Healthier Sweets

Got a sweet tooth? Me too! Don’t want to completely derail your healthy eating habits? Feel free to indulge in all of these recipes and leave your guilt at the door.

***These recipes can very easily be modified to be gluten-free***

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Apple Pie Cranberry Granola

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: All American
Servings: 16
Calories: 404kcal

Tiny Little Chef Seasonings Used

What You Need

  • 4 c. old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 c. cinnamon applesauce
  • 1/2 c. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp flax seed
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • 1 tbsp TLC American Apple Pie Seasoning or use nutmeg, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon or a store bought blend
  • 2/3 c. sliced almonds
  • 2/3 c. craisins dried cranberries

How to Make It

  • Heat oven to 350.
  • In a large bowl toss the oats, almonds, applesauce and flax seed.
  • Pour the oil and honey over the oat mixture.
  • Add in the Apple Pie Seasoning.
  • Stir until everything is evenly coated.
  • Spread in an even layer on a greased baking pan.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes.
  • Allow to cool before eating.

Nutrition

Serving: 4oz | Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 17g | Fiber: 9g

 

Banana Chocolate Chip Yogurt Muffins

Servings: 12 muffins - 1 muffin per serving
Calories: 269kcal

What You Need

  • 1 c. plain or vanilla greek yogurt depending upon how sweet you like it
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c. old fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ c. light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ c. chocolate chips

How to Make It

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Add oats to the food processor or blender and process until they are broken down finely.
  • Add remaining ingredients except chocolate chips.
  • Blend ingredients until well combined, and remove vessel from the food processor.
  • Lightly stir in chocolate chips.
  • Pour batter into greased muffin tins to about ¾ full.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes, or until inserted toothpick or knife comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool 10 minutes before removing from muffin tin.
  • Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g

 

Black Bean Brownies

Course: Dessert
Keyword: Kid Approved
Servings: 12 brownies
Calories: 192kcal

What You Need

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. old fashioned oats
  • 15 oz. can black beans
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. chocolate chips

How to Make It

  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Grease an 8 x 8 baking dish.
  • Rinse and drain the black beans.
  • Grind the oats to a powder in a food processor.
  • Add the beans and vanilla into food processor and puree to a paste.
  • Pulse in the eggs and oil, and mix until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the cocoa, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  • Slowly mix together the bean mixture and cocoa mixture, until well combined, and stir in chocolate chips.
  • Pour batter into the greased baking dish, and bake for approximately 20-30 minutes (depending on size of pan, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle.

Nutrition

Serving: 1each | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg

 

Cinnamon Apples

Servings: 2 servings per recipe - 1 apple per serving
Calories: 88kcal

What You Need

How to Make It

  • Peel and cut the apples into a medium dice.
  • Bring water to a boil in a medium sauce pan.
  • Add the apples.
  • Boil approximately 5 minutes, until paper is tender, but not mushy, when poked with a fork or knife.
  • Strain the apples in a colander and place into a bowl.
  • Sprinkle with seasoning.
  • TIP: I also love using pumpkin pie spice for this, and will add some nuts and whipping cream to make a dessert.
  • TIP 2: To make applesauce, simply let the apples cook a few minutes longer!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g

 

Strawberry Banana Yogurt Pops

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: All American
Keyword: Desserts, Kid Approved
Servings: 6 pops
Calories: 77kcal

What You Need

  • 3 c. vanilla yogurt
  • 1 c. chopped strawberries
  • 1 very ripe banana

How to Make It

  • In a blender, mix together the yogurt and banana until smooth and creamy.
  • Add in chopped strawberries and pulse.
  • Pour into popsicle molds and freeze a minimum of 4 hours, or until set.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g