Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Yogurt Substitute? The Nutritionist Would be Proud.

Did I tell you how much I loved the nutritionist? She never once told me how awful my eating habits were. She simply praised the good things and gently suggested other items to add. And she said - love this part -


You gotta love someone telling you to eat more. For breakfast she suggested that I eat protein and recommended this yogurt smoothie from Lifeway.

This evening I was making a cake for a friend and the recipe called for plain yogurt, so I used my blueberry Kefir in the recipe. I wasn't able to try the baked cake, but the batter was really good and blueberryish. (Don't tell the nutritionist that I licked the beaters. She gently suggested that I chew sugar-free gum to discourage myself from licking the beaters. I did try it, but it was easy just to take the gum out, lick the beaters, and then put the gum back in.)

Last summer, I lovingly measured, labeled, and stored fresh-picked blueberries in the freezer. I forgot that Frick had helped me label the bags. (I'm guessing it said "July 2008, 2 cups" - because that what all the other bags said that I labeled.)

This recipe came from my most beat up cookbook - The Cake Mix Doctor. I always have cake mixes stored in the pantry and this has a hundred ways to make the ordinary cake mix spectacular.

Blueberry Muffin Cake
1 pkg. yellow or white cake mix (I used yellow)
1 pkg. small instant vanilla pudding
1 c. vanilla yogurt (I used my Lifeway)
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1/4 c. water
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 large eggs
1 c. fresh blueberries (I used frozen blueberries, but left out the water, according to the Cake Doctor's suggestions)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10" tube pan with spray and dust with flour. Measure out 2 Tb. of the cake mix and set aside. Mix the remaining cake mix, pudding mix, yogurt, oil, water, cinnamon, and eggs in large mixing bowl. Toss the blueberries with the reserved cake mix. Fold in the blueberries. Pour the batter into the pan. Bake 45 - 50 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and beginning to pull away from the sides. Cool in the pan for twenty minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Store at room temperature covered in plastic wrap.

The Lifeway Kefir stuff wasn't that bad. I mixed in the leftover blueberries, a banana, and some Splenda and made me a smoothie for breakfast. Not bad. Even Farmer Brown drank some of it.


Tiffany said...

Your cake is gorgeous! No matter how good I grease and flour the pan, my bundt cakes always stick. I do get to taste the cake that way because somebody has to eat that little piece that stuck.

I'm glad you like your nutritionist. That's great that she's giving good suggestions.

Donna-FFW said...

I love how your cake looks!! Beautiful! And I adore the fact you started with a mix!! DEE-licious, Brindi!!

Julie said...

The cake turned out lovely. Too bad you didn't get to eat any of it :(

Anonymous said...

I've heard amazing stuff about kefir, how good it is for our digestion and stuff. it's interesting in the cake, I wonder how it tastes like!
btw, lol, you must really love that nutritionist! any more reason we can get to eat more yummy food! enjoy!

Burp and Slurp~! said...

I just noticed the Thirteenth tale on your "bookshelf"! I loved that book!


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