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Hello everyone! So I love baking, and usually what I bake is 100% not healthy. However my boyfriend plans to loose weight in the year, and I plan to join him in eating healthier and exersising, both to support him and because I've gotten a bit lazy in the past 6 months and look forward to improving my fitness.<br><br>
Anyway, I don't want to have to stop baking, so I am trying to think of healthy AND low-fat things to bake. I thought of different breads - particularlly wholemeal - with different additions to them, but that's about all I have got.<br><br>
There MUST be other things... I know there's a lot of health concious people here on veggieboards so I thought you'd be able to help! Particular recipes or general ideas are both very welcome!
 

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Fatfree vegan has a lot of low fat/healthy baking recipes <a href="http://www.fatfreevegan.com" target="_blank">www.fatfreevegan.com</a>
 

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^^^and Susan's blog, which I think get's more newer recipes too. it's <a href="http://www.blog.fatfreevegan.com" target="_blank">www.blog.fatfreevegan.com</a><br>
Then there is Lindsay Nixon's Happy Herbivore and EVeryday happy Herbivore cookbooks, and she is a no added oil recipe-ist. Her website is the same.... <a href="http://www.happyherbivore.com" target="_blank">www.happyherbivore.com</a>
 

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what things do you normally bake? maybe we can offer low fat/healthier versions of what you are already doing.<br><br>
also check out raw desserts, they tend to be pretty healthy.
 

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I'm not sure what exactly you may be looking for but I personally get rid of butter and oils in my recipes and use unsweetened applesauce. Its actually quite good as it leaves my baked good much more moist, but not gooey. I'll also use almond flour (I make my own almond milk and so I have a lot of almond pulp on hand and refuse to waste it so I dry it and make almond flour), which isn't inherently lower cal but it's quality calories versus white wheat flour etc. Also, you can further zero out high calories by using flaxseed meal and water as an egg replacer, though the eggs, unless its a soufflé or something to that end, won't add that much in the grand scheme of things.
 

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^^^and Susan's blog, which I think get's more newer recipes too. it's <a href="http://www.blog.fatfreevegan.com" target="_blank">www.blog.fatfreevegan.com</a><br>
Then there is Lindsay Nixon's Happy Herbivore and EVeryday happy Herbivore cookbooks, and she is a no added oil recipe-ist. Her website is the same.... <a href="http://www.happyherbivore.com" target="_blank">www.happyherbivore.com</a></div>
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I like both of those websites a lot. I don't think I've ever tried a recipe from the fatfreevegan blog that I didn't absolutely love.
 

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very true Forster.....I just asked her what the difference was between her sites, and she says the blog is her own recipes, and the website is recipes submitted by other people...good to know.<br><br>
So if you are a Susan fan, follow her blog!
 

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Thanks guys!<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>luvourmother</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3068817"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
what things do you normally bake? maybe we can offer low fat/healthier versions of what you are already doing.<br><br>
also check out raw desserts, they tend to be pretty healthy.</div>
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Normally I bake lots of cakes and cookies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> I guess I'm looking for something more inherently healthy though, rather than a low fat version, if that makes sense? I'm just concious of producing kind of half-healthy things and then eating twice as much? I've always been more of a eat-a-little-of-the-really-good-stuff kinda person! That said those recipe sites do look very good so maybe I'll start to think differently.<br><br>
I'm begining to wonder if there is anything though, I think baking is inherently sugary if nothing else!<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Ryan820</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3068842"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I'm not sure what exactly you may be looking for but I personally get rid of butter and oils in my recipes and use unsweetened applesauce. Its actually quite good as it leaves my baked good much more moist, but not gooey. I'll also use almond flour (I make my own almond milk and so I have a lot of almond pulp on hand and refuse to waste it so I dry it and make almond flour), which isn't inherently lower cal but it's quality calories versus white wheat flour etc. Also, you can further zero out high calories by using flaxseed meal and water as an egg replacer, though the eggs, unless its a soufflé or something to that end, won't add that much in the grand scheme of things.</div>
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That sounds like a good idea, especially the applesauce. Recipes with fruit in tend to be very moist and tasty anyway so I can see that working <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> thanks.
 

