Desserts don’t have to be loaded with calories (and fat) to be satisfying. There are many alterations or substitutions you can make to your current recipes and still have them taste great. Here are four changes you can make that your family won’t even notice.
Low or non-fat yogurt is a great substitute for high-fat ingredients used in baking such as shortening, oil, butter, and sour cream. Not only does it cut fat and calories, but it adds a creamy texture. If your recipe calls for 1 cup of butter, use 1/2 cup of butter and 1/4 cup of yogurt. Replace 1 cup of shortening or oil with 1/2 cup shortening/oil and 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons yogurt.
A part of a healthy lifestyle, many people are switching over to natural sweeteners derived from the Stevia plant. While 20 times sweeter than sugar, it has 0 calories. If you use pure stevia, then use at the ratio of 6 packets per 1/4 cup of granulated sugar.
Some companies have created a stevia/granulated sugar blend. Use it at the replacement ratio of 1/2 cup of sugar blend per 1 cup of sugar. You still get the great taste of sugar, but with only half the calories and it is all natural.
For sweeter quick breads, muffins, and cakes, and with a creamier texture, substitute applesauce for butter. In most recipes, you can do a one-for-one swap. Use unsweetened applesauce measured in a liquid measuring cup. When using applesauce as a replacement, mix in the other liquid ingredients into the applesauce, then add in the sugar, and finally fold in the dry ingredients. Mix only until well combined. Do not shorten up the baking time.
White whole wheat flour is a great substitute in recipes calling for all-purpose or white flour. Replace half of the flour requirement with whole wheat flour. While white flour is highly refined and has many of the nutrients taken out in the process, whole wheat flour still contains the wheat seed, germ and bran, making it much more nutritious.
By using healthy substitutes, such as whole wheat flour in place of regular flour, yogurt in place of butter, applesauce in place of oil, and reducing the sugar in your recipes, you can turn your calorie-laden desserts into something healthy, and more than likely your family will not notice the difference. Experiment and see how you can rehab your recipes.