Pear ginger rice pudding

3 Healthier Treats to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

As I’ve said before, I’m definitely not anti treat. But sugar is definitely something to be eaten in moderation. (See my post on decreasing your daily sugar intake here.) So with that, I’m always looking for lower-sugar options to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Here are three of my favorites.

1. Banana Nice Cream

Photo courtesy of Chocolate Covered Katie

This one is great because it’s vegan and has endless flavor options! Take a few frozen sliced bananas, throw ’em in your food processor with a dash of almond milk, and voila! Soft serve ice cream. I love adding some cocoa powder, mint extract, or berries.

Check out Chocolate Covered Katie’s post or Minimalist Baker’s post for more flavor ideas!

2. Apple Nachos

Photo courtesy of The Simple Veganista

Once again, fruit is the star of this healthy treat. Slice your favorite variety of apple into nice, thin wedges. Warm up a couple tablespoons of peanut butter (or other nut butter) and some dark chocolate chips (the darker the better) for 30 seconds on high. Mix, then warm again until it becomes nice and runny. Drizzle over your apples and dig in! You can also add nuts, raisins, or shredded coconut if you want to get fancy.

3. Pear Ginger Rice Porridge

Pear ginger rice pudding

We’ve had leftover rice a few times recently, and as I was pondering what to do, inspiration struck! Lo and behold, this pear ginger rice pudding was born.

Put a cup of cooked brown rice on the stove with around two cups of your milk of choice. (I like unsweetened almond milk.) Add some mashed banana plus some ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Let it simmer for around 25 minutes, then add some egg for protein and pear for vitamins.

(For more detailed instructions, see my full recipe here.)

I hope these healthier treats help you feel a little less deprived when that craving for sweets kicks in. šŸ˜‰ What are your go-to healthy treats? Leave a comment below!

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