For the February version of This Month’s Healthy Bite from FaveDiets.com, I asked, â€œWhat are your favorite healthy recipes for baked goods?â€ We got some absolutely fantastic answers, so be sure to check them all out:
From Kevin, Closet Cooking:
From Mama J, A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock and Roll:
My family loves Buttermilk Cinnamon Swirl Bread. With only a 1/4 cup of oil, it is low in fat but has loads of flavor. Often I’ll substitute out some of the all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour to give it the added boost of whole grain.
From Dorothy Delaney:
If I were to choose baked goods, I would choose chocolate chip cookies, baked oat bars and pecan pie!
From Jan, Tweaked at Chez Jan:
I have a weakness for Carrot Cake so I tweaked and tweaked until I came up with the recipe on my blog. I try to make all my recipes Weight Watchers friendly so keeping the flavor but cutting the PointsPlusâ„¢ (basically calories to non-WWers) was important. I found that *halfing* the nuts does part of the trick. I have a magnet on my fridge that says: In this house, carrot cake counts as a vegetable!!!
From Jackie, Jackie’s Kitchen:
No matter what the reason is for trying to eat more healthy, none preclude the enjoyment of a little sweet treat from time to time. I’m a firm believer that food (diet) should bring pleasure in addition to making one feel well or achieve one’s personal healthy goals. My strategy with baked goods is to push the limits of how healthy they can be while still feeling indulgent. In boosting the healthfulness, I try to reduce or limit sugars, increase healthy fats and proteins through the use of nuts, coconut, nut flours, beans (yes beans!), and other whole grains like oats and quinoa (technically, though, quinoa is not a grain). My primary way to create the indulgence factor is to incorporate chocolate. These three recent recipes are my top 3 (in no particularly order). I hope you enjoy them as much as I!
Amazing mixed nut tart with dark chocolate drizzle: http://visualcookbook.blogspot.com/2012/01/amazing-mixed-nut-tart-with-dark.html
Incredible flourless black bean Devil’s food cake with homemade chocolate coconut oil icing: http://visualcookbook.blogspot.com/2011/08/incredible-flourless-black-bean-devils.html (also featured on FaveDiets.com here: http://www.favediets.com/Gluten-Free/Flourless-Black-Bean-Devils-Food-Cake-with-Chocolate-Coconut-Oil-Icing/)
Special peanut butter oatmeal breakfast cookies: http://visualcookbook.blogspot.com/2012/01/special-peanut-butter-oatmeal-breakfast.html (also featured on FaveDiets.com here: http://www.favediets.com/Cookies/Special-Peanut-Butter-Oatmeal-Breakfast-Cookies)
From Alisa, Alisa Cooks:
These Banana-Oat Snack Bars are one of my favorites. Not only do we all love them, but every time I make them I think of my dad.
From Anne-Marie, This Mama Cooks! On a Diet:
There’s really no such thing as a totally healthy baked good. Think of them more as special treats. However, you can health things up by reducing sugar and fats, and adding healthy ingredients like whole grains, alternative sugars such as stevia, or goodies like dried fruit or dark chocolate. Here are a few examples from my blog, This Mama Cooks! On a Diet:
From Heidi, Mommy Made From Scratch:
My all-time favorite healthy baked good is my Zucchini Brownies. I grate and freeze zucchini from our garden then use it year round to make these brownies for my family. They are super moist and very chocolate-y. There are no eggs and less oil than in most brownies which makes them a healthier version than what one would typically eat. The zucchini also provides some added natural fiber. It’s also nice that there is no real zucchini taste so my kids don’t complain!
From Malli, Malli’s Mint and Mimosas:
I usually love baked goods and try to bake with whole grains whenever possible. However, I recently tried out the Indian style
Samosas with Soya Granule filling and phyllo pastry baked to light brown and crispy and that without doubt is my
favorite baked good. You can find it on my Food blog “Malli’s Mint and Mimosas” @
But I also have another favorite
From Rachel, My Naturally Frugal Family:
When it comes to baked goods I always try to make them vegan. As most baked goods contain eggs I prefer to replace the animal product with flax eggs (1 egg is made by 1 tbsp ground flax meal and 3 tbsp water mixed).
Flax is high in fiber, omega-3, and a great food to help reduce cholesterol.
My favorite baked good that my children ask for is zucchini bread
From Barbara, Barbara Bakes:
Lately I’ve been enjoying baked donuts. My recent post Baked Lemon Donuts is a great way to enjoy baked goodies without all the fat and calories of a fried donut. A light, fluffy baked lemon donut drizzled with a tart lemon glaze. Made with whole wheat flour and lemon Greek yogurt makes me feel better about indulging in donuts in the morning.
