Do you love sugary treats but are tired of how they make you feel? Me too! So I embarked on a mission to find some healthy sweet treats that don’t make us crazy.
In this journey, I’ve discovered honey has the delightful taste I so desperately crave, but it doesn’t affect my body and mind the way processed sugar seems to. All of the following 5 treats use honey as the sweetener. I buy mine sourced locally which does double duty by helping me with seasonal allergy issues as well.
The most triggering ingredient for my food addiction issues in any of these recipes is the chocolate chips. I use the Enjoy Life brand. They seem to be the safest chips that don’t lead me to a binge.
Now on to the fun…
I’ve been eyeing frozen yogurt bark recipes for months now. This one was super easy and just the right mix of flavors. I used a frozen cherry/berry mix instead of the fresh fruit called for in her recipe. (I’m terrible about buying fresh fruit and throwing it away rotten within weeks, so I substitute frozen whenever possible.)
Can you believe cookies for breakfast is a thing?! I’m all in. My dear hubby even loves this no-bake version and he’s much more of a biscuits and gravy than sweets in the morning kind of guy.
I used steel cut oats because I happen to already have some. They were still good, but I would recommend using the kind she lists. I also substituted PB2 Powder for the peanut butter to cut down on the calories and fat. It makes quite a difference in those numbers without sacrificing any of the delicious flavor.
This cookie dough is incredible. Cashews are my favorite nut, but I would never have imagined turning them into this sweet concoction.
Make sure to abide by her note about letting it cool off before adding the chocolate chips. I now have chocolate cookie dough, but it’s still amazing. Don’t miss this one.
The final two are from this very online space you’re visiting!
Who doesn’t love a good PB&J? This combination has always been true comfort to my taste buds. Check out this healthier version all wrapped up in bite size joy.
Our final sweet treat may actually be my favorite. We adore brownies in my house, but I steered clear of the black bean trend even knowing how much healthier they are. Honestly, I’m not a fan of black beans. So imagine my pleasant surprise when my whole family devoured these, even me!
The peppermint makes this chocolate dream even more festive. I hope you love them as much as we do.
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These healthy treats are part of my Turning to Food series. You can learn more about my food addiction story in An Addict’s Journey or you may want to check out some of the other monthly updates.
oh that fruit bark looks fabulous! and those breakfast cookies!
i’m in a season of healthy eating … and though I sometimes resent what i’ve given up, i feel at such peace in knowing i’m doing what i can do to be pro-active.
it’s a good feeling, ya’ know?
It’s a great feeling, Linda. I can relate. Thankfully, I’m in a season of healthy eating right now too :). I bet granola would be a great add-in to the fruit bark. I’m doing weight watchers so I wanted to keep the points low. As is, it’s 1 point per serving (I think I broke it into 10 pieces). It’s a great late night treat when I need something sweet!
Oh my goodness these look AMAZING, Candace! I’m pinning every one of these and sharing on FB!
Thanks so much for sharing, Chris! Let me know which one is your favorite when you get a chance to test them out :).