Monday, December 7, 2009

The Monday Recipe Blog

Don't you just love Mondays?? Time for another recipe, with all of the holiday celebrations, you might want to give this a try and take a break from the high-sugar desserts....

Gingerbread Coffeecake With Splenda

White sugar is an unhealthy food additive that most of us limit as much as possible. But now we have a couple of good options that allow us to enjoy our favorite desserts while avoiding the dreaded, diabetes-causing sugar.

The following is a Gingerbread Coffeecake made with Splenda instead of sugar. Use the pure Splenda (not the part Splenda/part sugar) in the bag or box. Do not use the little Splenda packets made for tea or coffee. You can use generic Splenda.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Splenda or generic
3/4 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. allspice
3/4 t. ginger
4 T. butter substitute
1/2 t. baking soda
3/4 t. baking powder
1/2 c. buttermilk (lowfat)
1 T. plus 2 t. molasses
1 egg, large
1 T. Splenda or generic
1 t. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray such as PAM.
Combine 1 c. flour, 1/2 c. Splenda, 3/4 t. cinnamon, ginger and allspice in a large bowl. Cut in the butter substitute using a fork until the mixture looks like little crumbs. Measure out 1/3 cup and set aside - this will be the topping for your gingerbread coffeecake. Leave the remainder in the large bowl.

To the large bowl, add baking powder, baking soda, buttermilk, molasses and egg. Beat with a spoon or on low mixer speed until smooth.
Spoon that mixture into the prepared pan. Add the tablespoon of Splenda and the teaspoon of cinnamon to the reserved crumb topping mixture.

Sprinkle the crumb topping mixture over the top of the cake.

Bake for 25 minutes or until the center springs back when lightly touched. Let cool, then dig into a terrific gingerbread coffeecake!

Makes 8 servings.

Per serving:
130 calories
17 grams carbs
3 grams protein
6 grams fat (1.5 saturated)
0.5 grams fiber
200 milligrams sodium
Weight Watchers point comparison: 3 points
Gingerbread is a true Okie comfort food, and with the holidays coming up you can enjoy this treat without the guilt of sugar consumption.

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