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Hi everyone and happy Monday! For a lot of us that means today we were back to the grind at work when instead I’d rather be sitting at home with the pup and boy and munching on these delicious 5 Ingredient Cookies. What’s better than 5 Ingredient Cookies, ummm these 5 Ingredient Cookies that were made and delivered to my door steps! A girl can dream right?! These tantalizingly delicious cookies that you see below were made by my friend and fellow Dietitian Lauren Ott, who is graciously guest posting on my blog today! She blogs over at The Dessert Dietitian, so after you’ve made this quick and easy recipe you can hop on over to her blog and see what other recipes you’ll want to make next!
I love to try new recipes and, to my delight, there are a TON of recipes out there! The problem is, they’re not all healthy. In fact, most of them aren’t even somewhat healthy. Let’s be honest, I like to splurge every once in a while just as much as the next guy does, but I try to spend the majority of my time eating healthy. So, if you come across one of these not-so-healthy recipes that you just can’t turn down, what do you do? You modify it! And I’m here to teach you how.
Let’s start with the most important food group: DESSERT. There are so many simple, tasty dessert recipe modifications out there, why wouldn’t you use them?! One of my favorite swaps is mashed banana or unsweetened applesauce for butter or oil. Use it in a 1:1 ratio. In other words, if a recipe calls for 1 cup of butter, swap it out for 1 cup of mashed banana instead. BOOM. That’s it. Calories and fat slashed. To cut sugar? Toss in some extra spices and extracts, such as vanilla extract and cinnamon. And what about to cut carbs? Try subbing mashed black beans for flour. No, I haven’t gone insane. This works especially well in chocolate desserts such as brownies. It’s a 1:1 ratio once again. Hello added fiber, goodbye refined carbs!
So what about recipe modifications for lunches and dinners? Try swapping plain Greek yogurt for mayo or sour cream. 1:1 ratio for this swap. Works great for dishes like dips, chicken salad, and even deviled eggs. Making breaded chicken but trying to cut back on refined white flour? Swap oats or a high fiber cereal for breadcrumbs. Just spice it up a bit using, what do you know… spices! We all love rice, but we all also know that it can add up quickly when it comes to calories and carbs. So why not swap your rice for cauliflower “rice?” Just take a cauliflower head and throw it in your food processor (or use a cheese grater). Steam it in the microwave (no water needed), and voila! Even your husband won’t know it’s not the real deal.
Ready to try out a recipe modification for yourself? Start with this one. It’s a no fail, 5 ingredient cookie recipe. It can actually be made with only 2 ingredients! Two. Ingredients. Coooooooookies are my favorite thing (sing loudly). No added sugars (except the chocolate, which obviously doesn’t count) or fats (except the chocolate, which once again, doesn’t count). Bonus: this is high fiber and potassium as well. I’d say that’s a win-win.
5 Ingredient Cookies
2 Ingredient Cookie
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon optional
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs optional
Preheat oven to 350.
Mash bananas in a large bowl until you achieve a smooth consistency.
Add in oats (and any of the other optional ingredients).
Mix well and spoon onto greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until browned and cooked through.
So what do you think? Are you ready to try some recipe modifications? Comment below on your favorite recipe modifications.
Lauren Ott, RD has been a dietitian for over 7 years. Lauren graduated from the University of Oklahoma with her BS in nutritional sciences. She has her certificate of training in adult weight management from the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Lauren has experience in weight loss, eating disorders, corporate wellness, cardiovascular disease, public speaking, classroom management, curriculum development, media relations, and overall wellness. She has worked for corporations such as the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, The Cooper Clinic, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Watch Lauren on her bi-weekly 9 News Denver segment, as she is the 9 News nutrition expert. Lauren has written for or appeared on media outlets such as LiveStrong, NPR, The Denver Post, Thrillist, Women’s Running Magazine, and Today’s Dietitian. Although Lauren is passionate about health and wellness, she is a true believer that everything is ok in moderation (especially DESSERT).
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