Okay, here’s the truth: I have a serious sweet tooth.
So serious, that just a thought of giving up dessert because of a diet or “clean” eating makes me desperate. I’ve tried ditching the sweet stuff from my meal plan so many times, but it just never worked.
I became obsessed with sugar. My brain was constantly giving me thoughts like “sugar is evil”, “you can’t eat this” or “ok, just this one cupcake and never again”. I was constantly battling with the feeling of guilt and shame. And I knew I had a problem.
Then I came across wonderful coach Deanna Schober and her blog fittobepregnant.com. After reading the headline in one of her articles I was like: Okay, this exactly is what I need so badly right now.
And guess what does the title say?
“Throw out the rules of eating”
Long story short: the idea behind it is called “Intuitive eating”.
“You no longer label food good or bad. You don’t set any limits. If you crave something, you eat it, but you stop immediately when you feel you’ve just satisfied your craving.”
It is all about healing the relationship with food and creating the “abundance mindset” (the food is always there). You start to make rational choices rather than feel compulsive about eating.
Want to know the best part?
This mindset actually saved me out from binge eating big time. I no longer have to eat the whole chocolate bar because tomorrow, I’m gonna prohibit myself to eat chocolate for good.
Instead, I eat 3 small pieces, I satisfy my craving and put the rest away. Because I know it will be there next time the cravings hit me.
Or, I make one of these wonderful, satisfying, yet healthy treats, that are just perfect for that “sweet tooth” of mine 🙂
Here they are for you – my top three easy, healthy desserts. I bet you will love them. And so will your kids. Promise.
1. No-bake Banana Flour Brownie Bites
These energy bites taste so delicious that you might end up hiding them from your kids 🙂 I love no-bake recipes as they are quick and clean – no extra dishes needed. Just one bowl and something to stir the ingredients (even your hand will do).
You might be wondering:
Ew..banana flour? Really? Like how many things can you make flour out of? To me, it seems you can make flour out of pretty much every starchy grain, veggie or fruit.
Green banana flour is actually an amazing substitute for grains. This nutrition packed superfood is full of fibers (great for weight loss, btw) and essential minerals like zinc, magnesium and phosphorous. Just perfect ingredient for a guilt-free sweet treat, that also happens to be so easy to make!
You will need (for approx. 10 pcs):
- 1/2 cup banana flour
- 2 tbsp milk (dairy, almond or coconut)
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate (melted) – I use sugarfree, e.g. Lily’s Chocolate All Natural Premium Baking Chips
- 1 cup ground almonds or shredded coconut (1/2 for the mixture and 1/2 for covering)
- 2 tbsp honey, agave syrup or any jam
- a few drops of rum essence
Mix banana flour, 1/2 cup of shredded coconut (or ground almonds), add all the wet ingredients mix together (with your hands) until the mixture is a bit crumbly. If too thick, add a little more milk, if too sparse, add more almonds of banana flour.
Form mixture into 8-10 1-inch balls and cover them in shredded coconut or ground almonds. Store in the fridge up to 3 days.
Tip: Try to freeze them! I accidentally forgot them in the freezer and I found out they taste great this way. You might want to let them thaw a bit before consuming.
2. Chocolate Fruit Skewers
This is an easy one and oh-so-good treat! Strawberries and chocolate are so far my favorite combination, but it also works great with grapes, pineapple, apple or cantaloupe.
When there’s fruit, it must be healthy, right? 🙂
You will need (12 pcs):
- 12 strawberries (or equal amount of any fruit of your choice)
- 12 oz dark or milk chocolate (I use sugarfree, e.g. Lily’s Chocolate All Natural Premium Baking Chips)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 12 disposable wooden forks or wooden skewers.
- shredded coconut or ground almonds
Over a double-broiler, melt the chocolate with coconut oil. Wash the fruit and make sure it is completely dry (the chocolate will stick better to the surface). Stick the fruit on skewers or wooden forks.
Pour the melted chocolate into a high tumbler glass and dip each skewed fruit carefully until half covered. Turn or swirl as needed to properly coat it in chocolate.
Shake gently the excess chocolate and dip the tip of the fruit into shredded coconut or ground almonds (or leave plain, if you wish).
Place them on a sheet of parchment paper to firm up. If you are in hurry, put them in the fridge for a while (or, if it’s cold outside, just pop them on the balcony, as I did).
Tip: Ask your kiddos to help you. They will love it! (just watch out for their fingers in the chocolate bowl).
3. Carrot Oatmeal Cupcakes
I love carrot cake. Make it a cupcake/muffin and you have a perfect, filling, yet healthy breakfast.
My husband always cringes when it comes to putting veggies into cakes, haha. But it’s actually a great way to sneak some more veggies into meals. And the kids won’t even notice 🙂
You will need (for 12 pcs = whole muffin pan)
- 2 1/2 grated carrots
- 1 cup birch sugar
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- for creamy frosting – Greek yogurt (vanilla flavor)
Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare a muffin pan by lining it with muffin liners. Whisk egg, melted coconut oil, and sugar until foamy, add carrots and blend together. In another bowl, combine all the rest dry ingredients.
Add carrot mixture into the dry mixture and combine well. Distribute the batter evenly into the muffin pan and bake approx. 20 -25 mins (depending on your oven). Decorate with a spoonful of Greek vanilla yogurt before serving.
Tip: You can try grated zucchini instead of carrots, just make sure you squeeze the moisture out before mixing it into the batter.
Have you tried any of these yummy treats? How did you like it? Please let me know in the comments!