Guilt-Free Baking // sweet treats

What if we told you that there's a guilt-free way to eat your cake and ENJOY it too! Sound too good to be true? It isn't! Our 'Guilt-Free Baking' cookbook is filled with delicious cakes, healthy frostings (seriously!) and tons of low-fat and low-calorie recipes! This cookbook takes artificial sweeteners and replaces them with good for you ingredients! We tried our hand at baking a raspberry, pear and oat loaf - enjoy! 

You will need:
Heaped 1 cup rolled oats, plus 1 tablespoon for sprinkling
2/3 cup apple juice
low-calorie cooking oil spray
3 tablespoons butter, soft
1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/4 cups raspberries
2 ripe pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch dice



Put the oats in a large bowl. Bring the apple juice to a boil in a small saucepan, then pour it over the oats and leave them to soak for 15 minutes. 

Meanwhile, heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch bread pan with low-calorie cooking oil spray.

Beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract using an electric mixer, until light and creamy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Fold in the flour and baking powder, then fold this mixture into the soaked oats. Finally, stir in the raspberries and diced pears. 

Spoon the batter into the prepared bread pan and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon oats. Bake 1 hour, or until golden brown and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Turn out and transfer to a wire rack to cool. 

YUM! This delicious loaf tastes too good to be 'good' for you! Substitute different fruits for other yummy combinations! Pick up the 'Guilt-free Baking' cookbook and try out your skills making other good for you sweet treats!