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looks so good! also, applesauce can replace eggs🤯
The struggle of having chocolate abs sweet cravings and trying to eat healthy is oh so real. That, and trying to regulate the sugar that I eat for health reasons has motivated me to create and make healthy alternatives to classic recipes. Obviously this doesn’t mean I can binge the sweets, but definitely feel better about eating them. I’ve done a lot of research on how to replace classic, but unhealthy, ingredients in baking for some healthier options. For example, if your trying to watch your cholesterol or eat a lot of eggs - then a great replacement for eggs in baking is applesauce or ground flaxseed eggs (which is water mixed with flaxseeds). I’ve done both in cookie recipes and honestly never notice a difference in taste. Here is a link for good egg replacements for baking: https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/egg-substitutes-for-baking/
Another option is instead of using granulated white sugar, you can use coconut sugar, honey, maple syrup, or agave (all of these replacements are better as they’re not refined). Here is a link explaining the different substitutes and they’re benefits: https://www.naturespath.com/en-us/blog/7-natural-sugar-substitutes-to-try-in-cooking-baking/
A great substitute for butter is using coconut oil instead!
One of my favorite ways to make a recipe healthier is swapping regular flour for gluten free or like a nut flower. My favorite is definitely oat flour because of the way it mixes and bakes with the other ingredients. I’ve also used almond flour, chickpea flour, and whole wheat flour.
Here is the recipe:
1 cup of oats
1/4 cup of applesauce
3/4 cup of nut butter (I love cashew, almond, and peanut butter in baked goods)
1/4 cup of shredded coconut (I love coconut so I add more)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans are my favorite in this recipe)
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup M&Ms (I didn’t have any so I omitted these sadly)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
I used a muffin tin and baked for 12-15 minutes at 350 F. Enjoy!