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Our Favorite Healthy Finds: Baking Essentials

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It’s likely you asked your parents at least once growing up whether you could have dessert for breakfast. And it’s also likely the answer was a flat no — for good reasons, of course. But that didn’t mean you couldn’t dream for the day when you could call the shots.

Thanks to healthy dessert connoisseur Katie of Chocolate Covered Katie, that dream can be a reality. As a recipe developer, Katie’s kitchen tools are essential to her creations. We caught up with her to find out what makes the magic happen.

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1. Cuisinart food processor

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I use this food processor to dice carrots or zucchini, shred sweet potatoes for hash browns, blend shredded coconut into butter, and to make my famous Black Bean Brownies. I much prefer a food processor over a blender because I find it more evenly processes all ingredients thanks to the larger surface area.

2. Muffin tin

muffin tin

I use my muffin tin for so much more than just muffins! It’s perfect for making brownies, mini white bean meatloaf, mac and cheese cups, or a readers’ favorite: Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes To Go.

3. Food scale

food scale

If you’re serious about baking, a food scale is one of the best investments you can ever make. Not only will baking results turn out more reliably consistent each time, measuring with a food scale instead of measuring cups will save you time and a huge mess. It enables you to measure flour more precisely, and there’s no longer a need to scrape peanut butter or gooey liquid sweeteners from the measuring cups.

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4. Parchment paper

parchment paper

I almost always line my baking pans with parchment paper before baking cakes, brownies, or bars. This ensures easy removal without the finished product sticking to the bottom of the pan, and it also helps with cleanup.

5. Pans of various sizes

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I recommend a 9 x 13 inch (for sheet cakes and brownies), an 8 x 8 inch square pan (for smaller-serving recipes), and two 8-inch round pans so you have the option to make either a single-layer or double-layer cake like my favorite Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe.

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6. Basic white plates

white plates

Cute and colorful dishes can be fun, but if you can only get one set, I’d recommend going with basic white. Patterned dishes can be distracting and take some of the focus off the beauty of the baked good — You want the food to be the focus, not the plate. Using basic white means all eyes will be on the delicious-looking desserts you serve!


Chocolate Covered Katie

Meet Katie: a girl who eats chocolate every day and sometimes even has cake for breakfast! What started out as just a small food blog she started for fun, Chocolate Covered Katie is now the go-to source for healthy desserts with up to 6 million viewers each month. Katie has been featured by The Today Show, Time, CNN, The Food Network, Bon Appétit, Cooking Light, People Magazine, the MSN, Yahoo!, and AOL homepages, as well as the ABC 5 o’clock News. You can follow her chocolate-covered adventures on Instagram.

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