5 Guilt-Free Healthy Sweets and Healthy Chocolate Treats
Whether you’re looking for the perfect finish for a family picnic, a pick-me-up after a hard day’s work, or a treat to show your little ones how much you love them, nothing beats a sweet or chocolate treat! But let’s be honest. We all have a bit of a love / hate relationship with our sweet treats. We love the taste. We love the pleasure and happiness they bring. But we’re not so crazy about the effects that they can have on our waistlines. If you’re currently dieting, counting your calories or watching your waistline rejoice! We’re about to spill the (non-jelly) beans on our favourite guilt-free healthy sweets. From playground classics that are surprisingly low in calories to healthy chocolate snacks, and home-made healthy sweet treats.
When you’re looking for healthy chocolates or satisfying sweet fix that’s completely guilt-free, reach for these…
1. Foam bananas
They’re soft, they’re sweet, they’re satisfying. And best of all, they’re completely fat free! Foam bananas are more than just a pick n mic classic that takes us back to our school days. They’re also the healthiest sweet treats in the pick n mix selection. Each foam banana has only 30 calories. A satisfying nibble that you can work off with a brisk walk. While, as with any sweet treat, it’s important to make moderation your friend, you can enjoy a couple of these playground classics without guilt!
2. Pink and white mice
Another classic that perfectly captures the taste of childhood pink and white mice are a surprisingly healthy chocolate snack. Each chocolate mouse contains just 44 calories and a mere 2.4 grams of fat. For context, a single egg has 155 calories and 11g of fat.
Again, these surprisingly healthy sweets should be enjoyed in moderation. But the creamy, sweet, indulgent taste of white chocolate, vanilla and strawberry means that you can be totally satisfied with just one or two anyway. If you want to treat yourself without guilt, enjoy one of these pick n mix classics.
3. Fizzy dummies
Tangy, tasty, and so very satisfying, fizzy dummies are a party in your mouth to celebrate any occasion. And you can party on without guilt, safe in the knowledge that these healthy sweets contain just 16 calories each and no fat whatsoever. And while they may be satisfyingly chewy, they’re completely gelatin-free. So vegans can enjoy these healthy treats, too!
4. Chocolate chia pudding
There are a lot of pick n mix classics that are surprisingly low in calories. But the healthiest sweet treats are the ones you make at home. But if you think that means slaving away over a hot oven, think again! Bursting with healthy fats and protein, a creamy and satisfying chocolate chia pudding is the perfect after-dinner treat for the health-conscious. Or a healthy sweet breakfast treat! Blend whey protein, almond milk, chia seeds, cocoa and vanilla extract for a delicious and satisfying dessert. Use chocolate soy, rice or pea protein to make it totally plant-based. Or, if you want to treat yourself, sprinkle on a little milk chocolate honeycomb.
5. Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Perfect alongside a cuppa or packed into the little ones’ lunchboxes, these healthy oatmeal-based cookies are bursting with juicy plump raisins. This is a simple recipe that’s full of potential for healthier variations. For instance, sprinkle in your favourite nuts and chia seeds or a tablespoon of peanut butter for extra healthy fats and protein.
Or, if you’re feeling extra indulgent, why not add chocolate or yoghurt coated raisins into the mix?
Create your own healthy sweet bundle
Keeping track of how many treats you’re eating and knowing when you’ve had enough are key to healthy snacking. But it’s also important to indulge yourself now and then to prevent distracting cravings. Now that you know the healthiest pick n mix classics to snack on or supplement your home-made efforts, why not create your own bundle of healthy sweet treats?