I don't eat a lot of baked goods but during the holidays I like to bake shortbread cookies and sugar cookies. I am not sure how to make substitutions for those. Maybe some time when I am not crunched for time I can experiment.
i love being a mad scientist and experimenting with making my baked goods healthier! I've used everything from carrot puree (it's actually very sweet) to avocados in substitution for oil. I also like to use whey powder and/or greek yogurt to boost the protein content. Coconut flour, whole wheat flour and almond meal are staples in my pantry! I will be printing these tips and posting them on my refrigerator for reference to try some new ideas. Thanks SP!
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12/13/2012 7:54:54 AM
Though it did provide instructive information for common kitchen substititions, I'm a little disappointed in the number of "no"s in this article. I also wish there had been some lip service to healthy swaps (e.g. whole wheat flour) that don't necessarily save calories, but I understand that the article was about "light" baking, not healthy baking.
Also, I don't see the point in substituting for eggs. Eggs aren't evil. The quantity of eggs in most baked goods would mean that a typical serving contains maybe a fourth of an egg. If you're a vegan or an eggbeater house and have them around, then go for it. But overall, this seems like an unnecessary substitution.
Overall, I think the key is moderation. If you make your cookies healthier, but nobody else does, then how are you and your family learning to function in the "real" world. We need to learn to incorporate treats into our lives in a realistic way.
I belong to an organization called TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, and we're constantly looking for ways to help with weight loss. One of our tricks to replace fattening things in recipes is to add one (1) can of diet coke or if it's something like lemon poppy bread, etc., then something like diet Mountain Dew, etc. You do not add any other ingredient, no oil, no eggs, no sugar, no nothing. You get a very moist dessert with not many calories. "Try it, you'll like it"!!!
12/10/2012 9:15:53 AM
Pureed beans (Great Northern work well) also makes a great fat substitute. It doesn't seem to dry out as fast as applesauce. My kids can't tell the difference when I substitute beans for butter in cookies.
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