Strawberries are nutritious & delicious. I simply love them. So, strawberries take center stage in today's recipe. Cake for breakfast? I'm all over it! This is similar to my Blueberry Oat Buttermilk Breakfast Cake. It can be served for breakfast, brunch, afternoon tea time, or snacking any ol' time.
Healthified. Although this isn't a low-cal or -carb recipe, it has healthier ingredients than most coffee cakes and is relatively high in vitamin C, iron, fiber, and protein. It gets a nutrition boost from oats, flax seed, yogurt, and strawberries. I use grapeseed oil because it has a neutral flavor yet similar health benefits of olive oil. This recipe isn't as sweet as a dessert cake--more like a muffin. The buttery streusel topping adds a flavorful crunch. You can substitute coconut oil for the butter if you like; but I personally prefer a little butter flavor in mine.
To achieve a light texture in this breakfast cake I used a combination of white and whole wheat pastry flour. If you prefer to use all whole wheat pastry flour, it turns out well; however the texture won't be quite as light.
Gluten free option. Substitute gluten-free oat and brown rice flours for the white and whole wheat pastry flours called for in the recipe. Use gluten-free rolled oats. The texture won't be quite as light, but the flavor is great.
Nutritional data per serving (cut into 9 pieces): 347 calories, 13.3g fat, 50g carbs, 3g fiber, 25,5g sugars, 6.5g protein; Weight Watcher PtsPlus: 9
Roasting the strawberries. Baking with strawberries can be tricky, because they have such a large water content. They tend to make baked goods soggy and their flavor can virtually disappear into the batter. The remedy for that is to roast the strawberries first to remove much of their liquid and concentrate their flavor.
Step-by-step photos for making
Strawberry Oat Yogurt Breakfast Cake
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients:
Step 2. Roast the strawberries. Hull & chop the strawberries into 1/2" to 3/4" pieces. Place a cooling rack (coated with oil or cooking spray), inside a large baking sheet. Scatter chopped strawberries on top, spread apart in single layer. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove and cool to room temperature. The strawberries will wither some as they bake and loose moisture. Roasting concentrates their flavor.
Step 3. Make the streusel topping. In a medium bowl whisk together whole wheat pastry flour, oats, brown sugar, & cinnamon. Cut in butter using two forks, a pastry blender, or your fingers. Mix until combined and crumbly. Set aside.
Step 4. Zest a lemon. I use a handy Microplane to make this task a snap. You can use orange zest instead, if you prefer, or omit the zest altogether. I like the citrus strawberry flavor combo.
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Step 5. Combine dry ingredients. In a large bowl, add all-purpose flour, whole wheat pastry flour, oats, flax seed, baking powder, salt & sugar; whisk until combined. Form a well in center of dry mix; set aside.
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Step 6. Combine wet ingredients. In separate medium bowl, combine egg, yogurt, oil, almond extract, and lemon zest; whisk until mixed.
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Step 7. Finish mixing the batter. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir together just until combined and uniformly moist to form thick batter; don't over mix. Gently fold in roasted strawberries until distributed throughout.
Step 8. Bake it. Coat an 8" dish with butter, oil, or cooking spray. Add the batter and spread it evenly. Sprinkle on the streusel topping. Bake for 35-45 minutes.
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Done! Let it cool a bit before cutting and serving. The streusel cooks into a delicious, crunchy topping.
You can cut the cake into 6 or 9 pieces. I usually cut 9 pieces--better portion control that way.
PREP THE NIGHT BEFORE FOR A FRESHLY BAKED CAKE IN THE MORNING. I like to do as much as possible in advance so that I can get this into the oven right off the bat in the morning. The day before, I prep the different components in separate containers and have them ready to throw together quickly the next morning. (1) prepare the streusel and refrigerate; (2) whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl and cover; (3) whisk together the wet ingredients and refrigerate; (4) chop and roast the strawberries and refrigerate. To assemble the cake in the morning, proceed with the mixing and assembly instructions, and it's ready to bake!
The crunchy streusel topping makes all the difference in this recipe. Yum.
FREEZE & REHEAT THE LEFTOVERS. This is surprisingly good after being frozen. The streusel topping doesn't get soggy, like you might expect. I flash freeze the leftover cake pieces on a baking sheet, transfer them to an airtight freezer bag, and return them to the freezer. You can put a frozen piece in the fridge the night before, so it is thawed and ready for a quick zap in the microwave for breakfast the next day; or, microwave a frozen piece at a lower power setting. If you prefer not to use a microwave, wrap the cake in foil and heat it in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Both ways are good and taste freshly baked.
We like to have special breakfast treats for a weekend splurge. This recipe definitely qualifies. It's a yummy combo of flavors and textures.
Make it a Yummy day!
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