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Light Baking Done Right

14 Clever Ideas for Healthier Baked Goods

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  • I don't eat a lot of baked goods but during the holidays I like to bake shortbread cookies and sugar cookies. I am not sure how to make substitutions for those. Maybe some time when I am not crunched for time I can experiment.
  • i love being a mad scientist and experimenting with making my baked goods healthier! I've used everything from carrot puree (it's actually very sweet) to avocados in substitution for oil. I also like to use whey powder and/or greek yogurt to boost the protein content. Coconut flour, whole wheat flour and almond meal are staples in my pantry!
    I will be printing these tips and posting them on my refrigerator for reference to try some new ideas. Thanks SP!
  • Some of these ideas look interesting, and I think I will use them the next time I bake. I just wish people understood that fat and calories themselves aren't the enemy--overeating is.
  • Good information! I've used applesauce as a substitute before but I've replaced all the oil with applesauce. I'll try this next time :)
  • Hi Everyone! Does anyone know how to save these receipes??? I don't see a "Save" button...
  • KATEM200
    Though it did provide instructive information for common kitchen substititions, I'm a little disappointed in the number of "no"s in this article. I also wish there had been some lip service to healthy swaps (e.g. whole wheat flour) that don't necessarily save calories, but I understand that the article was about "light" baking, not healthy baking.

    Also, I don't see the point in substituting for eggs. Eggs aren't evil. The quantity of eggs in most baked goods would mean that a typical serving contains maybe a fourth of an egg. If you're a vegan or an eggbeater house and have them around, then go for it. But overall, this seems like an unnecessary substitution.

    Overall, I think the key is moderation. If you make your cookies healthier, but nobody else does, then how are you and your family learning to function in the "real" world. We need to learn to incorporate treats into our lives in a realistic way.
  • Fat free Cool Whip and 1 egg with a cake mix works great. Skip the oil. Also 2 cups of pumpkin puree with a butter pecan cake mix makes YUMMY cookies! No added oil or fat.
  • LBYRER
    I would like the receipe to the cookie shown on this article if i could.
  • MONADM1
    I wish we would acknowledge that sugar and flour are making us fat, which unfortunately does not bode well for baked goods.

    Trying to reduce the amount of fat to lower the calories of an already unhealthy food is like putting a band-aid on a bullet wound !
  • Low fat or fat free sour cream can also work to replace butter/marg. even in cookies, but expect a change in texture. Taste is still good though.
  • PUGGYBUG
    Awesome article. Making a copy to hang on the inside of my kitchen cupboard door where the spices and dry baking supplies are for quick reference when baking.
  • I want to save this to my favorites! How can I do this??
  • 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"!!!
  • 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.
  • 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.

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