Enjoy a Burst of Citrus With This Healthier Lemon LoafMay 12, 2020
If you’ve ever tried the Starbucks lemon loaf, you’re probably aware of how deliciously addicting it can be. Moist, slightly tart, and rich, lemon loaf cakes make for a delicious snack or dessert that’s bursting with lemony, citrusy goodness.
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But if you’ve ever looked up the nutritional content of a Starbucks lemon loaf, you’re likely in for a rude awakening. The coffee shop favorite comes loaded with 470 calories, 9 grams of saturated fat, 68 carbs, and a whopping 42 grams of sugar! That’s not exactly a small afternoon nibble.
So what’s a person to do? If you’re craving a lemon loaf that won’t sour your weight loss and health goals, you’re going to love trying our healthier lemon loaf cake recipe. With a few smart swaps, we were able to make a lighter loaf that still has all your favorite tangy and sweet flavors, but without all the extra calories and sugar.
Our recipe is bursting with fresh lemon zest, spiced with ground cardamom, and sweetened with just a touch of maple syrup and applesauce. We also made it gluten-free by using a combo of almond flour and tapioca flour! All together, our gluten-free lemon loaf only has 121 calories, 1 gram of saturated fat, 13 grams of carbs, and 5 grams of sugar per serving.
Enjoy this healthier recipe that’s got a fraction of the calories and sugar, but still has all of the flavor you know and love. This recipe makes enough for 10 servings, so there’s plenty of goodness to share!
Healthier Lemon Loaf
Enjoy this healthier lemon loaf recipe that's got a fraction of the calories and sugar, but still has all of the flavor you know and love.
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Lightly coat 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with spray; set aside.
Separate egg yolks from egg whites; place in separate medium mixing bowls. Use a whisk or hand mixer to beat egg whites until soft peaks form; set aside.
Finely grate lemon peel; set aside.
Combine egg yolks, lemon zest, applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl; mix well. Set aside.
Combine almond flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, cardamom, and salt in a large mixing bowl; mix well. Set aside.
Pour egg mixture into almond flour mixture; mix until a smooth batter forms.
Gently fold egg whites into batter.
Pour batter into prepared pan; bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
Cool for 5 minutes; turn loaf out onto cooling rack. Let cool completely before cutting into ten equal slices.
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.
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Photography by Meghan Hensley