Health-fying Your Holiday Baking

This holiday is looking a lot different than other years – but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of baking. It’s okay to turn to some comforting foods and sweet treats that you would traditionally have. And despite the reputation dessert has, there are a bunch of ways to healthify your sweets and still get that same great taste you’re looking for.
Take advantage of avocados Avocados can do it all, from being the main component of guacamole to endless options when it comes to baking. Use this healthy fat to make a frosting, pudding, or replace butter in recipes for cakes, brownies, bread, and other baked goods. This is the perfect chance to increase fibre and get some additional nutrients in your body without risking any flavors. Try this chocolate mint mousse OR avocado key lime pie 

Swap in applesauce or pumpkin puree Skip the guilt by swapping out fatty oil and adding unsweetened applesauce or plain pumpkin puree into those moist baked treats instead. It gives lovely sweetness, and usually back in our cupboards. Use 3/4 cup of applesauce or pumpkin puree for every 1 cup of oil a recipe calls for. Try pumpkin blondies OR applesauce muffins

Sweeten with bananas Bananas are the perfect way to sweeten up a treat without adding artificial sugar. If you’re looking to get something that comes out extra sweet, use bananas when they’re super ripe and the sugars are at their peak. Bananas are naturally rich in glucose, which means easy digestion and a revamping of energy without the awaited sugar crash. Try banana-sweetened cookies OR banana bars 

Add Beans for Texture Baking with beans? Sounds interesting, right? But you can skip the flour completely with beans like chickpeas or black beans that give sweet treats an extra rich gooey-ness. With such mild flavors, beans are the perfect way to take out the refined stuff and go for wholesome, good-for-you ingredients without skimping on the flavor. Try a simple brownie recipe OR gingerbread squares OR thin mints OR Hazelnut Coffee Fudge 

Ditch Extra Sugar And Spice It Up When a recipe calls for sugar, think fast about how you can still get great flavor without all the sweetener. Spices are a great way to do just that. Use spices like cinnamon or nutmeg in muffin or banana bread recipes that call for excessive amounts of unnecessary sugar.

Sneak In Healthy Add-InsFoods like chia seeds, flax seeds, nuts and dried fruits can help boost the nutritional value of a baked good without significantly affecting its taste or texture.

Change Up the Flour White flour is devoid of fibre which makes it an equation for blood sugar fluctuations. An easy trick to fix this is making baking flour on your own. You can make oat, flax, and nut flour easily with the help of a blender or food processor. This way, you’re using only whole ingredients, and you know exactly what’s going into your food. You can also switch in whole wheat or grain flour too. 

Toss In Some Vegetables Yes, you can make a tasty dessert using vegetables. Shredded zucchini in muffins with chocolate chips or as a zucchini loaf, carrots in spiced muffins or carrot cake baked donuts, sweet potato cookies, mashed beets in brownies or cake, or savoury scones with cauliflower/ broccoli and cheese. Check out all the recipes here

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