Fall is here and the holiday season is coming. While it’s no secret that people enjoy treats year-round, fall seems to bring out the baker in all of us. Cookies, cakes, muffins and more may be a treat for our taste buds, but they’re often bad news for our waistlines.Fit into #fall with #healthy #sweet treats! @CabotRD @cabotcheese Click To Tweet
The good news is that fall also brings with it a wealth of delicious nutrient-rich produce. Many of the fruits and vegetables you find at the farmer’s market or in the store can be used to make your favorite fall desserts a little bit healthier by giving them a nutritional boost.
Here are a few ways to add healthy fall produce to your desserts and treats:
- Shred them! Fruits and veggies that contain some water (like apples and zucchini) are great for shredding and adding moisture to quick breads, cakes, etc. You can also substitute Greek-style yogurt for some of the sour cream and/or butter in baking recipes to cut calories, but keep the moisture.
- Mash them. Vegetables like sweet potatoes, squash and pumpkin can be mashed or pureed and added to baked goods for an extra serving of vegetables and boost of vitamin A.
- Take advantage of their natural sweetness. Produce like apples, pears, sweet potatoes, etc can add natural sweetness to your desserts. This allows you to cut back on added sugars without sacrificing flavor.
Try some of these tips to add a healthier twist to some of your favorite fall desserts!
If you’re looking for a new healthier dessert to try, check out some of these recipes:
Diane Boyd, Cape Fear Nutrition
“Health-ify” your baked goods and excite your taste buds!
I grew up in a family that enjoyed the nightly ritual of dessert! I don’t serve dessert as often to my family, but when I do, it’s just as my mother made it, from the oven to the table. In my opinion, homemade can never be rivaled by something store bought. Baking also has the advantage of putting you in control. I often cut back on sugar or fat, but never both in the same recipe. I find sugar can be reduced by about 25% in most recipes without compromising taste or quality. My foolproof way to reduce fat is to replace up to one-half of the butter, oil or sour cream with an equal amount of Cabot Lowfat Greek-Style Yogurt. Making baked goods healthier also means adding in good-for -you ingredients like fruits, vegetable, nuts, seeds and 100% white whole wheat flour. Let your personal preferences be your guide and get creative.
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