Are you excited for holiday baking season?
I sure am!
I love cookies, brownies, and festive treats. But I don’t love all the excess sugar, gluten, and dairy that come along with them. These ingredients don’t always agree with me, so I stock my pantry with healthier alternatives to make wholesome desserts and snacks. It’s a win-win!
Want to give it a try this season? Be sure to pick up the following ingredients, then whip up a few of our favorite healthy baking recipes.
Essential Holiday Baking Ingredients and Recipes
Almond, Coconut, and Gluten-Free Flours: Fortunately, it’s not hard to find a gluten-free alternative for all of your baking needs. Gluten-free flour blends (like this one from Bob’s Red Mill) are ideal if you simply want to swap regular flour for gluten-free flour.
Otherwise, look for recipes that feature almond and coconut flours, like these Cinnamon Bun Muffins or Almond Flour Sugar Cookies. (Just be sure to cut the cookie dough into holiday shapes instead of Halloween shapes, as the recipe indicates.)
Carob Chips: Free from caffeine, carob chips are a stimulant-free alternative to chocolate chips. The taste may take some getting used to but, if you’re sensitive to caffeine, it will be worth it.
Melt carob chips to make this Carob Coconut Bark. Make a big batch for gifting and indulging!
Sunflower Butter: Allergic to nuts? Try organic sunflower seed butter, and use it in place of peanut and almond butters in your healthy baking recipes. You can also perform an Internet search for “sunflower seed butter recipes” for fun and new ideas…
Like these Flourless Sunbutter Brownies. They’re gooey, moist, and gluten-free!
Chickpeas: Say, what? When it comes to sweet treats, chickpeas don’t sound particularly appetizing. But chickpeas (and other beans) can be used to make brownies, mousse, and cookies, adding a dose of protein and fiber to your desserts.
This Deep Dish Cookie Pie recipe is out of this world! Your guests will never know they’re eating something so healthy—and full of beans! Check out the sugar-free version if you’re on an autoimmune or low-sugar diet.
Throwing a Holiday Party?
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