What do you add to your favorite cookie recipe? Everyone loves cookies! However, most cookie recipes aren’t the healthiest. If you are looking to indulge yourself while not feeling quite so much guilt, consider adding some of the following items to your favorite cookie recipe the next time you get to baking.
Dried blueberries, cranberries, cherries—whatever strikes your fancy! One thing to watch for with dried fruits is that they can have a lot of added sugar. To avoid that, look for packages that advertise themselves as having no added sugar or consider making your own. You can do this in the oven or purchase a food dehydrator to make this super easy for you.
Adding protein is always a good idea, and nuts are packed with plenty of protein. There are so many options to choose from, so play around with this addition to your cookies. You will be amazed at how different nuts will change the flavor of the cookie. Plus, this makes it more filling, so you will likely eat less.
Using coconut oil in your cookie recipe is a great way to cut down on the bad fats in your treats. All you need to do is replace the butter in your recipe with it. Some suggest doing this by exact measurement (one cup for one cup) while other suggest doing it by weight. Play with this option to see what works best for you.
If you usually go for milk chocolate, a simple switch to dark chocolate can make a big difference. Dark chocolate has healthy antioxidants and is lower in bad fat and calories than milk chocolate is. If the kids do not like the bitterness of dark chocolate, you can always make a mixed batch.