We love to bake around the holiday times, but I often regret this family tradition when I step on the scale at the end of the week. Below are a few easy substitutions that you can make in your holiday baking that will still keep your baked goods yummy, but will not translate into as many pounds on the scale.
Applesauce or Honey for Sugar
If your recipe calls for sugar, you can easily substitute with applesauce or with honey. Use 1 cup of applesauce for 1 cup of sugar or use 1/2 cup of raw honey for 1 cup of sugar. Both of these options are healthier and will reduce the amount of calories per serving. These substitutions work best in cakes and cookies.
Bananas or Greek Yogurt for Butter/Oil
Butter and oil help to give baked goods a flaky texture, but they also pack in the calories. These substitutions will be lower in calories and will make your baked goods a little denser.
Use 3/4 cup of mashed banana for 1 cup of butter or 1 cup of non-fat plain Greek yogurt for 1 cup of butter. Bananas will add a little sweetness and yogurt will add some protein to your baking. Both of these substitutions work well in cakes, cookies and muffins.
Whole Wheat Flour for White Flour
While whole wheat flour is not going to necessarily reduce the calorie intake of your cookies, it will provide more nutrition. Whole wheat flour has 5 times the amount of fiber as white flour. You can find flour on sale at Target until 12/21.