No one can resist a moist lemon cake topped with a creamy lemon frosting. This lightened up glazed lemon loaf is lower in sugar and calories than traditional recipes. A perfectly refreshing dessert that can be enjoyed by anyone worried about their sugar intake.
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Desserts are one of the first things to go when people are trying to lose weight. Many of my diabetic and bariatric surgery patients have to give them up too. By using a non-calorie sweetener like Swerve, either in combination with regular sugar or in place of sugar, you can have your cake and eat it too!
I couldn’t wait to try out Swerve. As a weight loss dietitian who works primarily with individuals who are diabetic and or struggle with obesity, I have many conversations about sugar substitutes. Everyone is looking for natural sweeteners that free from chemicals. Swerve is a natural sweeter that can be used in place of sugar in any recipe.
- Swerve tastes, bakes, and measures just like sugar.
- Swerve contains zero calories and does not affect blood sugar, making it a great choice for diabetics.
- Swerve is made from all-natural ingredients and does not contain any artificial ingredients, preservatives, or flavors.
- The main ingredient in Swerve, Erythritol, has a high gastrointestinal tolerance and does not cause the digestive issues commonly associated with other sugar alcohols.
When it comes to desserts I am generally a chocolate gal. Two different co-workers at the hospital have made lemon loaves that were unaltered (meaning rich in fat and sugar) and unbelievably yummy. I don’t think that anyone should feel guilty about their food choices, but it’s only human to feel a bit bad about eating a lot of sugar. I love altering recipes to make them a bit better.
This glazed lemon loaf is not only lower is sugar, but is also lower in fat and cholesterol. Using egg whites and yogurt results is less total fat and cholesterol in the recipe. How great is that?
Tips For a Perfect Lemon Loaf
- Use fresh lemon juice instead of bottled juice.
- Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature.
- You can use only all-purpose flour if you wish.
- Cover the loaf about halfway through baking to prevent over-browning. This is recommended by Swerve.
- You can replace just 1/2 of the sugar if you wish.
- You can use a whole egg in place of the two egg whites.
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A Microplane zester is helpful for grating the lemon zest. I also use my Microplane to grate cheese and fresh ginger.
A lemon squeezer is helpful for obtaining fresh lemon juice. Before I had a lemon squeezer I would just squeeze the lemons over a bowl to collect the juice. I know I always left juice behind. I just couldn’t squeeze the fruit enough to extract all the juice.
How to Make a Healthier Glazed Lemon Loaf
Lightened Up Glazed Lemon Loaf
Yield 12 slices
This lightened up glazed lemon loaf is perfectly flavored with fresh lemon and lemon zest. Swerve decreases the sugar content of this lemon loaf, which is also lower in fat and cholesterol than other recipes.
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1/2 cup butter
1 cup Swerve Granular (you may use 1/2 sugar and 1/2 Swerve granular if you wish)
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Lemon Glaze Ingredients
1/2 cup Swerve Confectioners (you can use 1/4 cup Swerve and 1/4 cup confectioners sugar instead)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1-2 tablespoons skim milk (more if needed)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease and lightly flour an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch loaf pan.
- In a large bowl of an electric mixer beat together butter and Swerve granular.
- Add the whole egg and egg whites one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Beat in lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla, and yogurt.
- In a separate bowl sift together the flours, baking powder, and salt.
- Add 1/2 the flour and 1/2 the milk to the butter mixer and stir on low speed.
- Add in the remaining flour and milk and continue to stir on low speed until combined.
- Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and tap pan to level the batter.
- Bake lemon loaf for about 1 hour, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
- Cover the lemon loaf with aluminum foil 1/2 way through the baking process.
- Cool loaf for 30 minutes.
- Remove lemon loaf from the loaf pan. You may need to run a knife along the edge of the loaf to safely remove it from the pan.
- Prepare the glaze. You can glaze the lemon loaf while it is still warm or after the loaf has cooled.
- Allow the glaze to harden before slicing.
You may use 1/2 sugar and 1/2 Swerve if you wish.
If you don't have white whole wheat flour you may double the all-purpose flour.
If you need gluten free simply substitute a flour of your choice, however, the recipe has not been tested with alternative flours.
Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8.4 g
Saturated Fat 5.1 g
Unsaturated Fat 2.7 g
Trans Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 36.2 mg
Sodium 286 mg
Total Carbohydrates 36.2 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 1.3 g
Protein 3.3 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition information if using 1/2 sugar and 1/2 Swerve
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