3 Tips for Baking Healthier Cookies

BY HEALTHY EATING 
Healthy cookies may not sound as appealing as the usual cookies packed with sugars but it is possible to make a healthy cookie that actually tastes good! It might be hard to imagine but there really are healthier ingredients and alternatives that can be used to preserve the taste of a traditional cookie while being healthier for you. 

Implementing some simple changes to your current family cookie recipe can help you stick to your diet and give you just a little bit of sweetness to help tide you over until your next meal. 


Even with so many of us focusing on living a healthier lifestyle, we do not need to throw cookies out of our meal plans entirely. Instead, use some of the following suggestions to help create healthier cookie recipes.

1. Add Dried Fruit

For recipes that call for chocolate chips or any kind of extra sugar-based additives consider adding in pieces of dried fruit instead. Dried fruits are healthy and contain natural sugars that will still give your cookies sweetness. You can choose fruits that will compliment the other flavors in your cookies, or simply experiment with various fruits that are available to you. Here are some dried fruits that are commonly used in cookie baking and can be found at your local grocers or farmers market:

Cherries

Raisins

Figs

Prunes

Cranberries

2. Think Whole Grains

Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet, so why not incorporate fiber into your cookies? Replace all-purpose flour with much healthier whole-wheat flours when baking your cookies from scratch. If you replace half of the entire flour amount that is recommended for a recipe with whole-wheat flour, you are making a healthier cookie. The whole-wheat flour will make your cookies denser than they would be with all-purpose flour, and will have a higher nutritional value.

Another trick that some bakers use to add nutritional value to cookies is adding oats. The oats will give the cookie a crunchy texture and can add additional fiber to your cookies.

3. Substitute your other Ingredients

Think of all the ingredients that you use to make your typical cookie recipe. Now, think of better ingredients that can make your cookies just a little healthier but taste just as good. Replacing just a few ingredients can help you create a much healthier cookie. Consider some of the following ingredient replacements for your next batch of cookies:

Replace the oil and butter from your cookie recipe with applesauce

Replace eggs with an egg substitute or even just egg whites

Replace milk chocolate chips with semi-sweet chocolate pieces instead

Replace white sugar with sucanat (sugar cane) or stevia

Remember that if you want to get healthy, you have to think and make healthy food. With these simple tips you can transform what would otherwise be an unhealthy, sugar-filled, fattening cookie into a healthier, lightly sweetened delicious treat that the whole family will enjoy.
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