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.
- 1 apple peeled, cored and chopped in half
- Juice of 1 orange
- 5 drops English toffee flavored stevia
- Apple pie spice or Pumpkin pie spice to taste
- Cinnamon sticks and cloves optional
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a small bowl mix fresh orange juice, cinnamon, apple pie spice and stevia to taste. Pour over top of apples.
- Wrap in foil or place in an oven safe dish. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Muffin in a Jar (or Mug)
- ¼ cup flaxseed
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 2 Tbsp powdered stevia
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp applesauce no added sugar
- ¼ cup of your favorite fruit I chose peaches
- In a mug or small jar, mix all ingredients well.
- Place 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!
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.
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.
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