Simple Swaps to Make Healthy Baked Goods

Healthy Baked Goods

Do you love baking? I certainly do and more so when I smell the delicious aroma of freshly baked cookies or cakes but even though baked goods are delicious, they don’t come under a healthy lifestyle and can cause you a lot of problems if you aren’t careful.

Well, despite it being unhealthy I cannot give up on baked goods and I am sure most of you agree with me. So you would be glad to hear that we can keep on baking and stay healthy at the same time by substituting a few ingredients.

1. Change the Flour

One of the best ways to turn your baked goods healthy is by substituting the all-purpose flour with some parts of whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour like oats or almond flour. These types of Flours have more fiber and protein and act as a good substitute but one must keep in mind to substitute the flour carefully. Don’t substitute the whole all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour else it would give a wheat-y and bitter taste to the baked goods.

2. Replace the Saturated Fat

While using butter in baking recipes is quite common, all that saturated fat is not really healthy for you. Yes, that buttery taste feels good but if you want to stay healthy, you might need to think about giving it up a little. There are many substitutes for melted butter like neutral vegetable oils which can help in keeping your cakes moist and you won’t even know the difference.

butter in baking recipes

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3. Use Natural Sugar

This is an essential ingredient in most baking recipes and most recipes call for too much sugar which is not good for you. You can start cutting down on the sugar intake ¼ cup at a time and if possible, turn to natural sources if sugar like turbinado sugar or honey.

4. Try Baking Vegan Dishes

A lot of people have the misconception that a vegan recipe is not as delicious as a non-vegan recipe but this is absolutely untrue. In fact, sometimes vegan baked items turn out to be better than the non-vegan ones. Here are a few substitutes that you can try to turn your baked item vegan: replace flaxseed eggs for chicken eggs, use almond or non-dairy product milk instead of cow’s milk, use agave or maple syrup instead of honey, and so on.

5. Add Spices and Extracts

One of the better ways to add a little spice and flavor to your desserts is by adding spices and extracts. This is a great way to add some flavors to your recipe without adding extra calories and can be the difference between a good baked item and a great baked item. You can try adding salt, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder. You can also get a little creative with other ingredients like an instant coffee mix, butter extract, and so on.

Add Spices and Extracts

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So, now that you know about all the healthy substitutes, why not try it out at home and see the result for yourself?

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