Healthier Sweet Treats (Heart Health)
Eating heart-healthy meals doesn’t mean giving up some of those too-rich breads and sweets. With a few changes, you can keep the heart and add the health. Here’s how:
o make muffins, quick breads, and biscuits, use no more than 1 to 2 tablespoons of fat for each cup of flour.
When making muffins or quick breads, use three ripe, very well-mashed bananas, instead of 1/2 cup butter or oil. Or, substitute a cup of applesauce for a cup of butter, margarine, oil, or shortening â€” you’ll get less saturated fat and fewer calories.
To make a pie crust, use only 1/2 cup margarine for every 2 cups flour.
For chocolate desserts, use 3 tablespoons of cocoa, instead of 1 ounce of baking chocolate. If fat is needed to replace that in chocolate, add 1 tablespoon or less of vegetable oil.
To make cakes and soft-drop cookies, use no more than 2 tablespoons of fat for each cup of flour.