baking

Popular Healthy Baking Recipes

For anyone new to pattycake, you may be wondering which recipes to try first, so I compiled a list of some of the most popular recipes according to my stats. Delicious data. :)

Most of these recipes are gluten-free, free of refined sugar and generally lower in sugar than most baked goods. Some are dairy-free, egg-free or vegan. (And most are optionally one or more of these.) If you're on a special diet, I trust you know what you can or can't eat, and to not rely on my labeling/tags which can be open to interpretation.

If anyone has a favourite recipe that wasn't included, whether it be from this site or another, please share it in the comments - we'd all love to know!

popular cookie & bar recipes

Sweet Honey! Peanut Butter Cookies (in the top photo)

Really Awesome Black Bean Brownies

Banana Booty Bars

Awesome Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Spicy Mayan Brownies

Tahini Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

Ginger Miso Peanut Butter Cookies

popular quick bread recipes

Chocolate Chip Almond Banana Bread

Quinoa Rice Bread

Healthy Banana Bread

Quick & Easy Oat Bread


Whole Almond Bread

Quinoa Cornbread

Blueberry Bran Muffins

misc popular recipes

New Cherry Clafoutis

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Patty's Pumpkin Pudding


Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups


Aluminum-free Baking Powder


Classic Baked Oatmeal


Awesome Almond Buckwheat Pancakes

enjoy :)

Coconut Woman

Right now it's super hot here in Mexico (like +40C with humidity, and getting hotter) so baking has taken the back burner so to speak, but that's cool because I love making all kinds of food - hello jicama salads and no-bake amaranth squares! (Ok, I did just bake a sticky red banana pudding - yum...) Now that the rainy season has started, the plants are happy again and we have quite the selection of exciting produce available, from mangos to sapotes to pitayas. I've also been super-busy with my other blog, as well as design projects, not to mention the amazing adventure that is life - it surprises me how much of my time is taken up living!

All this to say my blog posts here will be very sporadic for the next little while, but I still have time to reply to your comments and emails (which I love) and if you need a fix of healthy baked goods, there are some fabulous healthy (as well as gluten-free and vegan) recipe links from folks all over the world on Baking is Hot. :)

And what about the picture? Well, that's me posing with the fresh coconuts my sweetheart bravely retrieved from 2 different coconut palms on the lovely property we're living on this summer.  I was so enamored by these 2 beauties that I said "Quick, take a picture, I feel like Coconut Woman!" (Thanks for indulging me C, heehee.) Right after this, he hacked them both open with a machete (another brave feat, swoon...) and we enjoyed one of our favourite drinks - fresh coconut water with some fine aged rum. ¡Qué riquísimo!

Baking is Hot!

Cute phrase, ya? That's what my sweetheart thought when I blurted it out a year and a half ago, so we immediately snapped up the URL. After an exhilarating year of travel and major life changes, we finally found the time to make Baking is Hot, a place to showcase inspiring baking photos (that link to great recipes), and the best baking stuff online.

Baking is Hot is still in beta, so we'd love your feedback on the site. (Yes, there will be tons of great pics from other bloggers too!) We want it to make it the sweetest spot for bakers online. Please let us know what you think - thanks!


xo Patty

P.S. You too can get a stylie "Featured on Baking is Hot" badge (look to the right) if we feature one of your awesome pics. Contact me if you have something wonderful to share. :)

P.P.S. My secret agenda for Baking is Hot is to promote healthy baking to the masses. Wish me luck.

Baking Banana Bread in Bacalar

I've been happily mucking about in the kitchen, baking with the little gas oven in the mornings when it's cool enough to do so. (Yes, I have an oven!) It's a fun challenge to bake-up delicious wheat-free healthy goods with the ingredients I have access to here.

The very first thing I whipped-up was a classic: hearty rustic banana bread, based on my recipe for Easy Gluten-free Banana Bread. Of course, I had to make a few alterations. I used a combination of white rice flour (surprisingly easy to find here) and home-made oat flour. My banana bread also had unrefined Mexican brown cane sugar (called piloncillo - delicious!), Mexican cinnamon (I always double the amount as it's more subtle than what I use in Canada), and of course - delectable aromatic Mexican vanilla. Local bananas, eggs, and a sprinkling of fresh pepitas on top - yum!

There's no aluminum-free baking powder here, or cream of tartar (so that I can make my own). Instead, I used a combination of baking soda and apple cider vinegar, and though my cake was a bit dense, the soda+acid did the trick.

I also used a small rectangular stainless steel pan, the only pan I brought from Canada, instead of a loaf pan. Worked like a charm.

The banana bread was hearty and delicious (though I'd like to make a few tweaks before sharing the recipe...) It made a lovely breakfast, enjoyed with my sweetie and a cup of exquisite Chiapas coffee in a hammock watching the sunrise. La vida es buena. Life is good.


Thanks for the awesome pic Crispin.

Inspiring Elegant Flourless Cakes

I was so happy to come across these elegant and inventive cake recipes by Jacqueline Mallorca. Each cake has a wonderful balance of fine ingredients, and they all happen to be wheat-free and gluten-free:

Flourless Carrot Cake Recipe
Flourless Zucchini Cake Recipe
Portuguese Almond And Potato Cake Recipe

How inspiring - I'm looking forward to trying these out!

