Pantry Staples: A Guide to Plant-Based Baking

Posted on Mar 6, 2024 by Macro Mike



Are you ready to elevate your baking game while keeping it nutritious? Look no further than your pantry! With just a few staple ingredients, you can create delicious treats that are as wholesome as they are satisfying. We're here to guide you on easy substitutes for dairy and gluten ingredients, making plant-based baking a breeze. Here are some must-have items to keep on hand:

1. Your Favourite Macro Mike Protein: Adding a scoop of your favourite protein powder not only boosts the protein content of your baked goods but also adds a delicious flavour. You can replace part of the flour in your recipe with Protein Powder, to create some delicious protein boosted snacks.

2. Plant Milk: A baking necessity, plant milk adds moisture and richness to your recipes. Choose from almond, soy, oat, or any other plant-based milk you prefer.

3. Oats: Blend oats to make oat flour, a versatile and gluten-free alternative to regular flour. Oats also add a hearty texture to your baked goods.

4. Maple Syrup, Rice Syrup or Agave Nectar: These natural sweeteners add a touch of sweetness without the refined sugars. Plus, they impart a lovely flavour to your creations.

5. Chia Seeds: Besides adding a crunchy texture to your baked goods, chia seeds are rich in fibre and omega-3 fatty acids, supporting gut health and overall well-being.

6. Dates: Perfect for making caramel flavours, dates are a natural sweetener packed with fibre and essential nutrients. 

7. Coconut Oil: A great substitute for butter, coconut oil adds a subtle tropical flavour and moisture to your baked goods.

8. Nuts: Whether you prefer almonds, walnuts, or cashews, nuts are perfect for adding crunch and healthy fats to your recipes.

9. Ground flax seeds are a popular and nutritious substitute. Mixing three tablespoons of water with one tablespoon of ground flax seeds can replace one egg in some baking recipes.

10. Applesauce: A versatile ingredient, applesauce can be used as a substitute for eggs, butter, or oil in baking, reducing the fat content while keeping your treats moist.

11. Nut Butter: Whether it's almond, peanut, or cashew butter, adding a dollop to your recipes can enhance both the flavour and nutritional value of your baked goods. 

With these staple ingredients in your pantry, you can whip up a variety of nutritious and delicious baked goods whenever the craving strikes. So, go ahead, get creative, and enjoy the wholesome goodness of homemade treats!