Cinnamon Swirl Breakfast Loaf – a healthier, breakfast-approved version of my Churro Cake.
Breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day! I love all types of breakfast foods, including breakfast cakes. (Too obvious? Haha!) But seriously, when I can have cake for breakfast, I know it’s going to be a good day!
Cinnamon Swirl Breakfast Loaf
Today, I shared my new Cinnamon Swirl Breakfast Loaf on The Today Show. The idea of the cake was actually theirs! The producer asked if I could turn one of my cakes into a healthier breakfast option and you better believe I was excited for that challenge.
I had just made a delicious cinnamon loaf with espresso buttercream from The New Way to Cake by Benjamina Ebuehi and had the thought that my Churro Cake could be a great breakfast cake too.
Healthier Ingredient Alternatives
If you’ve made my Churro Cake before (or any cake really), you know that they’re full of sugar, flour and butter. All the good stuff life has to offer 😉
Well, for my breakfast loaf, I wanted to create something that felt more like a breakfast food. Getting rid of the buttercream and the cinnamon ganache from the cake recipe was a obvious first step. From there, I made a few changes to ingredients, but really kept the bones of my Churro Cake recipe the same.
- In place of the all-purpose flour, I used Kamut flour. Kamut flour is an ancient grain that hasn’t been genetically modified and is easier on the digestive system. You can read more about the benefits of Kamut flour HERE. I buy the Food Nanny Kamut Flour (Liz and Lizi are the ones who introduced it to me).
- In place of some of the granulated sugar, I used coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is not as refined as white sugar, it’s easier on the gut, and actually has nutrients in it. I only subbed part of the sugar with coconut sugar, but you could do a full one for one sub. You’ll notice it makes the batter much darker but still gives it a great flavor.
- In place of the buttermilk, I used plain Greek yogurt. This gives the loaf a little extra protein, while helping to create moisture.
Just a few small changes and this Cinnamon Swirl Breakfast Loaf is totally breakfast ready! We didn’t compromise at all on flavor, either.