whole grain buttery blueberry breakfast cake

If my dad lived within a hundred miles of me I totally would have made him this breakfast cake yesterday.

Scratch that.

If my dad lived within three hundred miles I totally would have made him this delicious, fluffy, sweet, moist, crunchy, buttery breakfast cake.

But unfortunately, he does not so Adam and I had to eat it.


I made this Friday afternoon and by Saturday morning it was pretty much gone. Soooooo I guess it probably wouldn’t have even made it to Father’s Day? Sorry, dad.

The cake itself is super fluffy from the addition of plain nonfat yogurt, but what I really love is the fact that it’s not super, teeth-breakingly sweet. Read: blueberry muffin on steriods.

And the oat-nut streusel topping just sends everything right over the edge. Crunchy almond slivers are combined with brown sugar and oats to give every bite a major nutty crunch. Major yum.

I loved this cake so much that I made it my last formal “meal” before embarking on a three day fruit “feast” (read: stuff yourself with fruit and only fruit for three days straight) with a group from my yoga studio.

But more on that later…I promise.

Back to the cake!

It was a very worthy last meal indeed.

I can actually almost taste it right now through the screen. So crunchy, toasty and wonderful. Ahhh what I would do for a slice of that cake right now. I would probably trade in Dexter. Or my future unborn children. Or maybeeee even my sparkly heels. Gulp. PLEASE SOMEONE GIVE ME THE CAKE NOW.

(sorry, that was the fruit talking)

Whole Grain Buttery Blueberry Breakfast Cake

serves 8

adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates <—-one of my oldest, most beloved cookbooks

Print this recipe!


for oat-nut struesel—

1 cup oats (old fashioned or quick cooking)

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 cup slivered almonds, toasted

1/3 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp cinnamon

2 T butter, melted

for cake—

2 cups whole grain pastry flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

2 eggs

2 cups nonfat yogurt, Greek or regular

1 stick butter, melted

2 cups fresh blueberries


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine all streusel ingredients together in a medium sized bowl and toss well so the butter coats everything. Set aside.

In a larger bowl, beat together the yogurt, melted butter, eggs and brown sugar with a spoon until well combined. Sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until just combined.

Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray and smooth the batter in. Cover with blueberries and top with streusel.

Bake for one hour or until cake bounces back when touched.


1.5 hours






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  • Reply
    mary (sisters running the kitchen)
    June 20, 2011 at 4:41 am

    mmm…. i love cake and i love blueberries. a perfect recipe for all of the local berries around!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet
    June 20, 2011 at 4:49 am

    i wish this would appear in my kitchen right now. and then in my mouth.

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    Molly @ RDexposed
    June 20, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Blueberries are on sale this week. I may need to buy more.

    I’m sure your dad can taste it through the screen, too!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    June 20, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Best of luck with the fruit fast. Or “feast”. I love it when juice fasters call it juice feasting.

    No, feasting is Thanksgiving or Pms week or what I would do with your cake.

    Because it looks awesome!

    And I love how you used the blue & white tablecloth w/ the blueberries. So cute!

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    Faith @ lovelyascharged
    June 20, 2011 at 4:54 am

    The almonds on top look like the perfect crunchy topping. I’m so glad I have fresh blueberries in the fridge now!

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    Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet
    June 20, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Struesel with almond slivers?? I definitely want to taste some of that!

    Eating only fruit for three days??! I think that banish my sweet tooth for at least a month 😉

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
    June 20, 2011 at 4:58 am

    you had me at buttery 🙂

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    Kim {Recipes To Run On}
    June 20, 2011 at 5:02 am

    My family LOVES blueberry breakfast cake & I’ve been on the search for a healthier version than the one I normally make…. This sounds perfect! Can’t wait to try it.

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    June 20, 2011 at 5:02 am

    I totally hear ya on the tooth-breakingly sweet blueberry muffins. This sounds SO much better!

