Help! I need “healthy” ideas for bake sale goods!

Years ago, I perfected the art of making 150 pretty cupcakes in only a few hours, for bake sales. However, we have an upcoming musical-related bake sale that will take place over a few days, (during intermissions of the show) and the school committee has decided that most of the sale goods should be “healthy” (not a well-defined term in this case.)

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  • InSearchOfTacos Dec 30, 2021

    i have not faced this challenge- but i have had luck in making banana bread “healthy” by using apple sauce and yogurt in place of some of the butter

    • cheesymama Dec 30, 2021

      I would make banana cupcakes and carrot cupcakes, you could sub in 1/3 to 1/2 wholewheat flour for the ap and add some ground flax seed. Top with a light layer of cream cheese frosting. Oatmeal cookies with dried fruit and some mini chocolate chips and homemade granola bars or even individual servings of fancy trail mix in bags or cups should be popular with the kids.
      I don’t know Guys and Dolls, so not sure how you could incorporate the theme.

      • blue room Dec 30, 2021

        Just a thought — dice are cubes, not rectangles — maybe you’re picturing a domino.

        Also the “Guys and Dolls” title would easily fit with gingerbread/anybread men and ladies.

        • somervilleoldtimer Jan 1, 2021

          Oh, so true about the shape! I guess I was thinking about dominos!

        • applgrl Dec 30, 2021

          My son’s Grade Three teacher had the class make this quasi-healthy gem:
          Pumpkin Muffins
          6 cups flour
          2 T cinnamon
          4 t baking powder
          4 t baking soda
          2 t salt
          1-2 cups chocolate chips (might want to sub with dried cranberries)

          2C brown sugar
          2 C white sugar
          3 C vegetable oil (canola)
          1 28 oz tin pumpkin puree.

          Fold the wet ingredients together, Sift the dry together, then combine. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes. Makes around 5 dozen, using jumbo sized paper liners.

          My kids still snarf these down like there’s no tomorrow. It’s fairly forgiving–you could decrease the sugar a little bit. Also if I don’t have a full tin of pumpkin I’ll sometimes top up the can with applesauce. Use fancy paper liners and you’ll sell out for sure! Good luck…..

        • JaclynM Dec 30, 2021

          King Arthur Flour has some recipes for whole grain cookies & bars:…

          Or maybe some muffins:… . You could try making the blueberry muffins with some whole wheat flour to make them healthier.

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