BEST RECIPES FOR THAT SWEET TOOTH
We all experience food cravings for that something sweet but not so bad for you. The following recipes will help satisfy those sweet cravings that may seem unhealthy but offer more than what meets the eye:
Chocolate Chip “Cookie” Pie
What’s the secret ingredient in this recipe? Chickpeas! I made this not too long ago, picture shown, and brought it in to work. Everyone who tried it thought it was a regular cookie pie made with flour, eggs, etc. But nope! The ingredients of this dessert include chickpeas, oats, applesauce, etc. Chickpeas and oats are a great source of fiber that’ll help keep you full while satisfying that sweet tooth. Nothing is better than biting into something that tastes almost exactly as the real thing but it’s healthier and packs a bunch of nutrients! That’s a win-win. Click here for the full recipe.
Apple Pie Baked Apples
Have extra apples and want to whip up something sweet? These pie baked apples will provide at least two servings of your daily intake of fruit! Not to mention you’re still tasting that amazing cinnamon-sugar duo. I baked this in the fall, picture shown, but it’s good for anytime as apples are abundant year-round and a common kitchen staple. Apples are a natural palate cleanser, provide a great source of vitamin c and antioxidants. Click here for the recipe.
Other desserts worth trying are those that are naturally sweet. The following two recipes display an example of how some food combinations can satisfy a sweet craving without the added sugar and calories:
- Banana cocoa ice cream: The only ingredients in this recipe include frozen bananas, unsweetened cocoa powder and cinnamon. Bananas are a great source of potassium that may help lower blood pressure, cocoa powder provides flavanols that may boost mood and cinnamon may aid in blood sugar regulation. Click the following link for the recipe.
Strawberry chocolate mousse: This dessert includes dark chocolate, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, low-fat milk and fresh strawberries. Who would have known these common household items would produce something so decadent. Greek yogurt provides more protein from casein than regular yogurt and digestion aiding probiotics, strawberries provide a powerful punch of antioxidants to fight off disease-causing free radicals and dark chocolate may help improve brain function. Click here for the recipe.