Enlightened Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake

After a little holiday hiatus our little group of bloggers working its way through Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients (by Martha Stewart and the editors of Whole Living Magazine) continues it exploration of grains and legumes this week with oats.

The first thing that probably comes to mind when you think of oats is a steamy bowl of oatmeal on a chilly morning, but the truth is that they can add extra nutrition to a variety of healthy dishes.

Did you know that oats contain more protein than any other cereal grain? (I didn’t!)

Weight Watchers Friendly Oatmeal Cake

Weight Watchers Friendly Oatmeal Cake

They’re also rich in beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber known to significantly lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar. And if that weren’t enough, just one cup of oatmeal gives you at least 20% of your daily RDA of thiamine, folate, B5, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper and manganese. Guess what I’m having for breakfast tomorrow?

I’ve like oatmeal for as long as I can remember. Especially when turned into oatmeal cookies. Or oatmeal bread. Or oatmeal cake. In fact, I liked the Quaker Oats Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake my mother made so much when I was a kid, it became my official birthday cake! (She even made me one this year.)

Enlightened Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake

Enlightened Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake

So, making the lazy daisy oatmeal cake seemed like the natural choice for this week.

Already, pretty healthy as sweet treats go, I decided to give the recipe a makeover, lightening it up a bit.

I substituted applesauce for some of the butter and used canola oil for the rest, cut back on the sugar, and made the pieces a little smaller since its such a heavy filling cake.

We each had a piece for dessert last night. It tasted just as good as Mom’s!


{38 Power Foods} Enlightened Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake
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A lighter healthier version of one of my all-time favorite cakes, the Quaker Oats, Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake
Cuisine: Cake
Serves: 16
  • 1-1/4 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup rolled oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1-1/2 cups flour (all-purpose or white wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 2 large egg whites
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup rolled oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
  • ¼ cup skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  1. Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat an 8 or 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the boiling water and oats and set aside for about 15 minutes to soften.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg and set aside.
  4. Add the sugar, brown sugar, applesauce, oil and egg whites to the oat mixture and beat until well combined and creamy.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the oat mixture and stir just until well combined. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 to 60 minutes for a 9-inch pan, or 55 to 65 minutes for an 8-inch pan.
  7. While the cake is baking stir together the topping ingredients and set it aside.
  8. Remove the cake from the oven and immediately spread the topping mixture evenly over the top of the hot cake.
  9. Broil about 4 inches from heat, for 1 or 2 minutes, or jut until the topping is bubbly. Watch closely because the topping can burn easily.
  10. Remove from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely.
Cook's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1 piece): 203 calories, 6.1g fat, 35g carbs, 1.4g fiber, 2.8g protein and 6 PointsPlus

*PointsPlus® for calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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  1. says

    Light chocolate cake with pecan and coconut topping —I always called that German chocolate cake. It is a good one! Maybe the oatmeal is what makes this into Enlightened Lazy Daisy?

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