If baking is wrong, then we don't want to be right. Unless you've lost your taste buds, giving up sweet treats can be REALLY hard! With today's alternatives, it's easy to bake healthy.
Completely cutting sugar isn't a sustainable way to live. Yes, the ketogenic diet is making headlines, but how many people do you know that have actually followed it (strictly) for longer than one month?
And why would you want to completely cut out warming, home-cooked treats anyway? While too much of a good thing can create issues for your body, having a slice of homemade, organic apple pie, does a lot of good for your mind.
With some easy swaps, you can make your baked goods actually (somewhat) healthy, and still curb that sweet tooth.
Check out these 5 healthy baking hacks that you need:
1. Natural Sweeteners
Even if your recipe calls for white sugar, there's always another options! Here are a few that can work for nearly any sugar substitution:
- Maple syrup
- Coconut sugar
- Raw cane sugar
- Monkfruit Sweetener
2. Alternative Flours
It's easier than ever to find alternative flours on nearly any grocery store shelf. Whether you're celiac, or just want to reduce your gluten intake, testing out alternative flours can create a new excitement to your weekend baking.
- Coconut flour
- Almond flour
- Oat Flour
- Spelt Flour
3. Choose Quality Fats
Skip on the lard, margarine or canola oil for your recipes. Actually, just throw them in the garbage now. Go for good quality fats, high in Essential Fatty Acids (the fats that are essential for good brain and skin health) and High Density Lipoprotein (the thing you need to keep your cholesterol levels low).
Here are some of our favourite swaps:
- Grass-fed butter
- Coconut oil
- Avocado oil
4. Get Spicy
Including different spices adds a different flavour that isn't just sugar. Any blend of spices can make this dish your signature, and will leave anyone asking for your secrets:
- Cinnamon (also helps to balance blood sugar)
- Nutmeg (buy it whole, then grate it as needed)
- Ginger (always great to add to baking when you feel under the weather)
Fruit is another way to add sweetness to your baking, without needing to use refined sugar.
Some of the best swaps include:
- Apple sauce
Need some recipe inspiration?
Check out these High-Fibre Muffins, Low-Carb Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies, or these Clean Twix Bars.