Ya'll, I was on the sugar struggle bus.
Like, "Oh, I'd like a snack. Sour Patch Kids sound good," kind of struggle bus. Every day.
It's no wonder I had gained a little bit more than I'd like.
Anyways, thanks to this Challenge, I've reclaimed my adulthood, and probably added about ten years to the life of my teeth.
I figured I'd share some of my favorite easy sweet snacks that curb cravings without killing my (mostly) sugar-free streak. This post is part one, and I'll be sure to post a few of my favorite sweet recipes this week!
Spark: Spark is pretty much adult Kool-Aid. With no sugar. Yes, really. Since having my first Spark, I haven't felt the need to eat any sugary gummy candy (my weakness) OR drink soda. It's filled with vitamins, and, as someone who works a desk job, I can honestly say it keeps me focused through that 2-3PM post-lunch slump. If you want to try it for yourself, you can purchase it here (my favorite flavors are Fruit Punch and Grape!): Try Spark here!
Chocolate Banana Nice Cream:
I did not invent this recipe, but my Vitamix certainly perfected it :) I honestly think this tastes as good as real ice cream -- but you've got to freeze your bananas once they're ripe! Make sure they're pretty spotty before peeling and freezing.
1 large ripe banana
1 Tbs. cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Unsweetened almond milk (to desired consistency)
1. In a Vitamix or blender, blend all ingredients until smooth, adding unsweetened almond milk until desired consistency is reached.
2. Top with whatever toppings you please -- my favorites are sprinkles and chocolate chips!
If you're feeling super fancy, make your own vegan chocolate magic shell! Melt 1 Tbsp coconut oil in the microwave, and add chocolate chips to your desired chocolate level. Pour over nice cream, let harden, and enjoy!
Baked Quest Bars:
The first time I tried a Quest Bar, I thought it was dis. gust. ing. Turns out, the secret is to bake it! Once baked properly, it transforms into a magic protein cookie, best dunked in unsweetened almond milk or topped with pb2.
|Chocolate Brownie and Peanut Butter Supreme Quest cookies topped with PB2 and a side of Nice Cream.|
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Unwrap Quest Bar of choice (I love White Chocolate Raspberry, Peanut Butter Supreme, Vanilla Almond, and Chocolate Brownie).
2. Microwave Quest Bar for 20 seconds.
3. Divide Quest Bar into three parts. Form into balls.
4. Flatten balls of Quest dough onto a greased cookie sheet.
5. Bake at 350 for seven minutes.
6. Flip cookies and press down to flatten.
7. Bake for an additional two minutes, let cool, enjoy!
What are your favorite sweet treats? If you could "de-junkify" anything, what would it be?