Recipe Substitutes for Healthy Holiday Baking

December 18th, 2013

Looking for a way to incorporate healthy holiday baking this year? Try substituting traditional ingredients with healthier, more nutrient dense ones. This will help you cut back on sugar, fat, and total calories without having to give up the holiday treats you love!

Apple Pie

Instead of this ingredient:

Try one of these:

Butter, margarine, shortening, or oil Applesauce, plain or vanilla Greek yogurt, prune or banana puree for either half or all of the fat, depending on desired consistency
Heavy Cream Fat-free half-and-half, 2% milk, skim milk, or evaporated skim milk
Cream cheese Fat-free, low-fat cream cheese, or low-fat cottage cheese pureed until smooth
Eggs Two egg whites or 1/4 cup egg substitute for each whole egg
All-purpose flour Whole-wheat flour,  ½ whole-wheat and ½ white flour, or ½ rolled oats and ½ wheat flour
Fruit canned in heavy syrup Canned fruit in water or fresh fruit
Sugar You can try reducing the amount of sugar by half. Use vanilla extract, cinnamon, and allspice to increase the flavor. Honey or Truvia/Stevia can be used in much smaller amounts to provide the same level of sweetness.
Whole Milk 1% or skim milk
Salt In most baking recipes you can limit all salt without changing the taste
Sour Cream Fat-free sour cream, low-fat sour cream, or plain low-fat yogurt (Greek yogurt has a thick consistency similar to sour cream)


We’d love to hear about your additional healthy baking substitutes in the comment section below.

Written by Suzie Bonder

Suzie Bonder MS RD is a Registered Dietitian in the state of New Jersey and the founder of SDO Nutrition. Suzie specializes in nutrition and weight loss counseling. Follow Suzie on twitter @SDOnutrition.

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