3 Tips for Baking Healthier Cookies

BY HEALTHY EATING 
Although making a healthier cookie does not sound as appealing as eating a cookie filled with sugars, fats, or sweet candy, a healthy cookie can be made that still tastes nice. This may be a little hard to fathom, but there are healthier ingredients and alternatives that can be added to cookies to preserve their flavor, and they're not as bad for you. Placing easy 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've been craving to make it to your next meal.
With so many people moving to health-conscious diets, cookies don't have to be thrown out of your diet. Alternatively, try any of the following tips to help make your family's cookies healthier. 

1. Add Dried Fruit

For recipes that call for chocolate chips or some other sugar-based ingredient, consider adding dried fruit to your cookies. Dry fruits are safe to eat and contain natural sugars that will still give your cookies a little sweet flavor. You can select fruit that complements certain flavors in your cookies, or simply play with a range of fruits that you would find in a grocery store. Here are several dried fruits that are widely used in cookie baking and can be purchased on your local supermarket or farmer's market:

Cherries

Raisins

Figs

Prunes

Cranberries

2. Think Whole Grains

Fiber is an important part of a balanced diet, so why don't you add fiber to your cookies? Replace your all-purpose flour with much healthier wheat flour when you make your cookies from scratch. And if you substitute 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 denser than they would be with all-purpose flour, adding more nutritious value and working a little better into your diet. 

One trick some bakers use to add nutritional value to cookies is to add oats to the mixture. The oats will give the cookie a crunchy texture and you can add extra fiber to your cookies.

3. Substitute your other Ingredients

Think of all the ingredients you're using to create your usual cookie recipe. Instead, think of new ingredients that can make your cookies a little healthier, but taste as good as they usually are. You can make a nutritious cookie by adding only a few different ingredients. Consider some of the following substitutes for your healthy 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

Also, if you want to be healthy, you need to think and make nutritious food. Using these easy tips, you can turn what would otherwise be an unhealthy, sugar-filled, fattening cookie into a healthy, lightly sweetened cookie snack.
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