Healthy Greek Yogurt Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cake

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lemon poppyseed bread with two pieces sliced off the loaf.

It is such a breath of fresh air when the holidays are over. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about Christmas, it is just so busy! The beginning of the year settles down a little bit and we can set goals and plan what we want to happen in the New Year. I got a jump start on eating healthy and losing this last baby weight of mine before our cruise in February. It was unfortunate to have to skip out on all of the Christmas and New Years treats, but it is such a great feeling when it starts to pay off. I am finding out that you can still have some of your favorite things, you just have to substitute with healthier ingredients to cut down on calories.

Healthy lemon poppyseed cake loaf sliced.

This Pound Cake was just that and to die for. Healthier ingredients were substituted like whole wheat flour and greek yogurt to help cut down on the calories. It baked perfectly and was so moist and delicious. I added the glaze on top for added lemon flavor which made it amazing. My entire family ate this pound cake in a matter of minutes. I know that you will love it too!

Recipe adapted from Food Network

Healthy Greek Yogurt Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cake

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A delicious and healthier for you lemon poppyseed cake that is so moist and delicious!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 10 Slices


  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • zest of 1 lemon finely grated
  • 1/2 cup plain lowfat 2-percent Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup lowfat 1-percent milk
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tablespoon Poppyseeds

Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan (8 ½ by 4 1/2) with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In another medium sized bowl, add sugar and lemon zest. Stir together. Add greek yogurt, milk, olive oil, vanilla, egg and egg whites, poppyseed and whisk vigorously until blended.
  • Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix until just incorporated. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick entered in center comes out clean. Remove and let cool to room temperature.

To make the lemon glaze:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, lemon juice, and milk. Pour over the top of the pound cake.


Serves: 10

Calories264kcal (13%)Carbohydrates48g (16%)Protein5g (10%)Fat7g (11%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Cholesterol18mg (6%)Sodium88mg (4%)Potassium164mg (5%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar34g (38%)Vitamin A42IU (1%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium95mg (10%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword greek yogurt lemon poppyseed pound cake, lemon poppyseed pound cake, pound cake recipes
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. I have to make a birthday cake today just wondering if you know if I can use this recipe in a Wilton giant cupcake pan???

  2. I have just made this lemon poppyseed poundcake and it looks wonderful. It is cooling now, to be glazed, and served to company tonght.

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