You'll love this guilt-free coffee cake

So once again I have a confession to make. This past Christmas my mom came over with this coffee cake that she had received as a gift from her boss at work. He got everyone in her office, plus all of their clients one of these coffee cakes. Now... generally I'm not the hugest fan of coffee cake. it's too crumbly and dry for me. However, this coffee cake... holy moly! It was decadent, buttery, and just the perfect amount of sweet. Yum!

I had that cafe from breakfast and dessert for a couple of days. You know, I'm all about plotting yourself those occasional treats. The coffee cake was made by a local Texas bakery which I intend to visit one day since it's only about an hour away. Though I might have to be dragged out by my hair kicking and screaming along the way. Haha.

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Until then, I've decided to take the next best approach in baking up my own coffee cake. So... I did what any woman in my position would do... I scoured the web for a similar recipe since I know the one I had was full of walnuts, butter and sour cream.

I did manage to find one that looked to be exactly what I was looking for but of course I wanted to up the game a bit and lighten this bad boy up as much as I could without sacrificing it's amazing texture or flavor.

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Um... guys? Wow. I mean... I'm honestly a little scared at how amazing this coffee cake turned out. I'm always scared to 'skinny' baking recipes because baking is such a fine science and art that it's hard to tell if something will work out the way you intend for it to or not. But this? Wow.

No one will ever be able to guess that this is a lightened up version of it's heavier brethren. No one. And I bet if I were to package this up just right that I could even fool my mom into thinking this was the real deal.

Lightened Up Coffee Cake
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Ingredients:The Skinny:
Servings: 16 • Size: 1 Slice • Calories: 251.4 • Fat: 8.4 g • Saturated Fat: 1.6 • Carb: 38.3 g • Fiber: 2.3 g • Protein: 7.6 g • Sugar: 20.3 g • Sodium: 399.5 mg

Crumble:
1/2 C. Sugar
1/4 C. Natural Sweetener
1 Tbsp. Ground Cinnamon
3/4 C. Chopped Pecans

Cake:
2 C. All-Purpose Flour
1 C. Whole Wheat White Flour
1 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1 1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
1 Tsp. Salt
3/4 C. Light Butter, Softened
1 C. Sugar
1/4 C. Natural Sweetener
3 Whole Large Eggs
1 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 C. Plain Fat Free Greek Yogurt

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F., and lightly coat the inside of a 10" bundt pan with non-stick baking spray; set aside..

In a small bowl combine the 1/2 C. Sugar, 1/4 C. Natural Sweetener, 1 Tbsp. Ground Cinnamon, and 3/4 C. Chopped Pecans ingredients. Set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk to combine 2 C. All-Purpose Flour, 1 C. Whole Wheat White Flour, 1 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder, 1 1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda, and 1 Tsp. Salt.

Beat together the 3/4 C. Light Butter, 1 C. Sugar, and 1/4 C. Natural Sweetener in a large bowl until fluffy.

Add in the 3 eggs one at a time; beating until smooth and creamy, followed by the 1 1/2 Tsp. vanilla.

Using a wooden spoon, alternately add in the dry mixed ingredients and the greek yogurt to the creamy mixture until smooth.

Add half of the batter into the prepared bundt pan and spread it out. Top the batter with 3/4 of the crumble topping and cover with the batter, followed by the remaining crumble topping to layer.

Place the pan into the oven to bake for about 60-65 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

After cooking for about 50 minutes you may want to check in on it and cover loosely with foil to keep the top from browning too much.

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Once done, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before removing from the pan and slicing into 16 portions.

Enjoy!

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10. Denver, Colorado

Denver fell two spots this year to round out the top 10 best cities for coffee lovers. The Mile High City has four local roasters, which is more than many cities in the country. Plus, it has top 20 scores in both total number of coffee shops and cafes, and coffee shops and cafes per 100,000 residents.

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9. San Francisco, California

San Francisco is steeped in coffee history. It is the birthplace of world-famous brands like Folgers and MJB. Coffee culture in San Francisco, despite its long history, has also kept up with modern trends. There are more coffee shops and cafés per residents in San Francisco than any other city in the country at 302 per 100,000 residents.

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8. Oakland, California

Oakland comes in one spot above its Bay Area neighbor to claim eighth place. Oakland is the birthplace of notable coffee spots like Blue Bottle Coffee and Oakland Coffee Works (founded by members of the band Green Day). Oakland also has some of the most enthusiastic coffee lovers in the country. Oakland residents Google “coffee” 39% more than the U.S. average.

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7. Tampa, Florida

Tampa is a newcomer to this year’s top 10 best cities for coffee fanatics. Coffee drinkers in Tampa have access to great and also cheap coffee. Tampa has the lowest average cost of a cappuccino in our top 10 at $3.53. Plus 33% of its coffee places are rated 4.5 stars or higher. The one concern may be the lack of variety, as there are relatively fewer coffee places in Tampa as compared to the other cities in our top 10.

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6. Austin, Texas

Folks in Austin have an abundance of options when it comes to great coffee. Over 33% of coffee places here are rated 4.5 stars or above. Vintage Heart Coffee may be the best among a great bunch, with Yelp users claiming it serves the best cold brew in Austin. A good cold brew is a must in a place like Austin, which can get pretty steamy in the summer.

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5. New Orleans, Louisiana

For coffee fanatics looking for something different, head to New Orleans. The local custom here is to mix chicory in with the coffee to create a unique flavor and experience. Why this is done is a bit of a long story, but if you are in town be sure to give it a try. New Orleans also has seven roasters local to the city so getting the freshest, most flavorful coffee beans should be no trouble.

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4. Portland, Oregon

Portland ranks fourth in this year’s study, down one spot from last year. If you are a coffee tourist, Portland may be the best city to explore first. It has the highest percentage of highly rated coffee places in the country. Portland is also the hometown of famed roaster Stumptown Coffee Roasters, as well as 12 other roasters, a good sign for people who love their coffee super fresh.

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3. Honolulu, Hawaii

If you are a java lover in Honolulu, you aren’t alone. Google searches for “coffee” in Hawaii’s capital are 84% higher than the national average. For coffee fanatics looked to discuss their fanaticism over a cup of coffee, opportunities will be plentiful. Honolulu has the fifth-most coffee places per 100,000 residents at 243.

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2. San Diego, California

San Diego ranks as the second-best city for coffee fanatics. Last year, it took the sixth spot in our list. Few cities were able to beat San Diego coffee spots in terms of quality. Data from Yelp shows that 37% of coffee places in San Diego score above 4.5 stars. Coffee fanatics visiting San Diego may want to check out Holsem Coffee or Bean Bar.

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1. Seattle, Washington

Unsurprisingly, the birthplace of Starbucks, Caffe Vita, Seattle’s Best Coffee and Tully’s Coffee is ranked as the best city for coffee fanatics. Try as you might it’s tough to see what a coffee fanatic would not love about Seattle. It ranks highly in every single one of our metrics except price. In terms of availability, Seattle has the third-most coffee places per capita in our study and in terms of quality, 31% of its coffee places were rated a minimum of 4.5 stars by Yelp users.

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