Well, I can’t believe it has been so long since my last post! Don’t worry, we have been keeping busy and I have quite a few treats to post about soon!
It’s finally decided to become Fall in Texas so I can’t wait to break out the pumpkin and try some new recipes! As were moving into holiday season, I’ve started to think about ways I can revise the good, ol delicious recipes to more healthy, not-so-fattening recipes. So I thought I would share some good substitutions for common baking ingredients to make our treats just a little better for you.
Now I do want to add a disclaimer here; you will need to practice with these substitutions and play around with your recipe until you find the perfect substitution for you. Some will work better than others in certain recipes.
Oils/Butter – there are a few different substitutes for oil you can use depending on your recipe and what health benefits you are wanting to achieve. Avocado, prune puree, apple sauce and bananas are great all natural alternatives that can be used in baking. However, these may impact the flavor of you recipe so be careful with quantities. You may want to just try substituting half of the butter for one of these options. Greek yogurt can be another option that may not impact the flavor quite as much.
Sugar – Now I will be honest here, I’m not a fan of substituting anything else for sugar in my recipes because..well..sugar is great. If you want to try a substitute apple sauce can be great for sweetness but consistency can be an issue if this is a major ingredient in your recipe. You can also just try halving the amount of sugar called for and increase added flavoring (vanilla, spices, etc).
AP Flour – Now my initial thought here is just go with whole wheat flour but that may not always have the best consistency and/or may not work for those who are gluten intolerant. You may also be able to find whole wheat pastry flour which can be good for those “softer” recipes like cakes. If you want to be adventurous, you can always try black beans as a flour substitute.
Eggs – Now eggs in general are healthy. But there are various reasons you may want to cut back on eggs; cholesterol being one. Easy swap is to use two egg whites in place of a whole, large egg. If you want to be adventurous, try ground chia seeds. You have to grind them to a meal like consistency then mix with just enough water to create a gooey egg like mixture. Then you’re ready to put them in your baked goods! – I would not try this as a substitute for your Sunday morning omelette, just FYI.
These are the main ingredients I will swap out to make my recipes healthier but I would love to hear what other ideas are out there! Let me know in the comments 🙂