Part of clean eating is about cutting out white flour and instead using whole wheat. But how can us baking enthusiasts make awesome baked goods without the use of white flour?
Luckily, I’ve been spending the past 15 days learning how and I’m here to bestow you the knowledge I learned on my epic baking quest!
Best Whole Wheat Baking Recipes
My favorite whole wheat baking recipes:
Legendary Whole Wheat Crepes
Photo by Carlosficto via Flickr CC
These are THE BEST crepes I’ve ever made. They’re even better than their white flour counterparts! Everybody I make these for freaks out and tells me that these are the greatest crepes they’ve ever tasted. It’s the truth.
Whole Wheat [Insert Berry Here] Scones
These scones are delicious! I drizzle them with honey and eat them with my breakfast or as a snack with tea, which makes me basically British.
Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies!
These cookies only sort of count since there is barely any flour in them, but they really are delicious.
Whole Wheat Flour vs. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
My grocery store doesn’t carry whole wheat pastry flour (blasphemy!) so I had to use all-purpose whole wheat flour up until now. All of the above recipes turn out well with regular whole wheat flour, so if you don’t have access to pastry flour that’s fine. (But you can order it online!)
However, there were a bunch of other recipes that didn’t turn out well. Whole Wheat pastry flour has less protein than regular whole wheat, and the taste is different. All-purpose whole wheat can turn baked goods grainy and dry with the wrong recipe, so I’d recommend using whole wheat pastry flour whenever you can.
Substituting Honey for Sugar in Baking
Since clean eating also requires the elimination of refined sugar, substituting honey is a great idea! Here are some general guidelines for baking with honey instead of sugar:
- Reduce baking temperature by 25 degrees. Whatever scrumptious item you’re baking will brown faster with honey in it, so watch it carefully as it cooks.
- Use the same amount of honey that the recipe calls for up until one cup. If the recipe calls for more than a cup of sugar, you may need to reduce liquids by 1/4 cup per cup of honey.
- Add 1/4 tsp. baking soda per cup of honey if the baked good doesn’t already contain baking soda. This reduces the acidity present in honey.
Good luck and happy baking!
original photo for loaf of bread by by Veganbaking.net via flickr CC