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Low Carb Baking Substitutions

With some of these clever healthy baking substitutions, you can still bake without breaking your diet!

By: Sara Raffensperger, Editor,
Low Carb Baking Substitutions

When you're eating low carb, you might think that you have to avoid baking your favorite things. But with some Low Carb Baking Substitutions, you can spend some time baking in the kitchen without breaking your diet. It's as simple as changing some flours or using applesauce instead of oil. Baking is basically chemistry and with a bit of cleverness and our baking ingredient replacements, you can make some delicious low carb baked goods. You might even find yourself baking more because you probably already have these low carb baking ingredients in your home. So, you don't have to go shopping for new ones when you already have when you need in your kitchen.

With the holidays right around the corner, you are going to want to break your diet as soon as you get a whiff of sugar cookies or pie. It's difficult to stick to your guns when everyone is bringing in cookies to the office or you're pulling candy out of your stocking. Instead of avoiding everything all together or giving up on your low carb diet, make some key substitutions that will make your baked goods low carb!

Low Carb Baking Ingredient Substitutions

As you can see below, making a low carb baked good can be as easy as replacing one of the standard ingredients to something that will mimic its effects in the recipe. Feel free to experiment and let us know what worked for you!

  1. Coconut Flour: It is completely sugar-free, rich in protein, and extremely high in fiber.

    Almond Flour: It is higher in fat than coconut flour, and it makes moist, nutty and tender cake.

  2. Veg Puree: It is low in sugar per serving and helps create moist baked goods. It's a good oil replacement.

  3. Applesauce: It replaces oil in recipes and it also helps you reduce the amount of sweetener that you need.

  4. Stevia: It is all-natural and stronger than sugar with zero effect on the glycemic index.

  5. Flax Meal: Use flax meal or ground flaxseeds in the same manner and the same amounts as a standard flour.

  6. Chia seeds: They soak up liquids, add filling fiber, and healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.

  7. Pumpkin puree: It is low in sugar and helps create moist baked goods. It's a great replacement for the oil and butter in your recipe.

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I didn't realize you could substitute all this stuff! I think I'll definitely be baking more and trying out all these substitutions. I think I'm most intrigued by the applesauce one... )

My New Year's resolution is to cut down on my carbs! It'll be tough because I love bread and pasta, but thank you for sharing this! These tips will definitely make it easier.


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