Do you have a sweet tooth? Does your sweet tooth sometimes take over your mind and makes you eat things that you later regret? Trust me. I’ve been there and it ain’t pretty. I didn’t realize how addicted I was to sugar until I decided to quit it. The first five days I felt like a drug-addict going through withdrawal. I was shaking, itching and feeling extremely irritated. Later, I found out that many symptoms of a sugar-addict are similar to those of cocaine and heroine users. This is actually scary. I’ve stopped eating refined sugar since then and instead focused on the good kind of sugar or “nature’s candy” as I like to call it.
Here are my top 5 healthy snacks for everyone with a sweet tooth. Each of this recipe is free of refined sugar, gluten, and preservatives. I didn’t realize it at first, but pretty much all of these treats are also raw vegan (if you switch maple syrup with agave or coconut nectar then all 5 will be raw). I’m not really surprised. I tried to pick my favourite treats that are also the easiest and quickest to make. Spoiler alert: they all taste amazing!
1. Banana Sandwiches
I make this snack the most. It’s just so simple and I always have all ingredients on hand. Before, I used to add a few drops of agave to each banana sandwich, but I realized that bananas are sweet enough on their own (just pick the ripest ones) and there is no need for it.
2. Homemade Chocolate Candy
These candies are a hit with my family. We always have some in the freezer just in case. If you want a sugar-free option, substitute maple syrup with liquid stevia.
3. Coconut Date Balls
I don’t know why but I find the process of rolling date balls in shredded coconut very amusing. Do try using crushed almonds or pistachios instead of shredded coconut. All these variations are the bomb dot com.
4. Frozen Grapes
Refreshing, delicious and totally nutritious. I heart frozen grapes. Especially on hot summer days. For a more sweet and sour option, use green grapes instead.
5. Chocolate Pudding
If you haven’t heard of chocolate pudding made with avocado, where have you been? It sounds crazy, I know! But it’s actually insanely good. Like I said in the video, you don’t really taste the avocado. It’s used to give the pudding a creamy texture.
Below are the recipes for all five snacks. Make sure to try all of them and let me know which one was your favourite!
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ tbsp almond butter (more or less to taste)
- chia seeds and hemp seeds
- ½ cup cacao/cocoa powder
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
- 4 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla (optional)
- 15-17 dates
- shredded coconut for rolling
- grapes, as many as you want
- 1 avocado
- 6-8 dates
- 3 tbsp cacao/cocoa powder
- ½ tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
- water as needed (I usually add ⅓ cup)
- Peel the banana and slice into 3 pieces. Cut each piece in half and spread almond butter on top.
- Sprinkle with chia and hemp seeds.
- Combine all ingredients except for almonds in a bowl and mix well.
- If using almonds, fill the ice cube tray half way and place almonds on top. Pour more chocolate to cover the almonds.
- Freeze for 30 minutes.
- Pit the dates and soak in hot water for 5-15 minutes. The softer the dates, the shorter the soaking time.
- Place soaked dates in a food processor and process for 1-2 minutes until they turn into a date paste.
- Wet your hands and start rolling the date balls. I wet my hands in between each ball.
- Once all date balls are rolled, coat them in shredded coconut.
- Place in the freezer for 15 minutes or in the fridge for 1 hour to set.
- Wash and dry the grapes. Place on a tray and freeze overnight or for at least 5 hours.
- Cut avocado in half. Using a knife, slice it into squares and then scoop out with a spoon.
- In a food processor, combine avocado, pitted dates, and the rest of the ingredients.
- Process for a about 1 minute.
- Check consistency and scrape the sides. Add more water if needed and process for another minute.
- Serving by itself or sprinkled with shredded coconut, sliced strawberries and almonds.