In Miraval’s newest book, Sweet & Savory Cooking, my husband, Executive Chef Justin Macy and I share recipes and techniques for making delicious, healthy dishes. A big part of my approach to baking at Miraval is showing you don’t have to deprive yourself of good food – you just need to hold things in balance. Below are some of my favorite ways to easily add nutrition in baking. Enjoy!
• I often mix all-purpose with a whole-wheat flour to add more nutrition and nuttiness to cookies. My Pumpkin Spice Cookies are a great example of this. Get the recipe here >
• Using seeds, nuts, and dried fruits in baked goods is a great way to add anti-oxidants, nutrients, vitamins and essential oils. My Trail Mix Cookies are really easy and kid-friendly. Get the recipe here >
• Seven-grain cereal along with oats and wheat bran are nutritional powerhouses and can give breakfast treats like pancakes and waffles an earthy flavor and a rustic texture.
• Using apple sauce, prune or banana puree in place of some of the butter or oil in a recipe maintains the rich texture and flavor while adding fiber and reducing calories and fat.
• Incorporating fresh, seasonal berries to baked goods easily adds height, color, and flavor, with, of course, minimal calories and loads of nutrients.