Can It Be? Healthy Cookies
By Paul Rothbart
Few desserts enjoy the popularity of the cookie. They are usually the first thing a child learns to bake and there are so many varieties. They are popular for quite a few holidays and make a tasty, sweet snack. There are even commercial brands that have reached legendary status. Quite a feat for a humble little treat. Cookies share the same problem that all desserts do. They are not the healthiest thing you can eat. They are generally loaded with sugar and calories, so many people avoid them. There are, however, healthy cookie recipes. You can have your cookie and eat it too, to paraphrase the famous saying.
It is a fact that if you are going to eat sweets, it's best to do so in the morning when you have all day to burn the calories. These healthy cookies make an excellent breakfast for those with a sweet tooth. They contain oatmeal, peanut butter, and bananas. All of these are foods that provide nutrition and health benefits. Add a few chocolate chips for some sweetness. The dark ones are healthier. Two or three of these can help you start your day with a healthy smile.
Soft Maple Cookies
Soft cookies have a chewy texture that many people enjoy. Maple syrup softens the cookie while adding sweetness and flavor. Make them more healthy by putting in some dried fruits and nuts. You get protein, vitamins and minerals, and a little tasty, natural sugar. What more could you ask?
A Christmas staple, fruitcakes are not that popular. The cookie variant is delicious and nutritious. Make them with figs, raisins, and dried cherries. Add some honey to add to the sweetness. Pecans round out the flavor profile while providing some protein. You end up with a flavorful treat made with healthy and natural ingredients.
Oatmeal Pistachio Cookies
This variation on the classic oatmeal raisin cookie benefits from the unique flavor of pistachios. In addition to the heart health benefits of the oatmeal, the pistachios provide protein with few calories. They also contain many nutrients, including antioxidants that can boost your health.
Pecan Sandies are made with whole-wheat flavor in addition to white flour, which adds nutrition to them. Pecans are delicious and loaded with nutrition. These tasty cookies also contain cinnamon and almond butter, both of which have health benefits. If you like pecans, this may be the cookie for you.
Cookies are loved by people worldwide. They are a convenient snack. For those concerned about their health, try some of these healthy cookie varieties. Satisfy your cravings for sweets while boosting your health.
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