Vanilla and spices, such as cinnamon and nutmeg, add flavor and help bring out the natural sweetness in baked goods so you don’t need to add a lot of extra sugar – which helps to save calories, too.

8 servings II Prep time: 15 minutes II Bake time: 33 minutes II Cool: 10 minutes

  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons canola or soybean oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mixed berries, such as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries
  • 1/4 cup low-fat granola, slightly crushed
  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Spray round pan, 8 x 1-1/2 or 9 x 1-1/2 inches with cooking spray.
  2. Mix brown sugar, buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and egg in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt just until moistened. Gently fold in half of the berries. Spoon into pan. Sprinkle with remaining berries and the granola.
  3. Bake 28 to 33 minutes or until golden-brown and top springs back when touched in center. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Serve warm.

1 serving: Calories 150, (calories from fat 45), fat 5g, saturated fat 1g, (4% calories from saturated fat), trans fat 0g, cholesterol 25mg, omega-3 0g, sodium 150mg

Carbohydrate 25g, (dietary fiber 3g), protein 4g

% Daily value: Vitamin A 2%, vitamin C 2%, calcium 4%, iron 6%, folic acid 8%

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fruit, 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices: 1-1/2

– from the book, “Betty Crocker, Healthy Heart Cookbook”, by Roger S. Blumenthal M.D., F.A.C.C. Professor of Medicine, Director, the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease and by Juli Hermanson, M.P.H., R.D. Bell institute of Health and Nutrition

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