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    June 20, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Oh, yeah…the older Moosewood Collectives are among my dearest cookbooks too!

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    Elizabeth@The Sweet Life
    June 20, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Your shots from above are gorgeous!!

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    Katie @ cookiesandkimchi
    June 20, 2011 at 5:13 am

    I just bought a lot of blueberries from the market yesterday and I’m so glad I did! Thanks for the recipe I can’t wait to try it!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    June 20, 2011 at 5:18 am

    I love anything topped with streusel, especially if it is cake and includes blueberries!

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    Baking 'n' Books
    June 20, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Eating fruit only for 3 days? Sugar over-load much?! On a serious note though – do you think it’s wise to proclaim stuff like that on your blog as others might be influenced to do “the same” and emulate when it may not be healthy for them?

    Just to bring up the point – please nobody attack me. Sigh. Just an opinion ;(

    • Reply
      June 20, 2011 at 5:34 am

      I kind of agree. I have a history with ED and I know I have to stay far away from the blog for the next few days.

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        June 20, 2011 at 6:19 am

        If that is the case, then why are you reading food-related blogs to begin with? If she talks of using 100 sticks of butter, then what if someone emulates that and goes out to try to do the same? I mean, it’s a blog, and people have to be responisble for themselves and what they do with their lives.

        Copying other people or being triggered by something cannot really be placed on the shoulders of someone else. If that’s what Jenna chooses to do (and share with her readers) then that’s her choice…nobody is forcing you to do the same.

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          June 20, 2011 at 6:35 am

          Obviously everyone is responsible for themselves, I was just voicing my opinion, I thought that’s what the comments are there for.
          And I read food-related blogs (and not healthy food blogs) because they normally don’t trigger me. Restricting, dieting, fasting etc. is a trigger for me, not the normal blogging that goes on here.

          • jenna
            June 20, 2011 at 7:21 am

            I’m really sorry! I’m in the belief that everyone is responsible for their selves though and if you have/had an eating disorder and feel triggered by something I say then…don’t read. This is a food blog where I write about all my experiences with food. In sorry if something in it makes you feel uncomfortable, but unfortunately I have to keep doing my job, which is to write my food recipes and opinions. We all have to take responsibility for ourself, so if what I say makes you feel uncomfortable, then by all means, you should not be reading this particular blog.

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          June 20, 2011 at 10:39 am

          I agree. You have to know your limits.
          I took a 3-month break away from blogs because I was getting jaded by all the detoxes, no-sugar diets, and lack of bread. I would see people drink juice at breakfast and then lettuce for lunch and felt entirely guilty for eating a sandwich at noon for heavens sakes!
          After my break, I put only 3 blogs on my reader. That’s what I can handle. You have to know what is mentally healthy for you.

          • Baking 'n' Books
            June 20, 2011 at 11:11 am

            Oh I agree with you Kelly and Maria. I just meant that yes Jenna is of course writing about food and recipes like she wrote. Only it’s not just that – she’s also writing about what she eats now and going on a fruit thing, etc. So no that’s not just blogging recipes.

            I guess she is lucky she gets to talk about her self at work!? 😉

            I don’t care and want to start anything – sheesh! So much drama 🙁

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      Krystina (Organically Me)
      June 20, 2011 at 6:50 am

      It’s definitely not fair to put that responsibility and pressure on Jenna. She has a myriad of recipes here – ranging from very light and healthy to desserts loaded with sticks of butter – does that mean people will only eat quinoa for a month or chow down on batches upon batches of brown butter cookies?

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        June 20, 2011 at 7:11 am

        And if they do is that Jenna’s fault for blogging / writing about it? No. Choices, people, choices. A blog is open market for ANY and ALL writing, in my opinion.

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        June 20, 2011 at 10:44 am

        Unfortunately people will. Some people are highly influenced. They should not be stigmatized for this, but it does mean they have to be more in tune with their personal tolerances. If you know that reading certain things makes you feel badly or confused, then you need to take action and remove yourself from the situation. Now when I eat a sandwich, I’m okay because I feel more secure with me.

