Healthyish Recipes for those who love sweet treats
I love food and always have, when I was 12 I used to bake cookies and cakes twice a week and eat them in my bedroom, no I did not share them. Now as a recovering sweet addict I have found some easy and healthy solutions for those cravings that are accessible to the average person, because let's be honest you do not have a pound of coconut flour casually chilling in the pantry.
An Easy not So Ice Cream;
This would be one of my favourites and something I eat all the time, as it normally remedies all my cravings as well as being guilt-free.
It is simply about 1/2 to a cup of Greek Yogurt which is high in protein (for a yoghurt) though it can be substituted for any other type, with about 1/3 a cup of frozen berries mixed with 1/4 cup of non-frozen berries topped with a tablespoon of honey. Once you have mixed all the ingredients together, because of the frozen berries, the yoghurt and honey's consistency changes, you end up with something similar to Ice Cream, just as yummy but much more nutritious.
A Berry Apple Crumble
Crumble has been one of my favourite desserts since I was a child, my friends mum would make a delicious berry crumble on special occasions and I swear I could just eat it for hours. The problem is all the sugar that can go into a crumble, so during quarantine, I decided to find a recipe that was healthy enough but still delicious. After hours of searching (not really I called my mum ), I found the best of both worlds:
1 Cup of Oats
1/2 a cup of flour (gluten-free or almond is better for you)
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
3 tbsp of maple syrup or honey
3 Tbsp of butter
Preheat the oven at 200 degrees.
Mix the dry ingredients together, then add in the semi-melted butter and maple syrup until the mixture resembles crumble. If it does not add more butter and honey in until you are happy with the consistency.
For the fruit section, I like to slice up apples thinly and alternate between a layer of apples and frozen mixed berries. Do not add any sugar or sweetener to the fruit. Leave about 1/4 off the pan free for the crumble on top.
Finally, cook for about 30-40 minutes until it is golden brown and smelling like heaven descended into your oven. And Voila!
Healthy Chocolate Banana Cookies
These are not going to taste as good as those homemade chocolate chip cookies that you say you made when really you bought from your local Tescos. However, they are relatively healthy and tasty at the same time. You will need;
2 ripe bananas
An Egg I would specify but I don't think anyone really knows the difference between a large and medium Egg )
1/4 a cup of Almond Milk (or normal milk)
1 TBSP of honey
1/2 tsp of vanilla
1 Cup of Oats
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of baking soda
(Add a half a tablespoon of cocoa powder if you want the chocolate option)
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees.
Start by mashing up the banana until they are in more of a liquid consistency, then whisk the Eggs, Milk, Honey and Vanilla in until smooth, add in the dry ingredients. Finally in my opinion, let in sit for about 10 minutes for a better result. Spoon onto a greaseproof baking tray put it in the oven for about 15 minutes and you will be eating your feelings away in no time.
(Yes I realise these do not look like cookies but we all make mistakes when baking & they are still delicious.)
This is not my recipe, however, it is still delicious and I believe deserved to be mentioned as I found definitely found comfort in this recipe. Especially how easy it is to make, I mean honestly
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
3 tablespoons liquid sweetener (I used pure honey)
¼ cup regular cocoa powder
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Simply mix all the ingredients together until smooth, add some toppings and pop in the freezer until you feel like eating as they will melt at room temperature. I personally like to leave them in the fridge after the first day as they become softer.
Remember that though these are healthier options, they are still sweet treats and should be eaten in somewhat moderate portions, as a lot of the time it is just substituting less healthy options (white sugar) with healthier ones (honey) that still taste good, but fuel your body. Also, I am all for eating healthy, it is an important choice to make but remember that if you go on diets it will not last forever, it is better just to make small but significant changes that you can stick to and enjoy.
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