Sweets are usually considered as being off-limits by health conscious people who aim for a healthy diet. However, it is possible to prepare healthy cakes at home. You just have to carefully choose your recipes.
In order to help you, we provide here 3 healthy cake recipes. They are carefully selected to not be filled with high fat content, in particular saturated fat.
If you stick with healthier cake recipes and eat reasonable portions less frequent, you have nothing to worry about.
Strawberry Shortcakes Recipes
A strawberry shortcake is a traditional dessert that can sometimes be loaded with fat from whipped cream and sugar. However, our healthy version is different, coming with only 0.3 g of saturated fat. Despite this, it tastes as delicious as the original.
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon calorie-free sweetener
1/4 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla
1 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cups (about 1 pint) sliced fresh strawberries
6 sponge cake (5-ounce package) dessert shells
Use a small saucepan, combine cornstarch and sweetener. Then add the orange juice and stir in. Bring to a boil by stirring constantly. Cook until the mixture is bubbly and thickened, then remove it from heat. Stir in the extract and cool it completely.
Use a bowl to combine strawberries and orange juice by stirring gently. Cover it and let it chill for around 30 minutes. Spoon some sauce over the dessert shells in order to serve.
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Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake
This angel food cake has zero cholesterol or saturated fat and 0.1 grams of total fat.
1 (2-inch) piece lengthwise split vanilla bean
1 1/2 cups divided sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon tartar cream
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup (about 4 ounces) sifted cake flour
12 large egg whites
First step is to preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Then use a small bowl to place 3/4 cup sugar. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean, discard bean and add the seeds to sugar. Mix in with fingers the vanilla seeds into sugar until they are well combined.
Use a dry measuring cup to lightly spoon flour in then level with a knife. Combine sugar mixture and flour by stirring with a whisk. Use a mixer to beat egg whites at high speed until they get foamy. Add the salt and cream of tartar, then beat until forming soft peaks.
Add at a time two tablespoons of the remaining 3/4 cup sugar, beating until forming stiff peaks then also beat in the juice. Sift at a time 1/4 cup of flour mixture over egg white mixture, then fold in after each addition.
Use a 10-inch tube pan to spoon the batter in. Bake at 325 degrees for around 50 minutes. Invert pan, cool completely, then invert cake onto plate.
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Carrot Cake Recipes
This healthier recipe for preparing carrot cake cuts out the excess butter, white flour, and sugar in favor of healthier substitutions like dates, bananas, and whole-wheat flour.
To these ingredients you add in a healthy dose of raisins, walnuts, coconut, and carrots, and you achieve a perfectly textured cake that has no added sugar.
1/2 cup walnuts (roughly chopped)
1/2 tsp cardamom
6 tbsp sunflower oil
1/2 cup coconut flakes
3 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup raisins
3-4 carrots (medium size, grated)
10-15 fresh dates (without seeds)
The first step of the preparation process is to preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Then use a medium sized bowl to whisk the eggs. Use another bowl to mix dates, bananas, and oil into a thick cream with the help of a blender machine or hand blender.
Sift together cinnamon, cardamom, baking powder, flour, and nutmeg, then stir it together with the banana cream and the eggs. Add walnuts, grated carrots, raisins, and coconut flakes, and stir well.
Bake for around 40 minutes in a cake pan. Let it cool and add the frosting made up of honey and cream cheese.
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