Over the last couple of weeks, I have received several emails concerning various questions about how to make a healthier treat. In some cases, the questions are pertaining to gluten allergies, others involve the question of low-carb baking, and still others are interested in lower cholesterol baking. As I explore new recipes and techniques, I too wonder about ways to have healthier baked goods, that are still very enjoyable. In other words, they don’t taste like cardboard!
cardboard coconut cupcakesby Patianne Stevenson
In fact, I had every intention of starting to post gluten-free treats on a regular basis. Then I tried to go to the store and buy the necessary ingredients. Unfortunately, living in the Virgin Islands severely limits my shopping selection, and I have been unable to find the majority of items that I need. I have recently stumbled upon a health foods store that does carry several flour substitutes, but have yet to spend enough time there to find out if they have everything I need. I think they may be a gold mine for me, though.
As you’ve probably noticed, if you’ve been reading Bakingdom for a while, I try to post vegan recipes somewhat regularly (or at least ways to convert a traditional recipe to vegan). For those of you who have never tried vegan baking, you are missing out! All of the vegan recipes that I’ve invested time in so far, have been wonderful! The majority of the time, the are moister and tastier than regular recipes! And, bonus, they are lower in cholesterol. Seeing as high cholesterol runs in my family, this makes me very, very happy. The subtraction of eggs and butter in these recipes is the key to lowering the cholesterol. Not to mention the fact that, usually, the eggs are replaced with some form of fruit or a healthy grain, like flax seed.
The point of today’s post, though, is to ask you what you think? Have you been looking for healthier ways to bake? Is there an allergy or health issue that prevents you from having the desserts you want? If you already cook with an allergy or health issue in mind, is there an infallible resource (a cookbook or website) that you turn to for recipes and advice? Comment, or email me with your answers…let me know if there’s something you’d like to see!
As for me, expect to see a lot more recipes that are geared toward being healthy, without losing any of the taste, fun, or ease. For the many readers that have asked (there are more of you than you think), yes, healthy, delicious baked goods do exist! And for those who haven’t asked, don’t worry, you’ll want to try these recipes…whether you need to or not!