whole-grain blueberry coffee cake

Sunday morning breakfast perfection. This is a guiltless coffee cake that could be served for breakfast or dessert. It's layered with lightly sweetened cake, juicy blueberries (you know how I feel about those), cinnamon and walnuts. So good, no one will no that it's low-fat, high-fiber and, dare I say, healthy?
Whole-Grain Blueberry Coffee Cake
Courtesy Ellie Krieger
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour or regular whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt (I used vanilla)
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, or frozen and thawed
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8-inch square cake pan with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together the all-purpose and whole-wheat flours, the baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, stir together the granulated sugar, cinnamon and walnuts. In a large bowl, beat the brown sugar, butter and oil until fluffy. If necessary, use the back of a spoon to press out any lumps in the brown sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating until fully combined. Beat in the vanilla and yogurt. 
  3. Add the flour mixture in 2 batches, stirring until just combined.
  4. Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle half of the nut mixture over the batter and top with the blueberries, gently pressing them into the batter. Spoon the rest of the batter into the pan (as shown above), smoothing the top. Sprinkle the remaining nut mixture over the cake, pressing gently.
  5. Bake until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving. Cut the cake into 2-inch squares. Note: I have made this several times and am always surprised that it needs longer to cook. It might be my oven, but keep cooking it until the middle, bottom layer comes out clean with a toothpick, otherwise it will be gooey when you serve it.

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