How do you satisfy your sweet tooth when you’re trying to eat healthier? Try your hand at creating your own treats — with ingredients you control — rather than buying processed sweets from the store. Here are five recipes we think you and your family will love:
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1. Low-Cal Baked Cinnamon Apples
This recipe will satisfy all-year-round but is especially tasty with fresh apples. Best of all: This five-ingredient snack contains just 100 calories — one serving has the same number as a fresh Granny Smith apple!
2. Strawberry Pretzel Squares
This crowd-pleaser calls for 30% less sugar than the standard recipe. Low-fat dairy and fresh strawberries provide all the flavor with half the calories and fat. Make it for the family or a potluck.
3. Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies
Your heart will appreciate this twist on everyone’s favorite cookie, featuring omega-3-rich walnuts, avocado oil, oats and whole-wheat flour. (And, of course, a little dark chocolate never hurts!)
4. Cherry Chocolate-Chip Ice Cream
Your family will flip for this yummy, dairy-free treat, made without a drop of milk or added sugar! Naturally sweetened with frozen bananas and cherries, it’s delicious soft-served and hard-packed.
5. Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
Avoiding wheat or gluten? Get your chocolate fix with this decadent recipe. Black beans — the surprise ingredient — provides fiber, nutrients and texture. No flour required!