Healthy Treats During the Holiday Season!

 

I have a major sweet tooth and so does E and i'm partially, if not solely, to blame for her love of cookies and sweet treats so this year I am going to try and keep healthy alternatives available for her to munch on. 

Last week I made gluten free zucchini muffins, E and Little G aren't gluten free but in using gluten free flours you can give yourself and your kids a little nutritional boost! The best way i've found to get the 'hey these are gluten free' tough, grainy texture out of gluten free baking is mixing flours. So if a recipe calls for 1 c. flour you can take gluten free baking flour plus tapioca flour or tapioca flour plus coconut flour. Here's a rundown of gluten free flours so you can see what works best for you and your taste preference!

https://glutenfreegirl.com/a-guide-to-gluten-free-baking/?v=7516fd43adaa

Another way to add little boosts in desserts is by substituting sugar with agave syrups, honey, or molasses. I personally love using agave in baking recipes versus honey since honey has it's own distinct flavor and agave is a sort of neutral sweetener. 

If you wanted to make any of these recipes vegan and gluten free replacing the eggs with bananas or applesauce is a great substitute. Replacing the butters with coconut oil, olive oil or a vegan butter substitute is a great route to take. I've found coconut oil is the best neutral butter substitute as olive oil has its own taste. When using coconut oil it can begin to solidify when coming in contact with cold milks and eggs but placing it in the microwave for 10 seconds or placing the bowl over a hot stove plate will melt it down again.  

I attempted zucchini muffins last week and they weren't perfect, I was missing a few things, but they were good and I loved being able to throw the girls a muffin in between adventures. I'm definitely going to try to keep up with baking them a sweet treat once a week, and maybe even have a few baking days with the girls! Below i'll list the muffins as well as some other great recipes I want to try that i'm sure the girls and possibly your young ones would love! 

Blueberry Zucchini Muffins

http://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/2015/01/healthy-blueberry-zucchini-muffins/

Healthy Banana Bread

http://cookieandkate.com/2015/healthy-banana-bread-recipe/

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

http://hintofjoes.com/3-ingredient-peanut-butter-cookies/

Rhubarb Pies

http://heartbeetkitchen.com/2014/recipes/raspberry-rhubarb-hand-pies/

Applesauce Muffins

http://lilluna.com/mini-applesauce-muffins-2/

No Bake Cake Batter Bites

http://thebigmansworld.com/2015/10/04/healthy-no-bake-cake-batter-bites-paleo-vegan-gluten-free/

Spinach Muffins

http://www.messforless.net/spinach-muffin-recipe-food-fun-friday/

 

Until next time!

-Lauren