Healthy, Sweet Treats for Potlucks and Parties
As the holiday season approaches, so do the seemingly endless parties and gatherings. And desserts are a big part of most of these feasts. If you’re trying to limit your sugar intake, the dessert table can become a nightmare – especially if you’ve got a sweet tooth. The good news is, there are plenty of options that will help curb your cravings without derailing your diet. Check out these healthier treat alternatives that are surprisingly indulgent.
Sweet Potato Pie
No holiday gathering is complete without a nice, thick slice of pie. The problem with most traditional pies is that they’re loaded with sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. Even fruit-based pies come with a lot of hidden ingredients you probably want to steer clear of. This pie, on the other hand, uses the natural flavoring of sweet potatoes and very little sugar. And because it’s made using our mashed, seasoned sweet potatoes, prep is a breeze! Check out the recipe here.
Vegan Peanut Butter Bars
Nothing goes together quite like the combo of creamy peanut butter and decadent chocolate chips. But who wants all the calories that come with traditional peanut butter desserts? Now you can have your cake (well, bar) and eat it too with this delicious, vegan-friendly recipe. The secret ingredient? Chickpeas. Sounds crazy, but trust us – these are amazing. And because the recipe calls for natural sweeteners, like vanilla and pure maple sugar, you’ll get the flavor you crave without all the garbage you don’t want. The easy recipe is right here.
Think carrots are only good as a side dish? Think again! In fact, carrots are a great, naturally sweet food that’s perfect for making healthier desserts. Chances are you’ll be encountering your fair share of cupcakes as you make your rounds to all your holiday parties this year. Why not add a healthier option to the mix? These carrot cupcakes are mouthwateringly moist, perfectly seasoned and topped with a homemade cream cheese icing that’s to die for. Give this one a try and let us know what you think!
Black Bean Brownies
Whether you are a self-proclaimed chocoholic or you simply like to indulge in a holiday treat from time to time, brownies are always an easy (and delicious) choice. But what about all that sugar and other nonsense? We’ve got the perfect compromise. These brownies are so rich, chocolaty and decadent, nobody will ever know they’re actually made with good-for-you black beans. Spoil yourself AND get an extra serving of healthy ingredients. (Don’t worry – it’ll be our little secret.) Here’s the full recipe.
With the holidays coming, you may be dreading all those extra calories on the dessert table. The good news is, with a little planning on your part, you don’t have to! Give the recipes above a try for a guilt-free way to indulge your sweet tooth and enjoy every part of your holiday meal!