If you could create a perfect world healthy cakes would be the only sort of cake there is. Unfortunately, in our not-at-all perfect world, healthy cakes aren’t the norm.
In fact, cakes have always been associated with harmful types of food. So much so that ‘healthy cakes’ sounds like a made up thing.
At the same time, a study once concluded that pies and cakes are some of the leading foods that make most Americans cheat on their diet.
On top of that list were pizzas. Although today we will be talking about healthy cakes, rest assured as there are recipes for healthy pizzas out there too.
What Are Healthy Cakes?
Healthy cakes are hard to categorize and describe. If you had to put clear and precise borders on what is and isn’t a cake, could you do it?
Most of the time definitions of what a cake is are vague and leave a lot of room for interpretation. See how that is the case with normal cakes, we wanted to steer clear of such things for defining healthy cakes.
Instead today, for our needs and purposes healthy cakes are the sort of cakes that won’t cause you a lot of issues with your health and especially with your weight.
To achieve this you will see that most of the entries on the list below have a low calorie count, or are dairy-free, gluten-free and so on.
We understand that this definition is also broad and vague. In fact here, we can even add other types of food and not just only cakes.
Getting more specific then this would require that we start naming things included in the baking process, all the way down to the smallest of nutrients.
At the same time it is important that you have an understanding of what these cakes are, and why we consider them to be healthy cakes.
Put in that context we hope that our definition will be good enough to serve us for today. With that aside let us get into the list.
5 Healthy Cakes You Can Bake Right Now
Other than the health factor, when making this list we tried to include simple recipes and also we tried our best to include cakes that are actually delicious.
We want our pick for healthy cakes to blow your mind, by being actually good for you while also not having an awful taste.
What better way to start talking about healthy cakes than beginning with fruits and muffins. The Banana Superfood Muffins is the perfect example of healthy cakes gone right!
Some of the ingredients here: 1 cup wholemeal flour, half a cup rolled oats, 1 egg, 1 cup of cooked quinoa, 2 mashed bananas, a quarter cup chia seeds, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, etc.
As you can probably already imagine from the list of the ingredients mentioned above, these muffins pack a heavy punch of delicious flavors.
This one is extra easy to bake and prepare, as it only takes about 30 minutes to prepare. It is also meant to yield one serving.
The Keto Flourless Cake by thebigmansworld shows us why defining cakes is so hard. Most definitions mentioned a baked sweet which uses flour. Yet here we are talking about flourless healthy cakes.
This cake contains these ingredients: keto chocolate, butter, cocoa powder, salt, espresso powder (optional, but highly recommended), etc.
Although we didn’t specify amounts here, the article we cited does. This is a really fun entry because chocolate and cake just go very well together, and to have that on a healthy version, is just perfect.
Maybe not the easiest one to bake out of this list, the Keto Flourless Cake, has also options for you to make it vegan and gluten-free.
As we already mentioned we are big fans of mixing chocolate and cake together. The Healthier Chocolate Cake is yet again a perfect example on how healthy cakes can be both healthy and tasty.
Some of the ingredients here are: bananas, Greek yogurt, honey, vanilla flavor, egg, all purpose flour, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, etc.
If this cake tastes half as good as it looks, it is probably a tasteful masterpiece. We are really amazed at how the people at ‘thefirstyearblog’ were able to balance taste and health so well.
This entry takes the cake, pun intended, as far as creativity goes in our opinion, and we can’t help it but recommend that you make the Healthier Chocolate Cake, part of your healthy cakes recipes arenal.
We return to our old ways of “much simpel to make and bake” healthy cakes, as we get to the next entry Healthy Apple Cake.
Ingredients here include: 2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour, 4 green apples, 1 cup pecans, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, etc.
The Healthy Apple Cake not only looks delicious, but based on the ingredients alone, it is just as delicious as it looks.
This one is going to be really easy to make, as it will take you roughly 1 hour of combined preparation and baking. 15 and 45 minutes each, respectively.
Last but not least, the Skinny Funfetti Cake looks like it can make for an adorable birthday cake. Considering that we are talking about healthy cakes, you already know that this isn’t the main selling point of this cake.
Some of the ingredients required to make this cake are: 1 cup fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt, 1 box of sugar-free instant vanilla pudding, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup skim milk, etc.
The word skinny here refers mostly to the fact that this cake is very low on calories. All of the ingredients are sugar-free and that helps a lot with keeping the calories low.
Although truthfully this is one of the heaviest ones as far as calories go, it is definitely worth mentioning among other healthy cakes.
In conclusion, healthy cakes do exist and you can have one every once in a while. Be it for a treat, or even as a birthday cake, feel free to indulge on some of these, from time to time…