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I'm begining to wonder if there is anything though, I think baking is inherently sugary if nothing else!<br><br></div>
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This is what I kept coming across when I was doing some searching for "low-fat healthy" recipes. Sadly, I'm not a fan of sugar substitutes (I tried to like stevia, I really did!). Seems I can do without a lot of sugar if it's loaded with fat, or vice versa. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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oh- you can use whole wheat pastry flour the same as all purpose white flour. that's the only flour for baking I use now. Still has all of the fiber, but it's a smaller grind, and lighter weight than regular whole wheat.<br><br>
Look for recipes that use oil instead of margarine or shortening. Regular margarine has trans fats in it. EB doesn't though<br><br>
Fran Costigan has a book out and she does not use any refined white sugar. She uses brown rice syrup and other natural sweeteners, like dates too...<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FMORE-GREAT-DAIRY-FREE-DESSERTS-NATURALLY%2Fdp%2F1570671834%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fs%3Dbooks%26ie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1325256165%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/MORE-GREAT-DAI...5256165&sr=1-1</a>
 

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I use <a href="http://www.sparkpeople.com" target="_blank">sparkpeople.com</a> to track nutrition, fitness and weight loss. I think their nutrition tools in particular are very helpful. I changed their default settings so I could track all the vitamins I was consuming in food. I always assumed, even when I was omni, that I needed to take a daily mult-vitamin, and after tracking my food for awhile I realized that was a waste. I was exceeding the RDA on a lot of things because I was eating a variety of natural, unprocessed or lightly processed foods. Because I'm vegan I supplement on B12, calcium, and E, but on everything else I'm more than covered.<br><br>
Flour, sugar and oil are empty calories. I'm sure there are cupcake recipes that find ways to squeeze in a little extra fiber or vitamin C, or whatever, but I figure why bother if I've already got my essential nutrition for the day covered. Let the junk food be junk food. I would rather eat a great cupcake that is nutritionally worthless, than a mediocre one where someone has muddled the taste by trying to inject healthful elements. If I really need fiber I'll eat a banana or an apple. If I need vitamin C, I'll squeeze some orange juice.<br><br>
I look more at portion control and frequency. I rarely do baked dessert goods more than once a month, and what I choose is something I really want, and scheduled it in advance. It's an event. I'll do half batches, or even quarter batches, or do a full batch and give half away immediately.
 

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mojo, I'm with you! If I'm baking, it goes into wk, and I can have a couple of cookies or one cupcake, but the stuff doesn't sit around my house! Have you seen the studies that show calcium supplements can cause cardiac problems? Again, best to get it from the greens and cruciferous family.....just thought I'd share that with you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Have you seen the studies that show calcium supplements can cause cardiac problems? Again, best to get it from the greens and cruciferous family.....just thought I'd share that with you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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No I hadn't. Thanks. I need to look into that.
 

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Normally I bake lots of cakes and cookies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> I guess I'm looking for something more inherently healthy though, rather than a low fat version, if that makes sense? I'm just concious of producing kind of half-healthy things and then eating twice as much? I've always been more of a eat-a-little-of-the-really-good-stuff kinda person!</div>
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Oatmeal raisin cookies are healthy, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br><br><br>
I'm not really sure that there are many baked goodies that aren't on the lower end of the healthy spectrum, other than switching flours and sugars and whatnot. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> Though I second raw desserts. Extremely delicious and most are pretty healthy, usually very simple ingredients. <a href="http://www.findingvegan.com/search/raw+dessert" target="_blank">Here's a couple examples.</a> Edit: Also <a href="http://www.therawdessert.com" target="_blank">http://www.therawdessert.com</a>
 

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I made this a few days ago. It is kind of like a slightly sweet walnut cake with raisins and dates. Quite low in sweetness and uses no oil. I like it though I dont mind something with a smaller amount of sweetness<br><br><a href="http://vegetarian.about.com/od/vegancakerecipes/r/sugarfreecarrot.htm" target="_blank">http://vegetarian.about.com/od/vegan...freecarrot.htm</a>
 
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