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    Baruch Hashem1

    anyone substitute applesauce (or the like) for oil in baked stuff. does it work? is thr anything that its not so good in. what other things are healthier alternatives and substitutes for baking? anyone have any really fabulous recipes to share?


    One easy switch you can make is oil for margarine. It may not make the icing or cream, but in the batter, oil will be just fine.

    minyan gal

    I think the title “healthy baking” is an oxymoron. Once you start making all sorts of substitutions, something has to change – it must be either the texture, the flavor or it becomes too heavy. If we keep baking as an occasional treat and only eat a regular size portion, for most people no harm is done. Granted there are a few people with health issues that are not allowed sugar, regular flour, etc. For the rest of us – if we keep everything in moderation, there should be nothing that we cannot eat.

    (I once made a fat free low cal cheesecake – I think the recipe was from Richard Simmons – I can’t remember what the crust was made from, but the filling had 2 pounds of fat free cream cheese, egg substitute, etc. After we tasted it, the entire thing went into the garbage. I decided then, that I would rather have a small piece of the real thing than a large piece of the ersatz.)


    Baruch Hashem1 You were asking about Healthy Oil- use Virgin Coconut Oil Kosher Certified. VCO is the healthiest along with Avocado Oil also Kosher Certified. Virgin Coconut Oil has a higher burning temperature than Olive Oil, meaning burning both Oils at a higher temperature Olive Oil would break down and become Carcingenic before Virgin Coconut Oil. Virgin Coconut Oil is good for the Heart and Brain. I read that Virgin Coconut Oil could help Alzheimer Patients. I also read that Virgin Coconut Oil has been used for an IV Drip. I have used Virgin Coconut Oil to make Pop Corn(hopefully the Pop Corn was not GMO)it was delicious and healthy. I am not doing justice to Virgin Coconut Oil, just google Dr. Bruce Fife Coconut Research Council or Center. Dr. Fife has a blog on the benefits and other things related to Virgin Coconut Oil. So OP first read the Blog written by Dr. Bruce Fife (also known as Dr. Coconut)the Coconut Research Center or Council, then decide for yourself if you would feel comfortable substituting Virgin Coconut Oil instead of the questionable healthy Oil. Virgin Coconut Oil must be Kosher Certified. Any good Health Food Store will sell Virgin Coconut Oil.


    OP I am not sure if you can use this in Baking or not, you will have to decide for yourself. Substitute Himalayan Salt for Table Salt Kosher Certified. Himalayan Salt has over eighty minerals and Table Salt does not. Once you taste Himalyan Salt you probably will not want to use Table Salt again. Himalayan Salt can also be purchased at a good Health Food Store.


    To add to minyan gal, you might be able to get away with healthiER. Maybe some applesauce, less sugar, etc. Probably better tasting and less artificial than total substitutions.


    ” I would rather have a small piece of the real thing “

    Ah, MG, the elusive small piece. The one I am looking for, as I finish off half a 9″ cheesecake.

    Speaking for myself, I’m safer having a fridge full of healthy stuff, so overeating is not a choice.

    I like to think of it as Pas B’salo in reverse 🙂

    minyan gal

    “The one I am looking for, as I finish off half a 9″ cheesecake.”

    It reminds me of the very old joke about the lady telling the deli clerk to keep slicing the lox. After he slices about 2 pounds of it, he asks her if that is enough and she tells him to keep slicing. After half an hour of slicing, she points to the slice he is holding and says “that is the piece that I want”.


    Let’s get back to tachlis OP if you are interested in Healthy Baking or Healthy Cooking or anything related to healthy Eating why not purchase a Healthy Cookbook. One can purchase a Healthy Cookbook from the Health Food Store,Amazon Books on Line, a Big Book Shop or from another source. Op if you want to Spice and make your cake healthy consider using Cinnamon. Cinnamon is a Natural substitute for sugar. People use Cinnamom and warm Water to help stabalize their Sugar level. Cinnamon (to me)has a sweet taste. Spices like Cinnamon and Cardamom are high in Antioxidants another healthy reason to be interested in making a Spice cake.

    tomim tihye

    Minyan gal, I definitely agree that baked goods should be worthy of the Mezonos Brocha and eaten as an occasional treat.

    The problem is that my kids’ classmates bring these occasional treats for snack regularly.

    I tried sending fruits, popcorn, pretzels, veggies with dips…they’ll accept one healthy snack per day, but “everyone else brings real nosh for the other snack”.

    I do not think my kids need real junk daily, so I began some relatively healthful baking.

    kapusta, in deference to the queen’s request on the other thread, I present my recipe for moist whole-wheat chocolate-chip oat cake, the one that makes it onto my own snack list and also makes the grade at school.

    Beat together:

    2 cups unsweetened applesauce

    1/3 cup water

    1 tsp or more almond extract

    4 tsp vanilla

    1/2 cup agave nectar or maple syrup

    1/2 cup brown sugar

    4 eggs

    2 cups whole wheat flour

    2 tsp baking soda

    1 cup oats and 1 cup oat bran or 2 cups oats

    1&1/2 cups choc chips

    Pour into 9×13 pan. I swirl cinnamon through 1/2 the batter because some like it and some don’t. (You may add cardamom, too, but I can’t vouch for the taste.) Bake at 350 for approx 40 min.



    you called me queen! jk

    Thanks so much! It looks great, cant wait to try it but I have a feeling it might take some time… 🙁

    Now that I’ve bothered you already, I’ll will again and ask how you sift whole wheat flour.

    Thanks again!


    tomim tihye

    You’re very welcome. I’m glad when my experiments yield positive results, and proud to share.

    I use the Shibolim brand of flour because a)it’s very finely ground; and b)it’s already sifted and comes in airtight plastic bags.

    Everything ok?



    Everything ok?

    Me? Everythings good, B”H. Why do you ask?


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