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Okay, so it’s still the first week in January so that means it’s still totally acceptable to be posting goals and resolutions for 2013 right? Of course! However, different from my 2013 resolutions and goals made the other day this one has a flair to it. A sweet, delicious, soft, fluffy, perhaps healthy at times, chocolate-y (blah blah blah) flair. A baking flair to be precise.

I can’t tell you how many recipes I’ve seen on pinterest, in magazines, online and from friends that I’ve copied, saved, typed and bookmarked but never bothered to actually make them. The biggest offender? Baking recipes. It just so happens to be one of the funnest, tastiest and kindest (sharing is caring) forms of cooking you could do. Once again I’m going to make myself accountable. What better way than to blast it all over the web. Here you have my 2013 Baking Goals (open to further adjustments and additions).

2013 Baking Goals/List

1. Ginger nuts.

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I’ve always had a love affair with these biscuits as a young child and it slowly turned into a love-hate relationship when I realised how shocking they were for you, yet they still had the guts to maintain their addictive-ness. Only requirement: They must be hard. Ginger nuts are hard biscuits!

2. Hot Cross Buns.

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1 a penny, 2 a penny…or not.

So it’s probably been 2 or 3 years now that I’ve said I’d make these for easter. But ahhh, never happened. I. Must. Do. It. But only at Easter Time, it’s sacrilegious otherwise.

3. Bread!

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I’d love to make my own raisin bread, wholemeal/grain bread or any bread for that matter. Nothing like freshly baked bread mmm. Though I was a little discouraged when my boyfriend mentioned how bloomin’ difficult it was. But then I was a genius and came up with the idea of using a bread-maker…and then I was humbled when he mentioned we don’t own one. Maybe I should pop that on the appliance list behind a Vitamix ūüėČ

4. Gingerbread with sugar icing.

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I think these are German or Dutch (help!?) but I know these are delicious. I haven’t had one in forever and the other day the bf and I were reminiscing about these bad boys. Must make and must devour.

5. A slice!

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I haven’t made one in forever. I’m not sure whether I want it to be decadent, simple, healthy, sweet, chocolate-y etc. I think I’ll just wait for the inspiration to hit and then go from there. But from looking at that picture..I’m thinking peanut butter is a definite.

6. Blondies.

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I’ve had dreams about these beauties. At an old favourite restaurant we went to they served white chocolate and macadamia slice, which reminded me so much of a white chocolate version of a brownie. Which just so happens to have it’s very own name- a Blondie!

7. Baked Oatmeal.

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I like oatmeal, baking and use oatmeal when making my protein slices. It’s a wonder I haven’t tried this yet!

8. Churros.

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This is more for him than it is for me. I’ve never been a big fan of churros, but the boyfriend loves getting them as a novelty treat. I reckon they’d be just as fun to make as they are to eat.

Ahhh I can’t wait to eat bake these!

What is on your ‘To Bake’ list?

Daily Healthy Thought: I am happy with myself.

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Okay so this little beauty has been mentioned on my blog a few times already. When I first received it in the mail¬†and when I baked with it for my Chocolate Chip Cookies, Fudgey Brownies and Vanilla Cupcakes. I’ve had a few other encounters with it that have gone undocumented also. Incase you’re feeling a bit lazy and don’t want to click through on those links I’m talking about the Natvia Baking Pack. Which is the best stevia product I’ve used to date, a 100% natural sweetener and a fantastic sugar and artificial sweetener (yucky!) substitute.

A few of you may be a little bit skeptical with this product, thanks to its’ too good to be true persona. I mean how can something that has less than 1 calorie per teaspoon (18.4 per 100g!)- making it have 95% less calories than sugar, is 100% natural (natural sweeteners ftw!), does not contain any fructose and is low GI taste good? Well, slap yourself because it can and it does!

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Now I’m always honest with you guys (sometimes too honest? Ha) so that’s why I want to give you the no bull truth of my experiences with this product. And I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say that the extremely low calorie sell didn’t sink me in at first. I mean that’s a fantastic benefit, but after researching and using the product more I found that the perks extended beyond it’s energy content.

What I like about the product is that it’s natural. I’m a sucker (as should you be!) for whole, healthy and natural foods. I love that is contains sweetness that isn’t high GI, meaning it will give you a prolonged energy boost. Plus the fact that I can have sugar free sweetness is pretty awesome also. Most of all I love that it is convenient and can be substituted 1:1 in recipes.

When baking with the Natvia Baking Pack I felt it worked really well in my end products. In the batter stages it was a bit iffy because being completely honest- I could taste the difference. But during the cooking/baking process that was no more. However, don’t get me wrong, that didn’t stop anyone from taste testing the batter 82983049 different times. It wasn’t that it was bad, you could just tell that it wasn’t sugar. However, unsuspecting taste testers noticed nothing in my end products- Success! I also found that at times you could even substitute slightly less of the Nativa sugar free sweetener than the recommended sugar amounts. The Natvia is also grainier than sugar and doesn’t dissolve as much as sugar during the batter stages.

However, would I use it again? Hell yeah, and I intend to. I’d love to make it my primary natural sweetener choice, and my current pack has lasted me very well- although we are nearing the end. In all honesty I’d love to continue to experiment with it- find out what I need to adjust when using natvia with other ingredients- temps, timing etc. If I had a kitchen lab, a bunch of eager taste testers and endless quantities of Natvia Baking Pack then that’d be exactly what I would do- but for now I’ll just enjoy using it my kitchen, and sharing my successes with my family and friends…oh and you guys! So keep your eyes peeled for my Natvia recipes and news to come.

What sugar substitutes do you use? 

Have you ever used Natvia before? Share your experience!

**As always all opinions and thoughts are entirely my own. I was supplied the baking pack but that is all, and this did not affect my opinions.**

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