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Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade: Baked Goods

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade:  Baked Goods

By Contributing Writer Brandy Ferguson

If you missed the first post in the Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade series, we talked about some essential pantry staples that will help you get started cooking from scratch.

And this month, we’re discussing one of the most obvious, and probably one of our most favorite aspects of cooking homemade – baking!

I’d always loved to bake, and as we began to have children, I realized more and more the importance of using simpler ingredients. Even if I made something with white flour, I still felt better about serving that than I did canned biscuits or pancakes made from a boxed mix that contained ingredients I couldn’t pronounce.

Over the years, I’ve replaced more and more packaged baked goods with healthier homemade versions. Baking from scratch does require a bit of planning ahead, and of course, a bit of prep work, but not only is it healthier, it can be a lot of fun!

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade:  Baked Goods

Baked Goods to Make Instead of Buy

If you’re just beginning to bake from scratch, here are a few simple recipes to experiment with, instead of buying and using packaged mixes:

Pear Pecan Muffins

Healthier Pancakes

Pie Crust

Easy, Fluffy Biscuits

Whole Wheat Crackers

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade:  Baked Goods

Banana Muffins

Easy, Chocolate Granola Bars

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade:  Baked Goods

Organic Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy Pizza Dough

Fabulous Homemade Bread

Granola Energy Balls

Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies

Crunchy Oats and Honey Granola Bars

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade:  Baked Goods

Pantry Staples to Help You Bake From Scratch

Other posts in the series:

Real Food Made Simple: A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better

First Steps to Real Food

What Is Real Food?

Cutting Your Kitchen Prep Time in Half — Or More!

Confessions of a Formerly Picky Eater

How to Read Food Labels

The Grain Controversy: Should We Eat Them or Not?

Second Steps Towards Eating Real Foods: Switching Your Food Sources

Sweeteners: How They Affect You, Which Ones are Best, and How to Use Them

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade: Pantry Staples

5 Strategies to Help Your Husband and Kids Transition to Real Food 

7 Foods to Avoid

Finding Real Food in the Grocery Store

20 Easy Real Food Switches and Substitutions {with Free Printable Chart}

First Steps to Eating for Fertility

Keeping Costs Down in a Real Food Kitchen

Raising Kids on Real Food

5 Ways to Get More Fruits & Veggies into your Diet

Food Is Not Cheap: 4 Steps to Budgeting in Real Food

Simple Roast Chicken (And Fabulous Side Dish Recipes!)

17 Homemade Spice Mixes {with Recipes & Why You Should Use Them!}

5 Ways Green Living and Real Food are Connected

Simple Steps to Begin Cooking Homemade: Soups, Sauces, and Simple Dinners

Where are you on your real food journey? Do you have a favorite recipe to share?

Natural Living Tip ~ Baking is nutritious and FUN!


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  1. We are still very young in our real food journey. I chose to start with our bread. I make bread several days a week. I love it!! It tastes so good and has only 6 ingredients …can’t beat that! Thanks for this post. I can’t wait to try some of these recipes!

  2. I haven’t made crackers yet (although that is on my list to try!), but I regularly make a batch of muffins and/or cookies each week for us to enjoy for breakfast and snacks. It doesn’t take long at all – I typically mix them up while I’m preparing dinner and then bake them while I’m cleaning up dinner on Sunday or Monday night.

  3. I am loving the easy steps to cooking homemade series!!! My family is nearly brand spanking new to attempting a whole food lifestyle. I am taking small steps to enable us to sustain. Bread would be my next step but I am really intimidated by making bread. I do not have a stand mixer and am not quite ready to purchase one (gotta save some $dough first). Can I attempt the bread recipe mentioned without one and if so any pointers for a first timer…thanks for any and all thoughts!

  4. Besides sweets (cookies, muffins, etc.), pizza dough is probably the first baked good I started making from scratch. I’ll never go back! It can be made quickly and once I figured out how to get the dough to bake with the right texture (I bake it without toppings for a short time, then top it and bake it until done), it became a favorite in my house. I love that I can customize it by adding seasonings while kneading the dough to give it a unique flavor.
    I’m eager to try the recipe for wheat crackers.

  5. I bake cookies and muffins, and make pancakes from scratch. I’ve tried pizza dough once or twice, but I haven’t quite got the hang of it yet. Breads are something I want to work on these next few months. Will be pinning this post for reference.

  6. great links – i will check them out! thanks. we do everything homemade. i think homemade naan bread and tortillas are my favorite. 🙂 we also do a lot using sour dough.

  7. Hi Brandy, Yesturday I was making pumpkin CC muffins and I did really well with the flour and sugar parts going with healthier on both of these, but then I came to the oil. 1and 1/2 cups. Here is my question do you sub 1and 1/2 butter for oil or do you use coconut oil. My jar of Coconut oil is only 14fl oz to begin with so I would be using almost all of it. And do you melt it down to add it to the recipe? SAme with my zucchini bread recipe it calls for quite a bit of oil. Any thought would be great. Thanks, Kristy A.


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