Here are some tips on how to cut calories in recipes to allow you to still enjoy your sweet treats but with a healthier twist 😉
1. Whole wheat flour
When baking muffins, cakes, brownies, cookies or bread, you can replace the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. If you are not used to the texture of whole wheat flour, you could replace half the amount of all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour and slowly increase the amount of whole wheat flour in the recipe.
Whole wheat flour is high in fiber and has double the amount of magnesium and selenium compared to normal flour. The extra fiber helps to slow digestion and increase fullness so that you would not feel hungry easily.
2. Reduce sugar
Instead of adding sugar, you could use sugar substitutes. However, if you do not want to use sugar substitutes, you can reduce the required sugar amount by a quarter and the recipe would still work. For each tablespoon of sugar reduce, you save about 48 calories!
3. Egg substitutes
Reducing the amount of eggs reduces the amount of cholesterol. However, it is not advisable to replace all the eggs with egg substitute as it could affect the texture and the outcome of the cake. In replacement of one large egg, you can use ¼ cup of egg substitute. This shaves about 45 calories.
4. Reduce fats
In most recipes, you can cut the amount of fats (butter, oil, shortening, margarine) required by half. However, remember to replace this ½ cup with a moist and healthier ingredient that complements the taste of your recipe. You could use low-fat sour cream, yogurt, buttermilk, applesauce or other fruit purees. Cutting the amount of fats cut down on A LOT of calories.
5. Reduce or ELIMINATE high calorie extras
Recipes that need embellishments can be left out or reduced to half the amount. For instance, if the recipe calls for chocolate chips to be used, you could use half the required amount; if recipes call for frostings, you could not use any frosting or reduce the amount of frosting used by frosting only the top of the cake instead of the whole cake. Reducing the amount of frostings by one tablespoon reduces about 65 calories.
6. Use cocoa
Instead of chocolate bars, try using cocoa powder instead as it is a great way to incorporate chocolate flavor without the saturated fats. Cocoa also has antioxidants which are good for you. In replacement of a square of chocolate bar, you could use 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and half a tablespoon of oil. This allows you to cut down almost 45 calories and 7 grams of fat.
7. Add zest
Zest is full of flavor and aromatic oil and is a low-fat way of boosting the flavor in cakes, pies, pancakes and cookies.
8. Use parchment paper
With parchment paper, there is no need to grease the baking tray which allows you to cut down on fats. Using parchment paper also allows the cake to come of easily from the baking tin.
9. Use fat-free sour cream
Fat-free sour cream can be used to replace real sour cream and can be used to substitute fats in cookie, cakes or brownie recipes.
10. Use products with reduced or no fats
Substituting lower-fat products in your baking recipes allows you to reduce the amount of calories and saturated fats.
Follow these tips on cutting down the number of calories in your cupcakes for a better, healthier you while still being able to enjoy these little treats!