Healthy Baking: Getting Ready

Since fall is officially here, I can feel the burning desire to BAKE! I love baking, love it. I like all the ingredients, I like the process, and I like the end results. One thing over the years that I have learned is that you can totally bake AND lose weight, its true. There are so many healthy options out there for even the most decadent baked good, have you ever read Chocolate Covered Katie?

Vegan Rice Crispy Treats

This winter is going to be a little harder for me, as I will be working in a cafe like atmosphere, that will be selling tons of baked goods. This just means I need to make sure I don’t feel deprived of these things at home. If I’m eating (in moderation) healthy baked goods at home, my desire to eat unhealthy ones at work will be much less (at least I’m hoping). In order to bake healthy treats though, you have to be prepared. A pantry stocked full of nutritious ingredients, and recipes ready to make! You also have to remember to portion them out, freeze leftovers, or giveaway anything that feels like something you couldn’t control yourself around.

Weight Watcher Pumpkin Cupcakes

So I figured in honor of the beginning of baking season, that I would make a shopping list, AND post some awesome websites, and recipes. (click photos for recipes)

WHAT YOU NEED TO BAKE HEALTHY:

  • Canned Pumpkin (Not canned pumpkin pie filling)
  • Canned Sweet Potato Puree
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Xylitol (look it up)
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Oat Flour
  • Maple Syrup
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Agave
  • Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Spelt Flour
  • Whole Wheat Flour
  • All Purpose Flour (I like Organic Non-Bleached)
  • Eggs
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Sugar
  • Apple Sauce (unsweetened)
  • Mashed Bananas
  • Rolled Oats
  • Quick Oats
  • Nut Butter
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Stevia
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Pitted Dates
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • Canned Coconut Milk
  • Ground Flax Seed
  • Chia Seed
  • Brown Rice Syrup
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Fat Free Cream Cheese
  • Fat Free Pudding Mix
  • Ground Ginger
  • Ground Cloves
  • Honey
  • Nutmeg
  • Molasses
  • Evaporated Fat Free Milk
  • FRUIT!
  • Lemon Juice
  • Pam
  • Cornstarch

Skinny Apple Cobbler

Lighter Apple Pie Turnover

Some great healthy baking websites:

-Chocolate Covered Katie

-The Healthy Chef

-Skinny Taste

-Averie Cooks

-Eat Yourself Skinny

-Eating Well

-The Gracious Pantry

Healthy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

Skinny Sweet Potato Pie

Oatmeal Spelt Honey Scone

 

Wedding Ball Rolling

With all the moving and craziness I was feeling a bit like I was getting behind on my wedding planning. I actually thought April 24th was 6 months until our wedding, and then I realized its only FIVE! I lost a whole month in there. I didn’t even get to post the obnoxious “I’ll be Mrs. Gaunt in SIX MONTHS” post on Facebook….sad day.

Today I bought a new notebook/sketchbook to help me be a bit more organized.

I also went through my entire “Wedding Ideas” folder on my desktop and organized it so it’s not 400+ photos overwhelming me. See…

Some may call it crazy, but I like all the visuals reminding me of all the cool stuff I want to do.

I also locked down a photographer. This comes as a surprise as we weren’t going to even really do one, and then the wedding gods all got together and made a little wedding miracle all the way from Texas…I know…whoulda thought?

Thursday we have a meeting with *fingers crossed* hopefully our DJ. We got a great recommendation (THANKS KAYLEAH!) and are hoping to put a deposit down soon.

So things are moving along, but we are in full on planning mode now, no more brainstorming, we are moving forward!

Oh and since this post was super duper boring, here are a few BEAUTIFUL wedding photos for yah…