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Make Healthy Cookies This Holiday Season

Make Healthy Cookies This Holiday Season

Okay, I am all for the indulgence of a warm ooey gooey cookie and what better time of year than during the holidays? However, if you can make something taste equally as delicious (or at least a barely noticeable difference) and improve the nutritional content while cutting out excess sugar, unhealthy fats, calories and and carcinogens, why not? We know now, better than ever before, the impact that sugar, refined carbohydrates and potential allergens have on our health. So make your fave, still indulgent treats with a touch of better health.

White flour
White flour is devoid of all nutrients. If it contains any vitamins and minerals, that is because they have been added and your flour is now “enriched”—only after removing all fibre and nutrients and ensuring nothing but the least digestible powder you can imagine. Try these alternatives in your fave cookie recipe:

Instead of 3 cups of White flour

  • The Basic: 3 cups of Whole what flour
  • The Wholesome: 1 cup whole wheat flour + 1 cup brown rice flour + 1 cup spelt flour
  • The Gluten-Free: 1 cup oat flour + 1 and ¼ cup brown rice flour + ½ cup potato starch + ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • The Low Carb/Paleo: 2 cups almond flour + 1 and 1/3 cup tapioca + 2/3 coconut flour

Butter or Shortening
While it can be argued that butter (specifically the organic variety) is not so bad, shortening is essentially the worst form of fat possible. Hydrogenated, shortening is heated for the purpose of preservation, removing all nutrients and leaving carcinogenic fat. Serious no-no. Instead, give these simple alternatives a try.

Instead of Butters and Shortening

  • The Vegan: Use coconut oil in place of butter 1:1 and heat or cool according to the directions. (Melted butter = melted coconut oil, room temperature = soft coconut oil etc.)
  • The Low Fat: 1 cup of butter = ½ cup apple sauce + ½ cup coconut oil
  • The Healthy Shortening: 1 cup shortening = ½ cup butter + ½ cup coconut oil

White sugar

We have the knowledge, let's use it! We now know that the number one culprit in terms of obesity, the battle of the bulge, diabetes, cancer and even heart disease is sugar. So what is everyone still doing munching away at it—especially when there are so many awesome and easy alternatives?

Instead of 1 cup of sugar

  • The maple lover: ¾ cup maple syrup
  • The zero-calorie seeker: 1 tsp liquid stevia or 1:1 Stevia in the Raw Baker's Mix
  • The Balance of Flavour and Benefits: ½ cup maple syrup or agave + 2/3 cup Stevia in the Raw Baker’s Mix  
  • The Low sugar: 1/4 cup sugar + 1 tsp vanilla + ¼ cup apple sauce
  • The High Fibre: 1 cup dates + ½ cup hot water, pureed 

Other Simple Substitutions

 Powdered sugar

  • 1 cup powdered sugar = 7/8 raw sugar + 1/8 arrowroot flour (blend in a food processor until powdered)

Egg

  • 1 Tbsp ground chia or flax + 3 Tbsp water (allow to sit for 10 minutes)
  • 1 tsp psyllium husk + 3 tsp water

Milk

  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk
Nutrition During Pregnancy: Delicious Food For Every Stage

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