Q: I find my grandmother's recipes to be quite outdated. Are there some ways to make baked goods healthier? And vegan/vegetarian? And suitable for those with allergies (e.g. egg-free)?
Thanks so much,
A: Grandma's recipes consisted of lots of fat (lard, oil, shortening), sugar (white or brown) and white flour. There was also cholesterol eggs, full fat milk (or buttermilk), and more fat when the aluminum pans were greased.
Today's recipes don't have to be laden with all that richness, heaviness and calories. You can make delish muffins, cookies, quick breads and cakes with other ingredients AND still preserve great taste. Oh, and boost health, too! Here's how.
The Standard 2 cups White flour, Replace with Equal Amount:
The Usual 1/2 (or more) Cup Oil/Shortening/Butter/Lard: ditch the love handles
The Usual 1-2 cups Sugar: ditch the empty calories
The Usual 2 Eggs: ditch the cholesterol
The Usual Dairy: 1/2 cup milk or buttermilk
Ditch the Aluminum Pans:
Ditch the Margarine/Butter Greasing Method
Be Optional About Salt
.......................................A Few Other Substitutes...................................................
Chocolate Baking Squares/Cocoa Powder (this stuff is roasted so the caffeine amount is high), replace with equal amount of:
Instead of the Usual Chocolate Chips and/or Nuts, opt for Healthy Fruit Ideas:
Frosting: Puff Out Sugar with this Sugar-Free Recipe Idea:
Avocado OR Banana OR Coconut Milk Frosting
Puree the bananas OR avocados OR coconut milk in a food processor with rest of ingredients, adding in stevia to your sweet liking taste. You can add in a touch of water or non-dairy milk to help thin it out, if needed. Note that other sweeteners such as Lakanto, stevia blends, xylitol, erythritol OR coconut sugar can all be used (estimate about 4-6 TBsp). Also note that you can use carob powder instead of the cocoa powder.
To your healthy sweet baking days,
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