The January Blues~ Lightened Up Blueberry Coffee Cake

Lightened Up Blueberry Coffee Cake

I always seem to have a case of the January Blues on the heels of Christmas~ taking the tree down & putting all the decorations away. . .straightening & organizing . . .cutting calories & spending. . .


Flowers seem to help though :)


Blueberry Coffee Cake was lightened up in Southern Living Magazine’s January issue in the ‘Indulge Without Guilt’ section~ and one of several recipes for breakfast breads to indulge in under 300 calories.


Skim milk and nonfat yogurt make this cake moist and only 219 calories a slice, depending on the size of your slice :)


This coffee cake comes together quickly, is moist, satisfying and one I’ll make again!

You can combine the dry ingredients the night before for an even quicker morning start. This cake is wonderful warm or good served at room temperature!


 The top has a mixture of turbinado sugar, sliced almonds, and cinnamon sprinkled on it for a little sparkle, crunch, and additional sweetness~



~1 large egg 

~1/2 cup fat-free milk

1/2 cup plain fat-free yogurt

3 tablespoons vegetable oil  

~2 cups all-purpose flour

~1/2 cup granulated sugar

~4 teaspoons baking powder

~1/2 teaspoon salt

~1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries, no need to thaw

~1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

~2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

~2 tablespoons sliced almonds 

~1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon



1. Preheat oven to 400°. Whisk together egg, milk, yogurt, and vegetable oil in a large bowl.


2. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in another bowl. (You can do this the night before for quicker assembly in the morning.)


3. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture just until dry ingredients are moistened.

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4. Toss 1 1/4 cups blueberries in 1 Tbsp. flour; fold into batter. Pour into a lightly greased 9-inch springform pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup blueberries.


5. Stir together 2 Tbsp. turbinado sugar, sliced almonds, and cinnamon; sprinkle over batter.


6. Bake at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.


7. Cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes; remove sides of pan.


This coffee cake is great way to beat the January Blues if you’re counting calories~ indulge in a slice with coffee or tea in the  morning or afternoon!

You can find the printable recipe, here.

Blueberry Coffee Cake

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  37 comments for “The January Blues~ Lightened Up Blueberry Coffee Cake

  1. kim
    January 5, 2013 at 9:05 am

    That looks so good and wish you could pass me a slice on through the screen to go with my coffee. Now I must buy a springform pan and make this.

  2. January 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Oh boy, does this ever look good! I’m checking my cupboards for these staples! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!


  3. Anon
    January 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I think it’s your photography I could eat right up! Fabulous shots, wonderful start to my day~

  4. January 5, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Oh yum! That looks really good! The list of ingredients look great- I’ll have to make this one!

  5. January 5, 2013 at 10:39 am

    :D I need to cut back on everything, too!!! thanks for sharing the recipe, and I’m really digging all the pretty cutlery. I just inherited *tons* of silver from my MIL…..It’s been fun finding out the different purposes for some of the pieces!

    I hope your new year is going really well, Mary!!!


  6. January 5, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Mary, this coffee cake looks soooooo delicious! Making a grocery list so that I can make one this weekend!

  7. Penny C. aquila
    January 5, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Your beautiful photography and delightful subjects.are helping this Indianian feel ” mentally ” better. nothing better than looking at your incredible photography to help lift oneself up……while enduring the flu ! We all are so impressed with your passion to beautify our everyday life .

  8. January 5, 2013 at 11:14 am

    I need a slice of this with my morning coffee, Mary. It looks delicious, and I like that its calorie count is diet friendly. I’m cutting back on calories and shopping as I definitely over did in both categories this holiday. Love the pretty flatware pieces. Yes, flowers help chase away the January blues. ;-)
    Enjoy your weekend………Sarah

  9. Shelley
    January 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Yummy!! So happy I have found your blog. Your my new best friend. Hope 2013 is the best ever for you and all your followers :) Shelley

  10. January 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Beautiful, Mary. Thank you for sharing this delicious looking recipe. I love anything with blueberries in it. :) This may sound funny, but I’ve always thought blueberries make for such pretty pictures in food photography. They just look so pretty with our dishes and linens.

