13 Healthy Snacks That Taste Like Treats (with Recipes!)

Posted by on February 23, 2016 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 2 Comments

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By Mariana Abeid-McDougall | The Talko

The New Year is well on its way, and for many, this means watching their diet and trying to eat more healthily. Salads might be filing your plate at each meal, you might be eating veggies for every snack, and you might even have swapped those tasty treats for plain fruit.

You might have given up desserts and you may even be eating out less often. Portion control is the name of the game, because this year, you’re going to stick with your healthy eating plan, no matter what! You’re a strong-willed woman who can say no when it comes to treats, and your health will be the better for it!


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I admire your strength and determination! But I still have a big sweet tooth and I love to eat, and I gather many others do as well. While doing all of this denying can bring you better health and a smaller waistline, who wants to deny themselves all the time? Life is short; eat dessert first!

Luckily, there are many delicious snacks that are so good, they actually taste like treats. These awesome recipes will help you satisfy your craving for delicious comfort foods and sweet treats, while still allowing you to stick to that resolution of a healthier diet.

Here are 13 recipes that taste so delicious you won’t believe they’re good for you.

13.Fudge Brownie Protein Bars

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Is your chocoholic tendency ruining your healthy eating plan? Fear not! These absolutely delicious fudge brownie protein bars are full of protein, fiber, and deliciousness to keep you going while also satisfying your sweet tooth. You can’t even taste the beans in it!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups (One 15 oz can, drained and rinsed) black beans
3 tbsp dutch or regular cocoa powder (15g)
7 tbsp chocolate protein powder (45g)
scant 1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup pure maple syrup or agave or honey (75g)
pinch pure stevia, or 2 tbsp sugar of choice
3 1/2 tbsp coconut or vegetable oil – if using coconut oil, melt it first (35g)
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor and process until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips.

Pour into greased 8×8 square pan and bake for 16 minutes. Let cool and pat down with a spatula. Refrigerate overnight. Cut into squares and wrap individually.

These bars freeze very well, so you can make a few batches, stick them in the freezer, and pull out as needed – bonus for busy times!

12.Yogurt Banana Muffins

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What do you get when you combine a sweet tooth, spotty bananas, and a healthy eating plan? Yogurt Banana Muffins! This delicious snack is less sweet than the traditional muffin, but still sweet enough to give your sweet tooth a little satisfaction, while providing protein, fiber, and a guilt-free snack that tastes like a treat.

Ingredients:

3 very ripe bananas (the spottier, the better!)
1 egg
1 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup water
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, combine bananas, egg, oil, yogurt, maple syrup, and water, and mix until well combined. In a separate bowl, whisk all remaining ingredients. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir to combine. Pour into greased muffin tins and bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.

This is another snack that lends itself extremely well to freezing – make a few batches and pull out as needed.

11.Quinoa Pizza Bites

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Not much of a sweet tooth, but love your pizza? Pizza isn’t always a healthy choice, as slices can have too many calories and too few nutrients. But you don’t have to compromise your love of pizza to stay on the healthy eating track. Here’s a snack that has a great pizza taste with much fewer calories, and is full of great fiber and good protein, too.

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Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 large eggs
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped (or 2 tablespoons dried)
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano

Place the quinoa and two cups of water in a covered pot. Bring to boil and then simmer for 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender. Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix together all ingredients, in a medium mixing bowl. Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (one heaping tablespoon each), and press down gently.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

10.Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

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Whoever invented the chocolate peanut butter combination was a serious genius. But you don’t need to compromise your healthy eating plan with peanut butter cups – here’s a healthier alternative that still tastes heavenly.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup quick oats
1/4 cup all-natural peanut butter
1 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup dates (6 very small, or 43g)
pinch of salt
1 tbsp water
handful mini chocolate chips

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Combine all ingredients except water and chocolate chips in a food processor and process until fine crumble forms. Add the water and process again. Stir in some mini chocolate chips if desired. Transfer crumble to a small bag, and smush into a big ball. Remove from the bag and break off pieces to roll into little balls. Enjoy!

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