Bake healthy and eat better. Baking your breads and cakes in a healthy way ensures wellbeing and good health. Of course, white flour, refined sugar, eggs and butter are readily available every time we want to bake. But as you know, white flour has little of offer in terms of nutrition and refined sugar is also not conducive to good health. Butter may not suit your heart health if consumed in large amounts frequently. So, how to bake healthy? Read this article to know a few quick tips and ideas.
Baking fibre-rich quick breads: Wish to increase the fibre content in your quick breads? Opt for buckwheat instead of all-purpose flour. If you are in love with the texture and flavour that all-purpose flour has to offer, replace ¼ part of the same with millet flour or 1/3 part by barley flour. While millet flour would provide a handsome amount of fibre, barley would impart a nutty and sweet dimension along with fibre to your bread. However, in absence of buckwheat, barley or millet flour, opt for the good old whole wheat flour as a nutritious choice. Use whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour in 1:1 ratio and make your quick breads fibre-rich.
Brownies with black beans: Use a cup of black beans instead of a cup of white flour, next time you wish to bake delicious brownies. Rinse the black beans thoroughly, boil them, drain the water and make a puree. Not only does it cut down calories and carbs, but it also adds protein to those baked items.
Seed flour as a healthy option: Flour made out of ground chia seed can be used for healthful baking. However, the time required may be more than usual. Flax seed meal is yet another alternative. For a mild and nutty flavour, you can use flour made out of ground hemp seeds. All these types of seed flour are gluten free.
Use fruit puree and dry fruits liberally: Fruit puree often serves as a wonder ingredient in baking. The right use of pureed fruits can be used to substitute butter as well as refined sugar. Go for applesauce, prune puree and mashed avocado as a substitute for butter. They impart texture and moisture to your baked goodies. At the same time, these fruits infuse the cakes, muffins and waffles with fibre, vitamins and antioxidants in sweet way. Also, adding cashews, almonds, dates, raisins, pistachios and walnuts to your cakes would make them rich in nutrients as well as enhance the taste.
Honey for sweetness: While artificial sweeteners are easy alternatives to refined sugar, why take a chance? These artificial sweeteners also come with their share of side effects and health problems. Hence, opt for natural sweeteners to make your cakes and cookies sweet and savoury. Honey definitely tops the list. Best alternatives to sugar in baking >>
However, baking with healthier alternatives can be tricky and you need to try out different combinations of ingredients and set the baking time as per requirement. This may take some time before you start baking perfectly. Bake with ingredients that add nutrients to your baked items and enjoy these sweet delights as much as you want!