HEALTHY SWEET TREATS FOR THE SWEET-TOOTHED
I will always choose something sweet over savoury when it comes to food. Give me a dessert over a main any day! That being said, I wouldn’t want something like a slutty brownie or Cadbury’s Creme Egg every day so I’ve learnt to make healthier versions of the foods I like. This way I can still satisfy my sweet tooth with these healthy sweet treats on a daily basis. Giving up sugar is never something I could do and I don’t think it’s necessary at all.
FRUIT FOR THOUGHT
It makes me sad to hear people obsessing over eating fruit because it has ‘sugar’ in. I mean it probably wouldn’t be great if you at it all day every day but if you’re eating intuitively it’s unlikely you would do that anyway. Often these people avoiding fruit will go and binge on other things like chocolate anyway so it defeats the point!
Today I’ve got two of my favourite healthy sweet treat recipes to share with you. The first is a protein smoothie recipe which I like to make when I’m going to the gym and the second is my classic healthier cookie recipe with dark chocolate chips. I also filmed a ‘what I eat in a day’ style video last weekend which you can watch either here at the end of this post! This is isn’t to say you should eat exactly like I do but hopefully it will give you some ideas for healthy and easy meals.
THICK AND CREAMY VANILLA PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
This smoothie is one of my favourite combinations. It’s sweet without being sickly and is made using natural ingredients so is packed full of nutrients. It gives me such an energy boost before my workout so I hope you try this and love it as much as I do!
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use this one)
1 frozen banana
Handful frozen mango
Small handful of spinach
1 tbsp maca powder
1tsp boabab powder
Simply pop all the ingredients into a strong blender and mix until there are no lumps and it’s nice and smooth. The more liquid you add the runnier it will be, I prefer mine nice and thick. Superfood powders are completely optional, I just like the way the enhance the flavour of any of my healthy sweet treats! I know the colour doesn’t look that appealing but it literally tastes like a tropical vanilla ice cream. So good. It keeps me full for a long time too.
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES WITH A TWIST
I actually prefer these refined sugar-free cookies to store bought ones (apart from Ben’s Cookies) Now before you judge me, hear me out. I always find shop bought cookies never have the exact texture I want, or ratio of biscuit to chocolate chips or whatever. However when I make cookies at home for one of my healthy sweet treats, I can tailor them to how I want them. Plus I make all my meals from scratch so I know what goes into them so it seems natural to the same with cookies. So when I’m feeling like I have some time on my hands, I’ll whip this recipe up in under half an hour and they’ll last me a few days before I revert back to Oreo’s again – woops.
1 cup spelt flour
1 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup coconut sugar or 2 tbsp maple syrup
100ml almond milk
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp chia seeds
Small handful of dark chocolate chips
These are some of the quickest cookies you can make! I love the flavour of spelt flour and ground almonds together. I add chia seeds to give a little extra crunch and an extra does of goodness. I recommend melting the coconut oil in a microwave or pan so it’s easier to combine with the other ingredients. You could also substitute the chocolate chips for raisins..but why would you want to! My recipe could definitely be switched up depending on your preferences when it comes to healthy sweet treats. You could add more sugar but I find these more enjoyable when they aren’t overly sweet. This is just the way I like them. And with a cold glass of almond milk or hot drink too…
Let me know if you make either of these recipes and what your favourite healthy sweet treats are!