3 Tips for Baking Healthier Cookies

BY HEALTHY EATING 
While making a healthier cookie may not sound as attractive as a cookie packed with sugars, fats or sweets, it is possible to make a healthy cookie that still tastes good. It might be a little hard to fathom, but there are healthy ingredients and substitutes that can be added to cookies to maintain their taste, but they're not as bad for you. Making simple changes to your current family cookie recipe can help you stick to your diet and give you just a little bit of sweetness that you're eager to make for your next meal.


With so many people turning to health-conscious lifestyles, cookies don't have to be thrown out of your diet. Instead, consider some of the following tips to help make your family a healthier cookie.

1. Add Dried Fruit

For recipes that call for chocolate chips or any other sugar-based additive, consider adding dried fruit to your cookies. Dry fruits are healthy to eat and contain natural sugars that will still give your cookies a little sweet flavor. You can choose fruit that complements other flavors in your cookies, or simply experiment with a variety of fruits. You can choose fruits that will compliment the other flavors in your cookies, or simply experiment with various fruits that you can find at the grocery store. 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 don't you add fiber to your cookies? Replace your all-purpose flour with a much healthier wheat flour when you cook your cookies from scratch. Even if you replace half of the total amount of flour recommended for a whole wheat flour recipe, then you make a healthier cookie. The wheat flour will make your cookies thicker than they would be with all-purpose flour, bringing more nutritional value and fitting a little better into your diet. 

Another trick used by some bakers to add nutritional value to cookies is to add oats to the mixture. The oats will give the cookie a crunchy texture and may 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 as good as they are normally. The replacement of just a few different ingredients you can make a healthy cookie. Consider some of the following ingredient replacements for your healthy cookie batch:

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 cookie snack.
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