8 Healthy Snacks To Try When You’re Craving Something Sweet

The feeling of craving something sweet and sugary is the worst-especially when you’ve given up junk food for 2017! For this reason, I have compiled a list of 8 alternative sweet snacks that are not only healthy but also delicious. So, instead of going to grab that box of chocolates or the Nutella jar staring at you in the distance, why not have a go at making some of these nutritious snacks?

1) Frozen Banana Pops:

screen-shot-2017-01-28-at-23-42-36Not only are these a fab source of potassium, but they’re also delicious-especially on a hot, summers day! All you have to do, is slice a banana in half, push a popsicle stick through one end of each half and then freeze them for a few hours. Once they’ve frozen, just dip each half into some chocolate of your choice (Top tip: Go for dark chocolate over milk or white-it’s less fattening and an antioxidant!) Before the chocolate sets, quickly roll each banana pop into a topping of your choice. Some of my favourites are crushed walnuts, sprinkles or Oreos. Yum! Simple, easy and much healthier than a tub of Ben and Jerry’s!

(The recipe for this snack is here)

 

2) Strawberry Oatmeal Bars:

screen-shot-2017-01-28-at-23-47-58A cross between a soft bar cookie and a streusel-topped crumb bar, these sweet treats are the perfect use for fresh strawberries and they can also double as a delicious dessert! Another great bonus, is that this recipe only requires one bowl to make because the filling is poured into the oatmeal bar mixture in the tin itself rather than another bowl. Minimal mess+healthy=make these now!  Because they’re cooked, the strawberries become similar to that of homemade jam and they also provide a gorgeous sweet flavour in the bars. Try serving these bars warm with a dollop of fresh Greek Yoghurt (rather than a scoop of ice-cream) so that you make sure you keep the sugar content low!

(The recipe for this snack is here)

 

3) Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Sticks:

Sweet and salty has recently become a very popular flavour combinatiscreen-shot-2017-01-29-at-00-28-52on with a whole multitude of options on the internet. These sticks achieve a delicious combo with the sweetness of the peanut butter and chocolate and the saltiness of the pretzels. Plus, they are super, duper simple to whip up in no time at all and they would be a great addition to a party! All you have to do, is dip some pretzel sticks into
ure peanut butter, freeze them till the peanut butter is set and then dip them into some dark chocolate. Before the chocolate sets, quickly roll the sticks in whichever coating you’d prefer. (Top tip: Why not try  some chopped walnuts or even some crushed oat biscuits?) Then pop them back into the freezer to set completely and then eat!

(The recipe for this snack is here)

 

4) Apple Slice ‘Cookies’:

Okay, so these aren’t exactly cookies-but they are tasty! The snack basically jscreen-shot-2017-01-29-at-00-26-30ust calls for an apple sliced up into circles, pure peanut butter and dark chocolate. Just spread the peanut butter over your apple slices and then top it with a drizzle of dark chocolate! The apple gives the snack a gorgeous crunchy texture which contrasts perfectly with the smooth (or crunchy!) peanut butter. If you don’t like peanut butter, why not try almond butter or even some homemade chocolate spread-like this one!

(The recipe for this snack is here)

 

5) Chocolate Raspberries:

These are a great, healthier alternative to something liscreen-shot-2017-01-29-at-00-33-23ke M&Ms or Minstrels and they taste so good you wouldn’t even know they contribute to your 5-a-day! Just simply coat some fresh raspberries in some chocolate (preferably dark if you want to keep it as healthy as possible!) and then freeze thescreen-shot-2017-01-29-at-00-33-23

(The recipe for this snack is here)

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screen-shot-2017-01-29-at-00-36-136) Mini Pancake Fruit Stackers:

These are literally what their name says. Miniature pancake
s and fruit pieces stacked up on a skewer. The result? A unique snack which hardly requires any work! The pancakes are soft and fluffy and their tiny size makes them appetising and I’m sure they would be an absolute hit at any party! My favourite fruit combination to go alongside these cute pancakes is banana, strawberries and raspberries. To make it even tastier, add a side of maple syrup to dip your stacker into! (Top tip: Make sure the syrup is 100% maple syrup to keep the sugar low) 

(The recipe for this snack is here)
7) Chocolate Hobnobs:screen-shot-2017-01-29-at-00-43-28

Hobnobs were always a staple biscuit in my household growing up, but nowadays I tend to shy away from them because of their sugar and fat content. Enter these homemade, healthy Hobnobs! The base is deliciously soft and slightly chewy and the chocolate topping is smooth and provides a gorgeous flavour. (Top tip: For extra flavour, try adding some raisins or dried apricot into the oat biscuit base mixture).
Although these aren’t completely sugar-free due to the sugar and syrup, they are definitely a healthier alternative to any shop bought chocolate biscuits!

(The recipe for this snack is here)

 

8) Healthy Rice Krispie Bars:screen-shot-2017-01-29-at-00-52-47

I have always loved Rice Krispy bars. They’re crispy but chewy and amazingly sweet so of course I just had to include a healthier version of this childhood treat! These ones are made with coconut oil, honey, almond butter and rice krispies. Okay, it does sound slightly odd, but I have to admit, these look and sound pretty amazing. Just give them a try. Trust me on this. They are of course far less
calorific than a typical rice krispy bar which usually has marshmallows, sugar and lots of butter in, so these ones are 99.9% better for you!

(The recipe for this snack is here)

 

So there you have it. My top 8 healthy sweet snack alternatives to help you get through your sugar cravings! They are all lower in fats, sugars and calories than what you’d buy at the supermarket and they all taste delicious!

 

Daisy xoxo

 

 

 

 

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