Baked Goods Don't Have to Be Bad for You

HonorHealth - Baked Goods Don't Have to Be Bad for You

What comes to mind when you think about baking: Sugar? Butter? Flavor? Yum! We know it. What if we told you there are some small and easy substitutions you can make when you're baking to keep things flavorful and a bit healthier? Here's a recipe from Terri Taylor, an Honorhealth Registered Dietician, that proves you can have it all. At least when it comes to baked goods.

Healthy Cranberry Walnut Bread


  • 1 ½ cups fresh Cranberries
  • 2/3 cup ground Flaxseed
  • 1 cup Whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached Wheat flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground Allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 large Egg
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • ¼ cup expeller pressed Canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup 100% Orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange zest
  • ½ cup chopped Walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350◦ F
  • Coat three, 6-by-3-inch each, mini loaf pans with nonfat cooking spray
  • Pulse cranberries in a food processor until coarsely chopped
  • In large bowl, mix flaxseed, flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice and salt
  • In medium bowl, whisk egg, sugar, oil, vanilla, orange juice and orange zest
  • Add to flour mixture
  • Mix with rubber spatula just until dry ingredients are moistened
  • Fold in cranberries and ¼ cup walnuts
  • Scrape batter into prepared pans, spreading evenly
  • Sprinkle loaves with remaining chopped walnuts
  • Place pans on baking sheet
  • Bake loaves about 35-45 minutes, until tops are golden and cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  • Cool in the pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes
  • Loosen edges. Turn loaves out onto wire rack to cool completely before slicing or wrapping.

Yield: 3 mini loaves, 8 slices each.

Approximate nutritional breakdown per slice: 105 calories, 3 grams protein, 5 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 84 milligrams sodium.

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