    Happy New Year!


  11. January 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I am such a boring breakfast eater: cereal with fruit every single day!!!! My hubby never eats breakfast so I never make anything like this. Sometimes he makes us omlettes though. Your pictures are beautiful. XO, Pinky

  12. January 5, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Gorgeous and delicious sounding…

    I have some blue flowered napkins on white background that I think match that tablecloth you’re using…

  13. January 5, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Lovely and delicious breakfast, Mary!

  14. January 5, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    This recipe looks wonderful….always looking for a great coffee cake recipe…as always your presentation is gorgeous…love the tablecloth!

  15. January 6, 2013 at 12:07 am

    I love blueberry coffee cake especially when it is made with the little wild Maine blueberries which I have in the freezer. Eating light is definitely something I need to get right on!

  16. Paula
    January 6, 2013 at 12:56 am

    It looks DE-LISH!

  17. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    January 6, 2013 at 5:56 am

    I have almonds in the freezer! This cake sounds great and I love your pretty blue and white tablecloth Mary! Happy Sunday:@)

    January 6, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    At cake looks delicious. I am afraid I would eat more than one slice once I started eating. Lol.

  19. January 6, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Your photos are beautiful and the cake looks delicious. And I’d probably be tempted to eat a large slice!

  20. January 6, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I have just stumbled upon you from Pinterest and adore your blog!!! A great receipt and I love your take on how to do things as well – will be following you this year!!
    Donna x

  21. January 7, 2013 at 4:54 am

    That recipe definitely looks like it’s a must to try out – thanks for posting! Beautifully photographed and I LOVE your tablecloth!

  22. January 7, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Looks so yummy, I could use a piece now with my morning coffee. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Have a happy week!

  23. January 7, 2013 at 7:38 am

    This Blueberry cake looks so yummy. Thanks for the recipe. I think Christmas over-indulgences could be a common theme!
    Have a wonderful week. I am linking up to you through Mosaic Monday.

  24. January 7, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Visiting from the linky part over at Stone Gable… looks yummy I think I will have to try it!

  25. January 7, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    All I can say is this recipe looks heavenly. Your pictures are wonderful, and thanks so much for sharing the recipe. Your mosaic turned out lovely. genie

  26. January 7, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Your Blueberry Coffee Cake looks so delicious it would just perk me up from the January blues. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
    Miz Helen

  27. January 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    This sounds so yummy and I know I am going to be thinking about it tomorrow.

  28. Glynis Maruk
    January 9, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I actually did try this recipe and it came out quite well. I made only one addition, and that was a bit of lemon zest to the topping. Lemon zest is a sure thing with blueberries!

  29. February 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Help! I’m due to take this to a function in the morning (12 hours from now) and your ingredient list specifies baking powder, however step 2 of preparation instructions says baking soda. New which is it?

    • February 22, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      It’s baking powder!!! Sorry! Thanks I’ll correct it! Happy Baking :)

  30. February 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Mary, thank you for contacting me so quickly! This came out perfectly, though I did lower the temp to 385 and extend baking time to 45-50 min, after reading others’ suggestions. Your post is beautiful, as everyone else has commented and that is what made this recipe so appealing to me. It was delicious and I will be making it again! Thank you for sharing!

  31. Cheryl
    January 4, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I agree with Kim. I wish you could pass me a slice. I have everything except the milk. We don’t drink it so it’s never in the house. I guess I’ll have to make it tomorrow morning.

    Isn’t the first of January so peculiar? I love starting a new year, I have enthusiasm for a new start and lots of plans. But putting away all of the decorations makes the house look so bare to me. Although being OCD I love putting everything back in its place. I know, I’m sick. LOL

    Since I’ll have to run to the store for milk, I suppose I’ll need to pick up a couple of donuts. They won’t be nearly as good as your beautiful blueberry coffee cake but I’ll make do for today.

  32. January 5, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    yum thanks for sharing at the Scoop I also enjoyed looking at all the Valentine’s on the sidebar

  33. January 8, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    This looks really good! It is so beautiful also. :)

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