If you’re anything like me you love to bake, but hate the guilt that goes with eating your glorious creations. Over the years, and especially since having children, I have tried many ways to reduce the fat and sugar in my home baking. I’ve shared a few of my most trusted methods below.
- You can safely reduce the amount of sugar in a recipe by a up to a 1/3 without affecting the end result. Adding lemon zest, vanilla or cinnamon will give more flavour if needed. You can also use a sugar substitute in place of some, or most, of the sugar required for your recipe.
- Instead of making icing, sprinkle your cakes and muffins with a little powdered sugar or cocoa, or make a glaze and drizzle it lightly over the cake. This helps to keep the cake moist too.
- Exchange half of the white flour in a recipe for wheat flour to add fibre and nutrients. Try adding a spoonful each of wheat germ, oat bran and soy flour to the bottom of your measuring cup before measuring out the flour.
- If a recipe calls for nuts, use half the amount and toast them to give them a deeper flavour. Use half the raisins or other dried fruit, and simmer them first in a little fruit juice or water to make them plumper and more flavourful.
- You can replace half of the oil used in a recipe with an equal measure of unsweetened apple sauce. For example, if a recipe uses one cup of oil, use ½ cup of oil with ½ cup applesauce. If you’re happy with the result try slightly increasing the amount of applesauce until you find a ratio you like. You may find you can do without the oil completely. If you have to use sweetened applesauce don’t forget to reduce the amount of sugar you use.
- Swap butter with a low fat spread which contains at least 65% fat.
- Monitor the protion size. Muffins and cupcakes can be made in smaller patty pans rather than making gigantic texas muffins, make biscuits smaller than the recipe may call for, and cut slices into slightly lager than bite sized pieces.
Please, feel free to comment and share your tips and tricks for reducing the fat and sugar of your baking.