Does eating healthy means just surviving on salads? Or can I have a piece of cake and still be eating healthy? The main ingredients in a cake are flour, eggs, butter and sugar. And anything with butter and sugar is not considered healthy.
I have a sweet tooth and I love desserts. But the worrying fact is that anything which is sweet give you loads of calories and no nutritional value. And as soon as I increase my sugar intake, the number on the weighing scale also increases. That is why my gym instructor has been keeping me on innumerable diets where I have to avoid carbs and refined sugar.
Sugar plays a vital role in baking. It not only makes a dessert taste sweet but it also adds texture, color and thickness. It adds volume to cookies and cakes with an airy and porous structure. The golden brown color is because of the caramelized sugar when the batter/dough goes inside the oven. Sugar also acts as a binding agent and adds moisture to the cake.
Nevertheless, there are many healthy sugar substitutes which can be used to bake desserts. Raw honey is definitely low in calories than sugar and gives a perfect sweet taste. One can use vanilla extract, apple sauce, dates, raisins, cranberries, pureed banana (if you are baking a banana bread)
I have tried to bake few of my cakes with apple sauce and using dates and raisins and they have turned out to be delicious. Not to say that I have enjoyed the cake without counting the calories. 🙂
And in case you are too lazy to try these options, you can check out our sugar free confectioneries.