Pumpkin Spice Granola

Who else is still on a pumpkin kick? You know I am!

Y’all know I love me some granola, and if you haven’t checked out my other granola recipes, you can find them linked below:

Maple-Almond Granola

Almond Joy Granola

BUT since it’s pumpkin season, I made my version of pumpkin spice granola and honestly–it’s my favorite homemade granola recipe yet! I hope y’all love it as much as I do! Make sure you tag me in all of your creations: @livebetterwithkatdetter

Fun Pumpkin Facts: 
Did you know that pumpkin can be used to replace butter or oil in baked goods? You heard me right!
Subbing pumpkin for butter in a recipe: For 1 cup of butter, use 3/4 cup of PURE pumpkin puree
Subbing pumpkin for oil in a recipe: For 1 cup of oil, use 1 cup of PURE pumpkin puree (1:1 ratio)

Pumpkin is also high in fiber which many Americans do not consume enough of daily. Fiber aids in digestion, promotes heart health, and controls blood sugars. Make your “treats” more nourishing by using pumpkin!

Other ways to incorporate pumpkin:
Add pumpkin puree to Greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey
Make pumpkin muffins or scones
Mix 1-2 Tablespoons into coffee with 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
Make a savory sauce with pumpkin + light cream + Parmesan cheese
Combine pumpkin + ricotta cheese + herbs + spices and use as a filling for lasagna
Make a pumpkin smoothie

Okay, now onto the granola!

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Pumpkin Spice Granola

  • Servings: 6 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

2 cups old fashioned oats
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp salt
1 T chia seeds or ground flax
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/8-1/4 cup maple syrup (depending on how sweet ya like it!)
1/2 can PURE pumpkin 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Mix oats, spices and chia/flax together. In a saucepan, heat coconut oil, maple syrup and pumpkin until melted and combined together.
  3. Mix pumpkin mixture into oats.
  4. Once well incorporated, add to a parchment paper lined baking dish.
  5. For granola clusters, spread granola evenly and firmly pack oat mixture onto baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Allow granola mixture to cool for an hour, then break into chunks.
    **NOTE: If granola is too moist, bake for an additional 10-20 minutes at 200 F to take out excess moisture.
  7. Enjoy on a top of yogurt, in a smoothie bowl, or plain!
  8. Additional/optional add ons once granola is cooled:
    Dark chocolate chips/chunks
    Pumpkin seeds
    Raisins
    Dried cranberries
    Freeze dried fruit

 

What other fall recipes would you like me to try? Let me know in the comments here or on my social media accounts!

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian
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Black Bean Brownies

Black beans in brownies?? YES!

This trend has been around for a few years now. The first time I made black bean brownies was in 2015…I was getting ready to pack up my car and move to California to attend Loma Linda University to become a registered dietitian.  Before I left for school, I made my family a special treat…and I didn’t tell them what was in it…

Now, I am going to give you a little background on my childhood…when I was a little girl, maybe 6 or 7, I LOVED “playing” in my mom’s kitchen experimenting with foods…that could be why I decided to become a dietitian and do recipe development professionally!

I can remember making a jello dessert and putting what I thought was orange zest in it for a little extra flavor…turns out I was zesting too much and ended up putting the orange peeling in it instead…and my brothers never let me forget it! They’re always kind of afraid to try new foods I make despite the fact that I’ve gotten wayyyyy better at recipe development.

Back to before I moved away, I made a special dessert for my last night in North Carolina…I made black bean brownies. After everyone took a bite and decided they tasted good, I had them guess what they thought was in it…no one knew!

“Black beans!” Course, we grew up eating beans so my brothers weren’t too put off…but my sister-in-law was like “Ew, gross” and decided they were not fit to eat. However, everyone else LOVED them, and you will to!

 

I’ve adapted my recipe over the years. Today I am using black beans and sweet potato in this recipe and I guarantee you will love it! Fudgey, smooth, and perfect for a warm, brownie sundae!

