Fresh Start’s Guide to Healthier Baking

healthy baking

The words ‘healthy’ and ‘baking’ might not seem like they go together naturally, but our clever chefs and nutritionists have been working away at some recipes to ensure that baking can still be delicious and nutritious! From cookies to loaves, and savoury options too, there’s plenty of options to fill the lunchboxes of kids and adults alike.

What do all these recipes have in common? They’re all refined sugar free and use more natural and nutritious sweeteners like honey and maple syrup. They also find ways to incorporate more whole food ingredients, and minimal processed ingredients. Oats and wholemeal flour offer fibre, and healthy fats come in the form of olive oil, nuts, seeds and nut butters. Feel good about your baking!

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Many of these recipes have been developed for our Fresh Start 8 Week Healthy Eating Challenge – find out more about that here!

Peanut Butter Oaty Cookies

Peanut butter combined with oats and maple syrup or honey is always a delicious combo, especially in cookie form!

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Oaty Raisin Cookies

With just 6 ingredients and just over 100 cals each, these cookies are a great lunch box filler for kids and adults!

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Coco-Cacao Bliss Balls

These simple, tasty treats are perfect to fill the gap between meals, an energy booster on your next adventure or just when you are feeling like something wholesome and sweet!

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Healthier Banana Bread with Walnuts

Banana bread is an absolute favourite of ours! Our healthier version comes in at 203 cals per slice, so it makes for a great afternoon tea with a cuppa.

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Apricot ‘Bumper’ Muesli Bars

These muesli bars are higher in fibre and lower in sugar than lots of store bought bars as well as being refined sugar free, easy to make, freezable and packed with nutrients. The perfect on the go snack! 

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Veg Packed Wholemeal Scones with Feta

We couldn’t leave off savoury healthy baking! Featuring three different veggies, these scones are a great option for breakfast or snacks.

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Healthier Savoury Muffins

Introducing our Healthier Savoury Muffins – you still get plenty of cheese, but we’ve also added in a bunch of veggies too! Perfect for sneaking extra veggies into the kids.

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Meet the Nutritionist

Emma ‘Edamame’

Our in-house nutritionist Emma ‘Edamame’ was born and bred in mid Canterbury and has the health and wellbeing of Kiwis in mind at all times. As an NZ registered nutritionist (NZ Nutrition Society) with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Auckland, she makes sure we’re all getting our fresh dose of local veggies and our meals are full of nutritious substance – thanks for having our back Em (and our waistlines!). When it comes to New Zealand produce, Emma is a whizz, with fresh berries being her absolute fave. Intrigued to know what food this nutritionist couldn’t live without? Fresh fish and seafood, delivering on both flavour and nourishment. As well as ice cream, especially real fruit ice creams, in the summer time! Life’s all about a tasty balance, right?

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