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Healthy Baking Tips

Rolled oat cookies on a cookie board with the ingredients oats, honey and chocolate chips displayed on the countertop

While practicing social distancing at home, baking has become one of my family’s favorite activities. Not only does it take up a lot of time, get the entire family doing something together, and taste delicious- but homemade treats are extremely comforting and we could all use a little of that right now! Over the past few months, I have tried to place an emphasis on using healthy ingredients to bake with, and it turns out that our cookies, brownies, muffins and banana bread still taste just as delicious-maybe even better! Keep reading to find out some of my suggestions.

 

Healthy Baking Substitutes In The Kitchen:

 

Baking ingredients displayed in glass jars on a kitchen counter

For All Purpose Flour

  • Almond Flour
  • Oat Flour
  • Coconut Flour
  • Chickpea Flour

 

For Butter

  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Almond Butter
  • Ghee
  • Mashed Bananas (great for baking!)

 

For Sugar

  • Coconut sugar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Agave Nectar

 

For Pam Spray

  • Olive Oil Spray
  • Coconut Oil Spray

 

 

Healthy, Delicious Recipes!

Rolled oat cookies ready to go into the oven!

 

Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies!

These cookies are so easy to make! And, you only need 3 ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of oatmeal
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/3 cup of chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Mash the bananas, add in the oats – mix until smooth
  2. Add in as many chocolate chips as you desire
  3. Pop them on a sprayed baking sheet in the oven at 350 for 15ish minutes (some ovens cook faster than others)

 

Chickpea Blondies

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of Chickpeas
  • 1/3 cup of Maple syrup
  • ½ cup of Peanut butter (or your butter of choice alternative)
  • ¼ tsp Baking soda
  • ¼ tsp Baking powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Chocolate chips

 

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a bowl except the chocolate chips
  2. Whisk together until smooth
  3. Add a handful of chocolate chips
  4. Pop into a baking tin and bake at 350 degrees for 20ish minutes, check with a toothpick around 15 minutes as every oven bakes differently!

 

A freshly baked banana oat muffin close up photo 

Banana Oat Muffin

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 heaping cup of mashed bananas
  • 1 ¼ cups almond flour
  • ½ cup of coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup of almond milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • Almond butter and cinnamon as frosting

 

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients, mix together
  2. Add in the wet ingredients, whisk until smooth consistency
  3. Spray muffin tin with olive oil spray and pop in the oven at 400 for 20 minutes
  4. Let the muffins sit for 10 minutes then coat the top with almond butter and a dash of cinnamon!

 

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 Out of a box baking can be healthier (and really yummy) too! 

Now, if you just prefer to bake out of a box, don’t worry, there are still healthy box alternatives!

Check out Simple Mills- they have the most delicious Almond Flour Brownie box – you only need to add olive oil, 2 eggs, and water! Simple Mills also has my favorite boxed cookies and pumpkin bread muffin boxes!

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