I’m largely a Paleo/Whole30 Recipe blogger. That’s how I cook most of the time. When it comes to treats, though, I don’t do much Paleo baking. I used to. I’ve made all sorts of concoctions from nut flour, coconut flour and the like. But then I realized that if you can tolerate oats and rice, which I can, then these are the way to go. Even though I believe you don’t need to count calories when focusing on whole, natural foods, calories still matter. For my money, I’m going to use oat flour over a nut flour.
I decided to develop these healthy baking mixes when people were asking me for the recipe, then giving me a sad, disappointed, “Oh,” when they realized what was in them. I’ve done the hard part for you – all you have to do is add some basic stuff – applesauce, eggs, milk (I use coconut) – and you get a healthy treat.
My preface here is that these are still a treat. Just because I’m calling them “healthy” (no wheat, foreign chemicals, reduced sugar, and all natural ingredients) doesn’t mean you can eat them with abandon and expect to lose weight. That’s just not how it works. But if you’re going to have a treat, these are going to be far better for you than grabbing a candy bar or opening a box of commercially prepared brownies. I’ll make one or two loaves of banana bread per month and my dudes with crazy high metabolisms eat most of it. I’ll make a batch of muffins every month or so and eat maybe two myself – and I eat them with eggs and veggies. The pancakes we’ll have one or two weekends per month. The rest of the time my focus is still on whole, natural foods.
The posted macros on the finished product are for unsweetened applesauce and unsweetened coconut milk. Sweetened applesauce and other types of milk can be used, but the nutrition information will change.
Did you know that food producers can under report the caloric content of their food by up to 20% and still pass inspection by the FDA? This is the extreme example, of course. A food containing 50 calories or more can under report by as much as 10 calories, so the more calories it contains the more accurate it has to be. But, still, fairly disturbing. If you click on the link, you’ll need to read through a whole bunch of legalese, but scroll down to 11(c)(1) for the specifics. So be careful, my calorie counting friends!