Holiday Baking with a Healthy Twist

The holidays are just around the corner and you know what that means – lots of baking! Remember that all foods fit and it is okay to enjoy your holiday favorites guilt free. However, it is important to make sure we are still eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to maintain our health. Check out these ONIE recipes that have a healthy twist!

Cranberry Orange Nut Cookies:

Cranberries contain fiber which keep your gut healthy and are packed with antioxidants including Vitamin C and Vitamin E.  Antioxidants may help decrease risk of certain diseases like heart disease and some cancers. Cranberries also contain Vitamin K and manganese which are important for blood clotting and building healthy bones. Walnuts are a great source of protein and healthy fats and can help to lower cholesterol.

Pumpkin Pie Cookies: 

Oats contain fiber which can help keep you feeling full for longer and help regulate blood sugar. Oats also contain phosphorus, thiamine, magnesium, and zinc. This delicious recipe contains pumpkin as well, which is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, phosphorus and fiber. Vitamin A and C can improve eye health. 

Harvest Pumpkin Muffins:

These also contain rolled oats and pumpkin puree. This recipe has a secret ingredient- Greek yogurt! Greek yogurt is a good source of protein, calcium, Vitamin B12, and probiotics.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

This healthy peanut butter cookie recipe includes rolled oats, greek yogurt, and peanut butter. So, it is a great source of protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals all packed in this sweet treat!

Zucchini Muffins: 

Zucchini is high in vitamin C and fiber, which is important for maintaining a healthy gut. Zucchini also contains potassium which can help manage blood pressure. So these muffins are packed with good healthy ingredients but they also have cinnamon that will make your house smell like the holidays. 

You can also make some simple ingredient swaps  in your favorite holiday recipes to enjoy those while still gaining some health benefits!

  • Mashed banana, canned pumpkin, avocado, applesauce, greek yogurt, and olive oil are great butter substitutes because they contain a lot of the same baking properties as  butter.
  • You can swap enriched white flour for whole wheat flour or blended oats to get in more fiber and whole grains.
  • Using a low-fat milk is a great option to minimize the fat and calories in your baked goods.
  • Mashed bananas are great sugar substitutes. 
  • Evaporated skim milk can be a good substitute for heavy cream in baked goods. 

Bonus: Though no baking is required, this DIY Healthy Dessert Platter is quick and easy to make. You can include any of your family’s favorite fruits, nuts and fruit dips. We suggest a greek yogurt based dip but the possibilities are endless! 

Try some of these out and let us know what you think!

Happy Holidays from the ONIE Team! 


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