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          Baking 'n' Books
          June 20, 2011 at 11:13 am

          I also agree they shouldn’t be stigmatized. But yes they need to take responsibility for themselves at some point.

          Charlotte Andersen – author of “The Great Fitness Experiment” very candidly talks about it her book and no one “dogged” her for it.

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    Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    June 20, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Ooh, I have a whole quart of gorgeous, big, fat blueberries from my CSA this week and this looks amazing. Now, though, I wonder whether my dad would share a slice with me (yea, he probably would, he’s a good guy). 🙂

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    The Blue-Eyed Bakers
    June 20, 2011 at 5:25 am

    We are all for anything that combines breakfast and cake in the title This looks insanely delicious.

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    Carey @ Positively Blonde
    June 20, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Cake for breakfast?! I’m sold!

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    June 20, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Up until recently, I haven’t liked blueberries, and lately, I’ve had a personal blueberry renaissance of sorts. This cake is the perfect thing to feed the flames. Wow! I’ll be making this 🙂

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    katie @KatieDid
    June 20, 2011 at 5:44 am

    I just went strawberry picking and I’m wondering if this would be good with strawberries too. I’m very curious about this 3 day fruit spree haha.

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    cj weaber
    June 20, 2011 at 5:47 am

    all your recipes look so amazing. I cant wait to make this with a little bit of sunflower butter drizzled on top!

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    June 20, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Mmmm … blueberries. Love when people have recipes that incorporate seasonal items. Good job!!(:

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    June 20, 2011 at 5:51 am

    I definitely want to hear about this 3 day fruit thing. strictly fruit? I think I’d be eating every hour on the hour.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking
    June 20, 2011 at 5:53 am

    Looks like the perfect breakfast! My husband would love this!

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    Miranda @ working mom works out
    June 20, 2011 at 5:58 am

    Oh my. That looks incredible. I’m a big fan of fruit in cakes. Especially berries.

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    Mrs. Fish
    June 20, 2011 at 5:59 am

    I’d love this for breakfast asap please! 🙂

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    June 20, 2011 at 6:02 am

    The heels for the cake??? dang gurl it musta been one heckofa breakie 🙂 I cannot wait to try it. I love the combo of blueberries and almond together!

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    Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries
    June 20, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Mmm sweet blueberries and crunchy almonds, can’t go wrong there!

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    Cait's Plate
    June 20, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Haha – I think your dad will be happy just knowing you ate it in his honor 😉

    That looks seriously delicious to me and I don’t even like blueberries! Can’t really go wrong with fruit + nuts baked together!

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    June 20, 2011 at 6:32 am

    mm looks like a worth last meal indeed. 🙂

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    lauri (
    June 20, 2011 at 6:35 am

    I love your descriptions of the food you make/bake. You make everything sound (and look) so mouthwatering!! I want to make this w/ peaches, since I have about a half dozen that r going to go bad soon!

    Interested to hear more about this ‘fruit flush’ 3day diet!

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    Krystina (Organically Me)
    June 20, 2011 at 6:52 am

    This cake and some strong coffee sounds so good right now. Alas, I’ll have to settle for some yogurt and granola.

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    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}
    June 20, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Forget Father’s Day, I’m making this for myself!! I know, selfish girl. 🙂

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    The Healthy Hostess
    June 20, 2011 at 6:55 am

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to make it for Anna, my 1 year old! She will love it! Great pictures and recipe, as always!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray
    June 20, 2011 at 6:58 am

    These look ah. maz. ing. I love anything with streusel-y topping!

    (Also, loving the blue checkered tablecloth you used for your ingredients picture this time. So cute and color-coordinated!)

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    Monika @ Powered by Paprika
    June 20, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Jenna can you come to my kitchen and cook me this? Please? Maybe? 🙂

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    June 20, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Looks REALLY nice! I’ll try it in near future! 😀

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    June 20, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Oh my, that looks wonderful. yes, I want that. 🙂

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    Natalia - a side of simple
    June 20, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Breakfast cake. I die.

