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This Pumpkin Coffee Cake will get you in the mood for pumpkin season! Filled with pumpkin flavor, topped with a cinnamon pecan streusel, this is Fall in a bite. Plus – it’s made SKINNY using yogurt in place of oil!


slice of pumpkin coffee cake on white plate

Yep. I’m going there. I’m starting pumpkin. In August.

You’re welcome.

On Friday, I asked on Facebook what sort of recipe I should post today: Pumpkin or Apple. Pumpkin won by a landslide – but don’t fret apple lovers. The apple recipe is coming later this week!

Remember the movie Field of Dreams?

{One of the best movies ever. Plus, James Earl Jones: I want his voice for my ringtone.}

If you build it, he will come.

slice of pumpkin coffee cake on white plate

If I make Pumpkin Coffee Cake…Fall will come. Summer can kind of suck it. It’s been in the 90s or higher since the beginning of May and I know, from past experience, we will not have relief for a very long time.

I want cooler weather. Not cold, mind you. Cooler. $200 PG&E bill weather would be awesome.

So…if I make Pumpkin Coffee Cake…Fall will come. Eventually. In the meantime, I can pretend it’s fall while I have coffee and coffee cake flavored like my favorite season.

slice of pumpkin coffee cake on white plate with bite missing

You may be thinking…hmmmm. This coffee cake looks familiar. It might, because it’s a re-do. I posted a version of this a looooong time ago.

Maybe it’s better you don’t remember. It tasted good back then but man-I thought those photos were GOOD. Prime photos, right there.


How do you make a skinny pumpkin coffee cake?

Instead of posting that same recipe, I decided to make it SKINNY! I reduced the butter in the topping and I subbed greek yogurt for vegetable oil.

Let’s talk about greek yogurt vs. oil. In a perfect world where calories are free and I am a size 2, I’d use oil. Until someone invents a teletransporter to take me to that place, I’ll use greek yogurt.

I am really loving using yogurt in place of oil, but it does change the texture of the cake. It’s a little chewier and has less crumb. I like that just fine, especially because I’m not hitting myself over the head with my fat pants as I eat my second slice.

If you don’t have yogurt on hand, or prefer to use oil, you can substitute vegetable oil. I’ve even mixed yogurt and oil in recipes where I want to…mix it up. Get ambitious in the kitchen. If there’s one thing I want to teach you from reading this blog besides “pie is perfect” and “sugar is life” it would be to try new things in the kitchen. Try a substitution…you never know what will work.

Kind of like I’m trying to rain dance Fall into Sacramento.

slice of pumpkin coffee cake on white plate with bite taken off and on silver fork

Skinny Pumpkin Coffee Cake is an easy way to bake with greek yogurt and make your fall breakfast a little healthier – including streusel!

Chances are, you’ll have more luck than me!

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slice of pumpkin coffee cake on white plate

Pumpkin Coffee Cake

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Yield 9 servings
Serving Size 1 slice


For the Cake

  • 2 cups flour divided
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup non-fat vanilla or plain greek yogurt or you can sub vegetable oil, see note
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup milk

For the Streusel

  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans optional (or use walnuts)
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  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9x9” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Whisk in pumpkin, greek yogurt, vanilla and milk in a large bowl until no lumps remain. Whisk in sugar, then baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir in flour with a spatula or wooden spoon. Batter will be thick. Pour into prepared pan.
  • In a small bowl, stir butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of flour with a fork. Stir in pecans. Spread on top of pumpkin cake layer.
  • Bake about 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted 2” from the side of the pan comes out clean. Cool until you can’t stand it anymore, then cut into squares and serve. It can take up to 30 minutes to bake, depending on your oven. Take it out as soon as a toothpick comes out clean along the edges. Remember, the yogurt will change the texture of the cake. It will be chewier.

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 3275IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 2.1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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Dorothy Kern

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  1. I really hope these usher in fall – I’m beyond ready! We’ve had a taste of somewhat cooler weather in VA and it has been a welcome relief. These pumpkin coffee cake looks amazing!

    1. Yes! Pumpkin puree is just pure pumpkin, nothing added (no seasonings or sugar; it’s not pumpkin pie filling). Enjoy!

  2. I love Field of Dreams!! Totally agree that, that movie is one of the best movies ever!!

    The pecan crumb topping on these cake squares looks divine! I would have a hard time not picking off all the pecans, the cake looks so moist and delicious too! Great recipe, and I’m all for yogurt vs oil!

  3. Oh geez, I am now so excited for fall! I love pumpkin recipes! Actually I love pumpkin everything! Food, decorations, picking pumpkins. I just really love fall. It is my favorite season!

    These looks awesome!