Tricks to make your favorite treat healthier and still taste yummy

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Whole Wheat I love, love, love treats and love big portion sizes too.  Because of my “addiction” I have attempted many times to make my treats healthier.  Fortunately, I have figured out how to decrease the bad without sacrificing the good.  Why eat a treat if it ends up not even tasting like one!  One of my favorite tricks is to use whole wheat flour instead of white or even use half wheat and half white.  Also replacing some of the oil with flax seed is a great way to get healthier fat.  Another bonus is that flax seed has a nutty taste which adds to the flavor.

I also like to replace half the oil or butter called for with applesauce.  I’m a firm believer that any good dessert has to contain some fat, but doesn’t have to be overloaded with it.  I do this with cake mixes, brownies and cookies.  Just don’t overcook them.   Now take a look at your dessert– it has half the fat and whole grains in it.  Not too bad.  You have probably noticed that I haven’t said anything about sugar.   I’m getting there.  A good friend gave me a yummy cookie recipe where she halved the butter, chocolate chips, and sugar and then used whole wheat and oats.  They tasted amazing (I think I ate half the cookie dough before even baking them) so I’m sharing her recipe and plan on decreasing the sugar in my other recipes as well.

Amber’s Cookies

1/2 C butter 2 TBS milk
3/4 C brown sugar 2 tsp vanilla
1/4 C white sugar 1 3/4 C flour (half white/half wheat)
2 eggs 1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt 2 1/2 C oats
1 C chocolate chips

Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes.

Bottom line is that I notice a huge difference when I eat my healthier version of treats compared to my fully sugar, fat and white flour loaded versions.  I don’t have a spike in blood sugar and I don’t feel gross or sick after I eat them.  And that feels really, really good.  So bring on the treats!

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About Rachel

I used to be a nurse, but now I am blessed to stay at home with my three children. While they and my hubby are the bright spots in my life, I also enjoy do it yourself projects, running, shopping (oh how I love to shop), reading, mountain biking, and playing sports with my family.

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