17 great healthy baked recipes to make at home – eat this, not that
Fall is the time of year when our taste buds crave anything sweet. But as the cold sets in, the desire to skip the lines – and the drive – just for a loaf of Starbucks pumpkin bread or some hot Cinnabon cinnamon buns. With a little planning, you can save yourself a trip in crisp, crisp weather and make yourself comfortable at home with these recipes copied from your favorite baked goods. Whether you’re craving a hearty breakfast or looking for a truly decadent dessert, we’ve got all your favorites from Starbucks, McDonald’s, Texas Roadhouse, and more, just a little healthier. And if you’re looking for something savory, check out over 45 best hearty, healthy restaurant recipes to try tonight.
A cult favorite and true to its name, the Cheesecake Factory offers some of the best cheesecake around. However, you can get the same great taste with literally half the calories (and the cake). Our recipe produces thinner slices with fewer calories, with the same delicious flavor.
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With just 320 calories, our version of Chili’s Molten Cake is always bursting with flavor. Indulge your chocolate senses with our recipe and let the sweet lava flow.
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Zaxby’s are known for their delicious chicken and their brownies are literally the icing on the cake. Unfortunately, Zaxby’s is mostly populated in the south. Fear not, you can still create and taste the hot, gooey goodness of a Zaxby’s brownie in the comfort of your own home with our recipe.
Get our recipe for healthier Copycat Zaxby brownies.
Subway’s variety of cookies can certainly be tantalizing, especially their classic chocolate chip cookie. But the good news: you can skip the cash register and ignore the temptation by baking your own Subway chocolate chip cookies at home. Our recipe offers the same warm, sweet cookie with less butter and fat.
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Every pumpkin and spice latte needs the perfect pumpkin companion, and Starbucks Pumpkin Bread is a staple. Bring the taste of fall to your taste buds and the scent of fall into your home with pumpkin bread. Not only will this great pastry warm your soul, but the pumpkin is known to be low in calories, which makes it perfect for weight loss and contains beneficial vitamins C and E.
Get the recipe from The Novice Chef.
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Nothing beats a visit to Costco. Their baking department creates a mouthwatering aroma that will keep you coming back for more (although maybe that’s their plan.) Avoid the long lines and wait for samples by making your own Costco chocolate chip muffin. at home. Substitute dark chocolate for milk chocolate chips, a powerful source of antioxidants and low blood pressure.
Get the recipe from The Cookin ‘Chicks.
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Baked by Melissa is a staple in the baking industry – if anyone knows how to make a cupcake, it’s Melissa. Not everyone is a home chef, but you can channel your inner Melissa by recreating her famous oatmeal cupcakes. The combination of blended oats and almond milk makes this a perfect treat for vegan bakers.
Get the recipe from Golden The Kitchen.
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For those days when you want to treat yourself to something light and sweet, try this Starbucks Vanilla Scone Recipe. With just 62 calories, your taste buds and your body will thank you.
Get the recipe from Amy’s Healthy Baking.
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McDonald’s is known for its addictive food. Their apple pies are fan favorites, a hot treat perfect for cold, crisp mornings. While McDonald’s have tweaked their apple pie recipe to be healthier, you can avoid the trip (and the extra calories) by baking your own at home.
Get the recipe from Hungry Girl.
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Holidays aren’t quite right without cinnamon buns. Bring the sweet scent of Cinnabon stores into your home with this recipe. Whole grain and topped with maple frosting, these buns are bursting with flavor with half the calories.
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Cranberries are essential for the holiday season. While cranberries are known for their bitter taste, this sweet treat from Starbucks gives the fruit a whole new facelift. This copy recipe gives you all the bliss of cranberries, only better. This recipe is gluten free and almond butter free, which helps control blood sugar.
Get the recipe from Liz Moody.
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You too can have a Carrie Bradshaw moment. Discover the cupcake inspired by the hit series! This recipe makes for a light and airy cupcake, with the use of egg whites and unsalted butter, which subtracts the fat.
Get the recipe from Brooklyn Active Mama.
We all know the muffin man, but unfortunately he doesn’t bake for all of us. Make your kitchen cozy and comfortable with a nostalgic treat from Starbucks. Using fresh blueberries contributes to a high fiber and low calorie intake.
Get the recipe from Crazy For Crust.
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These rollers are easily a household favorite. Create your own healthy mini version at home! The use of substitutes such as honey, light butter, and even protein powder (optional) make these buns the perfect appetizer or light snack.
Get the recipe from Avatar Nutrition.
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You don’t have to go downstairs to sample Outback fan favorite bread. This mimic bread is a version of whole wheat with honey. It even includes dark cocoa powder for the perfect sweet touch without being overloaded with carbs and calories.
Get the Gathering for Bread recipe.
If you are on any type of social network, Kylie Jenner is likely to have encountered your screen once or more. The beauty mogul sent the internet into a craze by sharing the olive oil cakes she received. Try the recipe that TikTokers praises while still getting heart disease protection, a great benefit of olive oil.
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For a very long time, Subway bragged about its âeat freshâ diet. The satisfaction of building a sandwich from scratch can be hard to match, but when you can build it on your own homemade herb and cheese Italian bread, it becomes a lot easier. This bread is bursting with tons of flavor and the use of herbs from the garden makes it taste like home.
Get the recipe from Alyona’s Kitchen.
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