Healthier baking ingredients

Here are my top tips to avoiding the unhealthy ingredients in most baking recipes.  While this is great for all your holiday cookies, breads and candies, don’t forget this list the rest of the year!  Your birthday cakes, banana breads and blueberry muffins are also easy to make-over with these tips.

1.  In place of White Flour

  • Go Gluten-Free
    • Make your own oat or almond flour
    • Brown rice, millet, quinoa, coconut flours – buy in the bulk section of the health foods store so you only buy what you need
    • May need to add xanthan gum when substituting gluten-free flours
  • Go Whole Grain
    • 100% whole wheat pastry flour
    • 100% whole wheat flour

2.  In place of Refined White Sugar

  • Granulated substitutions
    • Coconut palm sugar, maple sugar
  • Liquid Substitutions
    • Maple syrup, coconut nectar, brown rice syrup, molasses, honey
  • Fruit
    • Medjool dates, raisins, bananas
  • Stevia

3.  In place of Canola Oil (or Butter)

  • Coconut oil, applesauce

4.  In place of Eggs

  • ‘Flax eggs’ or ‘chia eggs’
    • 1 tablespoon of flax meal or chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water and set aside to thicken
  • Applesauce
  • Bananas

5.  In place of milk or cream

  • Almond, coconut, rice or hemp milk

6.  In place of milk chocolate

  • Dark chocolate, 65% cacao or higher

7.  Artificial food colorings and sprinkles

  • Natural food colorings and sprinkles, available online and at health food stores  **As always, be sure to read labels!  Some ‘Natural’ sprinkles are still artificially colored.

Use these and you will swap nutrition for the junk, and you will create recipes you will feel great about serving your family!  If any of these products are unfamiliar to you, please comment and I will be happy to help!