Health Tip: Bake a Healthier Holiday Treat

(HealthDay News) -- Baking holiday goodies doesn't have to include loads of butter and sugar.

The American Heart Association mentions these potential substitutes:

  • Swap no sugar-added cinnamon applesauce for butter.
  • Use a sugar substitute.
  • Instead of heavy cream or half and half, use skim milk.
  • Use whole wheat flour in half the amount of flour called for in a recipe.
  • Skip candies and chocolate chips in flavor of dried fruit.
  • Flavor treats with peppermint, vanilla or almond extracts, instead of extra sugar or butter.