It has been a long time since I blogged about food, and an even longer time since I blogged about food I actually made and didn’t just purchase. This saddens me. But, such is the tragic story of a busy grad student.
All of the credit for this recipe goes to Holly at Everyday’s a Hollyday. Fun side note: Holly is a best friend of one of my best friends, but we have never actually met! But, through my friend Lea, and through Holly’s amazing blog, I know I would love her. She posted this recipe for pear-streusel coffee cake a while back, and I knew I had to make it. A recipe for a coffee cake that involves pear and Chobani yogurt?! I was hooked. I honestly made no changes to the recipe, so simply click the link to see the recipe.
This coffee cake is delicious, easy to make, and guess what- healthy! There is no butter involved, instead the recipe uses greek yogurt. This is the perfect “treat” for breakfast, snack, or a dessert (ok so really any time). The recipe makes plenty to last a few people all week. Ok, that is assuming you have a little self control and don’t eat three squares at once, which may be difficult.
My boyfriend was extremely skeptical of this because 1) he does not trust dessert made with no butter and 2) he does not like pear or greek yogurt that much…… OR SO HE THOUGHT. He loved it.
The pear version was fantastic, but I think it would be so much fun and easy to play with the flavors, and I think next time I will try apple, using the apple-cinnamon Chobani yogurt with cut up apple. Either way, this coffee cake is just the right amount of sweet, moist, and does not sacrifice the delicious streusel topping in becoming health-ified.
Baking in a healthy way is something that scares me because although I know it can certainly be done, I feel one is at a higher risk for a dessert dud. It is one thing for me to screw up dinner, but that is unacceptable for dessert! But, as mentioned, this coffee cake was a total success and I highly recommend giving it a try.
It feels so great to blog again after being MIA for a while. I have two exciting blog posts for this week, one of which involves an awesome farmers market find and another that involves something so delicious, it will be added to the “Best Thing I Ever Ate” page.
Until then, make this coffee cake.