Black Bean Brownies

  • Servings: 16 squares
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

1 can black beans

1/2 c almond flour

1/2 c sweet potato

1/2 c unsweetened apple sauce

1/4+ 2 tbs maple syrup

2 T cocoa powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 T vanilla

1/2 c dark chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Drain and rinse black beans very well.
  3. Add to high powered blender or food processor.
  4. Add almond flour, sweet potato, unsweetened applesauce, maple syrup, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and vanilla to blender/food processor.
  5. Blend until smooth.
  6. Add to mixing bowl and fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Pour mixture into greased baking dish.
  8. Sprinkle more chocolate chips on top.
  9. Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes.
  10. If brownies are still goopy, bake for additional 5-10 minutes and let cool. The batter will thicken as it cools.
  11. Enjoy!!!

Have you ever tried black bean brownies ??

Until next time,

Happy Chewing!

Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

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Homemade Granola Bars

Another one of my go-to mid day snacks! Perfect for a pre-workout snack or dessert.

This recipe is a variation of my chocolate chip peanut butter energy bites  , and they are  even easier to make.

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Essentially using the same ingredients with different ratios, this recipe does not require any ball-forming but just a simple mixture of ingredients and placing in a baking dish to refrigerate for a few hours.

This recipe contains oatmeal, natural peanut butter, honey, unsweetened coconut, chia seeds, and dark chocolate chips. Protein + carbs + heart healthy fat to get you going.

*Nutrition Fact on Chia Seeds: high in fiber (good for digestion & feeling full), protein, calcium (for bone health), manganese (antioxidant to protect body from free radicals-damaging cells in body), and magnesium (protein production, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation). Great addition to any baked good, smoothie, or jam.

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Homemade Granola Bars

  • Servings: 20 small squares
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips/chunks

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients listed above and mix well.
  2. Pour mixture in a small baking dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting into squares.
  3. Once mixture is a firm consistency, cut into squares.
  4. Store in air tight container for up to a week (if they last that long).
  5. Enjoy for a pre workout snack or dessert!

 

I wanna know which one you all like better! The homemade granola bars or the energy bites 🙂

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!

Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

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Shamrock Skewers

No, I didn’t take the time to shape my kiwis into actual shamrocks, BUT this is a fun little activity you can do with the fam!

So simple, yet so satisfying and a great snack option to add to your St. Patrick’s day festivities.

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Shamrock Skewers

  • Servings: 10 skewers
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 8 kiwis
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup green grapes, washed

Directions: 

  1. Wash kiwis, peel using a small knife. Cut into 1 inch round pieces.
  2. Using a skewer, alternate kiwi, pineapple, and grapes until you reach the top of the skewer.
  3. Serve at your St. Patty’s day party or as a snack at home!

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Such a simple little festive treat!

How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s day this weekend?

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!

Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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St. Patty’s Pancakes

What better way to begin St. Patrick’s Day celebrations than to make green pancakes!

I used my almond & oat flour pancake recipe and adjusted the wet ingredients so I could add…wait for it…

SPINACH! Yes, I went there. If there is any way I can add veggies to my meals, I go for it. Best part? You can’t even taste it, but you’re still benefiting from the vitamins, minerals, and fiber spinach has to offer.

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St. Patty's Pancakes

  • Servings: 2 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 cup spinach, fresh
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat skillet to ~300 degrees.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, add almond & oat flour, baking powder, salt and  cinnamon.
  3. In a blender, add almond milk and spinach and blend until all spinach is in liquid form.
  4. Pour almond milk & spinach into dry ingredients. Then add vanilla and unsweetened apple sauce.
  5. Mix well,  but leave a few lumps.
  6. Fold in dark chocolate chips.
  7. Spray skillet. Add 1/4 cup of batter onto skillet and cook ~3-5 minutes on each side. *Cook slowly to prevent burning on the outside and uncooked in the middle.
  8. Serve with your favorite toppings! My favs: berries, peanut butter, banana, and a splash of black berry syrup!

 

What’s your favorite type of pancake?

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!

Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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Cauliflower Crust

By now, y’all know my love for pizza…but it is not something I eat very often because it leaves me feeling bloated and lays heavy on my stomach.

