Cherry Almond Snack Cake
Dried cherries and almond flavoring give this tender golden cake a sweet-tart flavor, and crushed almonds lend a nice crunch to each tasty square. It's great for snacking or afternoon tea.
2/3 cup reduced-fat stick margarine, room temperature
Sugar substitute equivalent to 3/4 cup granulated (white) sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup fat-free milk
2/3 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup dried cherries, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with Pan Release or cooking spray.
In a large bowl, beat the margarine, sugar substitute and honey. Beat in the egg and almond extract (mixture will appear curdled). Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir in almonds and cherries. Spread into prepared baking pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire cooling rack.
One piece equals 169 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 248 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 fat.