Bake-Off Has Begun: Try Out My Healthiest Bakes!
Bake-Off Has Begun: Try Out My Healthiest Bakes!
posted onSeptember 12, 2016

The Great British Bake Off is in full swing, the show with two of the most in- demand baking connoisseurs (Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood), capturing more viewers’ hearts than any other show on television, and inspiring people across the country to get into the kitchen to create wonderfully delicious food from scratch. It’s undeniable that it provides some fantastic entertainment as well as promoting the idea that making food from actual ingredients not only allows you to know what’s in your food, but is enjoyable too. However despite all of this, from your frangipan to macaroon, and “soggy bottom” to tiger bread, the bakes on this national TV gem are far from healthy, rather unhealthy in fact. With one budding contestant this year (Rav Bansal) being a vegan baker (he went from 25 stone to 17 on a plant based diet), claiming to being enthused by alternative ingredients like “fruit puree, tofu, soya milk, or bean juice”, he is providing such a fantastic platform for plant-based baking to become mainstream, and introducing people on mass to a more sustainable way of baking, not just for the planet, but for your waistline and overall happiness. That said, he is one out of 12 contestants, so the abundance of baking recipes for plant-based cakers (cake-eaters..) won’t be flowing as much as its’ unhealthier competition. Because of this, I have decided to round up a few of my best bakes from the recipe section on my blog to inspire you and get you baking in the run up to the nation’s favourite foodie show.

Chocolate Banana Bread: This recipe is genuinely so delicious, and all of the ingredients are fairly low-cost and easily accessible in main stream supermarkets. Because of the density of the cake, a slice is perfectly satisfying and makes for a perfect bake to share with friends and family. Due to the nature of the ingredients, a sneaky slice for brekkie will do you good, minus any of the guilt too!!

View recipe HERE.

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Vanilla Cupcakes: These cupcakes are epic, if I do say so myself! The ingredients are once again full of fibre, protein and plant-based goodness, and well, no knife – no problem, as they’re easy to share around straight from the oven.

View recipe HERE.

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Double Chocolate Cake with a Salted Caramel and Vanilla Icing: If there ever was a Naturally Sassy “Showstopper” for baking, it would be this. I can’t deny that this is one of my favourite recipes, but you will need to ensure you have the time on your hands to make it because it’s a hefty one! Buy, for any chocolate lover, this is the perfect bake to take round to a friends’ house for a slice with Bake Off.

View recipe HERE.

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Raw Banoffee Pie: One fantastic flavour combo that never fails to go down a treat at any occasion is a bit of banoffee. However, a dish of this kind is usually packed full of sugar and fat laden ingredients which ultimately do nothing for your insides, and lead to you feeling a tiny bit on the lethargic side…3 slices later! With this recipe, it’s completely raw, perfectly healthy, and tastes even better than the real thing (in my opinion!)

View recipe HERE.

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Superfood Gluten-Free Quinoa Bread: Bread week is always a daunting week for the majority of the Bake Off contestants. While they throw around words like ‘rise’ and ‘knead’, their generally glutenous breads do look and smell delicious, but aren’t necessarily packed with much goodness. This superfood quinoa bread provides all the deliciousness of normal warm bread but with the boost of ingredients like quinoa, chia and raw honey – yum!

View recipe HERE

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