However, my FAVORITE alternative is cauliflower crust, and I am so excited to finally share my recipe with you all!

I am sharing my “mini” crusts so the hubs and I can put our own toppings on each, but you could totally make one large pizza crust.

Why cauliflower crust? I have no issues with whole wheat crusts, in fact, I make scratch whole wheat crusts every other month and store in the freezer for quick meal options. However, I love cauliflower crusts because it is another way for me to get vegetables in my diet. Vegetables = fiber + vitamins + minerals + happy gut 

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What’s more is adding even MORE veggies to top my cauli crust for a fully satisfying meal. Here’s the #deats.

 

Cauliflower Crusts

  • Servings: 3 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup egg whites (or 1 whole egg)
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Wash and chop cauliflower into small florets. Add to food processor or high powdered blender and pulse until reaches grain-like texture. **You can skip this step by purchasing pre-riced cauliflower in the frozen section.
  4. Add cauliflower to a microwavable safe bowl and microwave for 4-5 minutes. Allow to cool.
  5. Once cooled, using a cheesecloth or dish towel, squeeze as much water out of cauliflower as possible. The more moisture taken out, the better and crispier crust you will have.
  6. In a medium bowl, add drained and cooled cauliflower, egg whites, cheese, and seasoning. Incorporate well.
  7. Form “dough” into two separate balls (or one large).
  8. Place cauliflower dough balls on greased parchment paper and press into pizza crust shape.
  9. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, then flip sides and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  10. Top with favorite pizza toppings OR allow to cool and freeze for a quick meal during the week.
  11. Enjoy!

 

Have you ever tried cauliflower crust? What did you think?

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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Kale Shakshuka

You guys, I’ve been wanting to try this “shakshuka” thing for a while…

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Shakshuka is a traditional African dish of poached eggs in a simmering tomato sauce…however, thanks to Molly Yeh, I was inspired to try the kale shakshuka version.

 

See Molly Yeh’s original recipe here– my recipe is adapted from hers.

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Kale Shakshuka

  • Servings: 2 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 4 cloves fresh Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cups fresh Kale, washed & chopped
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • Feta Cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a cast iron skillet, add oil and saute garlic. Add kale.
  3. Allow kale to cook down. Once slightly wilted, add vegetable broth.
  4. Salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Once cooked down, make 2 wells in kale mixture and crack eggs into wells.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-20 minutes (depending on how you like the yolk)
  7. Serve with crusty bread, roasted potatoes, or any other favorite breakfast side dish.

 

Enjoy!

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

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Using Spiralized Veggies

Happy National Nutrition Month!

 

I am so excited to share tons of recipes and nutrition tips all.month.long! Starting TODAY with spiralized veggies.

Making its debut sometime in 2015, spiralized veggies were the nutrition trend when I started nutrition school. I remember helping instruct food demos at health fairs on how to make “zoodles”, or zucchini noodles, and people loved them!

Today, I am sharing some meal ideas using spiralized veggies. Conveniently, some food companies sell pre spiralized veggies in the freezer section and some grocery stores offer them fresh in the produce section.

While I do spiralize my own veggies from time to time, I also enjoy the convenience of the frozen ones AND they keep well in the freezer.

Below are some ideas for using spiralized veggies.

 

  • Homemade Zoodles with Marinara Sauce: Lightly saute zoodles and season with your favorite herbs and spices. Once cooked (about 2-5 minutes depending on fresh/frozen), add in marinara sauce and allow to simmer. Sprinkle with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese and serve! Easy and quick week night dinner!

 

  • Spiralized butternut squash in Mac & Cheese: One of my favorites, mix 1 cup of vegetable stock, 1/2 cup of milk and 1 frozen pack of spiralized butternut squash (or fresh) and simmer. Add herbs and spices of choice. Once cooked, puree mixture in a high speed blender and put back in pot. Mix in 1/2 cup of sharp cheddar cheese and cooked pasta (I like to use Banza pasta). Serve as is or put mixture in a  baking dish, sprinkle more cheese on top, and bake at 350 until bubbly and brown. Perfect for a gathering!

