Dessert

3 Super Simple, Healthier Baking Recipes to Make While You’re Stuck at Home

Because baking is good for body and soul.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

If you’re starting to feel a serious case of cabin fever coming on, you’re so not alone. This time of self-isolating is definitely a challenge, but with a little creativity, you may find that the monotony of being stuck at home becomes just a tad easier. We’re sharing three healthier desserts that the whole fam can enjoy. 

So, look in your pantry, pull out all the gluten-free flour blends, chocolate chips, and coconut oil you have stocked up and get ready to bake.

3 Healthier Desserts The Whole Family Can Enjoy 

#1 Easy Banana Bread Muffins

Did someone say healthy muffins? Yep, they’re a thing, and this is a recipe you’ll definitely want in on to nourish your body and soul during this time we may all be stuck at home. 

These muffins are all gluten, dairy, soy, and refined sugar free, so there’s literally zero guilt when munching on this delicious treat. 

Whip them up when you’re looking for a fun baking activity that the whole fam can get involved in and enjoy them for breakfast or a filling snack. 

Makes: 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cup gluten-free flour (if you can’t find regular all-purpose gluten-free flour, you can also use cassava, almond, or Bob’s Red Mill Paleo flour blend) 
  • ½ cup coconut sugar 
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 2 eggs 
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil 
  • 2 ripe bananas 

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F and line muffin tin with muffin liners. 

Add the gluten-free flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon to a large mixing bowl and mix well. 

Add the eggs and melted coconut oil and whisk well to combine. 

Mash in the bananas and fill the muffin tins about ¾ of the way full and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

Cool and store leftovers in the fridge. 

#2 5 Ingredient No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites 

Yes, healthy chocolate chip cookie dough does exist, and you can eat the batter without feeling bad about it! 

These five-ingredient chocolate chip cookie bites taste just like the real thing, except they are WAY healthier. Plus, you can dig in and enjoy these right away because they require about five minutes of prep time and no time in the oven. Win, win! 

Makes: 16 bites 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews 
  • 20 pitted Medjool dates 
  • 2 tbsp filtered water 
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of sea salt 
  • ¼ cup raw cacao nibs 

Add the cashews, dates, water, cinnamon, and salt to a food processor or the base of a high-speed blender and blend until combined. 

Transfer the dough to a mixing bowl and fold in the raw cacao nibs. 

Refrigerate for 20 minutes and then form into 16 bite-sized rounds. 

Store in the fridge until ready to enjoy! 

#3 Easy Peppermint Brownies 

Spring is in the air, making these peppermint brownies seasonally appropriate and a great way to brighten your mood while we’re all stuck at home. 

These brownies are easy to make, only require a handful of ingredients, and are sure to satisfy some serious sweet tooth cravings. 

Here’s how to make them. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour (if you can’t find almond flour, you can also use cassava, all-purpose gluten-free or Bob’s Red Mill Paleo flour blend) 
  • ½ cup coconut sugar 
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pure peppermint extract 
  • 2 eggs 
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil 

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking dish with parchment paper. 

Add the almond flour, coconut sugar, cacao powder, and baking powder to a large mixing bowl and mix well. 

Mix in the pure peppermint extract, eggs, and melted coconut oil and mix until smooth. 

Pour the batter into the parchment-lined baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

Cool and store in the fridge until ready to enjoy. 

Get Baking With These Healthier Desserts! 

While we all may be starting to feel antsy and ready to return to some form of normalcy, try whipping up these healthier desserts to help brighten your day. Not only are they totally delish, but they take a healthier spin on dessert. 

Grab your apron, get your family involved, and get baking! It’s sure to put a smile on your face during this stressful time.