Model Rose Smith is sought after not only for her stunning looks, but also for her impressive baking skills. From cakes and cookies to pastries and pies, her treats are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Although Rose is surrounded by temptation in the kitchen, she stays healthy and is proof that you don’t have to give up fitness when you take on baking. Here, she offers some tips on how to manage your figure and your cravings, and shares a delicious recipe for vegan ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) cookies that has our mouths watering.

How long have you been interested in baking?

I started baking when I was young, maybe around ten years old. I used to make chocolate chip cookies and eat half the batter.

How have your travels as a model influenced your palate, your baking, and your life?

I didn’t know good food until I started traveling. I love trying new restaurants around New York and learning more about food. For baking, I find Paris so inspiring! Their pasties are incredible and they’re such perfectionists with presentation. And I find that tasting new things helps me improve my own baking.

How do you balance your love for baking with your career as a model and the importance of staying in shape?

The combination can be a challenge, but with a little effort it’s easy to find healthy substitutions for traditionally unhealthy treats, like with my healthy chocolate chip cookies or vegan ANZAC cookies (recipe below). If I’m making something indulgent, I like to have an occasion – a birthday or some kind of celebration. It does limit how often I bake, but doesn’t leave me with three cakes lying around the house. Also, when I’m baking I always taste the mix along the way in case I need to adjust something. By the time it’s done I’m not really craving sugar anymore!

What tips can you offer to help others achieve that balance?

Everything in moderation – including moderation. I usually stick to a high protein, low carb diet but I also go out to dinner, have cheat days and try the things I bake. If I have an unhealthy meal or snack I’ll try to make sure my next few meals are extra nutritious. And of course, I also try to work out three times a week. To help achieve a balance with baking itself, you can experiment with the healthy substitutions I mentioned earlier. For example, swap coconut oil for butter or replace some of the recipe’s flour with almond meal. And while we’re talking about tips, a lot of people think they can’t bake, but anyone can do it with a little practice and patience. My number one baking tip is to read the recipe, start to finish, before you begin.

On the flip side of that, what is the guilty pleasure your sweet tooth just can’t resist?

I love cheesecake – making them and eating them! Over the holidays I made a caramel apple cheesecake for my family and it was a big hit. When I’m eating out I can’t resist chocolate lava cake, with the gooey center. And it has to be served with vanilla ice cream. So good!

Can you share a favorite recipe with our readers?

The vegan ANZAC cookies – I can’t stop making them! They are from Australia and were sent to solders overseas in World War I. I altered the recipe to make it vegan, and a little healthier than the original.

Vegan ANZAC Cookies
1 cup quick cooking oats
3/4 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1tsp baking soda
1/2 cup sugar
1-2 packets stevia/ 1 dropper of liquid stevia (optional)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1tbs golden syrup (if you can’t find use agave/maple syrup)
2tbs boiling water

Mix oats, flour, almond meal sugar and coconut together. Then, in a small saucepan over low heat, melt the syrup and coconut oil together. Mix the soda and the boiling water and add to the melted butter and syrup. It will foam up a little. Add the stevia (if using). Add coconut oil mixture to the dry ingredients, mix until combined. If mixture is very wet add a little more flour and almond meal. Drop by teaspoons onto cookie sheet lined with baking paper and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for around 18 minutes, or 15 minutes if you want softer cookies.

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