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Taking the Bad Out of Baking (Part 2)

April 17, 2015 2 min read

Baked goods can taste great and be healthy too!

3- Butter Not suitable for those who have dairy intolerances. But don’t fall for the dairy-free margarines on the market, they normally contain GMO soy and unhealthy, processed fats. I’ve got substitutes that are much better than butter! Butter is usually used for moisture and salt in recipes, but this can easily be replaced with:
  • Raw, Organic coconut oil (melted state).
  • Ripe, Mashed Avocado.
  • Unsweetened, Apple Sauce.
Note: If the recipe depends on some of the salt from the butter, just add a pinch of high quality sea salt! 4- Sweetners White sugar is so yesterday! It is time to clean out your pantry of everything refined or ‘white’. There are much better alternatives that won’t be as harsh on your system. When I am looking to replace sugar, there are a few different options that will vary based on the other flavours in recipe. If the recipe calls for a syrup or liquid sugar like molasses, corn syrup etc. Use:1600993_256713247839652_460606243_n
  • Pitted dates soaked in a few tablespoons of warm water then blended
  • Coconut Nectar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Apple Sauce or Apple Butter, if you only need a mild sweetness.
  • Mashed, Ripe Banana
If the recipe calls for a dry sweetner you can use:
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Date sugar
  • Lakanto
  Note: You can use some of the wet ingredients as dry, but if you do be sure to make up for it by adding slightly less of another liquid, like water. If the recipe calls for Chocolate Chips try Fair-trade, Organic Cacao Nibs! 5- Oil Most of us probably do not realize that the oils that we buy at the grocery store in big bottles have been processed with heat and exposed to light and air. This is a recipe for disaster when it comes to oils. Oils are very fragile and can do bad when exposed to those elements. Therefore, instead of using rancid (and most likely genetically modified) oils in our recipes we can use foods that will do the same thing in the oven without the risk. Try replacing cups of oil with:
  • Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • Grated Zucchini
  • Raw Organic Coconut Oil (in its melted state)

Happy Healthy Baking!

If you want more inspiration and healthy recipes, follow me on social media and check out my blog. I post daily goodies on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

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