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10 Delicious Healthy Sweet Snacks | Low Calorie Guilt-Free Treats

 

Healthy Sweet Snacks

If, like me, you have a sweet tooth, it can be hard to know what to eat that will satisfy the sugar craving but won’t make pile on the pounds…’a minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips’ and all that. 

Make sure you’ve got everything you need to get started with these healthy recipes today


Well, the good news is there are loads of delicious and healthy sweet snacks available to buy, or make yourself at home, and in this article, we’re going to look at 10 of the best shop bought and homemade sweet treat recipes to aid weight loss without depriving you of something nice to eat.

Healthy Sweet Snacks to Buy

  • Eatlean Protein Cheese Snack Bars

There are very few things in this life that can claim to be the equal of chocolate, but cheese is one of them, so it makes sense that a cheese bar is just as satisfying as a chocolate bar. That’s even the case with low-calorie, high-protein cheese as it turns out, because these snacks are a savoury delight, and each 30g bar contains a mere 51 calories and 11g of protein.

 

  • Crazy Jack Organic Apricots

The Crazy Jack range is laden with healthy fruit and nut snacking options, but the dried apricots are the pick of the bunch. They’re darker, softer and sweeter than other dried apricots we’ve snacked on, and contain just 70 calories per 40g pack while bringing you one step closer to your five-a-day too. There is 14.6g of sugar in a pack, and although that’s the naturally occurring stuff you don’t need to worry about as much, it’s probably still not wise to eat several packs a day.

 

  • The Foodie Market Paleo Bar Almond & Cashew

You’ll find this date-filled bar in store at Aldi. Each 45g bar is made up of just four ingredients – dates, almonds, cashew nuts and almond oil – and although the calorie count is reasonably high at 203, you’re getting a highly satisfying snack thanks to the 4g of fibre and 6g of protein. However, with 16g of sugar in a bar, mostly from the dates, this is more of a treat to be enjoyed on active days than something to make a desk-drawer standby.

  • Prodigy Chunky Chocolate Bar

This is one of the stronger entrants in the category of healthy chocolate bars, with just 6.9g of sugar and a magnificent 7.8g of fibre in each 35g bar. The bars also only contain 193 calories each, which isn’t low enough to call them a low-calorie treat, but it’s certainly an amount that qualifies them to be part of a balanced diet. We’re not going to come out and say they’re as delicious as a real chocolate bar – it would be difficult for that to be the case, given that a standard 51g Mars Bar contains over 30g of sugar – but Prodigy’s bars are tasty enough that you won’t miss the real deal too much on your snack break, and that high fibre count means your hunger pangs will be well satisfied. The bars come in an Orange Chocolate with Baobab flavour, which has slightly more fibre and three calories fewer, but we preferred the taste of the Chunky Chocolate option.

 

  • Bounce Balls

Bounce Balls are available in pretty much any supermarket nowadays, making them a great option when you’re stuck for snacks. There’s an impressive range of flavours and each is high in protein, contains a decent amount of fibre, and has a fat profile that leans heavily towards the unsaturated kind

 

Healthy Snacks to Make at Home

DIY snacks can be healthier and often cheaper than packaged ones. Preparing them with the kids can also be lots of fun and a great activity to do together.

 

Orange, Oat & Sultana Cookies

Ingredients

  • 100g butter at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 50g mashed ripe banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g light soft brown sugar
  • ½ tsp grated orange zest
  • 100g wholemeal flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100g rolled oats
  • 25g desiccated coconut
  • 50g chopped walnut
  • 75g sultana or dark chocolate chips

Method

  • STEP 1

Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Cream the butter and sugar together until well blended and smooth. Gradually beat in the banana, vanilla extract and egg. Add the zest. Mix well with a wooden spoon until thoroughly blended.

  • STEP 2

In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking powder, oats, coconut, walnuts and sultanas or chocolate chips. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet and mix thoroughly until a thick dough is formed. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Drop heaped tbsps onto the sheet, leaving a 5cm (2in) space around each one, and press down lightly. Bake for 15-20 mins until lightly browned. Cool.

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Make a tasty, healthy chocolate pudding in just five minutes. It’s low-calorie and vegan, too, and the chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids

Ingredients

  • 60g chia seeds
  • 400ml unsweetened almond milk or hazelnut milk
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • cacao nibs, mixed
  • frozen berries, to serve

Method

  • STEP 1

Put all the ingredients in a large bowl with a generous pinch of sea salt and whisk to combine. Cover with cling film then leave to thicken in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

  • STEP 2

Spoon the pudding into four glasses, then top with the frozen berries and cacao nibs.

 

Toffee Tangerines

Ingredients

  • 5 seedless tangerines, satsumas or clementines
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • 4 slices cake and plain yoghurt, to serve

Method

  • STEP 1

Peel and segment 4 of the fruits. Juice the last one.

  • STEP 2

Stir 4 tbsp of water in with sugar in a microwave bowl. Microwave the sugar on High for 4-5 mins until everything is bubbling and golden. Using a cloth or oven gloves, carefully remove the bowl from the microwave and stir in the fruit juice – watch out, it will splutter. Stir in the segments and serve alongside the slices of cake and yogurt.

 

Healthy Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • low-fat spread, for the tin, plus extra to serve
  • 140g wholemeal flour
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 300g mashed banana from overripe black bananas
  • 4 tbsp agave syrup
  • 3 large eggs, beaten with a fork
  • 150ml pot low-fat natural yogurt
  • 25g chopped pecan or walnuts (optional)

Method

  • STEP 1

Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment (allow it to come 2cm above top of tin). Mix the flours, bicarb, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl.

  • STEP 2

Mix the bananas, syrup, eggs and yogurt. Quickly stir into dry ingredients, then gently scrape into the tin and scatter with nuts, if using. Bake for 1 hr 10 mins-1 hr 15 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.

  • STEP 3

Cool in tin on a wire rack. Eat warm or at room temperature, with low-fat spread.

Fruity Fondue

Ingredients

  • 650g mixed fruits, such as strawberries, pineapple chunks, grapes, mango chunks, melon chunks
  • 150g pot fat-free yoghurt, use your favourite
  • 100g milk chocolate

Method

  • STEP 1

Thread the fruits onto wooden skewers. Melt the milk chocolate on a low heat in the microwave and transfer to a small serving bowl. Serve the kebabs on a platter with the yogurt and melted chocolate for dipping and get everyone to dig in.

We hope you enjoy these guilt free sweet treats, and we’d love to hear about any recipe ideas you may have in the comments section below

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