Healthy Sweet Snacks Ideas and More when you’re looking to curve that craving but don’t want to ruin your eating plan!
Healthy Sweet Snacks
I don’t know about you, but I’m the kind of person who needs something sweet after dinner.
A chocolate bar will suffice, but let’s face it, those late night chocolate bars are probably the reason we’re not in better shape… aaaaaand the type of food that satisfies your sweet tooth, is probably not going to be meet your sweet expectations.
However, these healthy sweet snacks will come pretty close! Keep these in your house for whenever you get a sweet craving!
Healthy Sweet Treat Ideas
I’ve compiled a list of ideas, although some may not work for you if you’re looking for specific requirements.
For instance, some of these may be Keto or Paleo-friendly, but may not be in the “calorie” range if you’re watching calories. So hopefully you can find something on this list that you can enjoy for a sweet treat!
1. Find creative ways to incorporate fruit.
Fruit is naturally sweet, which is the best way to satisfy your sweet cravings. Let’s face it when faced with the apple or the candy bar, which sounds better?
The secret isn’t to just munch on fruit instead, but to find creative ways to incorporate it!
Make chocolate covered strawberries with semisweet chocolate, baked apple chips, or go for a classic like a smoothie.
2. If you’re craving chocolate, go for dark chocolate
Unfortunately not any old chocolate bar will satisfy both your craving and be a healthy snack.
Dark chocolate that is more than 70% cacao will be a healthier chocolate option. When it’s at least 70% it won’t have all the added fat and sugar, and in moderation, can be a great alternative for a healthy treat.
3. Make your own healthier ice cream
Banana ice cream takes just one ingredient, but has the same ice cream flavor with all the nutrition! Add a little bit of peanut butter or cocoa powder for added flavor, and even chia seeds for added nutrition.
Ice cream is a great go-to on hot days when you want something sweet, but it doesn’t have to be bad for you!
If you are going for storebought fruit leather, make sure to find a package that has only fruit!
Added sugar will turn this healthy snack into an unhealthy disaster.
I love this fruit leather because it also has veggies in it, so my boys won’t know that they’re getting in some vegetables!
If you prefer, you can make your own instead!
How to Make Fruit Roll-Ups or Fruit Leather
All you need to do is puree your fruit of choice, or fruits if you want a combination of flavors, spread it out on a cookie sheet, and bake it at about 300 degrees for three hours.
These are great for on the go or when you don’t have a lot of time to make something.
5. Kind bars
Granola bars can be a great way to get a hint of chocolate and even some nuts and fruit.
There are a ton of great options out there, but Kind bars are my favorite because you can get 50% of your recommended vitamins A, C, and E in just one bar. These can be a great after dinner snack or to enjoy on the go.
If you are in the mood for both sweet and salty, you can’t go wrong with trail mix!
If you are adding chocolate to your trail mix, go for dark chocolate and don’t overdo it. It can be easy to dump a bunch of chocolate in with your salty treats but remember that dark chocolate is only a good option if it’s in moderation.
7. Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip
This peanut butter yogurt dip is not only easy to make but it’s a healthier option to dip with fruit!
8. Energy Bites
Energy bites can be an easy take and go snack, and even easy to make snack. You’ll love these Chocolate and Peanut Butter Energy Bites that are an easy no-bake recipe!
9. Sweet & Salty Boomchickapop
I’ve become quite a fan of this Boomchickapop Sweet and Salty Kettlecorn. Although it may not be “healthy” for low-carb diets, but I like how it’s lower in sugar and perfect for those movie nights at home with my boys!
Giving Up Sweets
Being healthy doesn’t have to mean giving up sweet treats. Finding healthy alternatives to your favorite snacks is the first major step toward living a healthier lifestyle.