Healthy cake? Seems impossible, right? While going on a strictly cake diet isn’t recommended for weight loss, having the occasional sweet bite that doesn’t result in immediate eater’s remorse afterwards is entirely doable without steering you off course. Keeping your cakes on the healthy side is all about substitutions, i.e., leaving out the butter and the refined sugars and swapping in healthier ingredients like coconut oil, applesauce, whole wheat flour, maple syrup, and Greek yogurt to achieve maximum moisture and sweetness without the added calories and fat. If you’re hoping to make cake an actual part of your healthy diet, use our guide for 13 healthy cake recipes to make sure your weight loss journey is a sweet one.
- Vegan Rhubarb Streusel Cake
- Almond Flour Loaf Cake with Honey Roasted Figs
- Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake
- Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake
- Mini Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cakes
- Healthy Cranberry Coffee Cake
- Fig & Hazelnut Cake
- Almond Cake with Roasted Strawberries & Rhubarb
- Best Carrot Cake
- Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle Cake
- Healthy Pumpkin Bread
- Caramel & Vanilla Cheesecake
- Healthy Yogurt Cake
Vegan Rhubarb Streusel Cake
If you’ve ever had a traditional German streusel cake, you know it’s very delicious but there isn’t much healthy about it. This twist on the classic introduces rhubarbs, coconut sugar, and spelt flour for a result that almost makes it acceptable to eat cake every day.
2h 20m 400 calories Easy
Almond Flour Loaf Cake with Honey Roasted Figs
Honey roasted figs give this tasty loaf cake a delightful natural sweetness that just so happens to look beautiful.
55 minutes 140 calories Easy
Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake
This gluten-free coffee cake is the perfect sweet addition to breakfast or brunch for a crowd. Despite the long list of ingredients, you’ll be shocked by how easy it is to put together.
50 minutes 350 calories Easy
Gluten Free Healthy
Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake
When you hear the words “pound cake” you probably think about lots and lots of butter. This cake omits the butter entirely, using Greek yogurt and coconut oil instead to achieve optimal moistness without the added fat.
1h 00m 170 calories Easy
Mini Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cakes
These mini cakes transform the classic cinnamon roll into mini cakes and are topped with a creamy cashew maple glaze that you’ll want to enjoy long after your cakes are gone.
30 minutes 310 calories Easy
Healthy Cranberry Coffee Cake
Achieve all the best parts of a traditional coffee cake without refined sugars, flour, or dairy. Oats give the crumbly topping a delightful crunch that will keep you coming back for seconds and thirds.
50 minutes 340 calories Easy
Fig & Hazelnut Cake
This healthy vegan cake made with coconut sugar, spelt flour, and figs gets its impressive moist finish from olive oil, proving you don’t need butter to make an impressively moist cake.
1h 00m 300 calories Easy
Almond Cake with Roasted Strawberries & Rhubarb
While this almond cake is perfectly lovely on its own, the bright and zingy rhubarb strawberry topping makes it all the more impressive.
55 minutes 350 calories Easy
Best Carrot Cake
Just because a cake has vegetables in it doesn’t automatically mean it’s a healthy cake, but this one may just be the exception. Maple syrup and applesauce add moisture and sweetness to this cake without the use of refined sugar, and coconut oil replaces butter without removing moisture.
1h 00m 300 calories Easy
Gluten-Free Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle Cake
This cake is so fudgy and deeply chocolatey you may not even realize that it’s free of gluten and butter.
1h 00m 290 calories Easy
Gluten Free Healthy
Healthy Pumpkin Bread
Once beach season ends and the pumpkin spice lattes re-appear, you know it’s time for fall baking. This pumpkin bread has all the warm fall flavors you love, but leaves out the butter for a cake that you don’t have to feel bad about eating a few slices in one sitting.
1h 05m 185 calories Easy
Caramel & Vanilla Cheesecake
Cashews, dates, and coconut give this cheesecake a luxurious richness that you won’t believe doesn’t include any actual cheese.
1h 20m 370 calories Easy
Healthy Yogurt Cake
This cake may just be your new favorite – not only is it deliciously moist and perfect with your morning coffee, but it all comes together in one bowl for hardly any clean up.
45 minutes 290 calories Easy