Baking can be extremely rewarding- particularly when the fruits of your labour turn out both health and delicious. Contrary to popular belief, decadent baked goods such as cupcakes, brownies, cakes or even cheesecake, can have a place in a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Healthy baking can initially feel like a completely different world, encompassing recipes ripe with ingredients you previously weren’t aware existed, substitutions for an array of special diets ranging from vegan to paleo or keto and meticulous attention paid to instructions for managing moisture content and texture profiles of unique ingredients. We caught up with Suulali Gunatissa, the mastermind behind Bake a Wish who is on an audacious quest to shatter misconceptions about healthy baking and desserts. Using curd as a base for the majority of her cakes’ frostings while also incorporating local fruit such as narang and starfruit, Bake A Wish boasts of some of the most indulgent cakes and desserts imaginable.

What inspired you to start Bake a Wish?

I have enjoyed baking from a very young age and liked to experiment with different recipes while giving them my own twist. My friends and family have always commented on how unique and tasty the cakes and desserts I made are. Baking is my passion and I wanted to share my creations with everyone. This is how Bake A Wish was born.

You lead an extremely active lifestyle and are a huge proponent of a healthy, refined-sugar free diet. How has this influenced your baking?

While Bake A Wish has the entire range of regular well-known cakes and desserts, due to my interest in promoting a healthier lifestyle, we have developed a large range that focuses on healthier versions of your favorite sweet treats, as well as a vegan range. For those of us looking for healthier dessert alternatives, Bake a Wish has got you covered!

There is a common misconception that healthy baking is either unattainable or bland and boring. How do plan on changing this stereotype?

We have developed many healthy alternatives to commonly used ingredients that will still give you the same flavors with less fats and a reduced sugar content. The feedback we have had from our customers is that our healthy range of desserts and cakes are delicious, indulgent and a great alternative to traditional sweet treats.

What are some of the healthy treats on Bake a Wish’s menu?

• Narang Cake with Curd Frosting
• Matcha Velvet Cake with Passion Fruit Curd Frosting.
• Raw Passion fruit and Mango Cheesecake (Sugar Free and Vegan)
• Vegan Narang and Coconut Cake

What natural ingredients are staples in your healthy baked goods?

• Fresh and dried fruit
• Fresh buffalo curd
• Soy milk
• Organic Bees Honey
• Kithul treacle
• Organic Coconut Sugar
• Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
• Organic Coconut Milk

What is your favourite sugar substitute and why?

Kithul treacle!.I love its smoky flavour and rich caramel notes. I love how it can, for example, transform basic buffalo curd into a decadent treat.

Suulali shares her recipe for her delightful and uber-healthy Sugar Free Banana and Pineapple Atta muffins

  • 1¾ cup atta flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup milk of choice
  • ¼ cup virgin coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup kithul treacle
  • 2 bananas (mashed)
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2. Grease 9 muffin cups using oil or butter.
3. In a large bowl mash 2 bananas with a fork.
4. Add the milk, oil, kithul treacle and egg. Stir until combined.
5. Mix in the flour, baking powder and salt.
6. Add the pineapple and gently mix until combined.
7. Evenly distribute the batter into 9 muffin cups.
8. Bake for 18 minutes or until a knife inserted in the centre of a muffin comes out clean.
9. Leave it to cool in the muffin tin for 5 minutes and then remove them from the muffin cups and place them on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Be sure to serve warm. Yum!

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