So here are a few tips to modifiy your own baking recipes to make them more nutritious. First up: flour. When a recipe calls for 2 cups of flour it is easy to add some whole wheat which is more nutritious. Simply use 1 cup of all purpose flour and 1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour. I have tried recipes with the entire flour whole wheat pastry flour and it was too dense.
Next up: oil. Another quick and easy change is to use applesause instead of oil. It does not change the texture or the taste in my opinion. Yogurt is another substitute. I prefer applesauce though. Try it out and see. We even use this little trick when making pancakes.
Finally, it's time to take on sugar. I like to substitute honey in place of some sugar in muffins. I don't substitute all of the sugar as I want to ensure my little people will eat it. For example, if a recipe called for 1 cup sugar I often use 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup honey. When I make this substitution, I always use less oil or applesause so there is not too much liquid. Usually I just subtract the 1/2 cup of honey from the amount of oil a recipe suggests. I like to use honey as much as possible for its health benefits. "The 3 key health benefits of honey are related to the fact that: 1. Honey is nature’s energy booster 2. Honey is a great immunity system builder 3. Honey is a natural remedy for many ailments." http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/health-benefits-of-honey.html
I would love your feedback if you try these suggestions out. Also please let me know if you have any healthy tricks for baking!!!