How to Turn Your Bakery Goods into Healthy Treats

Why should customers have to sacrifice dessert for healthy snacks? It’s up to you to provide them with both- healthier desserts!

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Gluten-free, vegan, and whole wheat are some adjectives that have been incorporated into more and more bakery offerings than before. In order to capture some of these customers, try out some of these revamping of some classics to cater to the health conscious marketplace or to let some of your customers with gluten or dairy intolerance get in on your sweet treats.

Guilt-Free Bakery Treats

Let’s take a few of the hottest bakery items and see how we can make them healthier

 

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1. Natural Low-Cal Peanut Butter Cookie

Cookies are token bakery offerings.  Good news, these cookies are only 36 calories a piece.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups peanut butter

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 2 tsp baking soda

  • 2 eggs

– Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and make sure the rack is in the middle of the oven.

– Mix the peanut butter and sugar.

– Add in the eggs and baking soda. Put it in spoonfuls on the cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

 

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2.  Fudgy Pecan Brownies (GLUTEN-FREE)

Brownies are a classic that people of all ages enjoy. Here is a splurge item that has made to be healthier to attract the serious health conscious customers.

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan

  • 1/3 cup cornstarch (spooned and leveled)

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt

  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans

 

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees and use a lightly buttered 8-inch square baking pan.

– Whisk together cornstarch, cocoa, cinnamon, and salt. In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave butter and chocolate in 30-second increments, stirring each time, until melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Stir in eggs, one at a time, until combined. Add cornstarch mixture and stir vigorously until mixture is smooth and begins to pull away from side of bowl, about 2 minutes. Stir in pecans.

– Pour batter into pan and smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 35 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Using paper overhang, lift cake out of pan and cut into 16 squares.

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Blueberry Flax Muffin (Gluten free)

Muffins are in the top for most purchased items in bakery shops. There are so many variations to flavors and sizes. Here is a recipe which includes flax, the superfood with Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Lastly this recipe is also gluten free!!

  • 1 cup almond flour or hazelnut flour

  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour or brown rice flour

  • 1/2 cup potato starch (not potato flour)

  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal

  • 1 cup light brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons double acting baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup organic expeller pressed canola oil

  • 3 free-range organic eggs, beaten

  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk

  • 1 tablespoon good vanilla extract

  • 2 cups organic frozen blueberries, patted dry, but still frozen

 

– Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a 12-muffin tin with paper liners

– Whisk together the almond flour, sorghum flour, potato starch, flaxseed meal, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, sea salt, and cinnamon.

– Add in the canola oil, eggs, non-dairy milk, and vanilla and beat to combine. Continue beating for 2 minutes until the batter is smooth, and moist, akin to thick cake batter.

– Stir in the blueberries by hand.

– Bake in the center of the oven for 25 minutes, until domed and golden brown.

– cool on rack and you are ready to go

 

Since these might be new items at your shop, be very aware of any comments or feedback from your customers to see how you are doing.

 

Healthy options to consider adapting: flax seeds, oatmeal mixes, vegan, gluten free and low calories, sugars and grain.

Healthy bakery goods can create a healthy business afterall!

 

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Holiday Cupcake Flavors

Jazz up your cupcake shop with these festive desserts this winter.

Chocolate Eggnog

Eggnog is a classic holiday drink that brings warmness to any cupcake case. Frost it with a nutmeg-infused vanilla cream cheese. This recipe does it with bourbon and coffee… YUM!

Cranberry Spice

Cranberries are a beautiful winter fruit and they contrast the sweetness, beautifully. Try it with a Chai cake!

Sticky Toffee Pudding

If you travel across the pond you’ll find Christmas cakes everywhere except they call them pudding. I’m on board if they taste like this!

Rudolph Red Velvet

You can’t beat the crowd appeal of a moist rich red velvet cupcake. Decorating it with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer  is a great class holiday party platter waiting to happen. These from the brown-eyed baker are sure to please.

White Chocolate Peppermint

A candy cane cake with easy decoration. This easy holiday recipe is sure to make your spirits bright!

Christmas Cookie

If your bakery doesn’t specialize in cupcakes these pretty, white sugar cookie inspired cupcakes are simple enough and the perfect treat to leave out for Santa.

Butterbeer

As a Potterhead the holiday season also means Harry Potter marathons. This cupcake is essentially a brown sugar cupcake with cream soda and butter flavors filled with a butterscotch ganache. This is sure to satisfy any bookworm, witch or wizard.


Champagne (New Years)

These pretty little cupcakes are both delicious and toast worthy. Release them as your New Year’s 2014 signature flavor. Use a simple decoration atop the elegant italian buttercream.

Coconut Macaroon

My mom makes a version of these indulgent buttery cakes every Christmas morning. For my family it wouldn’t be Christmas without coconut.

Mini Pies

These little beauties are sure to brighten up any buffet table this holiday season. So pretty and a great opportunity to diversify your bakery.