10 Ways to Cut Calories in Baking Recipes
How to lighten up your holiday recipes without sacrificing taste.
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Try substituting lower-fat and lower-sugar ingredients in your baking
recipes when possible. For example, if you're making a cake that calls for sour
cream, use the fat-free version. Also try reduced-fat cheese, light cream
cheese, less-sugar jams, light pancake syrup, light Cool Whip, light yogurt,
light margarine or whipped butter, and fat-free half-and-half. Most of these
products will help you cut calories and saturated fat along with the total
grams of fat.
6. Cut Down on High-Calorie Extras
Recipe add-ins and embellishments can sometimes be left out or cut in half.
If a recipe calls for chocolate chips, for example, you can reduce the amount.
If a recipe calls for dotting your pie with butter, you can safely skip this
step. In a cake recipe, you can often get by with half the original amount of
frosting (In a double-layer cake, just frost the top and middle and forget the
sides). And in some cakes, bars, and cookies, you can eliminate frosting and
substitute a light sprinkling of powdered sugar. Using 2 tablespoons of
frosting instead of 4 will shave about 130 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, and 2
grams of saturated fat. Each tablespoon of chocolate chips omitted cuts about
50 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 2 grams of saturated fat.
7. Keep a Carton of Fat-Free Sour Cream in Your Fridge
Fat-free sour cream is the bomb in light recipes for three reasons. It's an
easy replacement for real sour cream in recipes like pound cake or coffee cake.
You can use it as a substitute for part of the fat in recipes for things like
cookies (it works especially well for brownies), cake, or muffins. Further,
manufacturers often add soluble fiber-like ingredients (such as gelatin, agar
gum, xanthan gum, and locust bean gum) to keep fat-free sour cream stable.
These ingredients also help keep it from separating when you whip it into your
batter or heat it while baking. If your eight-serving recipe calls for 1 cup of
butter or oil, and you use 1/2 cup of fat-free sour cream in place of half the
butter or oil, you'll save about 110 calories and 13 grams of fat per