Health, Diet & Family

Guilt Free Goodies, Almost.

by Alexa P. Photography FriedChillies on Thu, June 16, 2011

Go ahead. Sin a little. These are so good for you that you won't even have to feel guilty for munching down a few.

Goodies that are good for you!

Just because you're trying to eat healthier doesn't mean you have to cut baked goodies out of your diet. Sure, you can't eat these on a daily basis and wonder why you're not losing any weight; at the end of the day sugar still is sugar, but, that doesn't mean you have to deprive yourself from the odd chocolatey brownie or hearty muffin. These treats are quite healthy and are a great option for when you get a craving for something sweet.

Gooey Low-Fat Brownie

This brownie cleverly disguises itself as an extremely sinful bite, but we've taken some steps to make it slightly healthier than the average brownie. Instead of using butter we use a butter spread that is lower in fat. Cocoa powder is used instead of chocolate bars and this cuts out the cocoa butter fat. And the addition of light sour cream gives it a bit of moistness and richness without many added calories. You won't be disappointed with how gooey and chocolatey it is!

2/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup butter spread
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1/3 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
¼ cup light sour cream

Preheat oven to 180C. Beat sugar and butter spread till light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla and egg and mix well. In another bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and fold. Add in sour cream and pour into a brownie pan. Bake for 15 minutes so the sides are well cooked and the middle is just cooked but gooey.

Oat Bran Muffins with Orange Zest and Raisins

These lovely muffins contain both an insoluble fiber (whole wheat flour) and a soluble fiber (oat bran) which gives you that wonderful full feeling. They are also low in fat with just two tablespoons of canola oil, so you can eat more than one and not feel the guilt! Have these for breakfast or as a snack when hunger hits.

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oat bran
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp orange zest
1 egg
¼ cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbs canola oil
1 ¼ cup low fat milk
½ cup raisins

Preheat oven to 200C. In a bowl stir together the flour, oat bran, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and orange zest. In another bowl whisk the egg, honey, vanilla, oil, and milk till combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir till just moist. Add in the raisins and pour into a greased muffin tin. Fill each section till almost full. Bake 16-20 minutes or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Oatmeal Banana Coconut Cookie with Chocolate Chips

These are probably the healthiest of the lot! They don't require the traditional ingredients you would associate with baked goods such as flour, butter, or sugar. The only unhealthy element is the chocolate chips which you could easily substitute with raisins if you want to be more strict about it. These little bites are chewy and delicious resembling a granola bar somewhat.

1 ½ cup mashed banana
1 tsp vanilla
¼ cup olive oil
2 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup almond meal
1/3 cup grated coconut
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 175C. Combine bananas, vanilla, and oil in a bowl. In another bowl add oats, almond meal, coconut, cinnamon, salt and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chunks. Drop dollops onto baking paper on a baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes.