Improving Baked Goods Without Sacrificing Flavor

November 23rd, 2016

Thanks for joining us! We’re about halfway through a blog series on ways to prioritize your health during the fall and winter. So far we’ve detailed some ideas for both indoor and outdoor exercise as well as seasonal eating tips using winter squash and cruciferous vegetables. Keep checking back for more recipes and additional tips on keeping yourself mentally and emotionally healthy throughout the autumn months.

During the autumn, bread and pastries infused with cinnamon, caramel, and pumpkin (just to name a few flavors) are on display at every bakery, coffee shop, and café. At home, Thanksgiving tables groan under bread and pies, and we start baking cookies because after all, this is the time of year for it. There’s no denying these baked goods are a delicious way to celebrate the season, but indulging has its consequences. Store-bought, mass-produced items are often full of preservatives and flavor enhancers, and even those things we make at home can be packed full of sugar and fat.

Bread products have had a rough couple of decades. We all remember the low and no-carbohydrate diet crazes that have periodically swept the nation.* In recent years, paleo and gluten-free diets have caused many to avoid wheat products altogether. There are varying opinions on the wisdom of this if you have not been diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity or allergy, but we won’t get into those here.** Instead, we want to talk about ways to improve on existing recipes, reducing the calorie count without sacrificing flavor.

In the following recipes, the goal isn’t to completely cut fat, sugar, or flour. However, a couple of these either replace or remove some of the “usual suspects” that make baked goods a diet splurge. From using summer squash and yogurt for moisture (as opposed to oil or butter) to upgrading your usual flour or removing flour entirely, these offer a few ways to enjoy bread and baked goods with a little less guilt. As always, we encourage you to do your own search for items that fit your family’s needs and likes and to even try augmenting some of your family favorites. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Try adding some of these delicious recipes to the rotation this fall. Maybe these healthier approaches will become new family favorites!

*If you have determined with your doctor that a low-carb diet is best for you, then feel free to skip these recipes altogether.

**If you are someone who needs to avoid wheat or gluten, feel free to substitute a good gluten-free flour blend where flour is called for in these recipes.

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