The trend towards healthier eating is here to stay. But healthy baking means different things to each of us. Some people focus on using a natural liquid sweetener such as honey or agave, while some are only concerned with reducing fats, or using organic ingredients. Others have a list of forbidden ingredients such as white sugar, white flour, or shortening. But a majority of people agree that creating healthier baked goods means we must include whole grains while lowering the fat and sweetness levels. It’s not always easy, but with experience we can achieve delicious baked goods that are healthier than traditional sweet treats and pastries.
In my healthy baking class I emphasize using whole grains, lowering fat levels, and using fruits to reduce the amount of added sweeteners. Last night in class we made a whole wheat streusel, an apple crumb whole wheat coffeecake, and oatmeal cookies.
Home-Based Baking at its Best! If you have a home-based food business, remember that the healthy eating trend is here to stay. If you sell at a farmers’ market and don’t already have a product that incorporates a whole grain or fruit (fresh or dried), please consider at least one “healthier” product.