Inspiration has many names, mine is called Simran Oberoi Multani. Discovering the baker in me has been one of the best experiences of my life. Simran’s facebook group – Ovenderful Mom Bakers Community, is where I began my baking journey. It is wonderful to see how her constant encouragement has turned many into talented bakers.
Besides being an amazing baker, she is one of the kindest souls I know. It is really hard not to look up to her, respect her and love her.
So here’s Simran and her amazing healthy bake for you guys.
Enjoy the post
This is the first time someone has asked me to write a Guest Blog and so I started this piece in many different ways, before settling down on this being the best way to start!
Over the last few years, I have often wondered if “healthy” baking is an oxymoron . Most traditional and classic bakers would have you believe that baking is always synonymous with ingredients like allpurpose flour, sugar, butter and so on, which for an average adult are unhealthy when consumed in large or even at times moderate quantities. But I love the old-fashioned home baked goods – because of the link they have to what defines home or what defines family.
But then why follow the beaten path always? Sometimes it helps to ask questions and re-create new rules.
My approach to healthy baking was not discovered in a life-changing moment. It came to me slowly, but surely. You read, you learn. You try, you learn. You push boundaries, you learn. So that’s all that I did – I read, I tried and I pushed my boundaries.
I think people believe that you discover your passion in a sudden burst of enlightening. Nothing so dramatic for me – because I believe that it comes to you in small and quiet moments of trials and triumphs; like when you face challenges in finding what your child might love eating or when you discover your husband has a sweet tooth but you want to keep it healthy as well for both. Or when you know your mom’s medical treatment drops her immunity levels and so she needs a not-so-boring form of nutritious snack. These kind of instances make you read, try and push your boundaries.
So healthy baking to me is an extension of my own life experiences and how stories that I hear each day – from my family, my friends and clients help me to keep exploring new horizons even if only to realize that all experiments do not work.
My only advice when it comes to healthy baking is pretty much what applies to life – keep an open mind, a welcoming house, simple yet delicious bakes and a warm oven !
So the recipe that I am sharing here is one that I baked in the initial stages of exploring the healthy baking route and am baking it again for this post-
The Gluten-free Spanish Orange and Almond Cake ( Butter-free)
Inspired from the Recipe from a Baking book of Readers Digest