I love making cakes that I can freeze, sliced up ready to go for lunches and this coconut and lemon yoghurt loaf is no exception. This healthy lemon loaf is perfect for lunchboxes and is a low sugar lemon cake recipe, meaning it's better for the kids too! You can make this healthy lemon bread recipe in under 60 minutes, and it's all about one bowl mixing.
Why you're going to love this recipe
The sweetness of the coconut works really well with the tartness of the yoghurt, which means the kids love this healthy lemon bread recipe.
Here's why you're going to love this recipe:
- to make this lemon loaf healthy, I've reduced the sugar
- made with yoghurt and coconut oil (but you can switch to coconut yoghurt if you want to!)
- easy to slice and freeze for lunchboxes
- one bowl mixing
- dense crumb, so it doesn't make a mess in the lunchbox
What goes into the recipe
- self raising flour or you can use plain flour and baking powder (2 tsps baking powder to one cup of plain flour)
- shredded coconut- this gives a much better texture than desiccated
- yoghurt: greek/natural or make your own following this method
- ½ cup sugar - see I told you it was low sugar!
- juice of one lemon
- zest of one lemon
- coconut oil melted, I do this in the microwave
How to make this recipe
It's all about mixing in one bowl...because then there is only one bowl to wash up!
- Preheat the oven to 160 degrees celsius. This is so important!
- Grease and flour your tin if you aren't using non stick.
- Add the dry ingredients to a large bowl. Give it a quick mix.
- Add the wet ingredients (lemon juice, yoghurt, eggs oil). Mix well until all combined.
- Pour into a loaf tin (or a round cake tin). Smooth off the top.
- Bake at 160 degrees for 50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. I use a wooden skewer to check. You can tell if it isn't cooked because there will be uncooked cake attached to the skewer.
- Cool in the tin for 10 minutes. It helps it to firm up!
- Cool on a wire rack. Don't cut into slices until completely cool.
Expert Tips and FAQS
- use a nonstick pan or grease and flour any other type
- smooth the top before baking
- use good quality yoghurt
I've done this cake without icing and in a loaf pan- why? Well, a chunk of a circular cake doesn't really work that well in the lunchbox- way too many edges! But, you could bake this for a similar amount of time in a round cake tin, just keep and eye on it and remember it isn't done until a skewer comes out clean.
There are so many reasons why yoghurt is great in your baking it helps cakes and loaves rise- it's acidity works with baking powder. Yoghurt also
helps to keep cake crumb tighter- meaning less mess when eating! It keeps loaves moist (and delicious) and the tanginess works really well with flavours such as lemon.
There isn't much sugar in this loaf and it isn't needed! The goal is to enhance the lemon flavour, rather than mask it with sweetness.
Now. Icing. It's uniced, isn't it? That's because of school and the icing sticking to the top of the lunchbox and the fact that I freeze it. If you want to ice it, it would be quite nice with a cream cheese frosting like this cake. Or even a simple lemon drizzle would work wonders. This healthy citrus cake does work well without icing though!
You can comfortably store this unsliced in the fridge for up to a week. If you want to slice it, then it's best to freeze the slices. That will keep them at their prime. I pop them on a tray to freeze then put into a container when solid.
It's such a simple recipe that you could easily get the kids involved. Because you only use one bowl there isn't a lot of washing up either. Other options for baking with the kids that they will love are things like the cookies in this post about how to have fun cooking with kids – tips, tricks and a fun cookie recipe to get you started.
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Coconut and lemon yoghurt loaf
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups self raising flour
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup yoghurt greek/natural
- ½ cup sugar choose what you like...I used raw
- juice of one lemon
- zest of one lemon
- ¾ cup coconut oil melted
- Preheat the oven to 160 degrees celsius.
- Add the wet ingredients (lemon juice, yoghurt, eggs oil) to the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Pour into a loaf tin (or a round cake tin).
- Bake at 160 degrees for 50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
- Cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
- Cool on a wire rack.