Healthy baking recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth
Any sweet tooth knows that it's a hard battle to find healthy baking recipes that are a balance between a decadent sweet treat and a healthy one. Especially when you're looking to make something tasty, and nutritious for your family or guests.
With these healthy dessert recipes, your family or guests won't have any idea that they're staying healthy whilst enjoying a guilty pleasure!
Banana bread is a great, quick and easy recipe to make when you're pressed for time. It's much healthier than your regular dessert. Ripe bananas are the key to this recipe as the riper they are, the healthier your bread will be!
In a bowl, mix together whole wheat flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In a separate, larger bowl beat eggs, oil, honey, milk and vanilla. Stir in mashed bananas, the flour mixture and some chocolate chips. Once you've poured your batter into a pan, bake for 50-55 minutes at 165 degrees Celsius. You've now got the perfect treat for breakfast, afternoon tea or even a post-dinner dessert!
Baked Cinnamon Pears
Soft, sweet, and perfect with some ice-cream, baked pears are a healthy dessert you'll try once, before you are your family are hooked!
Slice the pears in half, scooping out the seeds. Placing the pears cut side up and drizzle maple syrup and cinnamon over each pear.
Bake for 25-30 minutes at 175 degrees Celsius. The toppings are where this dish thrives. You can add anything from coconut yoghurt to ice-cream, to chopped nuts or even granola to add some extra crunch!
Zucchini and Cacao Brownies
Brownies are a sweet treat loved by everyone. So whether you're making these for your family or for guests, no one will suspect the hidden vegetables in this chocolate delight.
Grate the zucchini, squeezing some of the moisture out before letting it rest in a colander. Mix the egg, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extra together. Then add baking soda, a pinch of salt and finally your zucchini.
Now, add your flour, mixing it until it's a gooey consistency. Bake at 190 degrees Celsius until the top is glossy with the centre not too jiggly.
Peach and Blueberry Greek Yoghurt Cake
Whether it's winter or summer day - this peach and blueberry Greek yoghurt cake is a fresh, airy and healthy addition to your diet.
Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda into a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat (we recommend using a hand beater) butter, sugar and 2 eggs until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and Greek yoghurt until the mixture is creamy and light in colour. Keeping the mixer on low, mix the dry ingredients in until combined. Do not overmix. Transfer into a pan and top with sliced peaches and blueberries on top. Bake for about 30-40 minutes at 170 degrees Celsius or until golden.
Strawberry and Lime Friands
A small sweet treat with a zesty twist, these strawberry and lime friands are just what you need for a school lunch box or something to munch on at the office. Dairy-free, this recipe substitutes milk with margarine.
Sift together icing sugar, almond meal and flour in a large bowl. Add the egg whites, margarine and lime rind, stirring until all combined. Spoon mixture into a friand pan before placing a strawberry slice over each friand. Bake for 25 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
For a zesty lime syrup, combine sugar, lime juice and water over a saucepan for 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Bring to boil and let it cook without stirring. Drizzle over your cooled strawberry friands and you and your family will be enjoying healthy, strawberry and lime treats in no time!
Apple and Banana Muffins
You wouldn't think these tasty snacks are healthy muffins, but they are filled with apples, bananas, honey and nutritious seeds.
To begin, line a muffin pan with large muffin cases. Then, combine eggs, yoghurt, oil, apple sauce, mashed banana, honey and vanilla in a large bowl. After mixing, combine the remaining wholemeal flour, oats, baking powder, bicarbonate soda, cinnamon and blueberries, without overmixing. Scoop your batter into your muffin pan and drizzle mixed seeds on the top for an extra bit of crunch! After baking for 25-30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius, these healthy muffins are the perfect addition to eat with your coffee or tea!
Gluten Free Carrot Cake
There's nothing worse than being gluten-free and not having an option when it comes to dessert. This moist, gluten-free carrot cake recipe however, is sure to be a favourite whether you've got any dietary requirements or not!
Whisk together almond flour, coconut flour, shredded coconut, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, maple syrup, tahini, almond milk and vanilla until extra smooth.
Slowly mix in the coconut oil until it is all blended in. Then stir in the carrots before mixing your wet and dry ingredients together. Stir in raisins and nuts before baking for 20-30 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius. Top with butter cream frosting and nuts if you want an extra kick!
Peanut Butter Oat Cookies
This healthy baking recipe combining peanut butter with oats, will make sure you never make cookies another way again! Eliminating the flour, the oats are the structure and heart of these cookies.
Using a mixer or a spoon, combine peanut butter with sugar and coconut oil. Add the eggs, baking soda and vanilla and mix well before adding the oats until they are evenly incorporated. Gently shape these on your baking tray so they are no taller than 1 inch and leave a few inches between each cookie. If you're an impatient baker, don't worry as these only take 8-10 minutes to bake. You'll notice they are ready when they begin to turn golden around the edge. To keep, store in an air tight container and eat when you're feeling peckish!
Chocolate Orange Muffins
Lovers of the chocolate and orange combination will fall deeply in love with these low-fat and low-calorie healthy chocolate orange muffins.
Mix almond milk, orange juice and zest, orange flavouring and agave nectar in a bowl. In a separate bowl, stir spelt flour, baking powder, bicarb and cocoa powder. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry, slowly mixing until well combined. Stir in chopped dark chocolate. Divide into a muffin pan and bake for 20-25 minutes at 170 degrees Celsius. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge to pro-long these healthy muffins!
Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake
With less sugar and vegan, eating a slice of this chocolate cheesecake is as decadent as it is healthy and won't leave you feeling guilty for savouring a second slice.
For the base of your cake, process oats and sugar until finely chopped. Add hazelnut meal, cinnamon and salt and pulse to combine. Add a little bit of oil until it comes together. After lining and greasing your pan, add your base mixture and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden, at 180 degrees Celsius.
Place well-drained silken tofu and vanilla into a food processor and process until smooth. Add sugar and cacao, again processing until smooth. Add the melted chocolate and process. Spoon over your base and bake for 40 minutes at 170 degree Celcius or until firm at the top. This dish is best served after the cake has been cooled for a few hours or overnight. If you don't love a rich cake, adding some fresh raspberries or strawberries will add a lightness to this recipe!
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