Saturday, April 24, 2010

Let There Be Cake....Minus The Weight!

Growing up my grandma {'Baka'} used to make the most delicious, anything. But, I made baking very difficult on her because dough and batter rarely made it into the oven around me. Even today, I'd take chocolate chip cookie dough over the cookies any day.

If you like to bake, but avoid it because of the 'go straight to my thighs' ingredients there are a few vegan substitutes you might consider using.


Earth Balance: All-natural with zero trans fat {take that, Fabio!}. It looks and tastes similar to butter and can be used the same way to bake, coat your pan, or spread on bread. In most recipes, you can also use grape seed oil as a substitute {and in a few, you can use applesauce} .

Ener-G Egg Replacer: For sure using power as an egg substitute in baking seems totally strange, but your taste buds won't notice, and your wallet will. One box of Ener-G Egg Replacer can replace 100 eggs. Simply blend with water, the rest of your ingredients and you'll be a cupcake making machine! Depending on your recipie you can use flaxseed, bananas, or tofu as eggless options.

Cream Substitutes: If you're looking for a free from sugar, soy, and gluten and a non-dairy cream, try MimicCreme. If you'd like to add a little oh la la to your your dish try Soyatoo whipped cream.

Nut Based Milks: Soy and rice are the most popular nut based milks, but there is also almond, coconut, and hemp as well.

Non-Dairy Chocolate Chips: Sunspire makes makes a little chip without the dairy.

Sweetner: We all know we should avoid sugar, and sugar substitutes. But, the sweet tooth has a mind of its own. Good news is there are some healthier, less processed options. Raw sugar, maple sugar or syrup, and agave nectar are some great options.

Let there be cake!

I hope you are having a nice weekend! I'd like to say thank you so much to all of you for welcoming me so sweetly on twitter. You guys are the best!

35 comments:

  1. Hi Sweetie! Oh those cookies look DEE-LISH-US! As for your suggestions... THANK YOU! I started my diet last week and sooo need tips like these.

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  2. Oooh, these look great. Thanks for these tips. x
    http://equatorlive.com/weshop/

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  3. yum. YUM. super tips! and now i am dying to get me hands on some baked goods. some healthier ones, at least!!!!

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  4. ah im a cookie monster. i want the ones in the photo- and i sincerely feel that cookies- and cakes should be full of butter- the more butter the better-- the greasier and the more sugery- the better it is..
    but great tips for the ones who do think more about health and weight..
    take care darling
    have an great weekend.

    xx ediot

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  5. Wow, that cookie looks so yummy! Great suggestions too!

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  6. It's nice that all these products are available. Eventually, and hopefully most of us will learn to cook using these healthy alternatives.
    EnJoy the rest of your weekend!

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  7. Hear, hear!!! Great post lovey! I am constantly craving sweets now as a pregnant lady and could do without the fattening stuff! I am going to favorite place this post!

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  8. these look yummy!!!
    my mom and i love baking so i'll definitely tell her about these tips...:D

    ♥ vanilla ice cream ♥

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  9. I absolutely LOVE baking -- these are some fab substitutions! So much healthier for you. I'm following along now and cannot wait for more!
    xxoo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  10. this could not have come at a more perfect time for me! i am vegan and i LOVE to bake, never do it bc its so difficult shopping for that stuff. now i am sold!!!! you are a lifesaver. xo

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  11. Great tips for substituting the calories, and still be yummy!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  12. I bake all the time....thanks for these tips! It will definitely help my expanding waist ;)

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  13. Always looking for ways to make my favorite recipes lighter! Thank you!

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  14. oh wow Iva I had no idea most of these even existed, I must admit we are not really into this kind of diet, but definitely sounds interesting, I'll take some notes, thanks!!

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  15. I hate baking, but I love eating... and its totally worth any gym time/weight to me, lol.

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  16. Those cookies look so yummy.

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  17. Oh, I adore you for this post, Iva! Anything yummy minus the weight is a plus in my book!

    Happy, Happy Weekend!! :)

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  18. OMG! That cookie sandwich looks DELISH!

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  19. The title of this post sucked me in right away!

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  20. that looks amazing, great tips! <3

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  21. Thanks for the tips. I love baking and those cookiewiches look delicious!

    xo, UnravelledThreads

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  22. loving the vegan replacement ideas! And, those sandwiches are darling!

    Amber
    ambersmouthwash

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  23. i learned today that you can also substitute ground flaxseed & water for eggs, too! tons of fiber & omega-3's! :)

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  24. LOVE cookie sandwiches! I actually just got back from the Dairy Queen and treated myself to a choc. sprinkled cone. I figured with how many calories I had burned by doing zumba this morning I deserved it!

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  25. very cool. will pass this along to the major cook in the fam...could use to lose a few. thanks for dropping by today!

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  26. Hey, thanks for stopping by!

    I love this pretty post, with the colorful sprinkles and everything, and alternative baking ingredients.

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  27. Oh man, those cookies look amazing! I need to look for some Sunspire chocolate chips when I head down to the states soon, I wish we had them here in Canada!

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