We’ve all been there, right?
You’ve been trying hard to eat healthily and have been SO good all day.
But then the afternoon slump hits, and you’ve got the urge to eat something sweet.
You try to take your mind off it, but the more you resist, the more you want it.
And you know that even if you DO manage to resist temptation today, eventually you’re going to cave-in.
If so, you’re not alone.
Sugar cravings are really common, especially among women.
And if you’ve ever experienced them, you’ll know they can be hard to ignore!
The good news is though, you don’t actually have to ignore them.
By choosing low-calorie sweet snacks, you can satisfy those sugar cravings while still staying on track for your weight loss goals.
In this article, I’m going to share my top 5 healthy sweet snacks for weight loss that are perfect to have on hand when those sugar cravings strike.
1. Coconut Macaroons
Coconut macaroons are one of my favourite go-to healthy sweet snacks. They’re light, delicious and easy to make, and are sure to hit the spot when the sugar cravings strike.
- 200 grams Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- 4 Eggs (medium, whites only)
- 40 grams Maple Syrup
Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF) and line a tray with baking paper.
In a bowl, mix together the shredded coconut, egg whites and maple syrup until well combined.
Pack the coconut mixture into a tablespoon and transfer to the baking sheet. Tap gently until the mound slides off. Repeat until all the coconut mixture is used up.
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool slightly before serving. Enjoy!
TIP: You can store these in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or pop them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
2. Cinnamon Ginger Energy Balls
If you like the flavours of cinnamon and ginger, you’re going to love these energy balls. Simply throw all the ingredients into a food processor, and you’ve got yourself a healthy sweet snack to enjoy.
- 110 grams Pitted Dates
- 70 grams Almonds (raw)
- 35 grams Cashews (raw)
- 1 gram Cinnamon (ground)
- 450 milligrams Ground Ginger
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Pinch Salt
Add the dates, almonds, cashews, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and sea salt to a food processor and blend until well mixed and sticky.
Transfer to a medium-size mixing bowl. Form into even balls with your hands and store in the fridge or freezer until ready to enjoy!
3. Inside Out Almond Joys
Just because you’re trying to be healthy doesn’t mean you can’t have chocolate! These Inside Out Almond Joys are the perfect treat when you’re looking for that chocolate fix.
- 120 grams Dark Chocolate (at least 70% cacao, chopped)
- 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 cup Almonds
- 1/4 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
Microwave dark chocolate and the oil in a large glass bowl at 50% power for 30 seconds at a time until melted. Stir well to combine.
Meanwhile, line a tray with baking paper.
Add almonds to the melted chocolate and stir to combine. Use a spoon to drop small, even clusters (containing about 4 to 5 almonds each) onto the parchment paper. This recipe makes 24.
Sprinkle coconut overtop of each cluster immediately. Transfer to the freezer until the clusters are set (about 15 minutes).
Remove from the freezer and enjoy!
TIP: Don’t have almonds? You can use hazelnuts, peanuts or dried fruit instead.
4. Cherry Blueberry Coconut Popsicles
With only 3 basic ingredients, these low-calorie, real-food coconut iceblocks are the perfect healthy treat on a hot day. Get creative and experiment with different layering methods to create a feast for the eyes as well!
- 80 grams Frozen Cherries (roughly chopped)
- 75 grams Blueberries
- 120 milliliters Canned Coconut Milk
Using either iceblock moulds or 90 mL paper cups and paddle pop sticks, insert each stick into the middle of a cherry to anchor it in each cup.
Add chopped cherries and blueberries to fill about 3/4 of the cup, around the stick. Fill the rest of the cup with the coconut milk, making sure to leave a gap at the top for the mixture to expand as it freezes. Filling the cup to about 2/3 full should be a good guide to aim for.
Place the moulds in the freezer for at least 4 hours or until they are completely frozen. If you try to take them out before they are completely frozen, the stick will come out.
Once they are frozen, sit them on the bench for 5 to 10 minutes as this will make it slide out of the mould easier. Enjoy!
TIP: If you want to make the iceblock creamier, try blending the fruit and coconut milk in a food processor and dividing it evenly between the moulds.
5. Frozen Yoghurt Covered Blueberries
If you’re not keen on spending too much time in the kitchen, this healthy sweet snack takes no time to put together. Simply pop your yoghurt-covered blueberries in the freezer, and in 30 minutes they’ll be ready to eat!
- 300 grams Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 60 grams Plain Greek Yogurt
In a bowl, combine blueberries and yogurt until well coated.
Line a tray with baking paper. Transfer individual yogurt-covered blueberries to the sheet in an even layer.
Freeze for at least 30 minutes before transferring to a freezer bag or a freezer-safe storage container. Continue to store in the freezer until ready to eat.
TIP: Serve just a few at a time as these will melt quickly after handling.
So there you have it. Five healthy sweet snacks that’ll satisfy those sugar cravings while still keeping you on track for your weight loss goals.
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