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As we leave Christmas behind in a blur of chocolates, rich food and discarded wrapping paper, January is often the time we think about eating more healthily, exercising more regularly and drinking more water. But we love baking, right?

Do the two have to be mutually exclusive or can we combine a healthy outlook with healthy baking recipes?

Yes! And here’s how…

How can I make baking healthier?

We get it. We love baking too. And in the dark and cold winter months its nice to whip up a tasty treat to relieve the stresses and strains of a New Year (particularly this one!). That’s why we’ve done our research and come up with some ways to make your normal baking pastime healthier.

So straight out of the gates, here are a few things you can do to tighten up your baking:

  • Use unsaturated oils instead of saturated fats. Substitute rapeseed oil or sunflower oil for butter. You’ll be using less saturated fats and you’ll get a lighter texture too.
  • Try out wholegrain flour instead of white. Yes, your bakes might become denser in texture but they’ll be better for you and be more filling.
  • Use fruit and veg in a cake to add fibre and sweetness as well as keeping your bake moist. Choose sweet fruit and veg like carrots, beetroot, apples or berries and you won’t need to add as much sugar – double win!
  • For the finishing touch, drizzle glacé icing rather than slathering on the buttercream. A simple dusting of icing sugar always looks gorgeous, provides a touch of sweetness and cuts down on the level of sugar and fats on our bakes too.

These are just some of the simple ways you can make your baking healthier in the coming months. And to help out even further, we’ve found some delicious recipes to try too.

How to bake healthy chocolate brownies

Ah the panacea we’d all love to find! Squidgy chocolate brownies that aren’t loaded with fat and sugar? Yes please!

OK, so a healthy brownie isn’t really a thing. But there are degrees of healthy and these delicious, gooey brownies are better than most when it comes to calories and fat content. Head over to the recipe here and let us know what you think…

Calling for the darkest of chocolate, vegetable oil instead of butter and soft brown sugar, these bad boys are rich, delicious and a real treat for the senses.

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

How to bake healthy muffins

When it comes to baking a healthy muffin, the go-to recipe has to contain blueberries. They’re sweet and delicious and help any muffin carrying them stay moist and moreish. And let’s not even get started on that gorgeous purple explosion as you sink your teeth into the squishy goodness…. Ahem, and we’re back in the room!

And so, with that in mind, here’s our pick of healthier blueberry muffins – a delicious recipe from Sally’s baking addiction that uses porridge oats to bulk them up and honey to add natural, unrefined sweetness.
 
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Source: www.sallysbakingaddiction.com

How to bake healthy tray bakes

Tray bakes are always a firm favourite with families, aren’t they? But so many of the mouth-watering recipes we usually rely on are loaded with sugar and saturated fats.

That’s why we’ve chosen one (it was a tough job – there were so many to choose from) healthier tray bake recipe that is so flexible it can be eaten as breakfast, as a healthy snack in the lunch box or as a sweet treat after dinner.

Introducing, the peanut butter and banana bar!

With only three ingredients, this tray bake is simple, cheap and delicious and will delight any fan of the crunchy, moreish treat that is peanut butter.
 
You’re welcome!
 
*Disclaimer* We realise these recipes are NOT going to help you lose weight – that’s not the point. We just wanted to introduce some slightly better alternatives for those much-hankered-after sweet treats that won’t completely blow the diet train off the tracks. Bake and eat responsibly and enjoy every morsel.

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