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Healthy bSmart Ingredients for Baking Yummy Desserts

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Most of us eat like there’s no tomorrow.  Millions of foodies would do absolutely anything to eat what they want, when they want it, and however much of it they want.  Unfortunately, even though eating and loving food consists of hunting down your favorite restaurants and knowing exactly what to order (a lot of work), it isn’t exactly a real hobby.  

What I consider a great hobby, and something to take interest in if you absolutely adore eating, is baking.  This way you get to create your own yummy treat exactly how you want it, and you get to eat as much of it as you want!  People may think that baking is way too difficult to do if you’re not ‘chef material,’ but this isn't true at all.  Baking is actually quite simple.  All you need is the right ingredients, a recipe, and a hungry person to eat the finished product!

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Baking is one of my favorite things to do in my spare time.  There's no better feeling than mixing and matching different ingredients and tasting the outcome after you've just made your own delicious creation.  Cookies are my all-time favorite dessert to bake.  I’ve made over 20 different kinds of cookie recipes and my friends and family always devour them within minutes.

Recently, while mixing and matching different ingredients around my kitchen, I decided to try substituting the large amount of butter that most cookie recipes call for with virgin coconut oil.  Keep in mind, I make regular chocolate chip cookies with about a half of a solid butter stick; most recipes call for a full butter stick, or sometimes even two full sticks, which is an amount that is ridiculous and extremely unhealthy.

When I substituted the coconut oil, I was worried that a lot of the flavor and perfect consistency wouldn’t remain the same because butter seemed to be such a major ingredient.  To my surprise, I was completely wrong.  The cookies were not only tastier, but they felt so much lighter and I felt better about eating them because I knew there wasn’t tons of butter in them.  After trying out this new healthy alternative, I decided to search the web to find out other healthier foods I could incorporate into baking my cookies.  This is just one substitution you can do if you want to make baking healthier—read on for more!

Try substituting or adding in these healthy alternatives:

Coconut oil instead of butter
Oats, chia seeds and flax meal for a healthy add in
Egg whites instead of whole eggs
Honey instead of sugar
Nuts for a yummy topping
Whole wheat flour instead of white flour
Blended oats instead of white flour
Vanilla extract instead of Sugar
Unsweetened applesauce instead of sugar/oil/butter
Meringue instead of frosting
Soy milk instead of whole milk
 

Healthy recipes you should try:

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

You will need:

¾ cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg

1 cup raisins

Steps:

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
2) In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar and coconut oil together until somewhat creamy and smooth
3) Add in the vanilla
4) Beat in the eggs until the mixture becomes fluffy
5) In a separate smaller bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and and salt together
6) Gradually stir the two mixtures into one
7) Stir in the oats and the raisins
8) Drop onto cookie sheets in preferred size  
9) Bake for 8 to 10 minutes
 
Cool and enjoy!

 

Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies

You will need:

2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
4 tablespoon brown sugar
½ cup butter OR coconut oil (your preference)
1 ½ cup oat flour (oats blended)
½ teaspoon baking soda
A pinch of salt

½ cup chocolate chips

Steps:

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
2) Mix the butter or oil and sugar together until creamy and smooth
3) Add in vanilla
4) Beat in eggs until fluffy
5) Add in salt and baking soda and mix well
6) Blend 1 ½ cup of oats in normal blender and add to mixture
7) Stir in chocolate chips
8) Chill the dough for at least 20 minutes to let it firm
9) Place rounded dough onto cookie sheet
10) Bake for 6-8 minutes 
 

Cool and enjoy!

 

Joli rose is a 19-year-old aspiring globetrotter who admires baking delicious chocolate chip cookies. She considers home to be anywhere that she is spending time with the loved ones in her life. Her heart belongs to the ocean, one of her biggest passions in life, along with DIY crafts, tie dying and writing short stories, blog posts and poems. If not found walking on the beach, she is probably shopping, baking or sleeping.

 

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