5 Lower-Sugar Sweets to Satisfy Your Cravings

Ambitious Kitchen Paleo Chocolate Chunk

Do you want to satisfy your sweet tooth without sabotaging your health? We’ve got your fix. These naturally delicious recipes contain healthier sweeteners like dates and other fruits instead of refined sugars. Get ready to indulge: check out our 5 favorite sweet treats from some of our favorite healthy bloggers around the web.

#1 Brownie Batter Spread | Minimalist Baker

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Craving something sweet first thing in the A.M.? Here’s your go-to spread. We were sold on this Brownie Batter’s ingredients, which are six simple things you probably have in your pantry right now: walnuts (or pecans), almonds, dark chocolate, cacao powder, dates, and salt. Almonds pack in healthy fats and dietary fiber (which help with digestion), and dark chocolate is a healthier alternative to milk chocolate. In other words, this is way better than a chocolate pastry. So when you’re craving something sweet, slather it over gluten-free bread, fruits, or veggies, and you’ve got yourself a snack that won’t hurt your diet. Find the full recipe here.


#2 The Best Paleo Chocolate Chunk Cookies | Ambitious Kitchen

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Source: Ambitious Kitchen

This is a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe that won’t fail in the flavor or health department. It calls for coconut and almond flour instead of refined white flour, and dark chocolate instead of milk. Research suggests dark chocolate can make your skin clearer, your heart healthier, and your cravings few and far between. Find the full recipe on the blog, Ambitious Kitchen.


#3 Dark Chocolate Bark With Sea Salt & Superfood | The Iron You

Source: The Iron You
Source: The Iron You

Swap your chocolate bar for this bark bar. Taken from the blog, the Iron You, this subtly sweet and crunchy recipe uses sea salt, dried Goji berries, dark chocolate, and hemp seeds. The Iron You loosely follows a primal/paleo diet based on whole, minimally processed foods. Find the full recipe here.


#4 No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies | Blissful Basil

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Source: Blissful Basil

No-bake means no stress. These cookies don’t require an oven so they make a great summer sell when it’s too sticky out to bake. Here’s another bonus: these chewy little bites use medjool dates to get their natural sweetness. All natural, just the way we like it. Here’s a Freshly tip: use almond butter instead of peanut butter. (Almond butter is more nutritious than peanut butter, thanks to its superior magnesium and vitamin E content.) You’ll need a food processor handy, but with a 20-minute prep time overall, we think the recipe wins on convenience. Find the full recipe on the blog, Blissful Basil.


 #5 Chocolate “Fruit Sticks” | Deliciously Ella

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Source: Deliciously Ella

When you want to stay light, eat these chocolate fruit sticks. Popular blogger, Ella Woodward created this recipe for a gooey chocolate dip paired with fresh and juicy strawberries, mangos, bananas, raspberries, and melon. Fruits are a great way to trick your taste buds into thinking they’re getting the candy you might be craving. The chocolate dip is deliciously clean and made from dates, maple syrup, cacao butter, and cacao powder. Find the full recipe on Ella’s blog, Deliciously Ella.