Healthified Baking Substitutes

Ahhhhh, the weekend is here!

I woke up feeling quite refreshed this morning, which I would hope, seeing as through my “granny evening” had me in bed by 11.

As soon as I walked out into the living room this morning, my little man Cody was awaiting, and was ready to play.


Then Dad came out, and I lost his attention completely. Hmmph.


What a cutie! Smile


For breakfast, I was once again craving cereal (what is with me?!?) so I broke into this box of Cinnamon Burst Cheerios.




This box doesn’t even stand a chance in our house! I made sure to measure out my serving…otherwise, half the box would be gone. Although, even with my one measured cup missing, Jay’s two bowls probably did leave the box half empty.

And can you believe it? I actually stuck with only one kind of cereal – no combo today! Winking smile


Cereal + Coffee = Perfection



In a little while, my friend Eileen is coming up to visit and spend the afternoon with me (YAY!). We’re heading to a new place for lunch which I’ve been waiting to try forever now, so I’m psyched!

So just in case you missed it, I thought I would leave you all with a copy of my guest post on healthified baking substitutes that I wrote over on Lisa’s blog earlier in the week.

Enjoy! Smile


So now, if you’ve ever popped over to Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life, then you probably already know that I have a huge sweet tooth, and a slight obsession with baking. Cookies, cupcakes, trifles…you name it, I’m on it.

Yeah, it’s probably a good thing that I have a full-time job to keep me out of the kitchen all day, every day.

Even still, with the amount of baking that I do, I’m always looking for ways that I can “healthify” a recipe. Whether it be a substitution, an omission, or an addition, there’s almost always something that can be done. So today, I’d like to share some of my favorites with you!

**Edited to add: Feel free to print the above chart to keep handy in the kitchen!**

I’ve certainly experimented with my fair share of substitutions, but these I have found to be tried and true. What are some of your favorite baking substitutes??

Another favorite cake of mine? The Soda Cake!

All you have to do for this one is mix 1 boxed cake mix + 1 can of diet soda. That’s it! And the flavor possibilities are endless:

angel or yellow cake + diet orange soda
banana cake mix + diet root beer
cherry chip cake + A& W diet Cream soda
chocolate cake or devils food + diet pepsi
chocolate cake + diet vanilla coke
chocolate cake + diet root beer
lemon cake mix + diet 7-up
lemon cake + diet ginger ale
lemon + diet lemon
marble cake + diet cream soda

red velvet + diet cherry vanilla Dr Pepper
spice cake + diet lemon-lime
spice cake + diet orange
white cake + diet ginger ale
white cake + diet orange

white cake + diet sprite
yellow cake + diet orange

So now, hopefully I’ve gotten some of you ready to go do some baking! And just in case you’re in need of some ideas, here are some of my favorite recipes with “healthified” substitutes – soda cakes included!

Chocolate PB Cup Cupcakes

Strawberry-Filled Lemon Cupcakes

Pina Colada Jell-O Cupcakes

Banana Toffee Picnic Cupcakes

Chocolate Butterscotch Cheesecake Cookies

Happy Baking! Smile

*Don’t forget to enter my Blueberry Muffin Larabar Giveaway!” You have until Monday to enter!


  1. says

    Loved the guest post, Courtney! I need to try some soda cake–and those Butterscotch Cheesecake Cookies are definitely on my list!

    I think I may need to pick up those Cinnamon Cheerios. I’m having a slight obsession with cinnamon at the moment & those look like they’ll feed my addiction nicely!
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  2. says

    Thank you for the tidbit to add a bit of oil to skim milk when baking for a more whole milk consistency.

    My favorite substitute by far is apple sauce. But I also love using egg whites instead of whole eggs since I rarely have whole eggs on hand.
    Cynthia (It All Changes) recently posted..Instant Mood Lifters

  3. says

    Your list of substitutes is very helpful, and I have to compliment you on how well you incorporate them into your recipes. Sometimes baked goods made with healthy substitutes can be a little lackluster, but yours are always so tasty! Your pumpkin protein cake is a breakfast and snack staple for me. Keep up the good work!
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