Low Fat Baking Recipes

At Lose Baby Weight we often are asked for low fat baking recipes.
And although we don’t recommend eating these foods on a regular basis, here are some low fat baking recipes which are low fat versions of common baking recipes so that you do have a low fat option to make if you love to bake and love a treat every now and again.

Low-fat Banana Bread

This sweet banana bread is very low in fat and has a lovely banana flavour. Perfect for a treat, and is easy enough for kids to make too.

  • 200g wholemeal plain flour
  • 80g brown sugar or Natvia
  • 3 large, ripe bananas
  • 4 tbsp. applesauce or apple puree
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. each of bicarbonate of soda and ground cinnamon

Method of Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C then grease a 20×10 cm cake tin.
  2. Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and bicarb together.
  3. Add the egg whites, apple sauce and mash the bananas, then add these.
  4. Mix until just combined, then pour the batter into the prepared cake tin.
  5. Cook for 50-55 minutes, covered with foil for the last 20 minutes of cooking to make sure the cake doesn’t brown too much.

If you don’t want to use apple sauce, add another mashed banana. This recipe serves 12, so the sugar in it is relatively negligible. You could use agave or honey instead, but you may have to add more flour as the batter will be more liquid.
Calories per serve -143

Chocolate & Raisin Protein Cookies

These easy protein cookies are packed with plenty of protein from the egg whites and the oats. Applesauce keeps them sweet whilst the cocoa powder gives them a chocolatey flavour. The applesauce sweetens the cookies without adding many calories, and it also helps to keep these cookies very, very low in fat.

  • 6 x large egg whites
  • 140g rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp. agave nectar or honey
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 120g unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 x scoops chocolate healthy mummy mix
  • 1 tsp. virgin oil
  • 50g raisins


  1. Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl. Add the honey, applesauce and virgin oil and whisk to combine. Stir in the oats, cocoa powder and whey powder. Fold in the raisins.
  2. Drop the mixture by the tablespoonful onto a lined baking tray. Flatten them slightly using a fork so they are about the circumference of a coffee mug.
  3. Bake the cookies in a 170C oven for 8-10 minutes until lightly shiny on the outside. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.

Recipe makes about 12 cookies. Calories per cookie: 115. Protein per serve 2.5g

Filo Chocolate and Raspberry Tarts

These little choccy tarts taste like chocolate truffles, but they are surprisingly guilt-free.

  • 4 x filo pastry sheets
  • 125ml extra-low fat double cream
  • 150g dark chocolate
  • 100g raspberries

Method of Preparation:

  1. Slice the filo sheets into 8 squares, keeping the filo you’re not working with underneath a damp tea towel so that it doesn’t dry out.
  2. Using a 12-hole muffin tray, layer 2-3 squares of filo in each hole, being careful not to tear the sheets. Pop the tray into a 190C oven for 5 minutes to cook the pastry, then remove the tray and leave it to cool.
  3. Break the chocolate into chunks and place into a bowl. Place the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and melt the chocolate.
  4. Heat the cream in a small saucepan until hot, but not boiling, then pour the cream into the melted chocolate and stir well until fully combined. Leave the chocolate to cool slightly.
  5. Divide the raspberries between the pastry cases, then divide the chocolate mixture between them. Leave the tarts in the muffin tin to set, then remove them and serve with raspberry coulis.

Serving size is 1 or 2 tarts per person. Filo pastry is lower in fat and calories, as is low fat cream – and dark chocolate is full of anti-oxidants and is far better for you than milk chocolate.
Calories per serve – 300

Low-fat Shortbread

This low fat shortbread is made with yoghurt instead of butter, making it still crumbly and tasty but much lower in fat.

  • 80g brown sugar or Natvia
  • 200g wholemeal plain flour
  • 100g corn flour
  • 70g ground almonds
  • 1 egg
  • 125g low fat natural yoghurt, plain or vanilla
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Method of Preparation:

  1. Wisk the egg and the sugar together until fluffy and pale. Add the almonds and cinnamon and mix well.
  2. Mix in the flour, corn flour and yoghurt in thirds until you have a dough that forms into a ball. Cover the dough with cling wrap and leave it to one side for an hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200C and grease some baking trays.
  4. Roll the dough out with a floured rolling pin on a floured work surface until 5mm thick. Cut into shapes then put onto the prepared baking tray.
  5. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until just cooked and still soft.

You can flavour the shortbread by using different flavoured yoghurts. Recipe makes 24 biscuits
Calories per serve -95

Chocolate Mousse Cake

This simple chocolate cake is made with only 4 ingredients, and you can stuff it with whatever you fancy – try nuts or dried cherries.

  • 3 eggs
  • 65g light brown sugar or Natvia
  • 60g flour, wholemeal
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

Method of Preparation:

  1. Heat the oven to 160C and grease and line two 7inch cake tins.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and the sugar for 5 minutes until very light and pale. They should be full of air.
  3. Sift together the flour and cocoa powder then sift into the egg mixture. Fold together very gently using a metal spoon, keeping the air in the mixture.
  4. Divide the mixture between the two tins, level the top and cook for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Leave to cool.

