Healthy Holiday Baking Substitutions

‘Tis the season for baking! Tweak your favorite cookie, brownie, or cake recipe this year by using healthier ingredients. Holiday treats don’t always have to be filled with fattening ingredients to taste great. Try any of these healthy substitutions next time you’re baking Christmas goodies for the ones you love!

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  • Replace whole milk with low-fat or skim milk.
  • Use a “flax egg”. Replace one egg with one flax egg. (Combine 2 tsp ground flaxseed with 2 oz warm water; stir and let sit until thickened.)
  • Substitute 1 cup butter or oil with 2/3 cup applesauce.
  • Instead of 1 cup heavy cream, mix 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt with 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese.
  • Use natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, molasses, and agave nectar.
  • Use whole grain flours or oatmeal in place of white flour.
  • Add a tablespoon of wheat germ or flaxseed to the recipe for added nutrition.
  • Replace chocolate chips with healthy nuts or dried fruit.
  • Cut the sugar and fat in half. Many recipes call for way too much sugar and butter or oil to begin with. Experiment by decreasing the amount of sugar and fat you use in the recipe. You’ll be surprised to find out the recipe tastes identical with half the calories!

Stay tuned for some delicious holiday cookie recipes!

Missed the first few days of 25 Days to a Healthier Holiday? Don’t worry, the posts are right here!

  1. Tackling the Mall Food Court
  2. Holiday Calorie Quiz
  3. Tips for Staying Active this Season
  4. Party Survival Tips
  5. Holiday Cookie Calories

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