February 20, 2019
Whether you're still on a health fix from January, or gearing up to look your best for your holidays, it's important not to deny yourself a sweet treat every now and then. Especially when baking might not be as bad for you as you think! We've made it easier than ever to bake but still eat well, thanks to this list of healthy baking ideas and healthy baking recipes. UK audiences will love the fresh and vegetable-filled treats here, along with a 'healthy' dose of chocolate thrown in for good measure too.
Healthy not your style? Browse our bake shop to find baking kits and mug mixes to treat yourself with.
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To celebrate National Tea Day in 2018, we developed a tea-inspired bake that's filled with succulent fruit and apricots, and topped with a deliciously sweet icing and chopped pistachios. But what makes this loaf top our list of healthy baking recipes is the fact that it's completely fatless. So if you thought you can't have a good bake without butter or milk, think again!
Baking Club members can get access to all our past recipes, including this Tea Loaf, as part of their membership. So if you want to join the tastiest subscription box there is and get access to recipes like these, sign up now!
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If you struggle to enjoy a red velvet cupcake without feeling guilty, we've got a surprise for you! These guilt-free red velvet cupcakes from the Healthy Chef are made with beetroot and honey, and then topped with your choice of icing, from a thick yoghurt to an avocado chocolate frosting. Though they don't have the traditional bright red sponge once you bite into the cupcake, you can be content with the fact that it's all completely natural and actually good for you, thanks to the fibre and vitamin C rich beetroot.
Whoever said chocolate can't be healthy has clearly never tried this super low-fat and vegan chocolate cake by Chocolate Covered Katie.
We love the fact it's less than 100 calories per serving, and packed full of protein from the nut butter and vegan yoghurt. The ingredients work together to produce a super moist cake that is as guilt-free as it is tasty.
For more vegan baking recipes, have a look at our blog post dedicated to plant-based bakes.
Click here to discover 6 easy vegan baking recipes
Blueberries are a wonderfully healthy ingredient to include in baking recipes. Not only are they packed full of antioxidants, potassium and vitamin C, they're also delicious! Our blueberry and granola muffins take the classic breakfast treat and twist them up with a delicious crunchy granola topping.
If you like the idea of baking brand new recipes that put a spin on classic bakes, you'll love our Baking Club subscription! Each month, we send our Baking Club members a letterbox-sized parcel that contains all the dry ingredients they need to bake a delicious Michel Roux OBE recipe, as well as a step-by-step recipe card and some handy extras too. Though we're all out of our blueberry & granola muffin baking kits now, by joining the Baking Club, you'll get exclusive access to our past recipes including this one. So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!
This sticky date and walnut cake from Waitrose is packed full of dates, which are naturally high in fibre and antioxidants to help aid digestion and reduce the risk of disease. The dates combine with walnuts in this slightly spiced sponge cake, giving you even more nutrients to enjoy, including Omega-3. At just 187 calories per serving, this is one cake you don't need to feel guilty about eating.
If you struggle to eat your 5 a day, we're about to make it a whole lot easier (and tastier!) to do. Our carrot cake cookies were a Baking Club recipe back in May 2018, and our customers just couldn't get enough of these sweet treats with a healthy twist. Thanks to the grated carrot included in this recipe, these cookies are certainly much healthier than the traditional chocolate chip kind, and we think they're even tastier to boot. And while the cream cheese frosting is a little bit naughty, you could use a low fat alternative or simply use less icing!
If you want more recipes that contain vegetables, have a look at our blog post dedicated to the best vegetable bakes and cakes.
Click here to read the post!
Continuing the theme of 'hidden veg', this courgette loaf cake from BBC Food is a great way to use up leftover vegetables whilst still enjoying a healthy bake. While it might sound strange to include courgette in a cake, bear with us. The courgette adds a natural sweetness to the loaf that perfectly contrasts the slightly spiced sponge and crunchy walnuts. The best thing about this recipe? It's so simple to make - all you need to do is mix the ingredients together in a big bowl, pop in the oven for an hour and then devour with a small amount of low-fat butter or butter alternative spread on top. If you wanted to be even healthier, this bake can be frozen for us to 1 month, meaning you wouldn't be tempted to eat the whole thing in one go!
What are your favourite healthy baking recipes? Share them with us in the comments!
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