Pineapple Oatmeal Upside-Down Cake


Adding whole-grain oatmeal to this upside-down cake and topping it with fresh pineapple makes this diabetic-friendly dessert right-side-up.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
12 servings


  • 2 tablespoons light stick butter

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar (see Tip)

  • ¼ cup chopped, dry-roasted macadamia nuts

  • 4 (1/4 inch thick) slices peeled and cored fresh pineapple (6 ounces)

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar (see Tip)

  • cup quick-cooking rolled oats

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon apple pie spice

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ cup buttermilk

  • ¼ cup canola oil

  • ¼ cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place butter in a 9-inch round cake pan. Place pan in oven about 5 minutes or until butter melts. Tilt pan to evenly coat with butter. Sprinkle the bottom of pan with the 1/4 cup brown sugar. Sprinkle with nuts. Arrange pineapple on top of nuts in pan.

  2. In a bowl combine flour, brown sugar, rolled oats, baking powder, apple pie spice and baking soda; make a well in center of flour mixture. Add buttermilk, canola oil, egg product and vanilla. Stir just until combined (batter may be slightly lumpy). Spoon batter over pineapple slices, spreading evenly.

  3. Bake about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted all the way through in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Loosen sides of cake; invert onto cake platter. Cool 30 minutes; serve warm.


Tip: We do not recommend using a sugar substitute for this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

193 Calories
8g Fat
28g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 1 slice each
Calories 193
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 3g 6%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Vitamin A 138IU 3%
Vitamin C 7mg 8%
Folate 42mcg 10%
Sodium 134mg 6%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 16mg 4%
Potassium 76mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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