Baking isn’t just about flour, butter, and sugar! Some other common baking ingredients include milk, chocolate, spices, and leavening agents. If you find you’ve run out of any of these items during your next baking session, try using some of the convenient and healthy ingredient substitutions listed below. Don’t miss our other baking substitutions article with other ingredient swaps!
More often than not, liquids used in recipes are milk-based, which is a great way to incorporate calcium, vitamins D and B12, and protein. There are many forms the milk can take, which affects the nutritional properties and its function in the recipe.
For a healthy baking substitution to slash calories and fat without sacrificing on moisture or taste, consider using a lower fat version of the product in your recipe. If you’re looking to swap out milk altogether, you can also try a milk alternative.
Plant-based milk products make a great alternative to cow’s milk for those who suffer from dairy or lactose allergies. Soy and pea milk can provide an extra boost of protein to your baked goods (similar amount to cow’s milk), while coconut milk can help keep them moist with its creamy consistency. Whichever milk alternative you choose as your, look for unsweetened options, as they can sometimes be a surprising source of added sugar.
Don’t forget about chocolate when thinking about healthy baking substitutions! Healthier chocolate options include using less chocolate in the recipe or switching to cocoa powder. When compared to chocolate, cocoa has many of the health benefits, including improving cardiovascular health and blood pressure, with less of the fat — cocoa has 22% fat, versus 48-50% in chocolate.
Spice substitution is different from other baking ingredient substitutions, as there aren’t as many health implications involved. It’s simply a matter of knowing what you have in your spice rack that you can interchange to complete your recipe. In addition to contributing a specific flavor to the batter, spices can also add a different texture.
Many people often wonder “can you substitute baking soda for baking powder?” Although baking powder and baking soda have similar names and purposes, they, unfortunately, can’t be substituted for each other. Both ingredients function as leavening agents and contribute to the shape, size, and volume of baked goods, but they react differently depending on the other ingredients they are combined with. Baking soda is just another name for sodium bicarbonate, where baking powder is sodium bicarbonate combined with an acid (usually cream of tartar). Because of this, baking soda has no substitute due to its lack of acidity, but it is possible to create a substitution for baking powder.
With these tips, you’ll be able to whip up your favorite treats with simple ingredient substitutions without having to run off to the store. Try some of these ideas out with this easy tasty whole-grain pumpkin bread recipe!
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