7 Simple Ingredients In My Kitchen

Healthy baking or creating healthy desserts is my therapy on the weekend. Even during the week, if I’m having a stressful day or PMSing (ladies, you know the drill), you can bet I’ll be in the kitchen baking my worries away.
 
 
Over the years I learned what the key ingredients I must have in my kitchen at all times to try out a successful, healthy, and delicious recipe. Keeping my kitchen stocked is the best way for me to stay on track for when I do need that sweet-fix. Read on to find out what ingredients you need so you’ll never have to resort to an unhealthy snack when the craving hits! 

What I love most about this list is that all of the ingredients have a very long shelf-life, so you don’t have to worry about them spoiling. Just stock up and keep them for a rainy day!  

  1. 100% COCOA POWDER 

a. It’s 100% natural without any added sugar. 

b. high in antioxidants, which is great for the body and fighting stress.

c. It’s the source of the chocolate fix everybody needs.

  1. OATS (QUICK OATS ARE EASIER TO MANAGE IN COOKING)

a. Oats serve as a great base for any dessert, whether you’re making a raw Snickers bite or chocolate chip oat cookies.

b. If you’d rather get through the baking process quickly, you can use quick oats as they’re quite fine in thickness.

c. If you choose whole oats, you would have to use the processor to bring them to a softer texture in baking, but I rarely have time for that. 

  1. NATURAL PEANUT BUTTER OR ALMOND BUTTER

a. 100% natural, no added sugars or oils makes it a great source of healthy fat and protein. 

b. Gives a great nutty taste to your dessert. 

c. Allows the ingredients in your recipe to mix well, think 3-ingredient chocolate mug cake! 

  1. HONEY

a. 100% natural with no added sugar.

b. Can be substituted with Grade A maple syrup. 

c. Gives the needed sweetness in any recipe.

d. Try to use it sparingly. 

  1. COCONUT OIL

a. It’s a very table oil that can endure the high heat that comes with baking.

b. Adds a great taste in baking.

  1. BANANAS OR DATES

a. Dates last longer than bananas without spoiling.

b. Dates provide a sweet taste and a great base for raw desserts.

c. Ripe bananas can be used as a substitute for sugar in most recipes.
 

  1. RAW NUTS OR DARK CHOCOLATE CHIPS 

a. These ingredients elevate your recipe from an 8 to a 10!

b. I always have raw walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, or pecans at home. They have a very long shelf life and don’t ruin easily. 

c. If you’re a chocolate fan you’re going to love keeping dark chocolate chips in your fridge. If you use them in small quantities, they provide the sweetness you want and provide their magic dark chocolate properties.

ADDITIONAL BAKING ESSENTIALS

  • Vanilla extract
  • Baking powder 
  • Baking soda

You don’t really need these in raw desserts, but they also last for a long time in the cupboard, so it’s great to keep them for when you want to bake in the oven.

DISCOVER HEALTHY RECIPES

I couldn’t end this article without giving you guys a recipe to try out yourselves! If you have any questions about what to substitute in a recipe to make it healthy, please do send them my way. I also love seeing these recipes come to life, so whenever you attempt anything, snap a photo and send it over! 

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