Eating clean helps you feel and look your best, but knowing how bad sugar and too many processed foods are for us doesn't mean we don't all get the odd sweet craving every now and then.
So food and health bloggers around the world have been busy working out some tasty sweet treats that won't break your clean eating plans. And we’ve rounded up nine beautifully decadent treats and puds that are definitely better for you than they look.
Home Made ‘Twix' Bars
So. We’ll start with some fantastic news. You can make a ‘healthy’ caramel sauce. Ashley, from the blog Blissful Basil created these chocolate and caramel bars, inspired by one of her favourite childhood treats, the Twix bar.
And they’re vegan and gluten free, too. The caramel is made from coconut oil, almond butter and vanilla and the chocolate layer contains cacao - which is raw, healthy and full of goodness. That’s a chocolate bar we’d have with a cuppa any day.
Peppermint Oreos Dipped in Dark Chocolate
“This recipe is the BOMB yo,” writes Emily from This Rawsome Vegan Life. “It tastes as good as the photos look, and I know y’all are freaking out over the photos…”. Chewy chocolate cookies, a dairy-free peppermint cream filling and THEN they’re dipped in melted chocolate? Yep, we’re pretty much freaking out. Find out how to make these chocolate-dipped cookies at Emily’s blog.
Chocolate Banana Cream Mini Desserts
Karielyn writes about clean eating over at her blog, The Healthy Family and Home. And she’s created this chocolate banana cream recipe that’s paleo-friendly, vegan, gluten-free and contains no refined sugars.
If you don’t fancy standing over saucepans making clean-eating caramel and chocolate sauces, then these apple cookies are for you. Created by Rachel Schultz, they’re actually slices of apple spread with peanut butter and then some more delicious things sprinkled on top. Perfect for an afternoon snack or even for pudding - and they’d make a brilliant after-school snack for the kids, too.
Cookie Dough ‘Whoa’ Ice Cream Sandwiches
Vanessa, from the blog Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind, was inspired to create these healthy ice cream sandwiches after reading the label on her favourite shop-bought brand. As they were full of ingredients she couldn't recognise, let alone pronounce, she made these instead. They contain just eight ingredients, and they’re all natural. Get the recipe on her website.
Cherry Chocolate Milkshake
Dairy-free, refined sugar free but definitely not nutrient-free, this cherry chocolate milkshake comes with its own healthy ‘fudge’ pieces dropped in it.
There are nuts, coconut milk, cocoa and fruits - all good for you. Need another reason to make this? It’ll take you just a couple of minutes - chuck it all in a blender and push the button. Find the recipe at The Diva Dish.
Paleo Chocolate Banana Cakes with Salted Caramel Icing
Caroline (who is a Nutritional Therapist) writes at the blog Colorful Eats. She created this chocolate banana cake recipe, which she’s guest posted on the blog Empowered Sustenance. It’s a banana cake, made with no gluten, grains or refined sugar, with a healthy salted caramel icing dribbled over it. Gorgeous.
Vegan Blackberry Cheesecake Bars
That’s right, blackberry cheesecake bars with no dairy. We’ve got Gena from the blog Choosing Raw to thank for these - sweetened with just fruits, dates and maple syrup. And there’s no cooking required. “These bars are sweet, a little tart, full of delicious (good) fat from walnuts and coconut, and deliver all the joy of raw cheesecake with a little more portability,” she says.
Raw Strawberry Chocolate Trifle
Wowsers. Imagine someone plonking one of these strawberry chocolate trifles in front of you and handing you a spoon. There’s a crunchy, nutty layer, a chocolate ganache (made from nutritious cacao powder), a vanilla mousse and a chocolate mousse. And then sweet strawberries all the way through.
A guilt-free idea for a special occasion. Check out the recipe on Rawmazing to find out how to make it yourself.
Do you make any healthier versions of your favourite treats? Which are your favourites?