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Light Baking Done Right

14 Clever Ideas for Healthier Baked Goods


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These are the kinds of things that will help me in my baking experiences. When I got my blood results today I thought I won't be able to bake, but yes I can, just a different way. I can do this! Report
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Great tips! Report
Thanks for all the great substitutes for baking. Report
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I try not to eat baked goods at all except for holidays, but I do bake for my family and always make healthy versions. I always bake with whole wheat or other whole grains. Not only do I reduce the sugar by half (sometimes you can do even more like with pancakes or waffles), I also try to use healthier versions like molasses, pure maple syrup or honey. Adding fruits to baked goods helps boost the sweetness & their health value. Avocado & greek yogurt can also be used to replace some of the fat. Avocado works great in brownies. I make a vegan, gluten-free, low fat, low sugar, low calorie & high protein brownie made with avocado & black beans that everyone always raves about & begs for my recipe. It is my go to recipe for potlucks. Using greek yogurt also adds protein and it works in all recipes even biscuits & rolls. I also add protein powder, flaxseed & chia seeds to my baked goods to boost their protein for my kids. By doing these things you can make waffles, pancakes, muffins, biscuits, breads, cookies, brownies, etc that are actually healthy. Report
Finding the "lighter" cookie or cake or pie is not the problem. For some of us, one bite starts a binge. I am more interested in negating my trigger foods and finding something new and healthy to sstisfy my appetite. Report
I love these ideas. I just made a copy and keeping it in the kitchen for a quick reference to try. I enjoy baking and I am always looking for ways to make our sweets more healthy. Report
I had to give up cookies because I have no self control but if I did make cookies this article is helpful. I'd never replace the eggs but using apple sauce instead of oil is great. It's interesting that sugar can be cut in half. I'm limiting carbs right now and I would be tempted to eat the cookie dough (yes, even with raw egg) so it's better I stay away. Report
These are all good advice, but my problem is staying under 50 carbs as a post-bariatric surgery patient. I am struggling with just the bare essentials and am worried that ventral KY boredom will overcome and I will eat too much. Report
I was really looking forward to ideas and options for no-sugar no-artificial sweetener options. I have no problem eating grains, healthy fats or eggs, but I can't handle sugar or artificial sweeteners as they send me into an eating binge that can last for days. So I've been added sugar-free for almost a year and it is great, but sometimes I would like to have some modified recipes that don't use the stuff. I have a really nice carrot muffin recipe that uses homemade applesauce (just apples with the skin, a dash of water and cinnamon) and the natural sweetness of the carrots. They are amazing and fluffy, but I would like some variety you know? Report
I haven't tried any of this but I will. I think we need more articles like this which actually tell us how to make recipees healthier not just trying to motivate us to stick to our healthy eating plans. Thanks. Report
Eat whatever you bake this way fast, the stuff gets hard, and after you do it for awhile, tends to taste the same, sort of dull, same as any diet food! Better than nothing, though........ Report
Fat is not the culprit, sugar is. People eat way to many simple carbohydrates. Report

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