Also my Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts: http://barbarabakes.com/2012/01/baked-apple-cinnamon-sugar-donuts/
From Miryam, Eat Good 4 Life:
Anything that contains whole grains, less sugar and other healthier alternatives while baking is how I try to bake for my family and friends. One perfect example is this fabulous chocolate chip and oatmeal cookie. While it still tastes like a regular cookie this recipe is by far much healthier than the regular versions out there so I hope you enjoy it!!
From Gillian, eat my words:
My favorite healthy recipe for baked goods is homemade granola. It’s very easy to make, full of natural and nutritious ingredients, and is so much better than the store-bought stuff. It’s very adaptable so you can have fun with it and add in whatever you want, really making it your own.
Here’s the link to my recipe for Cherry Almond Granola: http://eatmywordsblog.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/door-county-cherry-and-almond-granola/
From Elise, Hungry Hungry Hippie:
Here’s the quick bread recipe that get’s the most attention on my blog: Pumpkin Banana Bread by Hungry Hungry Hippie
From Lindsay, The Lean Green Bean:
Here are a few:
From Kathy, Healthy Slow Cooking:
I love my slow cooker pound cake recipe. It can go into many different directions depending on what herbs or extracts you use. Also you can cook it in the oven at 350 degrees until a toothpick comes out clean.
From Heather, Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes:
My favorite healthy baked goods would be any veganized muffin with whole grains; one of my ultimate favorites that is much lower in calories than its traditional counterpart is the Gingerbread Millet Muffin – at only 160 calories and with whole grain Millet goodness it is a Breakfast Winner! The recipe can be found at Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes along with a few other healthy muffin recipes!
From Kelly, Laughter, Strength and Food:
My favorite healthy baked good recipe is a recipe I have for Black Bean Brownies. I was skeptical when I first heard about them, but decided to give them a try, and I’m so glad I did! The addition of coffee and cocoa really give a great brownie taste and the texture is dense and gooey…just the way I like my brownies!
From Kiersten, The Type A Housewife:
I’m more of a cook than a baker, but lately I’ve been experimenting with some healthy muffin recipes. My current favorite is my Banana Strawberry Oatmeal Muffin Recipe. With the fruit, Greek yogurt, oats, and whole wheat flour, they’re both filling and healthy. And, most importantly, they taste good!
From Laura, Gluten Free Pantry:
My favorite healthy recipes for baked goods are grain-free desserts made with almond and coconut flours. Here is a delicious recipe for Grain-Free Honey Almond Cookies that are rich in dietary fiber and omega 3 fatty acids: http://glutenfreepantry.blogspot.com/2011/12/honey-almond-cookies-grain-free.html
From Ashley, My Food â€˜N’ Fitness Diaries:
My favorite healthy recipe for baked goods is my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Pizookie. “Pizookie” was coined by BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, and is one of my favorite desserts out there. It is essentially a deep dish cookie that is just barely all the way baked. I decided to make a healthier version of my favorite dessert that has an extra punch of protein and pumpkin to give you some staying power.
From Marisa, BnBFinder.com:
From Anne, EZ Gluten Free:
Choosing my favorite dessert wasn’t the easiest decision in the world. It wasn’t the hardest one either once I remembered this decadent confection. I can honestly say that this Baileys Chocolate Cheesecake was by far the most fantastically indulgent dessert I’ve had in years.
From Emily, Harvard Common Press:
When I think healthy breakfast, I think three things: eggs, oatmeal, granola. That’s why I love baking these Blueberry and Maple Granola Bars from Lauren Chattman’s “Mom’s Big Book of Cookies.” Make them on a weekend, and I’ve got a healthy baked breakfast for the next two work weeks!
From Hilliary, Happily Ever Healthy:
I have to say that I am not a huge baker! I love the thought of spending an entire day in my kitchen baking, but find that after a few batches of cookies I become bored! However when I do get around to doing a bit of baking my favorite recipes have to be quick bread recipes. The flavor combinations seem to be endless. I can also control the ingredients and make healthy substitutions when I see fit! I love having fresh baked bread around the house, especially banana and pumpkin bread. When smeared with a little peanut butter they make the perfect afternoon snack or after dinner treat. When I find a new quick bread recipe I look for ways I can lighten it up but not take away from the flavor. One of my favorite things to do is replace most of the oil with unsweetened applesauce, which allows me to cut the sugar down too. Whole-wheat flour is also a favorite addition to up the fiber content! Right now I am attempting to lighten up Strawberry Bread, which has been a family recipe for years. I just need to find the right combination of ingredients.
Here are two of my favorite bread recipes I find myself baking again and again!
Also check out my healthy pumpkin coffee cake!
From Dawn, D.M.R. Fine Foods:
One of my favorite healthy baked goods recipes is for Apple Turnovers. It combines delicious apples, cranberries, citrus, and spices for a healthier, but delicious, twist on dessert.
Thanks to everyone for all the fun responses!
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