Tis The Season To Be Healthy-Healthy Baking

It’s that time of the year again. The time of the year when families, friends, and coworkers come together to feast for the holidays, which can unfortunately wreak havoc on your diet if you’re not careful. Fear not, dear reader! With this collection of healthy holiday recipes, you and your waistline are sure to have a happy holiday season!


Having trouble with temptation? Want the goodness of holiday treats without having to endure the fallout afterward in January? Lucky for you and your diet, there are some top notch ingredient swaps that will bring in a little bit of sweetness into your holiday season.

Flour

If excess carbohydrates is your main issue when it comes to baked goods, then this substitution section will be right up your alley.

  • Black Beans:

When dried and pureed, these protein packed little guys
are great for a gluten free brownie option.

1 Cup Beans = 1 Cup Flour

  • Whole Wheat Flour:

This small swap may not seem like much, but this whole wheat option brings in extra fiber that can help aid digestion and fight heart disease

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour = 7/8 Cups of Flour

  • Nut Flour:

This is another great option for gluten free flour and it has the benefits of protein and omega 3s. It does have some density issues, so make sure to either cut it with wheat flour or add an extra rising agent.

¼ Cup Nut Flour + 3/4 Cup Wheat Flour = 1 Cup Flour

 

Sugar

If sugar is what you want to cut back, then there are some very sweet substitutions in store for the sugar conscious.

  • Applesauce:

This substitution is great for practically every recipe and can cut up to 670 calories! The only precaution you need to take it to reduce your liquids by ¼ cup for every cup of applesauce you use.

1 Cup Applesauce = 1 Cup Sugar

  • Vanilla Extract:

If you want a little more flavor in lieu of excess sweetness, then this substitution is for you. This swap cuts out almost 400 calories.

½ Tsp = 2 Tbsp Sugar

  • Stevia:

Good for cookies, cakes, and sweetbreads, this substitute is sweeter than sugar but contains less calories than its counterpart.

1 Tsp liquid Stevia / 2 tbsp Stevia powder = 1 Cup Sugar

 

Fat

If you are focused on cutting unhealthy fats, then there are a plethora of fat substitutes that are much more healthy than their counterparts.

 

  • Avocado:


Pureed avocados have the same consistency at room temperature as butter and has a great subtle flavor for chocolate baked goods

1 Cup Pureed Avocado = 1 Cup Butter

  • Bananas:

Not only does it have a great consistency for brownies and cookies, but bananas add extra nutrients such as potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6

1 Cup Mashed Bananas = 1 Cup Butter

  • Chia Seeds:

These little seeds are a great vegan alternative to eggs with the right amount of protein to boot, although if you have already used them as a butter substitute it is recommended that you just stick with the egg.

1 Tbsp+1 Cup Water (Left to Sit for 15 Min) = 1 egg

 

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Other Sources:

http://www.greatist.com/health/83-healthy-recipe-substitutions

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