Naturally Sweet #2

Naturally sweet #2

I feel so forgetful, I made a whole blog post on how to sweeten things naturally and I forgot some of the major players in fruits and veggies. I mentioned dried fruit and bananas and date paste but you’ll be super surprised that the following fruits and vegetables can be helpful in baking also.

https://momsorganicbohofoodfun.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/naturally-sweet/

I just love hiding things like beans, veggies and even special flavors into my cooking. Even if not all of these things may be sweet, they are nutritious and good to eat, so why not add them to your dessert.

It tastes incredible steamed with carrots and mashed into baking as you would applesauce.

http://www.vegancookingwithlove.com/2013/03/vegan-applesauce-cake/

red and yellow beets
red and yellow beets
steamed carrots and beets
steamed carrots and beets
  • Berries fruit and or natural flavors: blackberries and rosehips shown below both provide a naturally sweet taste to baking, and are great to find locally if you have some. Bake berries into baked goods folding in after mixing your dry and wet together. For rosehips dry powder use in the dry mix, for natural flavors such as lemon or vanilla use in the wet mix.
blackberries and fresh rose hips
blackberries and fresh rose hips
dried prunes raisins and oranges are all naturally sweet
dried prunes raisins and oranges are all naturally sweet

Chocolate prune cake recipes:

http://godfoodlifesplat.blogspot.com/2011/05/chocolate-prune-cakecake-balls_20.html?m=1

http://theyogivegetarian.blogspot.com/2012/02/sticky-prune-cakevegan-no-added-sugar.html?m=1

http://www.food.com/recipe/raw-vegan-german-chocolate-cake-418169

http://forkbelly.com/veganchocolate-cake/

camu camu flavored gelatin candys
camu camu flavored gelatin candys
banana blueberry bread
banana blueberry bread
applesauce chia blueberry pie
applesauce chia blueberry pie
  • I recently made a rosehip and hibiscus flavored lemon meringue pie and it was really different and tasted extra fruity from the extra flavor, and even added some color. For berries and natural flavors do note that the color and taste of your baked goods will significantly change, the more you add.
rosehip and hibiscus lemon meringue pie
rosehip and hibiscus lemon meringue pie
apple pie and ice cream (great with cinnamon)
apple pie and ice cream (great with cinnamon)

here are some tips and recipes on rosehips if your interested.

http://gardening.about.com/od/rose1/f/RoseHips.htm

http://www.natureskills.com/wild-foods/rosehip-honey/

http://thevanillabeanblog.com/2013/05/meringues-with-rhubarb-curd-and-rosehip.html

http://www.essentialcuisine.com/recipes/elderflower-mousse-with-wareings-rosehip-meringue-violet-syrup-thyme-gel-little-town-dairy-yoghurt-sorbet-fresh-seasonal-lancashire-flowers/

Rhubarb and cranberries-

Rhubarb and cranberries are both naturally very sour, so you will have to cook them. cranberries are excellent in baking, but do remember to sweeten them up. Rhubarb is excellent to bake with check out my favorite step by step recipe for rhubarb cobbler here.

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/06/rhubarb-cobbler/

close up Rhubarb
close up Rhubarb
lots of chopped Rhubarb
lots of chopped Rhubarb
cranberries and rhubarb
cranberries and rhubarb
carrot cake with cauliflower frosting
carrot cake with cauliflower frosting
  • Squash/butternut and zucchini steamed/roasted squash is great baked into muffins and bread.
deseeding butternut
deseeding butternut
butternut squash
butternut squash
yellow squash muffins, can also make with beet mash
yellow squash muffins, can also make with beet mash
pumpkin pie
pumpkin pie
squash blueberry muffin
squash blueberry muffin
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butternut squash salted biscuits
  • AvocadoI recently made the most fudgy amazing vegan chocolate brownies with avocado and date sugar.. recipe below.
avocado brownie
avocado brownie

And while you are there you better check out @chocolate covered katie cause she is Queen of blending veggies into desserts and my new baking idol.  http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/

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Naturally Sweet

I like to bake. I mean I like to bake a whole hell of a lot,… you start to realize after a whole lot of baking that creaming that butter and sugar…well it adds up the calories, and well,..really we shouldn’t consume processed sugar. So after all the perfectly gluten and sugary chocolate chip cookies were made and I started to even buy those awesomely sweet organic frozen cookies at whole foods,.. I really got some weight to prove that I was eating all that butter and sugar. Oh no.. =( And even after trying all the best cookies that I could make or buy with sugar, I still never wanted to give my son even more than a bite..who wants just a bite..that’s cruelty, I mean I know I want to eat the whole cookie bag of Newman O’s sometimes and I felt the kids pain. So I did what I thought a regular Bakaholic would do, get the research done. I found that the following sugar-butter replacements are ideal when cooking for a toddler, young child, or even adult,..cause ya know, you always want more than one cookie,.. this way you wont get too fat.. I hope. And you don’t have to feel guilty about eating sugar and butter because you will not be. The first alternative to sugar would be the obvious..

  • Syrups. But I personally think that some syrups like agave, maple and simple sweeteners do not cream like sugar and butter do and some have more sugar content than sugar,.. so no thanks.
  • Honey is great for sugar alternative, but you need to be careful how much you put, or it gets a little overwhelming like maple.10548750_567534586692064_5158728669674491087_o

But if you are making sugar free granola bars nothing works better then honey or maple and some peanut butter but that’s another post.

  • Date sugar and Date Syrup are my first choice. Its consistency is perfect, date syrup for more brown sugar and butter. Date sugar creams relatively well with shortening or coconut butter.
  • Bananas. Bananas replace sugar and oil. Mash them up and use them like you would creamed sugar and butter.
  • Applesauce is normally already sweetened. You can use applesauce to replace butter and sugar in some recipes. If you are using unsweetened applesauce for butter replacement, be sure to use something else with it for sugar like some date syrup or mashed banana.
  • Dried Fruit is sweeter when cooked or soaked, and mixed into baking batter.1795327_594643097314546_2194964751863180637_o

To achieve the sweetest baking try combining banana, raisin, and date paste…different amounts of each will achieve different results.

  • Coconut sugar is used by some bakers as alternative sugar, but I have personally not used this yet.

Here are some examples of naturally sweetened baked goods I have tried. Some are even gluten free.

banana scone
banana scone
chia applesauce blueberry pie
chia applesauce blueberry pie
banana oat flax bites
banana oat flax bites
banana flax cake
banana flax cake
applesauce date oat bars
applesauce date oat bars
banana maple oat flax bars
banana maple oat flax bars
prune paste bars
prune paste bars
prune date filled cookies
prune date filled cookies
date paste pinwheels
date paste pinwheels

If you have any questions feel free to email me. Or ask my best cooking friend “google” for help. Always can find some interesting SF DF GF results there (that’s sugar free dairy free, gluten free..b.t.w).