Chocolate chip, sugar, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, gingerbread, no bakes, white chocolate macademia nut… is your mouth watering yet? I'll admit, cookies are a regular indulgence for me, and I love just about every flavor out there. Unfortunately, my waistline doesn't necessarily agree with this frequent indulgence — but what's a girl with a love of cookies to do? Make them healthy, of course!
Those with a big sweet tooth have a hard time wanting to make cookies and cakes healthy. Healthy food doesn't satisfy a sweet craving, but what if you can't taste the difference? Here are a few things you can do to make your own cookies, any flavor, less fattening but still equally as delicious:
You'll have to do a little bit of experimenting with different cookie recipes to see which substitutions work best. We recommend always using whole wheat flour and choosing either the oil, butter or eggs to switch out with healthier items. If you switch everything out, the cookie may not taste as it should.
With so many different variations and recipes for cookies out there, it's impossible to determine the "healthiest" type of cookie. For example, homemade chocolate chip cookies with butter and oil substitutions are healthier than store-bought chocolate chip cookies, but store-bought sugar cookies may be healthier than homemade ones if no substitutions were made.
If we had to choose, though, we would pick oatmeal raisin cookies as the healthiest. Oatmeal is loaded with fiber and helps keep you full (hopefully preventing you from eating the entire batch!), and raisins aid in digestion, are good for the eyes, promote bone health and are loaded with antioxidants helpful in preventing cancer.
What is your favorite cookie? Share in the comments below!
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