5 Guilt-free Sweet Snacks

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Step away from the biscuits, muffins, pastries, and chocolates. Here is little list of satisfying sweet snacks which you can indulge in freely and with no feelings of guilt as each one is healthy. They are all free of anything artificial, free of refined sugars, and free of added fat. Instead, they are filled to the brim with nutrients, natural sweetness, and a mouthwatering taste. Also, for those in the USA currently watching the Superbowl, this is a tempting list of snacks.

So, who’s hungry?


 1. Avocado and banana whip

  • This is a nutrient-rich snack.
  • Blend 1/2 a ripe avocado and a whole ripe banana with a hand-blender for a delicious sweet snack.
  • Add some cinnamon or fresh ginger if desired.
  • If not using a ripe banana then you may need to add some maple syrup or honey to sweeten.
  • Serves one to two.
  • TIP: Add some cocoa powder for chocolatey goodness!

 2. Sliced banana and almond butter

Simply slice a banana and top the slices with some of the nut butter.

Tip: If you don’t want so much of the nut butter, make banana / nut butter ‘sandwiches‘ instead as this will limit the amount of butter you use.

Variations:

  • Peanut butter or hazelnut also works well.
  • Dried apple rings can also be used instead of the banana

 3. Baked apple

This is a snack my mother often prepared for me as a child and I often helped by stuffing it. It is a good child-friendly recipe.

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To make:

  • Core an apple using a corer. Make sure you line it up centrally or you’ll end up with it going in diagonally and leaving part of the core remaining (I speak from experience…)
  • Once cored, fill the apple with sultanas, honey, a little coconut oil, and cinnamon.
  • Bake the apple in an oven for 15-20mins (or until soft) at 200C.
  • Serve with Greek yoghurt

TIP: This also makes a great dessert.

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4. Oats

Oats have to be one of my favourite ingredients ever. They are very versatile, can be eaten as they are, or cooked, and can be added to both sweet and savoury dishes.
These can be used to make hot or cold bowls of deliciousness.
NOTE: If you require it to be gluten free just use gluten-free oats rather than ordinary ones.

Ideas:

  • Cold: Serve oats with milk, honey, grated apple, and pecan nuts.
    Or try this cold serving idea
  • Hot: Cook oats with water (milk or 50/50), and stir in frozen berries or fresh berries. Sweeten with maple syrup if desired.
Cold serving suggestion (see link above for method)

Cold serving suggestion (see link above for method)

Hot berry oats (porridge)

Hot berry oats (porridge)


5. Frozen banana ice-cream

This is unbelievably cool. Get it, cool?! (Sorry, I can’t help making that joke…)
But it is honestly a really incredible snack when blended in a blender because it develops the look and consistency of banana ice-cream. (Albeit, ice-cream with no unhealthy refined sugar, added colouring, and cream.)

  • To try for yourself, simply cut a banana into chunks, and freeze.
  • Once frozen, place the banana pieces into a blender, and blend until the pieces are combined into a thick, ice-cream looking substance.
  • NOTE: Do not, as I did the first time (very rookie mistake), freeze a whole banana with the skin on. It’s not difficult to work out why that failed to work!

Frozen banana ice-cream


Hope you enjoy the snacks as much as I do. They are ones which I regularly make for myself.


Disclaimer: Biscuits, muffins, pastries, and chocolates are, of course, fine to eat in small amounts, occasionally, just not all the time! And anyway, once you’ve tried the above snacks, you may no longer be tempted by those ones.


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