Who Said Sweet Treats Have to Be Bad For You?

There are plenty of ways to beat sugar cravings, with a healthy sweet treat.

We all know sugar is bad for us, and thanks to ingredients like rice syrup, agave nectar and stevia, which make the perfect replacement for your regular sugar. You can now enjoy a sweet treat, without the guilt.

Sam Wood, founder of the new online fitness and health program 28 by Sam Wood and Australia’s 2015’s The Bachelor has shared two delicious summer recipes, which are actually good for you.

Loaded with protein, these snacks are perfect post workout, or when enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon.

PEANUT BUTTER & RASPBERRY SMOOTHIE

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup raspberries frozen

1/2 banana(s) frozen

1 tablespoon peanut butter or your favourite nut butter

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1/2 lemon(s) juiced and zested

1 sprig mint optional

1 cup coconut water

METHOD:

  1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend for 30-60 seconds until well combined.
  2. Pour into a serving glass and top with a raspberry or two and a sprig of mint
Raspberry and Peanut Butter Smoothie

RASPBERRY & COCONUT MUFFINS

Option: You change the granulated stevia blend to rice malt syrup

INGREDIENTS:

1 teaspoon coconut oil melted

2 1/2 cups almond meal

1 teaspoon cinnamon (ground)

1 teaspoon baking powder

4 medium free range egg(s) beaten

1/4 cup coconut oil melted

1/4 cup stevia (granular sweetener) or rice malt syrup

1 cup raspberries

1/4 cup coconut flakes

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Combine almond meal, cinnamon and baking powder in a large bowl.
  3. Add the eggs, oil and stevia and mix thoroughly.
  4. Carefully fold in the berries and coconut. If the mixture is very thick, add 1/2 cup of water and mix thoroughly.
  5. Spoon mixture into lightly greased muffin tins (10-12).
  6. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean
Raspberry and Coconut Muffins.
Rebecca Wilkinson

Rebecca is a pescatarian, who may yet one day become a vegan. She loves all things health & travel with a weakness for coffee, and is often found scouring the city for the latest tastes in breakfast smoothie bowls.

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