Opt for whole grain flour
Refined white flour is stripped of the most nutritious parts of the grain, leaving you with the remnants of a once-great grain. Whole grain flour, can offer many health benefits and keep your desserts clean. Home-milled flour provides substantially more nutrients than their processed counterparts. Plus, with your Nutrimill grain mill, freshly ground flour is easy to achieve! If you’re not convinced, here are some other benefits to grinding your own grains.
Ditch the saturated fats
Butter and shortening can make your baked goods feel heavy and have a similar effect on your body. Opt instead for recipes that use unsaturated fats, like canola oil. Or better yet substitute applesauce or greek yogurt for oil. Trade 1/3-1/2 of the butter in a recipe for a heart-healthy alternative, such as coconut oil or olive oil without changing the texture.
Do you find yourself reaching for chocolate chips and sprinkles in the moment, but regret it later? Replace them with the healthy sugars of fruits. Fresh fruit toppings, preserves and jam for cake fillings, and dried fruit in your cookie batter will give the sweet taste you crave without the processed sugar of confectioneries.
Another easy way to enjoy yourself without guilt is to shrink your portions. If you’ve got giant pieces of cake in front of you, you’ll naturally eat more cake, whereas if you make them mini, having a small piece won’t feel nearly as bad. Mini muffins, portioned cookies (use a tablespoon to measure out small, even scoops), and bite-sized bars are just as fun!
Ready to take these healthy dessert-baking tips to the kitchen? Try our gluten-free chocolate zucchini muffins that check all of our clean-eating boxes: uses whole grain flour, oil instead of fattening butter, honey instead of white sugar, and heart-healthy dark chocolate!