Limiting ourselves to just a few cookies or just one donut often feels impossible. Knowing how much sugar is packed into one baked good might make your customers a little hesitant to indulge in sweets, so it’s important to offer healthier baked good options as an alternative.

You can modify your baking habits to include healthier choices by substituting certain ingredients with healthier choices.

Wheat Flour

Choose to bake with wheat flour instead of white flour. Wheat flour still gives your baked goods that moistness that customers crave while adding in the nutritional benefit of fiber, which white flour lacks. Wheat flour is denser than white flour, so you’ll need less of it to produce a moist finish.

Stop the Sugar

Sugar is probably the most influential ingredient in a dessert, but there are plenty of other products that provide the same type of sweetness that sugar does. Choose natural honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar or ripened bananas in place of sugar. All of the above are natural sweeteners with no fillers or preservatives.

Less Fats

Substitute oil and butter with unsweetened applesauce, bananas or nut butters. All of these food alternatives provide the fat needed to soften the texture of the baked good but provide a healthier alternative. The finished product may not have a signature “buttery taste” but it will provide a healthier option for people.

Consider Yogurt

Many cake and cupcake recipes call for sour cream, which is not the healthiest ingredient in baked goods, burritos, and so forth. A great substitute for sour cream is plain Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is packed with protein and provides a very creamy texture to cakes.

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