Of course I am not demonising ‘real’ cake when appropriate – there’s a time and a place for the gooeyist, most sugary, fatty, calorific cake on the planet very occasionally. But not every day, which is where today’s food culture seems to have gone askew.
But if you’ve got a sweet tooth like me and really enjoy sweet treats then healthy baking is right up your street.
So let’s take a look at the ingredients in traditional versus healthy cakes and see why you’d want to choose one over the other.
|White wheat flour – not suitable for gluten intolerant or coeliacs, highly refined, low in nutrients
Refined Sugar – causes big spikes in blood sugar
Butter – no problems here unless you can’t eat dairy
Eggs – not a problem unless you’re allergic
Chocolate – high in sugar and often trans fats, low in beneficial cocoa
Colourings and flavourings – artificial, or even natural ones can make some children hyperactive and give adults headaches
|Ground almonds – gluten free, rich in nutrients such as vitamin E
Coconut Flour – very high fibre, lower carb, higher protein
Protein powder – very high protein, sugar free, and good quality ones are free of added junk like fillers and artificial flavourings.
Stevia, Ethrytol, Xylitol – natural, sugar/calorie free
Honey, Maple Syrup, Coconut sugar – still sugar but way less refined and higher in nutrients
Butter or Coconut oil – coconut oil is dairy free, naturally antiparasitic (good for gut health) and contains fats that are broken down more easily to give you energy
Eggs – great source of protein, minerals, vitamins and healthy fats
Flax eggs – fantastic omega 3 rich alternative for egg allergy sufferers or vegans
Cocoa – sugar free, very rich in minerals, cocoa is a superfood!
Mashed or grated fruit – extra flavour, fibre, and nutrients
So now we’ve established what nutritious ingredients go into making healthy cakes, biscuits and bars, just how do you put them together to turn them into something deliciously edible?!
Just click this link and it will take you to a Facebook post where you’re instructed to comment below and you’ll instantly be sent your healthy baking cheat sheet infographic by Messenger, where you can save it, print if off, and start getting creatively healthy right away!