Healthy Baking Tips

healthy baking

By adjusting the ingredients you use in cooking and baking, you can incorporate treats into your healthy eating lifestyle.


  • Swap butter or hard margarines for sunflower or olive oil based margarines instead. For example; Golden olive, Flora or Low Low Gold are suitable for baking.


  • Instead of whole milk, use low fat milk


  • Use half wholemeal flour and half white flour in the recipe to increase fibre content
  • Add a handful of oat flakes to further increase fibre content


  • Reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe to half
  • Use sweeteners instead of sugar where possible, for example Splenda and Canderel
  • Add spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg or flavourings such as vanilla and almond extract to enhance the sweetness.


  • Go for custard with desserts instead of cream. To make custard use low fat milk and sweetener instead of sugar
  • Replace sour cream with low fat natural yoghurt
  • Light or extra light cream cheese works perfectly in cheesecake recipes


  • Substitute every ounce of cooking chocolate with 3 Tbsp cocoa powder


  • Reduce the quantity of nuts by half and toast them. By toasting the nuts it helps develop the flavour, so fewer nuts required!

Baking Time

  • Reduced-fat baked goods tend to bake more quickly – so lower the oven temperature by 25° and/or check the product a few minutes before the end of the usual baking time

Success in lower-fat baking comes from trial and error, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Remember to limit portion size and frequency of treats!!


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