For many of us, cooking — especially baking — is like therapy. There’s something so soothing about the smell of fresh bread or cookies wafting from the kitchen. Perhaps it’s something you do to feel productive, to show love to others, or as a fun activity with your children. Or maybe it has something to do with nostalgia. The truth is, baking something yummy can be the antidote to a difficult day, a little pick-me-up when times are hard.
If you’re feeling the urge to comfort-bake these days, know that we are, too. If you’re also slightly concerned about what all that indulging might eventually do to your waistline, don’t fret: Healthy baking is easy, with a little bit of know-how. Drawing on pantry and refrigerator staples and smart ingredient swaps, the recipes below all clock in under 170 calories per serving (to keep calories in check, of course, just make sure you don’t down 10 treats at once). Take a look, tie on your apron, and get cooking.