3 Healthier Snack Ideas for When You CRAVE SOMETHING SWEET

21 March 2018

We've all been there.  That 3:00 afternoon slump.  It sucks.  And I know I'm not the only one who has more-than-a-few-times binged on something that wasn't the greatest for my body.  :'( 

SO TODAY I decided to share a few recipes that I love to whip up when I'm craving something sweet (no lie, I have the BIGGEST sweet tooth).  Y'all know I love to cook, but I hate making fancy recipes with a million ingredients that I for sure don't have, even if it's in the name of "health".  These recipes are QUICK to whip up and they all have less than ten ingredients :)

 I hope you find these recipes as helpful as I do!


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GRANOLA BOWL

Ingredients:
  • Any granola of your choice
  • Yogurt 
  • Fruit (raspberries, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, pineapple, etc.) 
Directions:
1. Start by pouring the granola into a bowl.
2.  Top the granola with a few dollops of any yogurt of your choice, then layer on the fruit.  Voila! 
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To be honest, it felt a little weird typing this out as a recipe, because this IS SO EASY.  I mean, look at it.  Some friends brought this into school as a snack a few weeks ago, and I was blown away by how good it was, yet so simple.  Plus it's healthy enough to be a breakfast.  YES.


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BANANA CREAM DESSERT 
Ingredients:
  • 1-2 bananas, sliced 
  • Whipped heavy cream 
  • 1/8 - 1/4 c. chocolate chips (to melt) 
  • 1 T. Coconut oil 
Directions:
1. Start by layering the sliced bananas in the bottom of your dish.  Spread a few dollops of whipped cream on top.
2. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl at 20 second increments in your microwave.  Add in the coconut oil near the end, and mix till melted thoroughly.
3. Pour the melted chocolate over the whipped cream layer, then continue to layer with bananas, whipped cream, chocolate.
4. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated
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OKAY but this is so delicious.  (Can't you tell from the chocolate? ;) This is honestly such a filling dessert...if you're still hungry and you make this, trust me, this will fill you right up. 
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COCONUT FLOUR CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed (I use coconut palm sugar) 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted & cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (or vanilla bean paste)
  • heaping 1/2 cup chopped chocolate (or chocolate chips)
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease a cookie sheet.  In a bowl, combine coconut flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and all add-ins.  Add in eggs, butter and vanilla.  Combine until a dough forms.  Wet hands and roll dough into 9 balls, if you just spoon the cookies onto the baking sheet without rolling them into balls, the cookies won't come out pretty and smooth.  Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookies turn golden brown.  
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This recipe isn't my own...it's actually a repost from this amazing recipe I found a few years back.  Not even kidding, if you want a tastes-like-the-real-thing but still gluten-free and sugar-free, YOU'LL LOVE THIS RECIPE.  It's so flipping good.  It definitely does have a coconut smell (because of the coconut flour), but to me it actually adds to the cookie.  I mean, instead of a regular old cookie recipe, it's coconut chocolate chip! YUM.

And as for the chocolate chips? I use Hershey's sugar-free chocolate chips.  They don't have any terrible sugar substitutes (it uses erythritol/xylitol), and it tastes pretty decent.  I'm SO SURPRISED, HERSHEY.


Annnddd that's it for today, frens! Are you going to try any of these out? (...um...are you kidding me you HAVE TO!) These are all super delicious and I've personally tried them out so many times.  AND they all lean a little bit more to a healthier side, so if you have a incurable sweet tooth like me (pretty sure I have a chocolate tooth or something xD), these definitely come in handy.  

Have an amazing week, try out a recipe, and keep smiling! What's one good thing that happened to you this week? (i had a snow day today so that was fun :) 

xx
autumn 

17 comments:

  1. I think a chocolate tooth is a real thing because I ALWAYS NEED CHOCOLATE! XD

    These look delicious. I definitely want to try them out. Especially the banana pudding one. Ooooooohhhhhh, that looked so good!

    ~Ivie| Ivie Writes

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    1. ME TOO, GIRL!

      Yess that's one of my favorites :) especially with all the chocolate..YES.

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  2. Mmm, they all look great! Granola is often my go to snack, but I'll have to try the others. The middle one looks especially delicious. :) I like how you share yummy recipes but make sure they're healthy too! Keep up the good work!

    One good thing that happened to me this week (that's an awesome question too) is I downloaded an app so I can finally listen to podcasts! It's been great - I've listened to so many already, haha. What are some of your favourite podcasts (if you listen to them!)? What was the best thing that happened in your week?

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    1. Granola is so good :) I usually only eat it for breakfast, but i think it's a great snack too. Haha, thank you!

      Ooh yes, I've heard so many good things about podcasts. What are some of your favorites? I don't really listen to them, mainly just because I probably never got into them or know much about them xD

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  3. i love love love your recipe posts SO MUCH. like pls share all of ur simple tricks with me because i love eating and i love being healthy and i love things that satisfy my sweet tooth but aren't clogging up my body yo. xxxxx (ooooo also i found a super tasTyyyy cookie recipe like a year ago: https://www.fitnessblender.com/articles/healthy-oatmeal-cookies-simple-ingredients-easy-to-make- HEALTH QUEEN OF TASTY FOODS. does it look pretty healthy and good?? i thought so but i wanted an expert's opinion ;)))

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    1. HAHA SAME YO. Food is life, but food is even better for life when it's healthy xD The struggle is real.

      Ahh! Thank you so much for that recipe. I WILL TRY IT OUT AND LET YOU KNOW. All the reviews look good? So that's a good sign I guess? OMG YOU FLATTER ME THOUGH. It looks super healthy sooooo :)

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  4. I WANT THE BANANA THING! I'd use coconut cream instead but that looks so good. Reminds me of granola with bananas. OMG I could combine all three even. GIRL PLEASE DO MORE POSTS LIKE THIS.
    Simply Me

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    1. Aahhh yes that would be even better for you than regular cream :) You should definitely try it out! EEEP SO GLAD YOU LIKE IT

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  5. oooh yumm!!! These all look so good and omg that granola looks so yummy!!!
    Your food photography is 10/10!

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    1. haha thank you!! i try :) xD

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  6. I'm definitely tempted to try that last recipe. My mom does gluten-free, and it's always fun to make her something.

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    1. Yes that's probably my favorite out of these three. It's surprisingly good, I'll tell you. Definitely let me know how it turns out if you try it :)

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  7. :O :O :O ALL OF THESE RECIPES LOOK AMAZING, AUTUMN. I totally know what you're talking about too... that afternoon craving. I will totally have to try making these, I'm always on the lookout for new, healthy snacks. Thanks so much for sharing these! Also, your food photography... *insert all the heart-eyed emojis*

    I ALSO RESPONDED TO YOUR LAST COMMENT ON MY BLOG. I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU GUYS TO GO OUT WEST!!!!!!! <3

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    1. AH THANK YOU! You're great. If you try them definitely let me know how they turn out :)

      YES SO StokED

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  8. These look (and sound so good, and I'll definitely have to try them out! I looooooveeeeee your photos!

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  9. hey autumn!! haha so i just wanted to let you know that i finally replied to your comment on my blog (https://sophyslighthouse.blogspot.com/2018/03/mercury.html?) about night sky photography. hopefully it helps!

    you blog is the cutest!! <3 <3

    sophy of sophyslighthouse.blogspot.com

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