3 Tips for Baking Healthier Cookies

BY HEALTHY EATING 
Although making a healthier cookie may not sound as enticing as a cookie filled with carbohydrates , fats or candy, it is possible to make a healthy cookie that still tastes great. 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. Implementing simple improvements to your current family cookie recipe will help you stick to your diet and give you just a little bit of sweetness that you're excited to make for your next meal.


With so many people moving to health-conscious lifestyles, cookies don't have to be thrown out of your diet. Instead, try any of the following tips to help make your family a healthy cookie.

1. Add Dried Fruit

For recipes that include chocolate chips or other extra sugar-based ingredients, consider adding to your cookies pieces of dried fruit. Dried fruits are safe to eat and contain natural sugars that will still give some sweet flavouring to your cookies. You can choose fruits that compliment the other flavors in your cookies, or you can simply experiment with different fruits you can find in the grocery store. Here are some dried fruits usually 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 essential part of a healthy diet, so why not include fiber in your cookies? When baking your cookies from scratch, replace your all-purpose meal with much healthier wheat flour. 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 makes your cookies denser than they would be with all-purpose flour, thereby carrying more nutritional value and just a little better fitting into your diet.

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 your other Ingredients

Think of all the ingredients you use to make your typical cookie recipe. Now think of better ingredients that can make your cookies a little healthier but taste as good as normal. Replacing just a few different ingredients that you can make into a healthy cookie. Consider some of the following replacement ingredients for your healthy batch of cookies:
Replace the oil and butter from your applesauce cookie recipe
Replace eggs with egg substitutes, or just egg whites.
Replace the milk chocolate chips with semi-sweet chocolate pieces
Replace white sugar with sugar (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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