Bake Healthier Food

Bake Healthier Food

Author -  Jenna Walker

Try out one of our top 11 ways to make your baking healthier, whether you’re looking to add more healthy nutrients, reduce or substitute sugar or fat or practise portion control.

Get the taste you want for less!

  1. Reduce total sugar – sugar, caster sugar, honey, agave are all sugar under various names. In most recipes the sugar can be reduced by at least ¼ of a cup. 
  2. Try Stevia - if you are looking to drastically reduce your sugar intake from any source, why not experiment with stevia? This type of sweetener is much sweeter than standard sugar so we recommend using only 1 tsp of stevia or 2 Tbsp of stevia powder for each cup of sugar. 
  3. Substitute sugar – if you aren’t a fan of sweeteners you can replace 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of apple sauce. Keep in mind the total liquid content of the recipe will need to come down by ¼ cup. 
  4. Reduce oil - you can also use ½ cup of apple sauce with ½ cup of oil instead of 1 full cup of oil which is often called for in muffin recipes.
  5. Substitute butter - dates are good to use in place of butter in rich chocolate recipes – soak ¾ cup dates in ¼ cup water and blend until smooth.
  6. Boost healthy fats – add some Chia Seeds or LSA to your baking. Chia Seeds can be used as a replacement for eggs, just soak 1 Tbsp of Chia Seeds in 3 Tbsp of water for each egg you replace. Soaked Chia seeds are also great to help bind ingredients like muesli bars and bliss balls instead of butter or oils. Ground LSA can be used in place of some of the flour in recipes – substitute ¼ cup of flour for Ground LSA.
  7. Make the flavour go further – dice or chop flavour boosting ingredients like nuts, dried fruit or chocolate chips into smaller finer pieces to spread the flavour through your mix. You can reduce the amount you need of these ingredients by ½ to ¼.
  8. Maintain flavour - when reducing fat or sugar in recipes it’s important the flavour is maintained. Try using extracts and other low calorie ingredients that pack a flavour-punch like vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee powder, cocoa powder or the juice and zest of lemons or oranges. 
  9. Lighten your icing – use light cream cheese instead of butter to make icing and remember tips for adding flavour by using zest, cocoa or coffee powders and flavour extracts instead of icing, or as a way to reduce the icing sugar you use. 
  10. Thicken desserts – instead of using cream, try tapioca, pectin or gelatin.
  11. Less is more – think about reducing the portion size you make, especially for those options which are especially indulgent.

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