 

  • Carrot/Beet Chinese Noodles: Oh, what a great way to get extra veggies in! Using fresh or frozen, sautee in wok with fresh garlic, herbs and spices. Add in other veggies (such as broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini), and cook for 2-5 minutes until tender. Add in favorite Asian sauce (I like coconut aminos teriyaki sauce) and simmer. Add in cooked tofu or chicken and mix. Mix in cooked rice noodles if desired, or serve over brown rice.

 

  • Cucumber Salad: Spiralized cucumber!  I have not actually seen this in stores, but if you have a veggie spirailzer, cucumber is a great veggie to use!  Mix spiralized cucumber with oil & vinegar, herbs and spices, salt and pepper, feta cheese, grape tomatoes, and avocado pieces for a great, fresh salad!

Have you tried spiralized veggies? Let me know your favorite way to cook them!

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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What It Means To Be Healthy

“It’s called the South Beach Fat Flush, and all you drink is cranberry juice for 72 hours.” – Regina George from Mean Girls

This is the world we live in. People going on fad diets, cleanses, detoxes, and fasts to look a certain way. This is what people think it means to be healthy.

As I have mentioned before, being healthy is not a one-size-fits-all approach. What I do on a daily basis may not work for you, and vice versa. However, there are healthy living practices that we can use as a guide to help inspire us to live a better life.

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  • Be active most days of the week

This is kind of vague, but it goes back to my point of every body being different, and we all have different goals. A person beginning their fitness journey may not run as far as the person training for their first half marathon. The body builder working toward a competition likely works out hours a day while the person wanting to tone works out for an hour…all of that is irrelevant. Do what works for you and your goals. The most important thing is that you are active.

  • Eat your veggies

…or all plants for that matter. Plants are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and water, making them BEST for your body. Strive to get the majority of your diet from plants, making half of your plate non-starchy veggies at meals. Not only will it be kind to your waistline, but the fiber will help you feel full for longer periods of time AND will help keep your digestion regular.

  • Stay hydrated

This is so vital. Our bodies are 55-60% water, so it is important that we replace what is lost. Water can be lost in the obvious ways–urine, sweat, and bowel movements…but we also lose water when we breathe and stress! When we are dehydrated, our body’s cortisol (the stress hormone) levels increase–making it another good idea to drink water consistently throughout the day to decrease stress levels.

  • Limit added sugars

Women should truly be consuming 25 grams or less of added sugars daily, while the recommendation for men is 36 grams per day. On average, one 12 ounce can of soda contains 39 grams of added sugar–that is over a days worth! Added sugar can also wreck your immune system, making it easier for you to get sick. While I am not saying you can never splurge and have sugar, be mindful of where your added sugars are coming from and limit them most of the time.

  • Engage in healthy relationships

We were made to communicate with each other–as much of an introvert I am…I realize how important it is to be part of a community. Spend time with your family and friends–go out of your way to be kind to others. Socialize with people you’ve just met. Get to know someone new. You will be more fulfilled, create new relationships, and grow as a person.

  • Grow spiritually

Regardless of your religious preferences, take time for your spiritual life daily. It can be so easy getting caught up in the chaos of every day, but make time for your devotions. As a Christian, I talk to God throughout the day, multiple times a day. Writing in my prayer journal is another way I feel connected with Him, and it is neat to look back on past entries to see what He has done to help me overcome past issues.

 

What other guides do you use to stay healthy?  Remember, healthy living is individualized to your own personal needs. If you’d like help meeting those needs and want to jump on the healthy lifestyle bandwagon, send me a message!

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing!

Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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Healthy Baking Hacks

Do you love baking but find yourself having little self control over the final product? I know I do! Again, you know how I feel about treating yourself occasionally…and I don’t know about you…but if there is a way I can eat nutrient-dense desserts on a regular basis, I’m gonna do it!

Today  I am sharing with you some baking replacements for oil, eggs, flour, and sugar. Feel free to message me if you have any more suggestions! I’d love to hear them.

