Lighten up that box of cake mix by using Greek yogurt instead of oil and eggs! This simple trick is a great way to make a delicious cake a little healthier.
Have Your Cake And Stay Fit Too
Ahhh desserts. For anyone who has the same sweet tooth I do, you know how torturous this part of the meal can be. I usually eat healthy all day with little difficulty. After forming health habits it’s pretty easy for me to say no to things like french fries, pizza, or burgers. But when it comes to sweets, my will power goes out the window. I love pretty much any sweet, from chocolate and cake to cookies and brownies. It’s hard for me to say no, and once I start, it is hard for me to stop. That is why I am SO excited about this cake recipe. I felt the need to caveat this one with an “ish” because I don’t know if it is really possible to call any cake from a mix skinny. But this recipe just about does it! And it is just as, if not more, delicious. Seriously. I enjoy this more than following the directions on the box. And I’ve got about fifteen friends I’ve fed it to so far that would back me up.
How Can Cake be Skinny?
Good question. I know it doesn’t seem possible, but this will amaze you. And it doesn’t require making the recipe more difficult. In fact, it utilizes fewer ingredients. Simply switch out both the eggs and the oil for greek yogurt. This might not seem like much, but the box calls for 1/3 cup of oil and three whole eggs, which combined totals to 850 calories and 86 grams of fat. You can trade that in for 1 cup of greek yogurt, which contains 120 calories and zero grams of fat (if you use my recommended brand below). This saves you 730 calories and 86 grams of fat. The mix itself only has 140 calories and 4 grams of fat per serving. That makes for the least guilty piece of cake.. or three.. out there if you ask me.
Another great aspect of this recipe is that it doesn’t have to be used to make a funfetti cake, you can use it to make a healthy version of whatever cake you and your family prefer. The greek yogurt comes in many flavors, so you can stick with vanilla, or experiment, which I like to do. For any chocolate lovers out there, I love using the chocolate cherry greek yogurt with a chocolate cake mix.
I use plain greek yogurt for my cakes and it tastes amazing. You can definitely feel free to play around with different flavors though! The first time I made this I actually used a vanilla. But I try to avoid unnecessary sugar and a lot of flavored yogurts contain a good amount – so just look at the label before you choose!