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Healthy Treats to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth


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Sweet tooth cravings are real!


Whether you are a daily sweets enthusiast or you just love a dessert every now and again, a sweet tooth can be extremely demanding when it wants something yummy. But most of us are reasonable people who try to manage our dessert intake (or at least try to sometimes, ha!).


I read about clean eating practices and, honestly, some of the standards associated with an everyday diet filled with kale and apple cider vinegar seem unrealistic. Oftentimes, it’s easy to discount health food pages that spend hours of the day cooking elaborate healthy meals from scratch. And health-food and lifestyle influencers on social media can create an image that’s just as much of a stretch! But what if you could satisfy your sweet tooth with a treat that was healthy and super easy to make?


That’s right!


You deserve a treat that meets all of your standards: easy, healthy, and (of course) delicious. So get ready because these recipes might just knock your socks off!


1) Peanut Butter-Banana Nice Cream

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First of all, yum! This recipe is a fan favorite from kiddos to adults, and it never disappoints. As an ice cream lover through and through, this is a scoop that won’t leave you feeling guilty!


Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen bananas

  • 1 cup of almond milk (or coconut milk)

  • 2-3 tablespoons of peanut butter

Break each frozen banana into half, then place all four halves into a medium-sized blender. Scoop the peanut butter and flick it on top of the bananas; next, pour the almond milk in.


Once all of the ingredients are inside the blender, place the lid on top and press start. Continue to blend until it is thick and even mixed.


Scoop the final product into a bowl or a mug and enjoy!


2) Sweet Potato Dream

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This is another yummy treat that will be sure to keep you coming back for more! After you make these dreamy sweet potatoes, you’ll want to keep your kitchen stocked up so you always have these delicious veggies ready for action!


Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes (halved or chopped)

  • olive oil

  • honey (organic or not -- your choice!)

  • a pinch of cinnamon

To get started, wash your sweet potatoes and cut them each in half or chop them into bite-size squares. The cut of your dessert will depend on your personal preference. Next, place your sweet potatoes onto a medium-sized baking sheet and lightly cover them in olive oil.


If you choose to keep your sweet potatoes in halves, then you can gently rub or brush the olive oil over the top and on the sides of your veggie. If you prefer them chopped, then you can gently mix them around in the olive oil with a spatula.

To decorate your sweeties, drizzle some honey over the top and add a pinch of cinnamon over the tops. Place your dessert in the oven, at 350 degrees, until the sweet potatoes reach a golden color.


Then, let it cool and enjoy!


3) Apple Crisp

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Don’t be fooled by the numbering of these recipes! The apple crisp is a scrumptious dessert that will have your mouth watering before it’s out of the oven. Although this recipe is last, it most certainly is not the least yummy. In fact, it might just be impossible to truly rank these tasty treats!


Ingredients:

  • 2-3 fuji apples chopped

  • 1 cup of oats

  • 4 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

This apple crisp is yummy and delectable! Begin by chopping your apples and placing them in a medium-sized bowl. Add in the oats, melted coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Mix all of these ingredients until everything is evenly stirred.


Place your mixture into a small or medium-sized baking dish, and bake at 350 degrees for roughly 25 minutes (or until golden). You can always tell when your apple crisp is done because of the delicious smell of joy coming from your oven. And, well, your mouth may be watering too.


Once it's ready, let your apple crisp cool and enjoy!


Now, Go and Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth!


We can’t wait to hear which of these healthy treats you tried! Comment below to share your favorite!







Amanda Sosa is a college graduate from California State University, Long Beach with a MA in English (emphasis Rhetoric and Composition) and a BA in English (emphasis Rhetoric and Composition; minor in American Studies). She currently works in higher education English classrooms at Golden West Community College and as an instructor at Platt College. Her love of writing has prompted her to additionally pursue copywriting and copyediting professionally.



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