Many people often hesitate in eating baked desserts as they have unhealthy fats, sugar, and other such stuff in them. But have you ever thought of making your desserts healthy? If you are a baker who loves cupcakes, pies, and more but still wants to overcome unhealthy ingredients, we can help you. Use these healthy baking substitutes in your baked goodies and enjoy them without worrying about your health.
Wheat Flour/Almond Flour For White Flour
White flour lacks nutrients so how about substituting it with whole wheat flour. The flour made from whole wheat is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. This healthy substitute is ideal for people who have digestion problems or diabetes. Try to use a gluten-free whole wheat blend if you are a celiac patient. Apart from wheat flour, you can use nut flour like almond flour. The best is to use both nut flour and wheat flour for that ‘perfect’ taste. You can also use coconut flour as it is high in fiber and also hypoallergenic as well as gluten-free.
Honey/Maple Syrup For Sugar
We can’t imagine making our cookies and cakes without sugar. No doubt sugar adds sweetness and tenderness to these desserts, excess of it is bad for our health. Fortunately, there are many healthy baking substitutes for sugar including honey and maple syrup. Honey and maple syrup are rich in nutrients. The best part is that they don’t spike blood sugar levels like white sugar. You can also use coconut sugar, cane sugar, unsweetened applesauce, and even ripened bananas in place of sugar. All these natural sugar sources are healthy and ideal to use in cakes, muffins, cookies, pies, and more.
Greek Yogurt For Cream
Dairy products such as sour cream are high in fat. These products can be avoided by eliminating them from baked goods and using Greek yogurt in their place. Greek yogurt is not only lower in fat but also rich in protein. It adds creaminess to the baked goodies and makes them moist. Greek yogurt also makes baked stuff fluffy.
Chia Seeds/Flaxseeds For Eggs
Many bakers don’t like putting eggs in their baked desserts. This is where chia seeds and flaxseeds come into play. Rich in omega-3, these seeds stabilize blood sugar, provide energy, and cut the risk for diabetes. The seeds are also rich in fiber and eventually promote optimal digestive health. So, if you are a vegan or don’t have eggs at home, try adding ground flaxseed or chia seeds.
Nut Butters For Regular Butter/Oil
Regular butter and oil have saturated fats in them. On the other hand, nut butter has healthy fats that are good for the heart. This kind of butter also has fiber and protein in it that makes it extra healthy. So, try swapping butter and oil with nut butter in your bread, cookies, muffins, and other desserts. You can use almond butter, peanut butter, or any nut butter of choice.
Dark Chocolate For Black/White Chocolate
Dark chocolate may give you a somewhat bitter taste but it is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. If you have high blood pressure, dark chocolate is one of the ideal healthy baking substitutes for you. Rely on dark chocolate instead of black or white chocolate to make your cakes, brownies, etc. Alternatively, use cacao nibs instead of regular chocolate chips.
Skim Milk For Whole Milk
Whole milk contains more fat as well as calories as compared to skim milk. So, it’s always wise to replace full-fat milk with its non-fat counterpart without compromising the taste.
Graham Cracker Crust For Pastry Crust
Graham cracker crust makes for a healthy option in pies and tarts. This type of crust is healthier than pastry crusts as they are made of graham or wheat flour. You can create a healthy graham cracker crust with graham flour, honey, and cinnamon and then use in your favorite pie, cheesecake, or tart recipes.