Baking is an excellent activity for kids to teach them about mixing and measuring, the value of patience, and seeing the reward for your efforts.
Perhaps you think that a healthy lifestyle and baking don’t go hand in hand. However, it is possible to enjoy guilt-free baking thanks to recipe tweaks and simple swaps.
Here is a collection of some popular healthy baking recipes for NZ families that are lighter than the traditional recipes and full of lovely ingredients packed with nutrients without compromising taste.
Carrot cake is a delicious dessert or afternoon tea snack perfect for sharing with friends and family.
Pack your homemade cake with warming spices and nuts and top it with a cream cheese frosting. For the best flavour and texture, use freshly grated carrots - full of vitamin A, beta-carotene, and antioxidants.
Switch out the oil for Greek yoghurt, which is full of calcium and protein and creates a moist cake at a fraction of the calories. Finally, swap refined sugar for pure maple syrup, raw honey, or liquid stevia.
Sugarless banana loaf
Bananas are naturally fat-free and a great source of potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. Eat a slice or two for morning or afternoon tea - or even breakfast!
When you use over-ripe bananas (the spottier the better), you do not need to add extra sugar. You can make your loaf gluten-free with grain-free flour and dairy-free by using coconut oil instead of butter. Add a big dollop of Greek yoghurt for added protein.
Scones are perfect for weekend brunches or even a quick mid-week treat. Once again, Greek yoghurt is the star and is an excellent substitute for butter, with a boost of protein too. Add sweet, juicy blueberries for a flavour explosion packed with antioxidants.
Freeze-dried peas & corn muffins
Muffins are great on-the-go snacks, perfect for school lunchboxes. Freeze-dried peas and sweet corn are packed with dietary fibre, protein, vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants.
Making muffins with Kiwigarden’s freeze-dried peas and corn delivers a powerhouse of super veggie goodness. Include healthy fats such as Greek yoghurt or olive oil and add ingredients like nuts or seeds for extra nutrition.
Apple yoghurt bark
Apple yoghurt bark is an excellent alternative to ice cream, which is high in saturated fat and sugar. Kids will love this high-protein, energy-boosting snack on hot days - and they won’t even know it’s healthy!
Grab some packets of Kiwigarden’s crunchy apple slices and top with Greek yoghurt and cinnamon. Add raw honey or pure maple syrup to sweeten and freeze.
Chicken and vegetable pasta bake
A chicken and vegetable pasta bake makes a great weekday dinner. Include broccoli, capsicum, peas, corn, frozen spinach, zucchini, or cooked pumpkin.
This recipe is flexible and easy to adapt, so you can mix up the veggies, meat, and pasta, depending on your family’s tastes and what you have on hand.
Peanut butter oat cookies
Delicious and refined sugar-free cookies are extra satisfying energy boosters. Create your own easy and healthy recipe with quick-cooking oats instead of flour. Oats are loaded with fibre and give the cookies the ideal shape and texture. Buy low sodium, low sugar peanut butter or make your own.
Anzac biscuits are great on-the-go treats to beat those mid-afternoon hunger pangs. However, traditional recipes are loaded with unwholesome ingredients like white flour, golden syrup, and refined sugar.
The good news is you can quickly adapt the recipes to include wholemeal flour and rolled oats, heart-healthy olive oil, or coconut oil sweetened with coconut sugar.
For days when you have a pizza craving but want something low carb, courgette (zucchini) pizza is a fantastic alternative. Slice courgettes and add your favourite pizza toppings. Or grate a few and combine them with a little wholemeal flour to create a larger pizza style.
Zucchini & corn fritters
Zucchini and corn fritters are great appetisers, side dishes, or afternoon snacks. They’re fresh, light, and absolutely delicious - your kids will forget they contain veggies! Fritters are a simple recipe to prepare in one bowl, and you can switch up the flavours by adding herbs and sneaking in extra vegetables.
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