How to Bake Healthier Cookies
Cookies are a delicious pleasure that few can resist, especially as they are so easy to bake at home. It is an ideal recipe to bake with children or those times when you want to satisfy a craving for something sweet. The good news is that if we bake them ourselves we can control the amount of sugar and get a healthier result.
Want to look after your figure or your health but fancy something sweet? Then with oneHOWTO you can discover how to bake healthier cookies that are just as delicious in a few easy steps.
Traditional shortbread is a delicious classic, but it's usually full of calories. If you want a lighter alternative then you should try this healthy light shortbread recipe. Ingredients:
- 300g (2 cups) wholemeal flour
- 150g (1/2 cup) light butter
- 150g (1/2 cup) brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 8g baking powder (a medium-sized sachet)
Making this light shortbread is very easy. Start by preheating the oven to 190°C (375º F) while you make the mass. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl, stir well and then add the butter and eggs. Knead with your hands until even.
Add some butter and sprinkle flour onto a suitable oven tray or use baking paper to cover it to prevent the shortbread from sticking. Make small balls of dough that will become your shortbread biscuits. Put them on the tray well-spaced out so that they don't fuse together when they expand. Put in the oven for 15 minutes, and turn them after 7 minutes.
Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal cookies are simply delicious as well as being a good source of fiber. But they won't be that much healthier if they are made with oil and sugar, so we bring you a lighter version of classic oatmeal cookies with fewer calories which will be just as yummy. To make them you'll need:
- 2 cups oatmeal or flakes
- 1 cup wholemeal flour
- 15g sweetener or 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3 egg whites
- 8g baking powder
- 1 cup skimmed milk or soy milk
- A teaspoon vanilla extract
Start by turning preheating the oven to 180°C (355º F), then mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Create a hole in the centre and add in the egg whites, milk and vanilla, then knead with your hands until even. Grease an oven tray with butter and sprinkle flour so that the cookies don't stick. Make small balls out of the dough and space out well on the tray so that they do not touch when they expand.
Place the tray in the oven for 15 minutes, turn over after 7 minutes.
Healthy Chocolate Cookies
Chocolate cookies are the bane of many people, as they are full of calories and fat - even though they're so good! Fortunately we will give you a much healthier version. To make these light chocolate cookies you'll need:
- 150g (1 1/4 cups) wholemeal flour
- 100g (1/2 cup) brown sugar
- 100g (3 1/2 ounces) dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher)
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoon olive oil
- 4 tbsp skimmed or soy milk
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp. vanilla essence
Preheat the oven to 180°C (355º F) and mix the dry ingredients in a bowl except for the chocolate. Stir well and then add in the liquid ingredients, kneading by hand until even. Break up the chocolate into small pieces or chips and add to the mixture, kneading gently.
Prepare a baking tray by greasing it with butter and sprinkling flour or use greaseproof paper. Then make small balls with the dough and place them on the tray, making sure they are not too close together. Put the tray in the oven for 15 minutes, turning over after 7 minutes.
These are three very easy alternatives to all-time classics: now you now how to bake healthier cookies! Share your best recipes and tips with us in the comments section. Get baking!
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