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Healthier sweet treats to indulge in without feeling guilty

31 July 2019 , 0 comments / 1 likes
As awareness about eating healthy increases, desserts will inevitably come under the same consideration. Godrej Food Trends Report 2019 also predicted that dessert lovers would opt for healthier versions of their favourite sweet treats. But is it possible to trade in your favourite fudgy brownie or creamy cheesecake for healthier and equally tasty stuff? Check out these simple baking hacks to make your desserts guilt-free and at the same time satisfy your taste buds too!

Naturally sweet

Ditch white sugar and opt for natural sweeteners such as mashed ripe bananas, dates, honey or jaggery — these not only amp up the nutrition, but flavour as well. You could even add beetroot juice to brownie or red velvet cake batter in order to reduce the quantity of sugar. Another option is to use spices like cinnamon or nutmeg which provide flavour and natural sweetness, so you can cut down on sugar.

Bake with beans

Swap refined flour with finely ground oats, whole wheat flour (atta), or even chickpeas (chole). Yes, you read that right. Chickpeas have a mild flavour that easily pairs with other ingredients. They also give baked goodies like brownies a rich, gooey texture.

Crack down on the egg

If your recipe calls for one egg, try using two egg whites instead. You'll be able to reduce both calories and cholesterol. You can also skip the egg altogether and try flax gel – one tablespoon of ground flaxseeds mixed with three tablespoons of water.

Butter isn’t always better

Try using oil instead of butter. Another healthier option is to replace it with mashed bananas, apple sauce or ripe avocado puree, which will provide moistness and less calories in comparison.

Quality over quantity

Using premium ingredients will create a more flavourful dessert, which will leave you feeling satisfied with smaller portions. For example, use high quality chocolate instead of compound and opt for vanilla bean paste over extract for the best flavour.

Which healthy baking hacks would you recommend? Let us know in the comments section below.