We all wish if that cake or cookies was healthier, right? Healthier without compromising on taste, flavor, and texture. Well, guess what, it can be. All you have to do is find the right substitutes for certain ingredients.
This is even more helpful if you run a bakery or home business as it allows you to serve an even bigger and largely unserved market. So let’s dig right into this so every time you have cake it isn’t cheating day.
From cakes, bread to cookies, pretty much anything you bake requires flour and one of the best substitutes for it is whole wheat flour. I love using this with banana bread and muffins and mainly because it is healthier. believe it or not, whole wheat flour can lower the risk of heart diseases and even diabetes.
But if not this, you can also turn to other substitutes such as Almond Flour. Packed with proteins and Omega 3, if you are a fitness freak, this is just the kind of ingredient you are looking for.
Here’s a simple way to make this ingredient at home
Furthermore, nut flours such as hazelnut flour, walnut flour, and black beans are other great alternatives. But keep in mind that these have flavors of their own and thus should be used wisely.
This is one of the most commonly talked about the ingredient and is easy to replace. The most direct of replacements is brown sugar as the measurement remains the same but if you do not have it you can also go with bananas.
Just make sure you mash up the bananas and replace 1 cup sugar with 1 cup of mashed bananas. But since bananas will add moisture to your batter, reduce the amount of water or milk.
Apple sauce is another excellent alternative, especially if you want to keep the calorie count low and works really well in oatmeal raisin cookies and banana bread because of its flavor.
Stevia is also used by a large section of people mainly because it has zero calories. Personally, I do not use stevia because of its flavor. It is way sweeter than sugar so use only 1 teaspoon for 1 cup of sugar.
If you further want to cut down on the fat you can replace butter with Avocado Puree. This will give your mixture the same creaminess and flavor so you get perfectly fudgy brownies minus the fat and packed with omega-3 and vitamin E. The healthy fat present in avocado is also known to increase good cholesterol in the body.
If you are using mashed bananas you have not just replaced sugar but also butter. I prefer mashed bananas because it adds a more desirable flavor.
Another really healthy substitute is greek yogurt because of its low-fat content. The only drawback here is that you cannot completely remove butter from the recipe. For example, if the recipe calls for 1 cup of butter, you can add in 50% butter and 50% yogurt. Play around with the ratio and see what works best for you in terms of both flavor and health.