Use code LOADIT4U for $10 off your first shoppable recipe order.

9 Healthy Baking Tips

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or just a regular Joe looking for new ways to cut down on processed sugar and fat, here are some tips for enjoying those baked goodies with a clearer conscience and a happier waistline.
Beverly at SideChef
Always saving room for dessert!
Love This Recipe?
Beverly at SideChef
Always saving room for dessert!

Baking Substitutions

These tips trade out some of the most basic baking ingredients for healthier alternatives!

Egg be Gone

Replace 1 egg with 1 tablespoon of chia seeds soaked in 1 cup of water for 15 minutes. You can also use 1 tablespoon of flax meal soaked in 3 tablespoons of water for 10 minutes. If it works for the recipe, you can also use mashed bananas or applesauce.

Sugar Swap

For a natural sweetener to replace your processed white sugar, why not try stevia? The stevia plant is native to South America and has zero calories. It is 200 times sweeter than sugar, so use sparingly! Just 1 teaspoon of liquid stevia or 2 tablespoons of powdered stevia is equal to 1 cup of sugar.

Another sugar alternative is applesauce using a 1:1 ratio, but remember to reduce the liquid in your recipe by ¼ cup.

Try it With...

GLUTEN-FREEONE-POT
Chunky Homemade Applesauce
Once Upon A Chef

Homemade applesauce is richly flavored, tart and sweet, almost like apple pie filling, and a world apart from store-bought.

Flour Power

It’s time to make a change, a whole-wheat change. Compared to white flour, whole-wheat has more fiber, a lower glycemic index, and more vitamins!

Did you know that you could switch out 1 cup of flour for 1 cup of black beans, rinsed, cooked, drained, and pureed? Perfect for our favorite fudgy brownies, and packed with more protein.

Try it With...

BEANS AND LEGUMESPESCATARIAN
Vegan Black Bean Brownies
80 Cakes

Rich fudge brownies that are so yummy you would never guess that they are not only fat-free and vegan, but they are made with healthy, fiber-rich black beans! Plus they come together super quickly.

You can also replace some flour with coconut flour or try nut flours as a gluten-free alternative for your favorite baked goodies. Just remember that nut flours are heavier so just add ¼ cup at a time and increase your rising agents. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

Better than Butter

Instead of using all the butter or oil called for in the recipe, replace ½ of it with applesauce. This works great for muffins or pound cakes, as well as keeping the doctor away.

Don’t forget the fruit aisle! Ripe avocados and mashed bananas work as a great 1:1 butter replacement for brownies and cookies!

Try it With...

GLUTEN-FREESUGAR-FREE
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Ful-Filled

The avocados are the key to creating the texture of this quick and easy mousse. The cocoa powder, dates, and almond butter impart their flavors to the creamy avocado base, and all of these ingredients combine to make for a dessert that is filled with healthy fats and natural sweetness!

Caçao Magic

Instead of sweetened milk chocolate chips, try using cacao nibs. Cacao nibs are cacao beans that have been roasted, husked, and crushed into smaller pieces. They're filled with more antioxidants and minerals and are less sweet.

Sign up for Our Newsletter
Will be used in accordance with our PRIVACY POLICY.
LET'S GET PERSONAL
Spring Clean Your Ingredients
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Healthy Snack Hacks
LEARN COOK EAT
Three Reasons Why We are Excited about Walmart+
TRENDING
How To: Poke Bowls
CELEBRATE, HOST, ENTERTAIN
Host a Game Day Party That Wins
FOOD & SUSTAINABILITY
6 Creative Ways to Reinvent Christmas Leftovers
CULTURE
Hanukkah: Latkes, Lights and Legends
TIPS & TRICKS
Transform Your Cheap Cut of Meat into a 5-Star Meal
TIPS & TRICKS
Six Ways To Transform Your Thanksgiving Leftovers
TIPS & TRICKS
How To Thaw a Frozen Turkey for Thanksgiving
TRIED & TESTED
Weeknight Dinner Winner - Carbonara, Simplified
TRIED & TESTED
Why You Should Definitely Make Fresh Pasta This Weekend
LET'S GET PERSONAL
Spring Clean Your Ingredients
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Healthy Snack Hacks
When the school year or workweek gets busy, it’s tempting to rely on pre-packaged snacks that are easy to grab. With this in mind, we’ve created a list of healthy substitutions that all contain simple and accessible ingredients.
LEARN COOK EAT
Three Reasons Why We are Excited about Walmart+
One of our favorite grocers just released a service to make all of our lives easier and we couldn't be happier about it.
TRENDING
How To: Poke Bowls
Poke bowls are a delicious, compact way to enjoy a burst of Hawaiian flavor. Packed with fresh fish, tons of veggies, and a sprinkling of savory toppings, they are super nutritious and easy to put together. Get ready to say aloha to your new favorite meal!
CELEBRATE, HOST, ENTERTAIN
Host a Game Day Party That Wins
Hosting can be stressful, especially when team pride is at stake. If you've got the duty this round, here are five easy tips to make it a smooth ride to victory!
FOOD & SUSTAINABILITY
6 Creative Ways to Reinvent Christmas Leftovers
Even with a full house, holiday festivities are bound to leave some leftovers. Rather than eat the same thing for a week or let it go to waste, repurpose those classic Christmas dishes into new and improved meals!
CULTURE
Hanukkah: Latkes, Lights and Legends
A holiday where you eat fried food and dairy? L’chaim!
TIPS & TRICKS
Transform Your Cheap Cut of Meat into a 5-Star Meal
Braising meat sounds ambitious, but it’s actually super simple, and the fastest way to achieving a tender roast that falls off the bone! Because of this technique’s tenderizing qualities, it’s a great method to use for tougher, cheaper cuts of meat to transform them into delicious, meltingly tender dishes.
TIPS & TRICKS
Six Ways To Transform Your Thanksgiving Leftovers
Thanksgiving means friends, family, and lots and lots of food. For all those dishes that you can't quite finish on the big day, repurpose them into delicious new meals for the next week!
TIPS & TRICKS
How To Thaw a Frozen Turkey for Thanksgiving
Frozen turkeys are convenient, bought in advance, and ready to serve to a crowd...until it comes time for the big task of thawing those birds. Luckily, these easy defrosting methods will get you on track for an unforgettable Thanksgiving dinner!
TRIED & TESTED
Weeknight Dinner Winner - Carbonara, Simplified
Two sentences at the top: Weeknight Carbonara is THE answer to getting dinner on the table in under 20 minutes.
TRIED & TESTED
Why You Should Definitely Make Fresh Pasta This Weekend
Make pasta without a pasta machine - free yourself from another single-use appliance!
You're one smart cookie! 🍪
By using this site, you agree to the use of cookies by SideChef and our partners for analytics and personalized content. ACCEPT
SideChef: 18k Recipes, Meal Planner, Grocery List, Personalization
INSTALL APP
Make cooking easy
Discover personalized recipes, organize your meal plans, shop ingredients, and cook with confidence alongside our FREE, step-by-step cooking app.