Holiday baking season comes just once year—so go ahead and enjoy every indulgent bite! To get the most out of your cookie calories, swap recipe ingredients for more nutrient-dense alternatives and bake up a batch of cookies with hidden health perks.
Be a Smart Cookie
Bake with heart-healthy oils like canola or olive as a substitute for butter or margarine in seasonal cookie and dessert recipes. Light and delicately-flavored, Pompeian® Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil contains more healthful monounsaturated fats and less saturated fat than butter or margarine making your best holiday cookies even better for you. To make the switch, use about 25 percent less when replacing butter with olive oil. For example, if your recipe calls for one cup of butter, use three-quarters cup of olive oil. Compared to cookies made with a solid fat like butter, cookies made with olive oil bake up with a softer and chewier texture.
Hearty whole-grain oats supply texture and fiber to your favorite sweet treats, breads and muffins. Add just one-half cup of Old-Fashioned or Quick Quaker® Oats to your mixing bowl for a total fiber boost of four grams. When measuring oats, flour, sugar or other dry ingredients into your recipes, use the straight edge of a table knife to level the ingredient with the top of the measuring cup for the most accurate measure. Boost your fiber intake with this recipe for traditional oatmeal raisin cookies with a chocolaty surprise!
Fill your cookie jar with lighter home-baked cookies. Splenda® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated has a sweet flavor similar to white sugar without the calories and carbohydrates. It’s also a sensible ingredient for individuals who must closely manage their blood sugar. Replace just one-half cup of white sugar with Splenda® to reduce the calorie content of your finished dessert by over 300 calories. To prevent reduced-sugar cookies, brownies and quick breads from over-baking, check for doneness three to five minutes before the original recipe’s expected bake time.
Enhance the flavor factor and health properties of traditional holiday cookies with stir-ins like toasted almonds or walnuts, dried fruit or dark chocolate. Nestle® Dark Chocolate Raisinets are chewy California raisins, drenched in rich dark chocolate. They supply flavonoid antioxidants, and can be used to give classic chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookie recipes a special twist. These bite-size delights are also available in Milk Chocolate with Raisins or Cranberries inside.
Be a Lighter Baker
If your favorite seasonal baking recipes call for sour cream, slim them down with Greek yogurt instead. Simply trade reduced-fat sour cream for an equal amount of Cabot® Greek Style Lowfat Vanilla Bean Yogurt and trim over 100 calories and 25 grams of fat per cup. Each serving of Greek Style Lowfat Yogurt supplies an excellent source of five vitamins and minerals including calcium and vitamins A, C, D and E, plus 18 grams of protein– essential nutrients not found in sour cream. In savory recipes like cream sauces, salad dressings or dips, try Cabot® Greek Style Plain Yogurt.
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