Low-Fat Coffee Cake Recipes - Apple, Pecan, & Chocolate

Simple Pecan Coffee Cake



  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup skim milk


  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • 2 Tbsp white flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and spray an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with nonstick zero-calorie cooking spray. In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and sugar. Mix egg white, oil, and milk separately, then stir into dry ingredients, just until moistened. In separate bowl, mix topping ingredients. Spread half of batter mixture into sprayed baking pan, then sprinkle half the topping mixture. Spread remaining batter over topping layer, than sprinkle remaining topping. Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Apple-Cinnamon Coffee Cake



  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 small lemon, zest of
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 2 cups diced apples


  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup white flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a tube (bundt) pan with nonstick zero-calorie cooking spray. In a large bowl or electric mixer, cream together butter, egg whites, lemon zest, lemon juice, and brown sugar. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture and yogurt alternately to sugar mixture, stirring well. Fold in diced apples and pour into tube pan. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over cake. Bake 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.

Chocolate Spice Coffee Cake


  • 3 cups white flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 2 cups fat-free buttermilk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray 9 x 13 inch baking pan with nonstick zero-calorie cooking spray and lightly flour. Cut butter into 1 ½ cups flour and ½ cup sugar until it reaches a crumb texture, and set aside 1 cup of this mixture for topping. Take remaining mixture and add remaining sugar, flour, and sour cream. Stir in cinnamon, cocoa, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. In separate bowl, combine buttermilk with baking soda and baking powder, then add to flour mixture. Fold in walnuts and pour into baking pan. Sprinkle reserved crumb topping over cake. Bake 30 to 35 minutes.

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Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA Author

The milk is fat-free, and sugar contains no fat. ;) I made no claims that these recipes were low-sugar, but you can always substitute a sugar substitute if you like.

nn 5 years ago

Low fat????It has milk, butter, oil and sugar..lol

Gail 5 years ago

These are the easiest things to make ever and the taste was very moist and delicious. Definitely a keeper. Going to try to make them with gluten free flour.

Made these last night as a substitute birthday cake for my dad that recently had a heart attack. I took the oil out completely for the same amount of apple sauce and they were excellent. So that would bring the fat down to practically nothing.

Thank you for such a really simple and tasty recipe.

best way to lose belly fat 6 years ago

OMG pecan! I love pecan and this recipe you gave is simply awesome. Thank you very much!

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Joyful Pamela 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

These look delicious! Looking forward to trying them!

toothache pain relief 6 years ago

Hi, thanks for such great hub. I am gonna try this in about half an hour from now :D

Thank you Thank you Thank you!

Jon Paul 7 years ago

the recipe is great. to cut down on calories a bit more i used wheat flour and i cut the sugar down a tad, used 1/2 cup of applesauce instead of oil, and added a 1/2 teaspoon of molasses, 1/4 tsp of vanilla, and a dash of ginger to the mix. it tastes great.

for the topping i used low cal margarine and added a bit of vanilla as well. it too, taste great.

thanks for a good recipe.

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Nancy B. 8 years ago from Kansas City, MO

I'm so glad I ran across this hub. All of these sound really yummy. Have to try the Chocolate Spice one. You can't go wrong with chocolate.

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kia31 8 years ago from Los Angles

This hub page is very good. Hope to learn by checking out some more. My first day as a hubber.

Anjelica 8 years ago

These ALL sound so wonderful! And here's a tip for everyone, if you want to make your treat even healthier, replace all or some of the flour with whole wheat pastry flour.

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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

Lovely recipes, I will bookmark it. Well done.

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Your Buddy 8 years ago

Maddie always bring best recipies, coffee cake is irresistable, the good thing is low fat, Maddie we want more such low fat items.

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monitor 8 years ago from The world.

Did somebody say low fat. Yummy! Thanks so much Maddie.

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coffeeconnoisseur 8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Thanks so much for responding to my request for coffee cake recipes... and how wonderful that it's low fat as well!

Great hub here... I am a cardiac intensive care nurse, so I especially like the low fat recipes.

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