I wouldn’t classify any kind of baking as easy, per se. Baking is a science that’s easy to screw up. But when it comes to different types of baking, I’d say that unhealthy baking is infinitely easier than healthy baking.
Throw a few sticks of butter, a cup of white sugar, half a cup of brown sugar, and some white flour into a recipe and it’s bound to taste pretty good. Greatly reduce or eliminate the butter, take away the refined sugar, use a whole grain flour, and making something taste good is downright difficult.
That’s why I blog. I have a passion for creating healthy alternatives to the Standard American Diet recipes that we’ve all grown up with and I love being able to share what I learn with like-minded people.
I get excited when I create a recipe that has healthy components and still tastes great. Trust me, many of my recipes don’t taste that great and therefore never make it to the blog. When I put on my baking apron, however, and churn out something healthy and delicious, I love to share it.
The result is a chewy, somewhat cake-like cookie with a peanut butter flavor and bits of apple throughout. Delicious. And each cookie is only 49 calories, with 1.5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of protein, almost 1 gram of fiber, and 4 grams of sugar. Made with whole grains. No refined sugar. No butter. Yes, please.
I love that these cookies are small, perfect for the little hands of a certain preschooler.
The small factor (did I mention these are only 49 calories each?!) is also good for her parents, who both have trouble saying no to cookie #2. And cookie #3. Oh, and sometimes even cookie #4. Just another reason to focus on healthy when I’m baking, even if it is more difficult.