3 Tips for Baking Healthier Cookies

Although baking a healthier cookie may not sound as enticing as a cookie filled with sugar, fat, or sweets, it is possible to create a healthy cookie that still tastes delicious. It may be a little difficult to believe, but there are healthier recipes and alternatives that can be added to cookies to preserve their taste, but they're not as bad for you. Implementing just a few simple adjustments to your current much-loved family cookie recipe will help you adhere to your diet but still give you just that little bit of sweetness you're craving to add for a delectable desert to your next meal.

With so many people turning to health conscious lifestyles, cookies do not have to be completely thrown out of your diet. Instead, consider some of the following suggestions to help make your family some healthier cookies.

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 to your cookies. Dried fruits, such as dates, are healthy to consume and contain natural sugars that will still give your cookies a bit of a sweet flavoring. 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:



Figs or Dates



2. Think Whole Grains (or Gluten-Free Grains)

Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet, so why not incorporate fiber into your cookies? Replace your all-purpose flour with much healthier whole wheat (or gluten-free) flour when baking your cookies from scratch. Even if you replace half of the entire flour amount that is recommended for a recipe with whole wheat (or gluten-free) flour then you are making a healthier cookie. The specialty flour will make your cookies denser than they would be with all-purpose flour, thus carrying more nutritional value and fitting into your diet just a little bit better.

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

3. Substitute 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 or healthy coconut or MCT oil

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 if you prefer)

Remember that if you want to become healthier, you have to plan ahead and prepare 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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