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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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