Healthier Ways to Satisfy a Sweet Tooth!
Fact about me: I love sweets. Another fact: I also don’t want to undo everything I’ve done at the gym by eating a whole pan of brownies. These are some of my favorite snacks that satisfy my sweet tooth and keep my waistline in check. All of these can be made vegan if they’re not already vegan.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bites
These are my new favorite things in life. They’re quick, easy, and filling. It’s like eating a healthier chocolate chip cookie. These little bites make a great quick breakfast, dessert, or post workout snack. Here’s what you’ll need:
4 tbsp maple syrup
2/3 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup protein powder of choice (I used the unflavored LIVfit Organic Plant Protein)
Grab a medium sized mixing bowl and mix all the ingredients. Spoon out some of the mixture and roll into balls with your hands. They taste even better after sitting in the fridge for a few hours.
Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Pumpkin Seeds
I use to think savory when pumpkin seeds came to mind. I’ve enjoyed them roasted and salted for years. Recently, I was craving something a little sweet (as usual) and decided to roast the seeds with brown sugar and cinnamon. It smelled like I was baking a pie and they definitely satisfied my craving. To make them, mix together 2 cups of raw pumpkin seeds, 2 tbsp oil of choice, sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon to taste. Toast in the oven at 350 for 10-12 minutes.
Sweet Potato Muffins
Sweet potato muffins are great for fall. These muffins are super moist and have great flavor. They have just the right amount of sweetness. Here’s what you’ll need:
3 cups of mashed sweet potatoes (about 3 large sweet potatoes)
2 cups of flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
Peel and cut up the sweet potatoes to reduce baking time. Drizzle the potatoes with a bit of oil. Place the potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Allow the potatoes to cool, then place in a blender or food processor until smooth. Add in the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Blend until smooth. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Stir the sweet potato mixture into the dry ingredients maxing sure not to over mix. Pour into muffin cups and bake at 325 for 30 minutes.
Koia Protein Shakes
I’m always on the look out for a good plant based protein. I stumbled across Koia shakes while searching for a quick snack. They’re packed with plant protein, fiber, and low on sugar. This shake exceeded my expectations! I tried the Cacao Bean flavor. The consistency was smooth and not chalky and it had a great flavor. Check out their website to (https://drinkkoia.com/)find out where you can buy near you.