One reason I like to replace oils in baking is because it cuts back on overall calories. There are 9 calories in every 1 gram of fat–making it very calorically dense. We need fat in our diets, however I choose to get it elsewhere in my diet (like in salad dressings, fish, avocado, and cheese). I like to find sugar alternatives too because we really shouldn’t be exceeding 25 grams of added sugars daily. If I can make a dessert using natural sugars, then I am a happy camper!

There are several baking hacks I have used over the years and some do work better than others. Today I am going to share with you some of my favorites and in a few weeks, I will do a cooking demo using some of these hacks.

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  1. Black beans to replace flour

Many of you have heard of black bean brownies (and if you’ve been following me for a while, you remember my black bean thumbprint cookies). I’ve made black bean brownies several times and they are husband approved. You can also use black beans to replace flour in cakes and cookies. Generally, use 1 15-ounce can of black beans (drained and rinsed) to replace 1 cup of flour in a recipe. Keep in mind recipes vary, but this is a general guide.

2. Unsweetened applesauce to replace eggs

While I am not opposed to eggs, this hack is done a lot to make recipes vegan. Also, I find that adding eggs to recipes with little flour and sugar tend tasting very “eggy”…which is not a flavor  I am a fan of. Generally, use 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce to replace 1 egg in a recipe.

3. Unsweetened applesauce to replace oil

Using applesauce will not only help as a binder but also as an oil replacement. Adding applesauce as 1:1 ratio with oil will still give your baked goods a moist consistency. For example, use 1 cup of applesauce to replace 1 cup of oil.

4. Canned unsweetened pumpkin or sweet potato to replace oil

Another oil replacement, using canned pumpkin puree or sweet potatoes in a 1:1 ratio in a recipe will make your baked good full of fiber and natural sweetness. From experience, pumpkin and sweet potato work best in chocolate recipes adding an extra sweetness to 100% dark cocoa powder. Again, for example use 1 cup of pumpkin or sweet potato puree to replace 1 cup of oil.

5. Greek Yogurt to replace oil.

A benefit of greek yogurt to replace oil is that it adds extra complete protein to your baked good. Imagine eating dessert for a snack! Using greek yogurt will give your baked good extra protein so that your blood sugars gradually increase instead of spiking up super high all at once. Use 1/4 cup of greek yogurt to replace 1/2 cup of oil.

6. Ripened bananas as sugar replacement

This is my favorite baking hack! I have used this idea in recipes from simple sugar free banana bread to chocolate chip cookies.  The natural sweetness satisfies the sugar craving. Utilize ripened bananas as a 1:1 ratio to replace sugar.

7. Oatmeal flour to replace white flour.

This one is so simple if you have oatmeal on hand in your pantry. Oatmeal is high in fiber and is a complex carbohydrate meaning it keeps you fuller longer than regular white flour. In a blender, add 1 cup of oatmeal and blend until a fine, flour like consistency. Then add your oat flour as a 1:1 ratio to replace flour.

8. Dates as natural sweetener

Medjool dates are my favorite to use. Dates work well ground up and mixed with nuts to replace pie crusts or just pureed and added to a cake or cookie batter for sweetness. Be sure to pit your dates and taste before baking. Dates are very sweet, so generally less is more for this sugar replacement.

9. Avocado to replace butter

Confession: I have NEVER tried this, but have seen several instagram foodies try this method. Replace half the butter in a recipe with half a mashed avocado and it will add healthy fats to your baked goods. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats which lower LDL cholesterol levels.

10. Prune puree to replace butter

Have you ever had prune cake? You can’t even taste them! Especially when combined with chocolate. Prunes help replace oil and give the baked good a moistness, but also add a touch of sweetness to the batter as well without more sugar. To replace 1 stick of butter, add 1/3 cup of prune puree to a recipe.

 

Have you ever tried any of these baking hacks? I hope you find this helpful next time you wanna make a nutrient dense dessert. Remember, if you ever try any of my creations or nutrition/fitness hacks, make sure to tag me on instagram @betterwithkatdetter_rd. Be on the lookout for a Kat’s Kitchen using some of these hacks to air in a few weeks.

 

Until Next Time,

Happy Chewing,

Katrina Detter, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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