If your healthy diet is boring, you’re doing it wrong! There’s never been a better time to whip up healthy recipes. Discover the 13 most popular ingredients for healthy baking recipes (then get cooking with inspiration from recipes on The Core™).
If you’ve never tried using your protein supplements and Active Foods™ in home baking, you’ve been missing out! Our healthy ingredients are amazingly versatile, lending themselves to healthier, protein-packed versions of your favourite treat recipes.
10 Ingredients You Need In The Kitchen
Pure Whey Protein™.
Our best-selling Pure Whey Protein™ powder comes in 20 flavours (for now!) making it the perfect protein powder ingredient for healthier cookies, bars, cakes, and muffins.
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.
Organic coconut oil is a great ingredient for greasing and lining baking tins, adding moisture to recipes, or even spreading on hot, fresh baked goods. Yum! Because coconut oil is a healthy MCT fat, it’s a popular choice of fat ingredient for health-focused bakers.
If you haven’t tried VitaFiber™ yet, you need to get on it! It will transform your protein baking. With just two ingredients (Pure Whey Protein™ and VitaFiber™) you can create tasty, low carb cookies like these VitaFiber™ Protein Cookies
Liquid Egg Whites.
Keep at least one bottle of liquid egg whites on hand (bonus: they don’t need to be kept in the fridge until they’ve been opened). You’ll have the option of adding loads of protein (and practically zero carbs or fats) to baking recipes, omelettes, frittatas and more. If a recipe calls for several whole eggs, replace one or more with liquid egg whites to suit your macros.
Chia seeds swell up in water, making them a fantastic binding ingredient for healthy baking. You can also make them into Chia Pudding, add them to your morning oats, use as a granola ingredient, or pop some in your shake. Chia seeds add healthy fats, fibre, and some extra protein.
Why limit your baking repertoire to peanut butter when we have so many nut, seed, and flavoured nut butters to choose from? Nut and seed butters add flavour and fats to your recipes, or you can spread them onto your homemade breads, cakes, and muffins. Some customers put nut butter on their sweet potatoes – we’re not judging!
Our sugar-free sweeteners are a brilliant way to flavour your sweet recipes. Use Liquiflav™ add plenty of sweetness without any calories or macros. And you don’t need much, so one little bottle goes a very long way. Use in recipes, in your oats, with plain Greek yoghurt or cottage cheese, or in your coffee.
Use this super grains powder in your baking recipes to add essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals alongside protein, carbs, and fibre. ModCarb™ is a blend of organic oatbran, amaranth, quinoa, millet, chia and buckwheat. So you know it is packing a huge nutritional punch. You can use it in place of flour in any recipe. Why not try your hand at this Protein Banana Loaf recipe?
If you like your sweeteners to be all-natural, keep a bag of Stevia extract in your baking cupboard. Stevia is a non-sugar sweetener derived from the Stevia leaf. It is macro and calorie free, and delivers a lot of sweetness. Ideal for any recipe that calls for sugar, and great in coffee, tea, and porridge too.
Quinoa flour is a low-GI source of carbohydrate which has the added bonus of being gluten free, and suitable for vegans. You can use quinoa flour in place of other flours in any sweet or savoury recipe. It’s ideal for protein mug cakes. Here’s one of our favourite recipes on The Core™, the Vegan Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookie!
3 Baking Mixes You’re Going To Love.
High Protein Flapjack Mix.
Flapjacks + protein, hot from your own oven? Yes please! It could’t be easier with our High Protein Flapjack Mix. The only additional ingredients you’ll need are honey, coconut oil or butter, and milk or dairy-free milk substitute. You could add cacao nibs, cocoa buttons, goji berries, or nuts if you wanted… who are we to tell you how to eat your own protein flapjacks?
Chia Seed Muffin Mix.
Chia seed and chia flour is a great baking ingredient. We’ve made it even simpler for you to create Chia Seed Muffins with this done-for-you muffin mix. All you need to do is choose from Vanilla Sponge or Chocolate flavour, and add eggs, coconut oil or butter, and milk or an alternative. They’re great hot from the oven, or cooled for snacks during the week.
Cacao Protein Brownie Mix.
Everyone loves brownies. You can whip these bad boys up for guests, housemates, or for your own enjoyment. The mix makes it easy: just add eggs, coconut oil or butter, and milk or an alternative. They’re made with our Pure Whey Protein™, cacao powder, VitaFiber™ and flaxseed powder making them the healthiest ready-made Cacao Protein Brownie Mix around.
Let us know what you’ve been making and baking – share your creations with us on Instagram for a shout-out.
About the Author
Nicola Joyce has been writing for (and about) sport, fitness, nutrition and healthy living since 2004. She’s also a keen sportswoman: her background is in endurance sport but she now competes as a natural bodybuilder, most recently winning a world title with the INBF. When she’s not writing content, she can be found blogging. Follow her here www.nicolajoyce.co.uk and on Facebook & Twitter (@thefitwriter) too.