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.
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)
- 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!
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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