April 3, 2013

Healthy Ingredient Substitutions for Peanut Butter Cookies

George Washington Carver had introduced recipes for peanut cookies prior to the 1920′s, but he did not have peanut butter as an ingredient. It wasn’t until the 1920′s that peanut butter was listed as an ingredient for cookies.

Healthy Ingredient Substitutions for Peanut Butter Cookies

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Did you know that in just 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, there are 8 grams of protein? But, as we know, it is hard to just eat 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Peanut Butter cookies are perfect for settling a sweet tooth craving, but they can get addicting. This list holds healthy ingredient substitutions so your craving doesn’t leave you feeling guilty:

Whole-Wheat Flour

By replacing just half of the flour in the recipe with whole-wheat flour, you can make your cookies much healthier. Whole-wheat flour has more fiber than all-purpose flour, keeping you fuller longer.

Egg Substitutes

Eggs are filled with fat and cholesterol, and egg substitutes have a little to no fat or cholesterol.  These substitutes generally offer the same taste and texture of real eggs.

Applesauce

Healthy Ingredient Substitutions for Peanut Butter Cookies

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Applesauce is often used to replace oil in recipes, but it can also be used to replace butter.  Replace half the amount of butter in the recipe with applesauce, which greatly reduces the calories and fat in your cookies.  For example, if the recipe calls for 1 cup of butter, use ½ cup of butter and ½ cup of applesauce.

Soy Butter

For those who have peanut allergies, soy butter and sesame butter are a nutritious replacement for peanut butter.  Pecan butter can also be used as a substitution, even though it is not as strong as peanut butter but delicious in cookies. These substitutions allow for people with allergies to enjoy a peanut butter cookie.

Honey

Honey is a great substitute for sugar in baking.  Honey is sweeter than sugar, so you should use less honey in your recipe.  For 1 cup of sugar, use only ¾ cup of honey.  Since honey is a liquid, you need to decrease the amount of liquid in the recipe by ¼ cup when substituting with honey.

Stevia

Healthy Ingredient Substitutions for Peanut Butter CookiesStevia is an herb that is much sweeter than white granulated sugar. 1 teaspoon of powdered or liquid stevia is equal to 1 cup of sugar. This measurement refers to the stevia herb, not stevia-based sweeteners (i.e. Truvia or PureVia).

Along with these substitutions, you can fortify your cookies with whole peanuts (except for those who have an allergy) or dark chocolate chips.  The simplicity of peanut butter cookies can be spiced up with any peanut or berry of your choice. Peanut Butter cookies are delicious, and substitutes allow people to enjoy them without worrying about their waistline.

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