If you want to, make icing by beating together low fat cream cheese with a tbsp. each of icing sugar and unsweetened cocoa powder. Recipe serves 8.
Calories per serve -130

Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti

Biscotti are surprisingly simple to make and taste delicious for an occasional treat. They also do not contain any butter at all, making them low in fat and calories – these only come in at 80 calories a biscuit.

  • 250g wholemeal flour
  • 70g brown sugar of Natvia
  • 2 small eggs
  • Zest of one orange
  • ½ tsp. bicarbonate of soda
  • 25g chopped, roasted hazelnuts
  • 25g dark chocolate chips

Method of Preparation:

  1. Heat oven to 180C and grease a baking tray.
  2. Whisk together the eggs and sugar until fluffy. Sift flour and bicarb together in a bowl, stir in the orange zest, hazelnuts and chocolate chips and stir together until they form a dough.
  3. Shape the dough into a 25cm long sausage, then squash it down to 3cm thick. Place onto the prepared baking tray and cook for 30 minutes.
  4. Turn the oven down to 160C. Take the biscotti out of the oven and slice into 1cm biscuits. Lay the biscuits onto the baking tray, cut side up, then cook for another 10-15 minutes until crispy. Leave them to cool.

The biscuits will keep for 3 weeks in an airtight container. You can omit the chocolate chips and use a little cocoa powder, or you could add dried fruit or nuts. Recipe makes 20 biscuits.
Calories per serve -100

Oat Bran Muffins

Servings 12

  • 1 Cup Oat Bran
  • 1 Cup Wholemeal Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar or Natvia
  • 2 Medium Sized Eggs
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • Fruit of Choice either tinned, dried or fresh

Combine dry ingredients the add in wet ingredients and mix for one minute. Then cook on a medium heat for approximately 20-30 minutes
Calories per serve -140

Low fat Gingerbread men

These gingerbread men contain half the fat normally used in most gingerbread cookie recipes. Applesauce helps the cookies retain their moisture and gives them a soft texture.

  • 1/4 cup reduced fat butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar or Natvia
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses
  • 3 cups wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

In a bowl, mix the butter, sugar and applesauce until smooth. Next, add egg and molasses and stir well. In another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and spices. Add to sugar and molasses mixture, stirring well. Divide dough in two and cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough to 1/4 or 1/8-inch thickness. Cut gingerbread men with a cookie cutter. Add candies or raisins to decorate. Place 1-2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Add frosting or more decorations when cool. Makes 30 cookies.
Calories per serve – 72

Carb-Free Peanut Butter Cookies


  • 2 tbsp. crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 tbsp. Natvia
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Method of Preparation:

  1. Whisk the egg white until frothy, then whisk in the peanut butter, sweetener and vanilla.
  2. Drop by the teaspoon onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and cook in a 200C oven for 15 minutes or until set and slightly browned.

These cookies don’t really taste the same as cookies made with flour, but they are delicious in their own way. Recipe makes about 12.
Calories per serve -55

Banana and Cocoa Squares


  • 60g self-raising flour
  • 60g wholemeal flour
  • 2 large bananas
  • 4 tbsp. 0% fat Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp. runny honey
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of salt

Method of Preparation:

  1. Mash the bananas and mix with the yoghurt, honey, egg and vanilla in a bowl.
  2. In another bowl, sift the self-raising flour, wholemeal flour, cinnamon, bicarb and salt.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients until fully combined. Pour 2/3 of the mixture into a baking tin greased with cake release spray or oil spray.
  4. Mix the other 1/3 of the mixture with the cocoa powder and swirl into the batter in the tin.
  5. Cook in an 180C oven for 25 minutes or until set. Cut into 12 squares.

You can easily up the honey content for a sweeter treat, or you could add 50g dark chocolate chips for extra flavour.
Calories per serve -75

Oaty Banana Flapjacks


  • 225g mashed banana
  • 110g porridge oats
  • Quarter of a cup of honey
  • 100g sultanas
  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 tbsp. skim milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
  • ½ tsp. bicarbonate of soda

Method of Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Mix the oats, honey, sultanas, cinnamon and bicarb in a large bowl
  3. In another bowl, mix the mashed banana, egg whites, skim milk and vanilla extract.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients.
  5. Spread into a lined 23cm by 33cm tin and then put into the oven for 35 minutes or so.
  6. Cut into bars to serve.

Makes 8 servings.
Calories per serve -157

Lactation Cookies – Oat bites


  • ½ cup margarine
  • ½ cup runny honey
  • ½ cup brown sugar or Natvia
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp. flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup wholemeal flour
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 ½ cups thick cut oats
  • 1 large tbsp. brewer’s yeast


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Combine the flaxseed meal with the water and leave to sit for a couple of minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, put the margarine, honey and brown sugar into a bowl. Using an electric mixer or a wooden spoon, beat together until the mixture is smooth, pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg – if it looks like it will curdle, add one tbsp. of the flour and beat in.
  3. Add the flaxseed meal mixture and beat in. Add the vanilla and beat in.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and brewer’s yeast. Stir gently into the wet mixture until you have a smooth batter, then fold in the oats. Drop by the spoonful onto baking trays lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 8-12 minutes until golden, then leave to cool.

Recipe serves 40. Calories per serving: 71, fat per serving: 2.9g.

So if you are a mum with a sweet tooth, than use any of these low fat baking recipes to treat yourself every now and then.

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