I’ll not credit my stress baking instincts to Covid quarantine. I know during this quarantine, our Instagram feed has been flooded with delectable food photos by self-learned chefs like me! More and more of us are finding refuge in the nook and cranny of our kitchen, in the small living room library, or the CNN news pages for the latest updates on the virus. To each his own for stress-busting!
I have been running away into the arms of my kitchen and immersing myself in a bowl of flour, milk, sugar, and cocoa powder every time I have a very taxing day. Baking is kind of a cathartic experience for me. When I’m baking it relieves me of the stress, the anxiety, and the emotional fatigue.
And all thanks to covid, we are grappling every day to come to terms with the fact that my friend and family is not just a phone call away from me. Their voice on the phone and their smiling faces on FaceTime is all I have to be happy with now. Sigh, sad but that’s what it is. Does that mean that some of us do even more stress baking? Hell, ya!! And if we are baking that frequently, let’s try and stick to healthier options, please.
Need some ideas, here are they!
Something that always tops my list, baking bread, a big batch. This bread-making event includes banana, walnut, chocolate chip, and sunflower seed in its gambit. Really whatever is lying in my pantry, banana going mushy, turn it into a bread and want a bit of crunch throw in some almond pieces. And I always use stevia if I want a hint of sweetness. The banana bread recipe on Wholesome Yum is the body-happy kinda recipe because it’s sugar-free and keto-friendly too!
Raise your hand if you can say no to chocolate chip cookies, and more so if they are gluten-free. I see no hands!! This recipe from Meaningful Eats gives just the perfect drool-worthy one. Try it just now if you have everything at home! And if you’re looking for the strictly keto-approved version then the one on Delish may just be the one for you.
Muffins in all forms, just pick the fruit you want to go in it. I love it with blueberries, cranberries, and bananas,. I chuck the all-purpose flour for almond flour and try steering clear of added sugars and if in need add swerve. A lot less guilt, a whole lot of stress venting, and tons of tummy pleasure!
The sourdough bread and cream cheese on top, yumm heaven for sure. I bake a batch and eat it as a snack. That way even when binge eating out of boredom, I’m sure not to reach for that bag of chips. Want a recipe, check out Oh So Foodie.
Chocolate Pound Cake!
Have you heard about the keto-friendly chocolate pound cake, don’t tell me you didn’t. These are like the perfect cheat food but with a healthy silver-lining to it. Go make the cake from the recipe on Evolved or wait, I’ll give you one more low-carb option on Lowcarbology to look at.
How about some bagels, I love them so much. Gnom Gnom has this amazing keto-approved gluten-free bagel recipe, which I think you must try. Let’s take this stress baking thing to another level. If we are baking, may as well make something that sets us up for a nice breakfast tomorrow. What say!! Another option, the bagel recipe on Sugar Free Londoner! Thank me later, okay!
The biscottis are a hit with me and my family, I make the one with almond flour. I usually vouch for the Sugar Free Londoner Keto Pecan Pistachio Biscotti, it’s delicious and relatively easy to make. Have a biscotti recipe that you swear by? Why not share it in the comments!!
The obnoxiously healthy peanut butter or cashew cookies, the bonus- its gluten-free guys. Want to make this right away? Steal the cashew butter cookie recipe from The Big Man’s World or the peanut butter cookie from, again, the Sugar Free Londoner. Stress baking, done right!
Cauliflowered rice and flour are a ‘thing’ now.
I was thinking of using it somewhere in one of my baking expeditions, then chanced on this cauliflower breadstick recipe. Trust me these taste like a ‘real’ cheese breadstick. Don’t believe me, check the recipe out on Real HouseMoms. It’s low on carb meter, but high on baking satisfaction meter!
At first, sugar free and doughnut sounded oxymoronic, then digging deeper I gave this doughnut a chance. It surprised me beyond expectations and I’m sure it will do the same to you too. Try it from Sugar Free Londoner. Who said stress baking has to be sugar-laden only??
I have eaten to my heart’s content before, but what’s with the sugar-free apple pie? Let’s check the one from the Taste of Home.
Did anyone say fudge?
I love the fudge that I ate on my trip to Mackinac Island, but now that I try to avoid dairty, this vegan fudge recipe on Detoxinista is just my star.
Baking some healthy crackers, sounds good!
The Big Man’s World has this fantastic keto cheese cracker recipe, make them in bulk and store them. Munch when you want.
You don’t need a recipe link for this, do you? It’s so every day and fulfilling, eating healthy, cleaning the refrigerator of the languishing veggies, and the best part you can freeze and have it over the week during the morning rush.
The Wholesome Yum has the perfect low carb recipe. Make it, stash it! Stress baking, bring it on!
And if you’re in the mood to bake something elaborate, try your hand at this Keto Croissants from Mouthwatering Motivation. It seems like a bit of work, the end result though is a fitting tribute to all the hard work.
Breakfast Casserole recipe
I love this casserole from Love And Lemons, its similar to the quiche but bacon! It says breakfast but you can essentially make a big batch and eat it for lunch if you’re strapped for time in between meetings!
Coffee cake with the keto twist, of course
The Wholesome Yum recipe makes our lives a bit simpler. Make one today and savor it with coffee in the afternoon or mid-morning or a quick bite before a suddenly scheduled meeting!
I’ll not take much of your time because I can see you have your measuring spoons, spatula, bowls, and whisker out already and you’re ready to go! Which one are you baking today, and wait don’t eat the whole thing in one breath. I have tried and made the list as healthy as possible so no guilt trips here!! And you’re not scratching your head to figure out what to bake next time when you’re looking for a purgative baking experience. Bake your favorite from the list, hum a tune and see the stress getting lifted, at least for some time.