If there’s one thing the holidays are known for, it’s desserts! It seems cookies, cakes, chocolates, and all kinds of fabulous goodies surround us from Halloween to New Year’s Day. While the treats taste good going down, there’s always the inevitable guilt of eating too much. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. You can have your cake – and eat it too – with guiltless holiday desserts. Just a few simple substitutions to your old favorites will allow you to shave calories so you can enjoy your treats, without excess weight gain.
- Substitute the oil. There are many ways you can substitute the oil or butter in your favorite cookies and cakes for a less fattening alternative. One way is to use applesauce in place of oil. The applesauce adds a sweet element, while also keeping your baked good soft and moist.
- Find low-fat alternatives. The term low-fat turns off some people, but you can make your favorite desserts with a lot less fat and the same amount of taste. Search the Internet for low-fat recipes for traditional favorites. For example, if you are making Thanksgiving dessert recipes, search for low-fat alternatives for pumpkin pie, cheesecake, and pumpkin cookies.
- Go flourless. Yes, there are ways to go flourless for baked goods. Flour tends to add a lot of carbohydrates, so eliminating the flour will help save on calories. It will also help make your desserts friendly for the gluten-free crowd.
How will you make delicious, guilt-free desserts this holiday season?