This healthy orange yogurt loaf gives you the perfect combination of sweet, citrus and healthy ingredients to make a great breakfast treat or afternoon snack that is a perfect addition to your end-of-day tea!Jump to Recipe
I don’t know about you guys, but I love me a good yogurt loaf!! And do you know why?? Well, I need all of these recipes in my repertoire because I ALWAYS have a container of yogurt in the fridge that is about to expire (I can thank that part of my brain that believes the “healthy me” will want all the plain yogurt at 3 o’clock in the afternoon – instead of that chocolate bar that has been calling my name. The chocolate bar almost always wins!!).
But, If I had to choose between the chocolate bar and a slice of this delicious, healthy orange yogurt loaf, the loaf would almost always win. Yup…I just said that!
What You’ll Need to Make This Healthy Orange Yogurt Loaf:
- all purpose (or GF) flour
- coconut flour
- chia seeds
- baking powder
- orange juice and zest
- mild oil
What If I Have Trouble Baking Loaves (it’s always undercooked)?
Here are some trouble-shooting tips:
- Your oven isn’t calibrated (meaning the temperature that is on the panel is different than the actual oven temp)….you’ll need a service person to fix this.
- You’ve opened the door too many times (it’s science – the introduction of cold air when you open the door disrupts the baking cycle making the cake rise and then collapse).
- You are using a different pan (I use a glass pan so the temperature is lower and it bakes longer…if you use a metal pan, use a 350 oven and bake for a shorter time (10-15 minutes)…and never use a dark coloured pan).
- Your leavening agent (in this case baking soda) is either expired or you’ve added too much (more is not better in this case).
- You have overbeaten the batter – which in this case is not an issue because we do everything in a bowl without a stand-up mixer.
- NOTE: This loaf, made with gluten free flour, may look as if it has sunk, but it’s simply a bit more dense because of the flour’s inability to create gluten strands (why some baked goods made with GF flour are often less fluffy)
What if I Don’t Like Orange But Have Loads of Yogurt?
You can always try any of these recipes on the blog:
- Best Ever Mixed Fruit Yogurt Muffins
- The Softest Apple Spice Mini Muffins
- The Most Decadent Peach Coffee Cake
- Triple Coconut Pineapple Cake (aka: Pina Colada Cake)
Can I Use Another Pan To Make this Healthy Orange Yogurt Loaf?
If you are still not convinced you can bake this loaf and have it come out perfectly cooked, then it can absolutely be baked in an 8″ square pan – just watch the time (it will cook far more quickly!).
How Does this Loaf Differ if You Use Gluten Free Flour vs. All-Purpose Flour?
Because of the lack of gluten, the loaf will be a bit more dense and you’ll notice the rise is much better with all-purpose flour (the photos here are with gluten free flour). It is the gluten strands that make cakes and breads nice and fluffy!!
Why Chia Seeds Instead of Poppy Seeds?
Both of these seeds offer a range of benefits. Chia seeds are loaded with fibre, antioxidants and protein while poppy seeds have plenty of calcium and iron. Poppy seeds have a more neutral flavour while chia seeds have a somewhat nutty flavour. So, in most baking recipes, either are good in small doses (remember that chia seeds become gelatinous when wet so in large quantities, it will change the structure). You can read more about their differences here.
With the beautiful freshness of citrus and the addition of a few healthy bits, this loaf will shine on your breakfast table and your teatime tray alike. Make one today and let that delicious springtime sun shine!!
Orange Yogurt Loaf
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (you can use GF flour)
- 1/4 cup coconut flour (you can sub in almond flour)
- 3 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup greek yogurt
- 3 large eggs
- 1/3 cup mild oil (like canola oil)
- 1 medium orange, zested (1/2 for the loaf, 1/2 for the glaze)
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- Prepare a loaf pan (roughly 8" x 4") but greasing it with butter, spraying it with cooking spray or lining it with parchment paper; set aside. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, coconut flour, chia seeds, baking powder and salt; set aside.
- In another (smaller) bowl, mix together sugar, yogurt, eggs, oil, 1/2 the zest, juice and vanilla until well blended; pour over the flour mixture and whisk until well combined (but do not overmix).
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for about 45 to 50 minutes or until tester inserted comes out clean.
- While the loaf is baking, prepare glaze. In a small saucepan over high heat, whisk together sugar, remaining zest and juice and bring to a boil; boil gently until mixture gets thick and syrupy. Remove from heat.
- Remove loaf from the oven and poke holes (gently) on the top with a toothpick. Pour glaze over warm loaf and let it absorb into the loaf.
- Serve warm with additional sweetened yogurt or ice cream.
- You will find the juice of the orange that you use for the zest will make enough juice for the loaf and glaze (if not, use juice and add water to the proper measure).
- Try this loaf toasted with peanut butter and jelly!! It’s delicious!!!