Healthy AND Yummy Sweet Treats!
I have a confession to make: I have a huge sweet tooth! Chocolate, sweets, ice-cream… I’m not fussy. Yet, these desserts don’t tend to fit in with a healthy eating lifestyle so I’ve been encouraged to search for more nutritious versions. I can guarantee I’m not the only one out there that suffers from the constant temptation of these types of foods. So, this week I attempted to bake up a storm in order to share my findings. Now, I’m not the greatest baker so I scoured down recipes from those that are and tested them out; starting with Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread and then Chewy Chia Breakfast Cookies.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread
Chocolate? Check. Peanut Butter? Check. Banana? Check. Is there anything this recipe doesn’t have?! The genius behind this recipe is Ali Gordon – a fitness and fashion blogger, as well as an ambassador for PhD Nutrition. I was drawn to recreating his masterpiece due to long lasting love for Banana Bread (and it being the only thing I could ever bake successfully, basically). The idea of being able to munch down a piece and not feel guilty made my heart skip a beat. Just look at that beautifully moist and crumbly centre..!
This recipe is super simple to recreate, as well as being egg and refined sugar free – I did mention he was a genius, right? The only thing not so simple to recreate is the beautifully shot pictures that accompany it. Is there a blogger school for things like that?
If you are interested in giving this chocolately bread a go then head over to www.ali-gordon.blogspot.co.uk for the full recipe.
Chewy Chia Breakfast Cookies
This isn’t the first concoction I’ve tried by Blonde Health but has absolutely been the best so far. Zanna van Dijk is the lady behind the Instagram and her newsfeed is often full of fabulous quick, easy and healthy recipes to give a go. The Optimum Nutrition Sponsored Athlete even has her own Healthy Treats eBook, so if these cookies catch your interest there’s plenty of other ideas to follow. By containing both chia seeds and chocolate chips, they have the perfect balance of healthy and treat. The recipe is dairy, egg and gluten free, ensuring that everybody can enjoy them.
For the full recipe and lots of other ideas, head over to her instagram.com/blondehealth or type Zanna van Dijk into Facebook. Next on the baking list are the Apple and Cinnamon Protein Muffins…
Written By Kathryn Bray