Jacqueline Mallorca is an accoplished chef and baker with several highly acclaimed cookbooks - as well as a super-cool name. Thank you thank you Trish for sharing these recipes online. 

Baking & Real Estate II

I finally have a bit of time to write, since I've been organizing, staging, photographing, and polishing our condo for the market. We've gotten nothing but stellar feedback on our stylish pad - now if only we could get a couple of keen buyers and a friendly little bidding war, that would be really sweet!

Everything I've read about staging a home talks about the importance of good smells. With all the fresh flowers and baking that goes on here, our place smells great. Since one's place should be spotless all the time when it's on the market, I lean towards easy recipes that don't involve too many bowls, utensils, or appliances. I often bake half of the cookies from a recipe (and store the other half of the batter in the fridge) and bake the rest another day to save time and effort. I've been avoiding baking peanut-butter cookies on the off chance that someone with a nut allergy comes through. I use high quality Mexican vanilla and cinnamon in everything for the best flavour and aroma. Things I've been baking:

Sweet Ambrosia Cookies
These are quick and easy to make - you can mix everything by hand in one bowl. Coconut and pecans add lovely complimentary fragrances.

Tahini Oatmeal Walnut Cookies
Another delicious easy one bowl concoction. Add 1tsp of vanilla to make these even more fragrant.

Patty's Pumpkin Pudding
Tis the season for these aromatic winter squash baked delights. The higher quality the spice, the better the bouquet! I throw all the ingredients in a blender to make prep and clean-up quick and easy.

Wish us luck!

Baking & Real Estate

Yes, it's officially autumn, and I've been busy baking-up summer's bounty into crumbles, clafoutis, quick breads... I've also been super-busy with life, as we've decided to sell our beautiful historic tip top loft condo here in downtown Toronto. (Please contact me asap if you're interested!) Luckily for me, I hear that baking things like pumpkin pies while trying to sell increases your chances - so our timing is great :-)

Any advice to help us sell? Particular things I can do or bake to fluff the place for viewings? Thanks!

Plums, Pears & Blackberries


A pretty plum tree full of ripe fruit.

I'm so excited about all the fresh fruit that's in season! Here are some great recipes from around the web that celebrate late summer's bounty:

Frangipane Style Plum Tart Recipe
The local plums are in, and here's a beautiful way to enjoy them - in a lovely almond cream tart. (Adi makes wonderful treats with fresh fruit.)

Pear-berry Crisp With Lavender Topping Recipe
This lovely crisp made with blackberries, raspberries, and pears sounds amazing. (The recipe calls for all purpose flour, but I think it would work with a whole flour, light spelt flour, or a gluten-free mix - crisps and crumbles aren't too fussy.) I have lavender growing on my deck that's ready for this aromatic treat...

Roasted Plums with Greek Yogurt
What an elegant way to let the plums speak for themselves - I'm totally going to make this. The lightly carmelized fruit is topped with toasted hazelnuts, and I'm sure other nuts like almonds or walnuts would be delicious as well. I might get fancy and sprinkle the tiniest bit of cardamom or cinnamon on top before baking. You can also make this simple desert with pears. Bonus: This one's quick and easy to make + light and healthy!



The last of the late summer blackberries. (Both of these photos were taken in Switzerland last summer, while staying on the Vulliens farm.)

Happy healthy baking :)

New Cherry Clafoutis

Clafoutis are one of my favourite summer treats. These baked fruit and custard desserts are absolutely delicious made with fresh local fruit (traditionally cherries), they look beautiful, and they're very easy to throw together. I discovered some interesting facts about clafoutis while searching the web and re-visiting the English wikipedia entry I started on the topic:

  • A "clafouiti" is more commonly called a "clafoutis" ("clafoutis" in the plural too)
  • When other kinds of fruit (plums, prunes, apples, cranberries, blackberries..) are used instead of cherries, the dish is called a "flognarde" or "flaugnarde" (I still prefer calling them clafoutis!)
  • Clafoutis originated in Limousin France and spread throughout the country in the 19th century
  • Baking whole cherries (with the pits intact) in a clafoutis imparts a wonderful flavour

Out of curiosity (and laziness) I made my first cherry clafoutis with whole un-pitted cherries. The result? The cherry clafoutis (+pits) had almond-like undertones from the cherry pits, totally delicious! You do have to spit the pits out while you're eating it, but it's totally worth it.

Since I'm off wheat, I experimented until I came up with a delicious nice-textured wheat-free clafoutis -
Recipe: Classic-Style Cherry Clafoutis + Variations


And here's a splendid variation with a slivered almond crust -
Recipe: Cherry Clafoutis with Almond Crust

Both of these clafoutis can be made with other fruit like blueberries, raspberries, halved fresh figs - mmm...

Please share your favourite clafoutis recipes, facts and tips in the comments!
xo Patty

Thanks Michelle for intoducing me to clafouits years ago - you're a great baking buddy. Thanks Crispin for the top photo, you really have a knack for making my baked goods look sexy ;-)

healthy baking on the bbq


hot off the grill: fresh blueberry clafouti!

This summer I did a bit of experimental baking on the bbq: fun! (and a great idea when you don't want to heat your place up)

After botching some lovely sprouted quinoa muffins that I tried to bake on the bbq, I was ready to learn from my mistake: don't put the pan directly on the grill, or else your goods will burn burn burn.