After hitting that Halloween candy hard last weekend, why not give your kids a sugar hiatus by making some of these snacks?
In the likely event that your little cherubs did overdose on the white powder this Halloween, here are ten snacks totally void of refined sugar to nourish them back to health. Even better is that most of them takes minutes to prepare, so instant gratification for minimal effort…
Cranberry cacao smoothie
Now the shops are beginning to stock cranberries for Thanksgiving and Christmas, take a handful of frozen berries and add it to your smoothies for a sharp berry hit! Use 2 cups almond milk, 1 cup frozen cranberries, 1 banana, 1 tablespoon cacao and 1 tablespoon maple syrup to make 2 portions.
Once you have popped your corn, toss it in a pan with a drop of coconut oil and handful of shredded coconut for a vegan, gluten-free and most importantly, refined sugar-free treat.
Take a cup of sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds leftover from Hallowe’en and dry fry them in a pan with a dash of soy sauce or tamari (if gluten-free). It takes just a couple of minutes for the liquid to absorb, so a super quick snack to prepare for hungry children.
Healthy “Fruit N” Nut”
In an effort to recreate a healthy version of the famous Cadbury’s chocolate bar, try a handful of almonds with raisins and cacao nibs.
Banana Chia Pudding
Mix 4 tbls chia seeds in 1 cup of milk and add 1 banana, 1 tbls maple syrup and 1 tbls cacao. The chia seeds needs 20 minutes to expand and absorb the liquid, and benefit from the occasional stir or pulse on the food processor. This is one reason to get out of bed now the temperature is dropping!
Apple & Almond Butter Sandwiches
Cut apple slices and spread them with nut butter to make an alternative sandwich, or use sunflower seed spread if your kids’ school doesn’t allow nuts.
Dried Cinnamon Apple Rings
Core your apple and cut into it thin rings, dust with cinnamon and bake or dehydrate on a low temperature until dried out. The dryer they are, the longer they will keep for, but that normally isn’t an issue in our house, as they are usually devoured instantly!
Core your apples and rub the skin with a little coconut oil, then stuff the core with raisins or other dried fruit. Bake them for around 30 minutes at 180c and serve with a dash of cream.
Mint Chocolate Chip “Nice” Cream
Blend a couple of frozen bananas until they reach an ice-cream consistency. Then add a handful of fresh mint leaves and cacao nibs, and pulse. Makes the most guilt-free ice-cream void of refined sugar and dairy!
Mix a cup of plain yoghurt with 1 teaspoon of cacao and a dash of maple syrup. This is ultimate healthy chocolate hit!