Helpful tips for upping your whole-grain game when baking
When making smarter carb swaps in the kitchen, don't get ahead of yourself. Some swaps—like substituting whole-wheat for highly refined, all-purpose white flour—take a little more effort. While it's fine to sub in whole-wheat flour as a thickener in gravies, sauces, and soups or as a coating for oven-fried chicken, baking swaps are a different story.
Whole-grain flour contains germ and bran, which soak up liquid during baking and add weight to the dough (making it harder for it to rise on its own), creating a dense texture if you don't treat it properly.