Blue Monday – HELP

So it’s official… it’s the most depressing day of the year and whilst we’re all feeling a little mellow, I’m here to help you get through this dry Monday, without reaching for the sugar kicks.

Health Swaps – Healthy Alternatives to Every Day Treats 

The new year is officially here and many of us are knee-deep in detoxing. Amazing! You’re a better person than me. If you’re a sweet-toothed dessert enthusiast like myself I’m currently drowning in the whole concept and longing to go back to the festive days where it was acceptable to terminate a selection box in one sitting and have three portions of everything single thing in sight.

Here at Raw Bake Station, my duty is to make the latter of those two types of people content, by offering healthy alternatives to the treats we crave without the guilt that usually comes with indulging. Let’s be honest: Anything that seriously satisfies our sweet tooth isn’t going to be the epitome of a healthy meal. Though all of these snacks contain (gasp!) sugar, we aimed to find lower-sugar options that offer something beneficial, whether it be a sneaky superfood or additional nutrients like fibre or protein. With help from a range of healthy associations and websites, I’ve compiled a list of guilt free treats that will keep your taste buds satisfied that aren’t so calorific.

Gluten-, Dairy-, and Grain-Free Sticky Chocolate Fudge Cake

Blogger and chef Topped With Cinnamon’ created this beautiful guilt free recipe after: ‘I decided that I a) needed chocolate. It was a major craving (that’s why this is triple chocolate :/) but b) didn’t want to feel crap after eating it (and actually wanted it to be filling)’. Perfect, just what we need! Check it out.

Healthy Peanut Butter Pie

If you’re a sucker for a peanut butter and banana sandwich, or even ice cream, then you will LOVE this healthy peanut butter pie. It’s creamy, rich, and sweet. You keep it frozen and thaw for 20 minutes before serving, and then it’s just like ice cream – it melts in your mouth. Bliss.

Guilt Free Chocolate Truffles

In only 10 minutes you can create a taste sensation that isn’t going to bust the zip on your new jeans. Made with almond butter and greek yoghurt, this healthy alternative is really going to please those cravings.

Mango and Banana Ice Cream

This is one of the desserts that you can serve to your troublesome kids without them even realising it’s healthy. If it can fool them – it can fool your tastebuds! As the summer months slowly approach, this refreshing dessert will definitely be a hit at the BBQ. Get practising!

Lemony Yoghurt Pound Cake

Heart-healthy olive oil and protein-rich Greek yoghurt take the place of butter in this lemony pound cake. Egg whites also help reduce calories, fat, and cholesterol and whole-wheat flour boosts fibre. Who knew healthy ingredients could taste so good?!

Mini Ice-Cream Sandwiches

Simple exchanges such as swapping milk chocolate for dark 85% chocolate can make all the difference when it comes to health. Try this tasty treat to get your daily chocolate hit and keep the muffin tops on the cakes, instead of around our jeans!

Cheat’s pineapple, Thai basil & ginger sorbet

An easy blended sorbet with vibrant Thai basil and spicy ginger. Try serving with a drizzle of vodka or white rum (what’s Dry Jan?). Again, this reciepe is the perfect summers day treat to keep your diet on track and palette happy!

I hope these recipes will soften the blow of your health kick, and make you realise that even the yummiest of foods can still be healthy! Please go and check out my range of healthy bakes to help you on your way to a healthier lifestyle that you can enjoy. Long live the sweet tooth!

Love, Evie x

 

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