7 healthy baking swaps

Here are 7 healthy baking swaps to try out when creating your next bake...

Swap butter for avocado

Take in a fraction of the calories and nourish your body with a better source of fat. Swapping butter for avocado is easy by simply using half the amount of avocado of butter your recipe calls for.

Benefits of avocado

Avocados are an amazing superfood and should be included in your diet for overall vitality – from boosting weight loss, digestion and vitamin absorption to promoting healthy skin and hair.

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Swap sugar for honey

White sugar not only increases our body fat, but also heightens our appetite and sugar cravings. Use half the amount of honey to sugar in the recipe. Slightly reduce the amount of liquids added to compensate for honey’s wet consistency. For best results, add ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda for every cup of honey added.

Benefits of honey

Honey boosts your energy and memory, wards off infections and allergies, clears your skin and helps you sleep. Although honey has amazing health benefits, it should still be consumed in moderation.

Swap oil for unsweetened applesauce 

Vegetable oil is processed and linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Make this healthy baking substitution by using a 1:1 ratio when baking.

Benefits of apples

The abundant health benefits of apples help you and your body function flawlessly. Eating apples helps you ramp up your weight loss and digestion, as well as increase your intake of fibre, antioxidants, vitamin C and other essential vitamins and minerals.

Swap eggs for flaxseeds 

Take a break from animal products and turn your recipe vegan by using flax eggs. Make a flax egg by combining 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds with 3 tbsp hot water and let sit for 5 minutes. One flax egg is equivalent to one egg.

Benefits of flaxseeds

They are filled with fibre and expand in your stomach, leading to a decrease in your appetite. They also are an amazing source of omega-3 fatty acid, helping your muscles recover and get stronger.

Swap double cream for coconut cream 

Coconut cream and double cream contain the same amount of fat, so why bother making this healthy baking substitution? Not all fats are created equal and while coconut cream boosts fat burning, double cream initiates fat storage. Make the swap by refrigerating a tin of coconut cream and use as if it were double cream.

Benefits of coconut cream

Coconut cream replenishes electrolytes, improves digestion, raises energy levels, builds muscle and burns fat!

Swap white flour for almond flour 

Avoid unwanted body fat by making almond flour a staple in your baking! White flour is heavily processed, stripped of all vitamins, nutrients and fibre, leading it to be absorbed directly into your bloodstream.

Benefits of almond flour

The best benefits of almond flour – it's gluten-free, it's protein packed, low carb, and an amazing source of dietary fat (helping you burn more fat!).

Swap chocolate chips for cacao nibs 

Cacao nibs are chocolate chips in their natural state, raw and much less processed. While chocolate chips are packed with toxic ingredients, cacao nibs are overloaded with numerous health benefits. Enjoy the wonderful crunch and rich dark chocolate flavor of cacao nibs, guilt-free. Also, try swapping cocoa powder for cacao powder.

Benefits of cacao

This superfood will increase your fat burning, stabilise your blood sugar and provide you with important antioxidants.

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