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Cookie Concerns? Just Bake It
Fragrant, chewy and totally comforting—nothing says "welcome home" like a homemade chocolate chip cookie. If you've got the yen for one and want to indulge without lowering your natural standards, challenge yourself to follow these tips for an all-natural treat.
  • Cut back slightly on sugar amounts (up to a 1/3 less doesn't affect texture much), and use the least-processed sugar or alternate natural sweetener. (Agave, stevia, honey, maple or rice syrup, date sugar and dried cane juice are options, but read up first on how they impact baking results.)
  • Stick to whole-wheat flour instead of refined flours. (Some cookies, like backpacker and chocolate chip, are more forgiving with grainier flours than others.)