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Light Baking Done Right

14 Clever Ideas for Healthier Baked Goods

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  • I belong to an organization called TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, and we're constantly looking for ways to help with weight loss. One of our tricks to replace fattening things in recipes is to add one (1) can of diet coke or if it's something like lemon poppy bread, etc., then something like diet Mountain Dew, etc. You do not add any other ingredient, no oil, no eggs, no sugar, no nothing. You get a very moist dessert with not many calories. "Try it, you'll like it"!!! - 12/10/2012 11:02:27 AM
  • FITALLEY
    Pureed beans (Great Northern work well) also makes a great fat substitute. It doesn't seem to dry out as fast as applesauce. My kids can't tell the difference when I substitute beans for butter in cookies. - 12/10/2012 9:15:53 AM
  • SODGERS2
    I have a recipe that uses NO added fat or sugar. Mash one banana with one raw egg. Season well with cinnamon and ground cloves. (Optional - though does contain sugar - add one tsp of blackcurrant jam.) Add 11 g each of wholemean s-r flour, oat bran and wheat bran and mix well. Top with 100 g or so of frozen berry mix. Cook in the microwave oven for 3-4 minutes. This bananabran is tasty and can be cut like a cake or eaten as a pudding with milk, custard or yoghurt. - 12/10/2012 3:12:05 AM
  • Glad to see this article. I will try some of the suggestions. - 12/4/2012 2:24:21 PM
  • In almost all recipes that involve flour, I susbstitute half of the flour for ground oats. I grind rolled oats finely in a dedicated coffee grinder that I got for $3 at a thrift store. This works great in cakes, cookies, crepes, pancakes, corn bread. I do it with everything, except yeast bread. I don't know that this saves calories, but oats are certainly more nutritious than flour. I prefer the taste of ground oats over whole wheat flour in most recipes. - 12/4/2012 11:47:41 AM
  • PINEWASHINGTON
    I do not eat eggs that often, but have choosen the egg beater instead of fresh eggs. I drink water, coffee and tea, and juice with a good breakfast in the morning. - 10/31/2012 7:22:54 PM
  • I found an egg substitute in a frugal living book. It can be used even as a binder in meatloaf or pasta filling! You need 1 heaping tbls of soy flour plus 1 tbls water. I've used it in muffins and cookies very successfully. And it is a lot cheaper than an egg. - 7/17/2012 8:46:40 AM
  • I knew a number of the substitutions but learned a few more from the article. The next time I have the urge to bake (probably in the fall as it is hot now) I will try these. The pumpkin and prune purees were a new tip for me. - 6/14/2012 3:24:15 PM
  • I tried to make popcorn balls for my son in the service. Instead of softball sized, they were ping pong ball sized. His buddies really loved them. So smaller size works and can be fun. - 4/10/2012 12:33:13 PM
  • @ MAGRIET4: There are some people who should not eat animal proteine. My son suffers from neurodermitis, and since I have cut any animal proteine from his diet his skin gets better and better.
    And I don't agree with the statement that sugar is necessary. I use an animal proteine free wholefood cookbook, which suggests dates instead of sugar. It works perfectly and texture great. - 4/3/2012 3:09:02 PM
  • MAGRIET4
    A lot of helpful information here. I just do not agree about the eggs. Eggs are so nutritious that I cannot think why you would want to substitute them. Keep in mind that the cholesterol in eggs are the "good" cholesterol. - 3/10/2012 8:45:39 AM
  • Great article. I'll try all of these...I have a HORRIBLE sweet tooth. Need all the help I can get. - 6/10/2011 7:19:15 PM
  • CarolRCL is that true? because the one i have it says unrefined cane sugar. the brand is Tesco. - 3/15/2011 11:45:21 AM
  • One of the best articles I've read of late; it's a keeper! - 2/23/2011 12:27:59 AM
  • Great article! (Much better than the one recommending fat free condensed milk as a substitute!) Not only will using fruit puree lower the fat, but it will increase the sweetness so that you can easily cut the amount of refined sugar way back. It also adds vitamins and fiber. These aren't just lower fat substitutes, these are healthy substitutes. - 2/17/2011 9:21:13 AM

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