Recipe Wednesday: Healthy Hamantaschen? You bet!

I don’t know about you, but I am powerless against Hamantaschen. It may be my Hungarian Jewish background, but I cannot resist pastries and Hamantaschen are worthy rivals.

Imagine my pleasure/surprise when I found a recipe for Healthy Hamantaschen! I wouldn’t post it here unless I baked it up and tried it myself. I will tell you that the first bite tasted a little out of the ordinary, but several others have said they are actually good. I’ve already eaten more than I care to admit.

The recipe comes from http://www.nowaythatshealthy.com. Here is the link: http://nowaythatshealthy.com/2014/03/healthy-whole-wheat-hamantashen.html.

What makes these healthy are the following substitutions: coconut oil for butter, whole wheat flour for regular all-purpose flour, and honey for sugar.

I prepared them with almond extract (you can also use vanilla extract too), and you can taste it–fine with me! I used whole wheat pastry flour instead of regular whole wheat flour which made the dough a little crumblier than it should have been (due to lower gluten content). I also used a regular jar of store-bought raspberry jam. You can use whatever type of filling you’d like. My step-daughter suggested Nutella!

I will definitely be making this recipe next week for Mishloach Manot. I know they’re still not totally healthy, but it I’ll feel a little less guilty as I celebrate Purim.

Recipe Wednesday

I’ve been making a special effort lately to try recipes that are healthy. I’ve hit a couple of clunkers, but mostly have found some delicious meals and treats that I don’t need to feel too guilty about.

This recipe comes from the website http://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com. I don’t know if I’d use the word “joyful” to describe this particular recipe for Skinny Banana Nut Muffins, but they certainly made me happy! My only substitutions were that I used whole wheat pastry flour (instead of whole wheat all-purpose), and I used pure maple syrup (NOT the fake stuff) instead of honey. They were great!

https://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/skinny-banana-nut-muffins/

If you’ve got a recipe that is healthy and almost tastes too good to be healthy, please share it with me. Each Wednesday, I will bring you a recipe that I myself have made and tasted.

Next week, healthy Hamantaschen…?