-square cake

Nutrition Watch: Unsweetened applesauce contains no sugar, whereas the sugar in regular applesauce almost doubles the number of calories