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By: Kim Macy, Miraval’s Pastry Chef

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. 


Get more healthy baking tips from Chef Kim Macy >

Learn about Kim's favorite secret ingridents in baking >

Purchase Sweet & Savory Cooking >

1 response to “Easy Ways to Add Nutrition in Baking”

  1. Merri Gleckler Says:
    I now have 2 passions....Kashwere, the brand I own as well as "wellness" from the inside out. Nutrition is a my new found passion as I believe we live in such a toxic world . I'm doing all I can to learn as much as I can so that I can live a healthy life with my family & share this knowledge with others. Any insight from Miraval, one of my favorite destinations would be a blessing. Look forward to learning more. Thank you! M

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