by: Ali Brown, RD, LD

If you’re anything like me, your sweet tooth will never be a thing of the past. At least once (or twice, or three times) a week I get a craving for something sweet. My typical go-to is a piece of fruit, but sometimes that doesn’t do the trick. I’m a pretty lazy cook, so it took me a while to find sweet snacks that are quick and easy to make. Here are 6 of my favorite anti-inflammatory friendly sweet treats.

Dessert Bullet. I refer to my Dessert Bullet multiple times a week in conversation and use it nearly as much. If you don’t know what a Dessert Bullet is, check out our blog post explaining it. A simple banana with a little vanilla extract has been my staple lately and has stopped the urge to drive through Dairy Queen on multiple occasions. I think my favorite part is that it requires no preparation. All you need is a bag of frozen fruit (which I keep on hand anyway) and the machine.

Baked Apples

Before we get too far, let me disclose that this is a Feed Your Vitality recipe from the SHAPE/hCG line. An official recipe is available in Ashley Nanney’s “SHAPE ReClaimed: Simple Recipes for Phase 1” cookbook. I make this regularly at home when I wish for something “apple pie-esque.”

You need these few simple ingredients: an apple, cinnamon, stevia, apple pie spice, and juice of an orange. FYV also uses cloves and cinnamon sticks, but I don’t typically have those on hand at home.

Simple instructions: cut the apple in half and remove the core. In a small bowl mix about 1/4 cup fresh orange juice, cinnamon, apple pie spice and stevia to taste. Top the apple with the mixture, wrap in foil, and bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes.

A variation of this includes cutting the apple into small chunks, marinating with the orange juice and seasonings, and topping with NutThins (or any other gluten-free/dairy-free cracker) before baking. The cracker adds a great crunch to the dessert. You can also replace the apple with grapefruit, peach or any other fruit you desire.

Find Ashley Nanney’s cookbook, SHAPE ReClaimed: Simple Recipes for Phase 1 on Amazon.

Muffin in a Jar (or Mug)

muffin in a jarThis dessert or breakfast is delicious and EASY to make when you are craving a cake or muffin. Get a coffee mug or small jar and mix together:
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp stevia powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp applesauce, no added sugar
  • 1/4 cup of your favorite fruit (I chose peaches)

Once the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, put the mug in the microwave for 1 minute.  Be careful when you take the mug out of the microwave because it will probably be hot.  Let it sit for 1 minute and enjoy!

Substitute sugar with anti-inflammatory sweeteners. One way I squash my sweet tooth in the winter is by adding honey to hot tea. (Plus, drinking tea is much better when you have a cute tea infuser like this one).

You can also swap out the sugar in your classic recipes for one of these paleo-friendly sweeteners and use almond flour in place of all-purpose flour!

smoothies and milkshakesEasy Smoothies

Keeping frozen fruit handy can help with your sweet tooth. Make a smoothie by blending:

  • 2 cups of your favorite fruit
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • Ice cubes

TIPS:  Mix together any of your favorite fruits.  If you use frozen fruit, you don’t need the ice cubes.  Add carrots for a sweet serving of veggies.  Hide some spinach in your smoothie; the spinach taste gets lost with the sweet fruit and you get good added veggies for the day.

Easy Faux-“Milkshakes”

I’ve also created a faux-milkshake by blending frozen strawberries, almond milk, and a bit of coconut milk. The coconut milk gives the shake a creamy texture, similar to what ice cream would provide.

Larabars. Yep, the pre-packaged energy bar is both paleo-friendly and satisfying. Their ingredients include dates, almonds, and whatever ingredients needed for each flavor. For example, the apple pie Larabar has dates, almonds, apples, walnuts, raisins, and cinnamon. The banana bread Larabar has almonds, dates, and bananas. Individual Larabars can be expensive (more than $1 each), but I just found a box of 18 at Sam’s for $5.50.

If you’re interested in an anti-inflammatory lifestyle and more tips & recipes like this one, check out The Official Anti-Inflammatory Diet Masterclass on our Home page.  Or email us at info@vitalityconsultantsllc.com for more information.

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