There was once a commercial where it was a boy's birthday and the mom was such a health nut that instead of a birthday cake she served him a beautiful birthday cauliflower with candles in it. While I'm not that bad, I do prefer to bake my own healthy birthday cakes than buying one from the store, as it's impossible to find one that is half decent. Once I tried to find a black forest cake for my brother's birthday made with real whipped cream and I had to go to about six stores before I found one.
I love baking. I have some amazing recipes that I still love to make (lemon squares are a favorite). The trouble I found was that when I started to review my old recipes, I didn't like a lot of the ingredients. What I realized, though, was that I could still make great healthy desserts by substituting some healthier ingredients. There are lots of easy substitutions with things that are new staples in my cupboard.
Changing some of the ingredients may alter the taste or texture of the dessert, so you will need to experiment. I once tried to make my lemon squares with whole-wheat flour for the bottom crust and it didn't taste as good, so I varied the ratio of white flour to whole wheat flour until I found the right balance.
Here are seven things you can change in your favourite recipes... and then you will be baking healthy desserts!
1. Choose organic ingredients.
Organic milk, eggs, flours etc. When you choose certified organic products, you will know that it is more natural, as organic foods are not allowed to contain genetically-modified ingredients. Genetically modified ingredients contain organisms whose genetic DNA has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating or natural recombination.
According to the article, "Lack of GMO Labeling Turns Canadians Towards Organic Foods,"
by Neville Judd, consumers, environmentalists and some scientists worry about risks to human health and the environment. Among their concerns are that GM crops that rely upon high amounts of pesticides and fertilizers could cause toxic or allergenic effects and large-scale elimination of indigenous agricultural and natural species.
2. Change the flour.