Most people wonder where sweets fit in when it comes to eating healthy, especially if they are overweight or on a diet. Healthy eating doesn’t mean you have to skip sweets. When you want a sweet treat, feel good reaching for these healthier alternatives that also have some good nutrition. Sweets and treats aren’t off-limits if you’re aiming for a heart-healthy diet. You just have to choose carefully. Here are three recipes that are simple and delicious.
3 Ingredient Banana Cups
Yields 6 cups
There is no added sugar and they taste amazing!
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- Using a double boiler method, melt the chocolate chips and milk.
- Once melted, pour a small amount into the bottom of some lined muffin cups. I used silicone liners and they worked great! Paper would also work. I was able to get six.
- Stick the muffin pan in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.
- While the chocolate is in the freezer, smash the banana.
- Add a bit of banana on top of each chocolate cup.
- Fill the cups with the remaining amount of chocolate.
- Stick the muffin pan back in the freezer until everything is firm.
These chocolate cups need to be stored in the freezer. They get very soft as soon as you take them out. I also cut them into pieces and used them as an ice cream topping. Yum!
Recipe Courtesy of My Whole Food Life
Easy Strawberry Chia Jam
Yields: 2 Cups
Making jam can be quite the undertaking, but with this easy recipe using our frozen organic strawberries, maple syrup and chia seeds, you can whip up a batch of this sweet breakfast treat in under 20 minutes. The flavor is so fresh and bright, your family and friends will never guess you made it with frozen berries.
- 1 package Earthbound Farm Frozen Organic Strawberries
- 2 Tbsp. Real Maple Syrup (plus more to taste)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
- Place a saucepan over medium heat and combine the fruit, vanilla, salt and maple syrup. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until fruit has broken down, about 10 minutes. Once liquid, cook the saucy mixture for about 5 minutes. Mash lightly to reach your desired consistency.
- Stir in the chia seeds and let stand 5 minutes, until thickened.
- Refrigerate, covered, up to two weeks.
Recipe Courtesy of Earthbound Farm
Coconut Almond Chia Pudding
- 3 cups Coconut Milk
- 1/2 cup Chia Seeds
- 1/3 cup Shredded Coconut
- ¼ cup Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 cup Justin’s® Classic Almond Butter
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
- Toppings (optional): Yogurt, Coconut Flakes, Dark Chocolate Chunks
- In a blender, add milk, chia, coconut, cocoa powder, almond butter, honey and almond extract. Blend until fully combined. Refrigerate at least one hour to thicken.
- Divide pudding among four bowls and top with a dollop of yogurt and sprinkle with coconut and chocolate chunks. Enjoy!
Recipe Courtesy of Justin’s