Peanut Butter Covered Chocolate Dates by RainbowPlantLife
We could all use a little sweet vegan treat now and then! And satisfying your sweet tooth can be an important part of living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. By opting for whole food ingredients, you can indulge in a way that doesn’t spike your blood sugar or leave you craving more. Here are some of our favourite ways to indulge - in a healthy way!
These bites are sweetened naturally with dates and maple syrup and contain plenty of healthy fats from cacao to peanut and almond butter, meaning that you won’t be left with a hankering for something more. Plus, the combination of the chewy texture and crunch from the nuts make this square a super satisfying indulgence. To take things up a notch, try churning up some delicious Vegan and Gluten-Free Snickaroo Ice Cream.
2. Black Bean Brownies
Swapping out flour for black beans creates a fudgy, moist brownie with added benefits like fibre and protein - and you won’t taste the beans, we promise! Plus, the cocoa powder adds plenty of antioxidants and acts as a natural mood booster to create one of the best vegan sweets. Try Minimalist Baker’s Gluten-Free and Vegan Black Bean Brownies, which can be topped with nuts or dairy-free chocolate chips.
3. Banana Soft Serve
It sounds crazy, but a blended frozen banana creates a similar texture to soft-serve ice cream and takes advantage of the natural sugars in bananas for sweetness to create a healthy indulgent vegan treat. Just slice your bananas and freeze, and toss them in your blender until it reaches the right consistency (usually about 3-5 minutes). Fun add-ins like peanut butter or dark chocolate chips allow you to play around with flavours. If you’re looking for recipe inspiration, try The Endless Meal’s Healthy 3-Ingredient Chocolate Banana Ice Cream or Pinch of Yum’s Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream.
4. Cookie Dough Hummus
Similar to using black beans for brownies, chickpeas can be used to blend up a sweet version of hummus that tastes just like cookie dough - and can be eaten with a spoon! Plus, there’s plenty of ways to play around with flavours: from classic chocolate chip to brownie and cake batters, chocolate hazelnut, and even pumpkin spice!
5. Baked Apples or Pears
Fruits are filled with plenty of natural sweetness, which can be brought out even more by baking. This is especially true for apples and pears, which develop an almost caramel-like flavour with baking, and an indulgent-feeling texture. Plus, you get the added benefit of fibre to keep you feeling satisfied. Top your baked apple or pear with dairy-free yoghurt or nuts for extra protein and healthy fats, as well as great texture.
6. Avocado Chocolate Mousse
The rich texture and healthy fats in avocado make it a perfect addition to a creamy chocolate mousse. Using dark or semisweet chocolate and cocoa make this a dessert that’s high in antioxidants. Your mousse can be upleveled by topping with fresh berries or whipped coconut cream. Try Well Plated By Erin’s Avocado Chocolate Mousse, which is sweetened naturally with maple syrup.
7. Homemade Nut Butter Cups
Love peanut butter cups? Store-bought ones can be filled with unrecognizable ingredients and loaded with refined sugars. But, by using good quality dark chocolate and nut butter with simple ingredients, you can easily make your own nut butter cups in muffin tins, filled with plenty of healthy fats and protein. Just melt your chocolate and apply a layer to the bottom of your muffin cup, and place in the freezer until solidified. Add a spoonful of nut butter on top (opt for peanut butter or almond butter, or switch things up with tahini or coconut butter) and top with more melted chocolate. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy whenever you need a delicious vegan sweet.
8. Clean Eating Freezer Fudge
While fudge is something that we often think of as a more indulgent type of treat, freezer fudge is easy-to-make and it’s made with whole food ingredients, like coconut oil and nut butters, and can be sweetened naturally with maple syrup. Plus, it’s no-bake, making it a great option when you need a quick and healthy indulgent treat. We love Detoxinista’s Vegan Fudge Recipe and Ambitious Kitchen’s 4-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge.
9. Chocolate Covered Dates
We can’t say enough good things about dates: they’re naturally sweet and have an almost caramel-like flavour, and are loaded with fibre. Although they’re delicious enough on their own, you can elevate them by dipping them in chocolate to create a tasty alternative to chocolate truffles. While dates are downright delicious dipped in chocolate, they can also be stuffed before dipping like in Wholesomelicious’ Dark Chocolate Covered Almond Stuffed Dates or Happy Foods Tube’s Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Covered Dates.
10. Chia Pudding
Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fibre, chia seeds are a great way to add a nutrition boost to many meals. But, because of their ability to absorb liquid, they’re the star of the show in chia pudding, a creamy concoction that uses chia seed’s natural ability to thicken to create a quick and easy pudding. Plus, you can customize your chia pudding to your tastes - from classic vanilla to chocolate and more. Cookie and Kate’s Creamy Chia Pudding is a great base recipe to get started with and has plenty of creative topping ideas.
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