Tis’ that time of the season to start baking cookies and so we’ll be sharing our favorite cookie recipes all weekend. While we are, and remain, dedicated to nutrition, some of these cookie recipes are time tested classics that are so delicious, we just can’t bring ourselves to trade them for a healthier version, at least not during the holidays. That said, there are many ways to improve the nutritional content of any baked good recipe, here are some tips:
Replacing white flour with whole grain flours increases several nutritional aspects of the baked goods, including fiber. You can replace white flour:
- 1. 1 for 1 with whole wheat pastry flour,
- 2. 50% whole wheat flour and 50% white flour,
- 3. 1 for 1 with oat flour,
- 1/3 wheat germ and 2/3 white flour
You can also replace sugar with healthier sweeteners, such as:
- honey, use 3/4 cup + 1 tblspn per cup of sugar, and reduce other liquid ingredients by 2 tblspns
- agave, use 2/3 cup of agave per cup of sugar and replace other liquids by 1/4 cup
- you can also just reduce sugar by 1/4 or 1/3, and add more natural sweeteners like raisins, dates, bananas etc.
Now on to the cookies, here are two of my favorites that I will be baking tomorrow:
1. No bake truffles cookies, these are especially fun to make with kids and are great gifts. After all, who doesn’t love receiving truffles as a gift??
2. White Chocolate, Cranberry and Macademia Nut, I made these last year, and they were such a hit that my sister in law asked me for the recipe this morning.
Happy Baking, and come back tomorrow for more cookies!