Author: Angela Lisle
Home baking can be a helpful hobby if you need to save money, can’t get out of the house, or simply desire more control over the ingredients included in your baked goods. On the other hand, some of those time tested options in your recipe box may not be particularly healthy. Have no fear, as Noom found some easy, healthy baking recipes that are just as tasty but also pack a nutritious punch!
1. Banana Oatmeal Blender Muffins
If you are a novice baker, blender muffins are an excellent healthy baked good to begin with as they are quite easily and quickly assembled. This recipe is lightly sweetened with honey and a few chocolate chips, but it cuts down on fat by employing greek yogurt while maintaining plenty of fiber from whole grain oats. Even better, you can often use what you have on hand for mix-ins while putting into service overripe, sweet bananas that might otherwise get thrown out.
2. Lemon Blueberry Quick Bread
Quick breads are a great jumping off point for beginner bakers as well. This particular recipe would be wonderful at breakfast, brunch, or even for a lightly sweet snack with your coffee. Plus this healthy baking recipe includes tons of alternatives, so that you can adjust the flavors or ingredients based on your tastes and the supplies you have available.
3. Flourless Pumpkin Brownies
Don’t want to blow your calorie budget even though you are craving something rich and fudgy? These flourless brownies swap nutritional powerhouses pumpkin and almond butter for more traditional ingredients. Furthermore, this alternative pulls primarily from shelf stable items, so it is a fairly simple healthy baking recipe that you can try even if your pantry is looking a little bare. Plus, it can be tweaked to be more plant based if you prefer.
4. No Bowl Applesauce Cake
Sometimes a little cake is nice after dinner, but you don’t want to make a big mess, especially if you’re already tired from making a healthy meal. This recipe is actually mixed in the baking dish, and it’s straightforward, requiring minimal clean up. On top of that, this healthy baked good is still quite moist with traditional flavors shining through while having notably less processed ingredients than a boxed mix would.
5. Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
Cookies and pies are both AMAZING, but a chocolate chip cookie pie is the fusion of flavors that our souls have been longing for. Once baked, the texture of this spectacular creation is quite similar to unbaked cookie dough. You probably don’t need to hear anymore, but there are plenty of ways to make this healthy baked good your own included in the recipe as well, while including lots of protein through creamy beans and nutty spreads.
6. Blueberry Breakfast Cupcakes
You may be wondering how cupcakes can possibly have made it onto our list, but this healthy baking recipe turns the impossible into possible-and for breakfast, no less! The cupcakes are only lightly sweetened and also cut back on both fat and sugar while increasing protein by utilizing cream cheese and greek yogurt in the “icing”. While still being quite luscious, the hearty whole grains that are the foundation of this dessert could make this a fantastic treat to start your day in a healthy way.
7. Tart Cherry Pie Bars
Cherry pie is a classic dessert, but they aren’t as simple to make as you might think. This option is much less complicated than that cherry pie recipe handed down from your ancestors, and the recipe can be tailored for various dietary issues with little effort (especially vegan, gluten free, or dairy free). In addition, this healthy baked good takes advantage of frozen fruit rather than fresh and still has a pleasing texture.
8. Chocolate Protein Donuts
Sometimes you just get a craving for a donut and having one is the only thing that will make it go away. However, most donuts are very sweet and calorie laden, so you might not feel your best after eating it, even though it sounded terrific at the time. Instead of heading down to your local bakery or having some delivered, try making these lower carb, protein donuts. In fact, these might be a wonderful replacement for those chocolate peanut butter candies too!
9. Cottage Cheese Buns
If you are skittish about making a bun with yeast or don’t have any hand, this healthy baked good is not only quick, but it’s also soft and light. Adding the cottage cheese makes a lovely texture, and picky eaters likely won’t even know that a little extra protein is hidden in there.
As they are slightly sweet, this recipe would be an especially good fit for breakfast or brunch.
10. Non-Fat Yogurt Biscuits
So far, we have focused mostly on sweets, but comfort food can be savory too. These tender, fluffy biscuits use very basic ingredients you might already have at home. Due to the yogurt swap, there will be a slight tang, but they still have awesome flavor and texture similar to the ones you remember from your childhood.
If you are looking for something even more simple, yet still delicious, no bake and no cook recipes can be very smart ways to focus on your wellness too! Should you need other ideas for more easy healthy baking recipes that fit in your lifestyle, try Noom!