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5 sweet treats that are surprisingly healthy

10th July 2017 by Carli

Didn’t think brownies or ice cream could be healthy? Here at graze we love creating healthier versions of your favourite treats! So whatever your craving, we've definitely got a healthy alternative for you here in this mega round up.

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Humans are actually born with a natural sweet tooth! In the early days of human life our ancestors would forage for foods, and sweet flavours usually meant the ingredient was a good source energy. Foods that were less sweet often meant fewer benefits or even toxicity! So don’t feel bad the next time you are craving a sweet treat, it’s part of your DNA!

Jess, graze nutritionist

What are some healthy ways to satisfy your sweet tooth?

There are plenty of healthy options to satisfy your sweet tooth like dates, bananas, dark chocolate and much more. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite healthy sweet treat recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth with less calories, no refined sugar and much more wholesome ingredients.

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raw chocolate avocado mousse

Avocados in a dessert?? Yes, it’s a real thing! If you haven’t tried using avocados in desserts yet, you are missing out. Avocados are one of our favourite fruits and they are the perfect ingredient in your healthy dessert recipes because they are packed full of good fats.

Avocados provide a boost of delicious and nutritious benefits and are the perfect way to get a fluffy, creamy texture in a healthy vegan mousse.

I know you’re probably skeptical about this recipe but trust me – this raw mousse is seriously amazing and gives you the same ‘I’m spoiling myself’ feeling as the shop bought kind, but with so many benefits.

Jess, graze nutritionist

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mango & coconut sky high shake

Don’t believe us that this delicious milkshake recipe is actually healthy? Just take a look at the wholesome ingredients we’ve used like coconut water, frozen mango and cucumber!

Frozen fruit is one of my favourite ways to turn a boring drink into a milkshake-like creation which is packed full of goodness! It’s also easy to make healthy ice cream or “nice cream” using bananas by blending frozen berries and frozen bananas in a food processor.

Jess, graze nutritionist

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vegan pumpkin brownies

Who doesn’t crave a brownie every once in a while? Brownies are for sure one of our favourite sweet treats but it’s definitely something we don’t want to eat on a regular basis… Until this recipe! Our taste expert Bobby whipped up these delicious and healthy pumpkin brownies that you can enjoy without worrying about gluten or refined sugar. He used wholesome ingredients like beetroot, dates and maple syrup to create a brownie recipe that is surprisingly healthy with no refined sugars! #winning

Dates are a great quick low calorie sweet snack! The sweet gooey richness of the date paired with a handful of almonds or walnuts is the perfect for a quick pick-me-up with no refined sugar. You can also blend dates to make a date paste which is amazing in sweet dessert recipe instead of sugar.

Jess, graze nutritionist

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vegan ice cream sundaes

If ice cream is your go-to dessert, we think you’ll like this surprisingly healthy vegan dessert recipe! We love these healthy, vegan ice cream sundaes because they are delicious AND easy to make. (We’ve even whipped up a few of these in the office for a healthy, refreshing summertime dessert!)

Smoothie bowls may seem like an odd thing to try at first, especially if you’re not used to eating your smoothies with a spoon, but I promise you’ll love them! I like to make my smoothie extra thick so it feels like a big bowl of ice cream!

Jess, graze nutritionist

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chocolate super bites

If you’ve been following our blog for a while you’ve definitely spotted our chocolate super bite recipe before! We love this healthy sweet treat because it’s so easy and versatile (you can easily swap out any ingredients depending on what you have in your kitchen!). We also love how many superfoods, like chia seeds and cacao nibs, we’ve been able to sneak into this recipe.

70 percent cacao content or more you know you’re getting a lot of goodness and antioxidants, without the added sugar and processing in typical chocolate desserts! The more bitter varieties of dark chocolate can satisfy you with just need one or two squares.

Jess, graze nutritionist

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By Carli, graze blogger.

Carli is the New York-based blogger at graze and loves everything about social media, writing, delicious food trends and her puppy of course!

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