Fat and Sugar Free Healthy Cake

"This recipe was originally posted on www.fatfree.com by Berenice Goelzer. It was developed for a special diet where one cannot mix carbohydrates and fats. Moreover, sugar is forbidden. However, complex carbohydrates are allowed (nothing refined)."
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Ready In:
1hr 50mins
1 loaf


  • 1 12 cups low-fat buttermilk (may be 1 low - 0% fat yogurt plus skimmed milk to complete 1-1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup rolled oats (not refined or instant)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 12 cup oat bran or 1/2 cup natural bran
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 34 - 1 cup chopped prune (can mix with raisins, and even put more if you like sweeter)
  • 1 banana, very ripe well mashed (or about 100 g - 3 oz of unsweetened apple sauce, or pureed prunes)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 18 cup honey (N.B. Those who wish a sweeter cake may add) (optional)


  • Place the oatmeal and the buttermilk in a bowl (a bit in advance so the oats soften)- mix well Add dried fruit.
  • Add all the other ingredients and mix very well- the mashed banana (or apple sauce, or pureed prunes), last Pour batter (it is quite solid, like for muffins) in a 9 inch, or 23 cm, non-stick loaf pan; sprinkle with oat flakes and let it rest in the pan for 20 minutes (before baking) Bake in preheated oven- 350ºF or 180ºC for 1 hour to 1 hr 10 mins (really depends on the oven).

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  1. This cake was really healthy tasting and a satisfying/ filling and guilt free snack. I added Stevia powder for extra sweetness (natural sugar substitute). I would recommend storing the cake in the fridge to keep it for longer.
  2. I agree with Roosie that this is not really a cake, more like a breakfast quick bread, but a lovely one! I added 1/2 ts liquid stevia extract (my incorrigible sweet tooth...). I used a banana, wheat bran and "fake buttermilk", made of milk a a tbs white vinegar.
  3. Now, I think calling this a cake might be a bit of a stretch (unless you put some nice buttercream icing on it, which really defeats the whole point of this, doesn't it? ;)) especially since its baked in a loaf pan, but it is still quite a tasty little loaf. I used 3/4 cup chopped prunes and 1/4 cup raisins and a very, very ripe banana. I used 1/4c yogurt (whole) and 1 1/4 cups milk (2%) plus a tsp of lemon juice to fake buttermilk. I did add the 1/8 cup honey, but this is really not very sweet. I also used wheat bran for the bran. It makes a very nice filling and high fiber breakfast slice, but the oats form a nice crunchy-ish outer crust. The banana flavor is very mild which is nice, IMO. It just adds a bit of flavor ans sweetness. I wish there had been a measure for the cinnamon, because I totally forgot it until I was putting the loaf into the oven. I sprinkled between 1/8tsp-1/4tsp over top. I think I would probably say 1/2tsp would be a nice amount to add flavor without being too strong. Nice dense bread- it certainly tastes healthy, but IMO that's not a bad thing! I think this needs a little extra sweetening for most peoples tastes (including mine and I often reduce the sugar in recipes!). Good snack or breakfast that will really fill you up and satisfy your hunger (I'd like to see a Pop Tart do that!)- I think this might make a nice piece of toast- you could spread with jam (or butter or cream cheese, if you dare!) to sweeten it up a bit. Thanks for a nice recipe- we're enjoying it. :)



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