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    Cookin' Canuck
    June 20, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Cake for breakfast? Count me in. I’m sure your dad would have loved this.

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    Kristina @ spabettie
    June 20, 2011 at 7:36 am

    wow, this looks and sounds amazing. perfect ‘last meal’ indeed.

    I hope your fast is going well!

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    Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)
    June 20, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Blueberries are THE fruit right now- totally in peak. This cake looks yummy..

    What exactly is this fruit flush you’re doing? I am pretty sure I’d still be starving and seeking protein and pancakes if I was only eating fruit all day (and I loveee fruit!).

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    Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL
    June 20, 2011 at 8:19 am

    YUM! You’re making a lot of multi-purpose meals and I’m loving it.

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    June 20, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Looks like the yum!

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    kaila @ healthy helper!
    June 20, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Blueberries and almonds….perfect foods right there.

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    Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    June 20, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Mmm I want that cake for breakfast! Love good crunchy toppings.

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    amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    June 20, 2011 at 8:54 am

    This sounds and looks delish 😉
    As for the All-Fruit Feast. Hmmm, not so sure. I loooove fruit, but I think I would float away from all the water content! Hehe.

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    June 20, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Yep this is great…I made a half recipe and it is half gone already…oops. 🙂 Only i didnt have blueberries only so I used a frozen berry combination. Still delicious. Resisting the urge to go have another piece.

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    Cat @Breakfast to Bed
    June 20, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I feel you. My dad lives on the other side of the country and it’s hard on days like father’s day.

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    Keely (Sky Blue)
    June 20, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Oh gosh this looks so good. I love the idea of almond slivers on top that would give so much to the texture. I feel like I’ve been adding blueberries to everything lately.

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    June 20, 2011 at 9:29 am

    This is great! I know what I will be doing on my next blueberry purchase. I like how this is considered a cake. 🙂

    The title=say that 20 times fast, haha.

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    June 20, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Wow that looks so good! I’m going to save this recipe to try 😀

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    Katie at Faith & Funfetti
    June 20, 2011 at 10:31 am

    This look delicious…maybe I will try it. Check out what happened when I tried to make your Flourless Chocolate Cake, Jenna —
    Maybe I w ill have better luck this time!?

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    June 20, 2011 at 10:52 am

    This cake looks mighty good. Great recipe!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    June 20, 2011 at 10:57 am

    this looks fantastic!

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    Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner
    June 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

    This looks sooooo good!! I just bought a bunch of blueberries yesterday, so I may just have to make it!

    Where did you get your sparkly heels from? I LOVE THEM!

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      June 20, 2011 at 11:39 am

      ann taylor clearance! love.

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    June 20, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I adore this. I will make it soon and probably devour the entire thing 🙂

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    June 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    That topping is gorgeous!

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    Urban Wife
    June 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Blueberries for the win! This looks ahhh-mazing.

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    June 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Im really interested in the fruit fast. My boyfriend and I have “talked” about doing one as well, we just have not actually committed. Curious to know some details.

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    June 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    This looks amazing. I would eat it for dessert swimming in custard!

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    June 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    looks great-can’t wait to try it myself!

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    June 20, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Looks awesome! I love that this is a dessert that can be passed off as a breakfast. 😉

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    June 20, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    This a a great summer recipe, love using seasonal produce for inspiration!!

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    Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    June 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    omg.. blueberry muffins are like my favorite thing EVER! This sounds amazing!

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    Meghan @ StruggleMuffins
    June 21, 2011 at 5:39 am

    Ohhh yum, this is totally a Dad’s Day-worthy treat!

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    June 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Just made the cake. It is absolutely delish! Thanks Jenna!

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    Is it okay to use Whole Wheat Flour instead of Whole Grain Flour? What is the big difference?

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