3 healthy sweet recipe ideas | Fitness recipes

3 healthy sweet recipe ideas | Fitness recipes

  • Do you have a sweet tooth? Not sure how to satisfy your cravings without harming your health? You're in the right place!

“Eat less sugar, less salt and less fat”. Who hasn't heard that advice? Craving sweet treats isn't at all unusual. There are real reasons behind our addiction to sugar, so there's no need to feel guilty about it. On the other hand, we shouldn't turn a blind eye to it as we know that sugar can have numerous harmful effects on our health. So how can we enjoy the odd treat, do our bodies some good, and say goodbye to yo-yo dieting? Discover our 3 healthy, tasty recipe ideas to enjoy guilt-free! 

The dangers of sugar

Eating too much sugar, particularly too much of the poor-quality refined sugar found in processed and ultra-processed foods, can have a significant impact on our health.
It has been proven time and time again that the overconsumption of sugar causes numerous diseases, from digestive and intestinal disorders to cardiovascular disorders, respiratory disorders, and even a weakened immune system.

On top of that, our brains have been programmed for centuries and from childhood to think of sugary foods as a reward, like a comfort blanket. We refer to this as sugar addiction. Check out our special article on this topic.

But rest assured that there are ways to make healthier choices without completely depriving yourself of these little treats. Because life should be a treat! Right? 

How can you treat yourself healthily?

Eat less but better:
Remember that sugar affects our brains in the same way as a drug. This will help you get some perspective and understand that there's a real, explainable physiological effect. And there's some good news: it's completely possible to shrug off this unwanted effect! To do so, you simply need to integrate healthier alternatives into your daily routine. Discover our 7 tips for eating less sugar.

Get cooking:
By getting your hands dirty in the kitchen and rustling up some healthy concoctions, you'll treat your taste buds while also doing your body some good.
That's why we've come up with 3 quick, easy, healthy recipes that are super tasty.

3 tasty, healthy recipe ideas

For these recipes, you won't need any complicated ingredients or fancy utensils, just your hands and a few minutes of your time.

Recipe 1: Gluten-free chocolate fondant in a hurry (20 min)

Ingredients (for 4 ramekins):
4 eggs
75 g organic unrefined sugar
30 g organic spelt flour or corn flour
100 g organic dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)
1 tbsp coconut oil

Method:
1- Preheat the oven to 200°C
2- Lightly grease the base of 4 ramekins using kitchen paper and a drop of vegetable oil
3- Beat the eggs and sugar
4- Stir in the flour
5- Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a bowl over a pan of boiling water
6- Add it to the mixture and combine.
7- Spoon the mixture into the ramekins and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
8- Gently remove from the ramekins and eat warm.

This recipe isn't exactly original or hard to follow. But it proves that it's totally possible to take a "normal" recipe and make it healthy by using quality ingredients.

The benefits of this recipe: the spelt flour and the sugar reduce the glycaemic load.
Coconut oil has a very high smoke point. This means you won't be eating a carcinogenic fondant.
The dark chocolate also limits blood sugar spikes due to its higher cocoa content. And by choosing organic products, 30% of the sugar remains unrefined and is therefore more nutritious.

Recipe 2: Sesame seed shortbread biscuits

Ingredients:
1 egg
60 g coconut sugar (or whole cane sugar)
80 g coconut oil
50 g einkorn flour
65 g corn flour
65 g rice flour
20 g sesame seeds

Method:
1- Beat the egg and sugar until frothy
2- Add the melted coconut oil, the three types of flour and the sesame seeds
3- Use your hands to squeeze the dough into a big ball.
4- Place it in a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour until hard
5- Roll out the dough between two sheets of baking parchment. The dough should be 6 to 8 mm thick.
6- Cut your biscuits into the shape you want, and place them on a baking tray.
7- Bake for 16 to 18 minutes in a preheated oven at 180°C. The biscuits should be slightly golden.
8- Leave to cool, then enjoy!

This is the perfect recipe for a tasty snack. If you want to stock up and save time, multiply the quantities by 2 or 3. They keep very well in a sealed container. You'll then have enough for the whole family, without having to cook up a new batch every week.

The benefits of this recipe: Coconut sugar has a very low glycaemic index. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals, making these shortbread biscuits nutritional rather than just sugar bombs.  The flours used are all gluten-free. This will make your shortbread biscuits more digestible.

Recipe 3: Express vegan pancakes

If you want a quick, tasty, nutritional brunch or breakfast, this recipe is just what you need!

Ingredients:
200 g rice flour
85 g ground almonds (or almond flour)
5 g bicarbonate of soda
60 g coconut sugar
270 ml plant-based milk
1 small, ripe banana

Method:
Simply mix everything in a blender, then fry for a few minutes on each side!

The benefits of this recipe: these gluten-free pancakes are naturally sweet thanks to the banana and coconut sugar, making them satisfying, tasty and nutritional. You can mix things up by adding a bit of home-made jam (check out our recipe here), some maple syrup, or even some almond, peanut, hazelnut or cashew nut butter! These oily spreads are rich in "good" fats and will fill you up with plant-based protein!

Again, feel free to mix up extra so you're well stocked. You can freeze them individually and then defrost them either on a plate or using a toaster!

These 3 recipes are a first step on the healthy-eating ladder! It's not hard to both eat healthily and feel satisfied, as long as you know a few little tricks.
Want other delicious recipe ideas? We've got plenty! Check out our 3 healthy savoury recipes.

3 healthy sweet recipe ideas | Fitness recipes

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