I think all of us would say we would like to eat healthier. Most of us try a couple things. Some of us make some drastic changes. With the challenges of every day and motherhood, it can be hard to stay consistent with those changes. Some of the easiest ways to eat healthier is to swap out certain ingredients for healthier ones. This one doesn’t involve a lot of thinking once you make the change. Here are some simple healthy baking substitutes that you can start trying today.
Instead of sugar, try:
Maple syrup- This is one of my favorites for a couple reasons. The first being we make maple syrup so we always have plenty. The second being that maple syrup is actually pretty good for you. It actually has things in it like vitamins and antioxidants. To replace sugar, use 3/4 cup of maple syrup for every 1 cup of sugar. Then reduce the liquid in the recipe by 3 tablespoons per cup of maple syrup.
Raw sugar- We only used refined white sugar when my store is out of the pure cane sugar that I prefer. It’s still sugar, just less processed. We try to avoid foods that have been processed a lot when we can. I love that you can use raw sugar just as you would regular white sugar. No reducing or anything that involves math. 😉
Honey- Like maple syrup, you will need to reduce the amount of liquid. For every cup of sugar, replace with 1/4 cup of honey and reduce liquid by 2-4 tablespoons.
There are other substitutes such as stevia or agave but those can be more expensive or harder to find. These are the sugar substitutes I personally use.
Instead of white flour, use:
Whole wheat- I often substitute half of all purpose flour with whole wheat flour. You can also use something called white whole wheat flour. It is a bit more processed than regular whole wheat flour but still better than all purpose.
Unbleached- If you aren’t quite ready to use whole wheat flour or your family doesn’t like it, try using unbleached all purpose flour.
Other flour substitutes- Other flour substitutes can be rice flour, oat flour, etc. To make oat flour, I have put rolled oats into the food processor and pulsed until it was fine. It’s heavier than all purpose so I only do half in oat flour.Looking for #budget friendly #healthy baking substitutes? Check out these ideas! Click To Tweet
Instead of oil/butter- Use applesauce or yogurt
Instead of cream- Use evaporated milk
Instead of buttermilk- Use milk and lemon juice. To make it even healthier, use soy or almond milk instead of cow’s milk.
There can be lots of simple healthy baking substitutes. Many of them involve things you might already have or are easy to find. One of the best parts is that many of the substitutes don’t cost a lot more than the regular item. It’s great that making healthy baking swaps doesn’t have to cost a lot.
Do you have any favorite healthy baking swaps?