Looking for healthy baking ideas? Whether you need a vegan cake, a healthier version of muffins or something that’s good for your digestion, we’ve got you covered with our top healthy baking picks. Afterwards, check out our healthy dessert recipes, sugar-free baking recipes and healthy oat recipes. Eat healthily in the evening, too, with our healthy dinner ideas and mindful kitchen therapy projects.


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Healthy baking recipes

Healthy muffins

Bake a batch of these tropical crumble muffins – bursting with banana and pineapple, and gently spiced with cardamom and cinnamon – for a healthy treat that just happens to be vegan.

Three golden muffins in paper cases on a pale blue napkin

Healthy chocolate cake

Sweet potatoes, sticky dates and almond milk turn this chocolate cake into a healthy treat, with dark chocolate and cacao powder providing a wonderful richness.

Date Chocolate Cake

Vegan lemon sheet cake

Richard Makin’s zesty sheet cake uses olive oil in place of butter and chia seeds instead of eggs, creating a vegan spin on a classic lemon cake that everyone will enjoy.

A frosted sheet cake with one slice taken out of it

Healthy carrot cake muffins

Nadine Brown’s healthier recipe for muffins uses thick Greek yogurt for the frosting, and the sponge is flavoured with mixed spice and orange zest.

Carrot Cake Muffins on a Wire Rack

Healthy banana bread

A popular bake with a healthy spin, Nadine Brown’s vegan banana bread makes use of coconut oil, desiccated coconut and a healthy glug of maple syrup to create a wonderfully moist banana bread.

A loaf of banana bread with two slices ready to serve

Vegan birthday cake

This fun vegan chocolate cake is made without any dairy or eggs but you'd never guess. It makes a stunning birthday centrepiece that everyone can share.

A chocolate frosted cake on a white cake stand with a slice cut out of it in front of a white background

Healthy cookies

Bake a batch of Nadine Brown’s moreish muesli cookies, made with wholemeal flour and rapeseed oil and a touch of honey, for a sweet but healthy weekend treat.

A fresh batch of muesli cookies

Sugar-free cookies

Ground almonds provide a nutty flavour and raspberries provide a burst of natural sweetness in these small, sugar-free vegan cookies.

Sugar-Free Cookies Topped with Jam on a Metal Cooling Rack

Cardamom biscuits

Maunika Gowardhan’s fragrant cardamon biscuits use Indian wholemeal flour (also called atta), which is great for digestion and full of goodness.

A batch of biscuits cooling on a wire rack

Healthy apple crumble

This crunchy apple crumble with soft cinnamon apples is made healthier by using a refined sugar-free granola topping which can also double up as breakfast.

A green bowl with apple crumble in it

Healthy blondies

We've put a vegan spin on blondies, using coconut sugar for a caramelised flavour, coconut milk for a creamy texture and blueberries for a fruity zing.

Vegan blueberry coconut blondies on a blue plate

Pear and blackberry crumble bars

Use fresh or frozen blackberries to make these delicious oat bars, perfect for breakfast on the go or as an afternoon treat – wholemeal flour gives them a fibre boost and adds to the overall nutty flavour.

A marble chopping board topped with slices of oaty bars

Healthier flapjacks

Hurrah for flapjacks, that one-pan baked treat that anyone can master. Make yours healthier with our fruity date, sultana and almond take on a classic recipe.

Healthy Flapjacks with Seeds on a Wooden Board

Healthy breakfast muffins

These easy muffins are made with wholemeal flour, banana, dried fruit and seeds. Pack one for work as a breakfast snack – they'll provide you with loads of slow-release energy to get you through to lunchtime.

Breakfast Muffins Recipe

Sugar-free banana bread

This banana berry traybake substitutes silken tofu for eggs, making it a completely vegan treat that’s ready to be enjoyed for a sweet breakfast or brunch.

A tray filled with chunks of banana and berry cake

Healthy baked oats

Make the most of tart, juicy blackberries that grow wild in hedgerows throughout the UK in late summer. Try this bake served with yogurt for breakfast, or with ice cream for dessert.

Blackberry Baked Oats with Ice Cream and Honey

Breakfast oatmeal cookies

These healthy cookies are easy to make and full of wholesome ingredients including fibre-packed oatmeal and fruit – ideal for a breakfast or a mid-morning snack.

Cookies next to tea

Vegan tiger bread

Bake this crackle-crusted loaf and use it to make seriously good sarnies. With its crunchy exterior and soft, pillowy centre, it is a great bake to master.

A crackled loaf of bread with slices taken out of it and butter on the side

Gluten-free banana bread

Flavoured with honey, vanilla and mixed spice, and studded with walnuts, this comforting banana bread is entirely gluten-free, though you'd never guess it.

A loaf of banana bread with a banana baked into the top, on a white plate

Vegan lemon meringue pie

A few simple swaps turn classic lemon meringue pie into an impressive vegan dessert that everyone can enjoy.

A lemon meringue pie on a white plate with a large slice cut out of it

Gluten-free bread

There's no need to miss out on freshly baked bread if you're avoiding gluten – this easy loaf is delicious simply slathered with butter or dunked into a hearty soup.

A loaf of bread on a wooden board with a slice cut out of the end and spread with butter


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