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Thursday, February 6, 2014

No Guilt Healthy Treats!

The long awaited post has come!
Y'all know I have a major sweet tooth and on my quest to better my help, sorry, but I'm not giving up my desserts.  Not uh. No way!

Luckily, I don't have to.

Here are some delicious treats I've found on my quest to better my health and satisfy my sweet tooth.

I hope you enjoy them!

1. Healthy Oreo 'Milkshake'


Ingredients
  1. 1 cup non-fat milk
  2. 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt or vanilla greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
  3. 6 tsp. (30 grams) JELLO OREO Cookies and Cream Instant Pudding
  4. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (omit if using vanilla greek yogurt)
  5. 1/2 tsp stevia, to taste
  6. 1 cup ice
Blend in blender until smooth/creamy!

This is sooooo good, you guys.  Please try it!  It's one of my fav go to treats now.


another variation is to follow steps above, but replace milk with dark chocolate almond milk for a chocolate oreo 'milkshake'


2. Healthy PB Chocolate Brownie 'Milkshake'

This is a variation on the milkshake above... came up with myself!

Ingredients:

1 cup ice
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1 cup dark chocolate almond milk
2 tbsp peanut butter or other nut butter

Blend until smooth & top with light whipped cream & Kashi brand chocolate squares (basically a healthy brownie!)


 3. Peanut Butter bliss bites

No bake, raw vegan pb cookies.  YES PLEASE

Recipe courtesy of Sprouted Kitchen

1 cup almonds
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup pitted dates
heaping 1/2 cup peanut butter
two pinches of salt (if your pb isn't salted)
Blend all ingredients in a food processor, shape into balls, then criss cross with a fork.  Store in the refrigerator.


4. Vegan Chocolate Coconut Truffles

You won't even believe these babies have CARROTS in them. RAW CARROTS.  It's amazing that you can hide them in there and convince me of all people that this is a dessert.  But, they're that good.

My friend, Cara, provided the recipe which she found from Mind Body Green.

Ingredients:
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/3 cup shredded carrots; packed (1-2 carrots)
1/4 cup almond meal (I just processed almonds in my food processor to make the meal)
1/3 PLUS 1/4 cup pitted dates(8 or 9 dates for me) -- tip -- pre-soak dates in hot water so they are easier to process
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cacao powder

Add all ingredients to food processor and mix well; roll into balls, then roll into more unsweetened coconut flakes.  Store in fridge.




5. Kashi Brand Soft Chocolate Squares - the store bought treat

Finally, if you don't want to deal with making the above recipes (even though they are ALL easy and no bake), you can pick up a box of these Kashi 'brownies' - sure they aren't the real thing, but they aren't half bad!



There you have it - my guide to eating sweets while getting fit.  I'll post more as I come across them :)

Let me know if you have any other ideas for me.  I'd love to hear them!

- Amber

3 comments:

Carrie said...

The peanut butter bites sound delish! I am going to try those...oh, and the shakes look good, too. Agh! I need to eat healthier, I have been SO bad lately! SOOO bad. :(

Nena Wilt said...

I'm thinking about the Oreo "Milkshake" for breakfast. Is that wrong??? :-)

Kenzie S said...

Those all sound delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

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