A lot of people believe “eating healthy” means eating weird foods you can’t pronounce and replacing your favorite ingredients with kale or tofu. You may be scared to cut out sugar because you’re afraid that means cutting out your favorite snacks. However, that doesn’t have to be the case! Believe it or not, there are healthy alternatives to your favorite guilty-pleasure snacks that won’t make you feel guilty at all. With these recipes, you can make your favorite snack foods with fruit-derived sugar sources, all-natural sweeteners, or no sugars at all. Rejoice! Now you can eat healthy and actually enjoy yourself.
I am constantly craving salt, so chips would be my hardest goodbye if I was cutting out junk food. Luckily, this delicious recipe allows you to have your chips and eat them too! Super easy to make, sugar free, and delicious, these zucchini chips are perfect for a snack any time of the day. Season them to your liking with cayenne or garlic powder for an extra kick. Get the recipe.
Who doesn’t love a good muffin? They’re perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or for a late-night snack. While muffins tend to be sugary and sweet, these blueberry muffins are naturally sweetened by dates, so you have nothing to feel guilty about when you eat two or three in one sitting. Get the recipe.
When you think of applesauce, it’s hard not to think of baby food (or pork chops). But applesauce can actually be a really great and light snack! If you want to mix it up a little, you can try this recipe for a pear and apple sauce that’s quick and easy. Applesauce isn’t just a perfect snack; it also works as a sugar substitute for muffins or pancakes, so you can keep on keeping healthy! Get the recipe.
Smoothies are so underrated. They can be so filling…and so healthy. This recipe for a cantaloupe peach smoothie makes for the best snack on this list. There’s zero added sugar and the chia seeds and cashews in the smoothie pack lots of protein. Did I mention the amazing tropical flavor? Get the recipe.
Banana bread is always delicious. It smells and tastes amazing, and it’s one of my favorite comfort foods. This recipe is a great snack if you’re trying out the Paleo diet, or if you’re trying to cut out gluten. At one gram, this recipe actually has the highest amount of added sugar on this list. But, remember when I said applesauce could be used as a sugar substitute? Replace the stevia liquid with applesauce to make this bread even more fibrous. Get the recipe.
I bet you never expected to see cookies on a list of snacks! However, this recipe for a sugar-free and flour-free peanut butter cookie gives you complete creative control. While it calls for Splenda or your “favorite sugar substitute,” I recommend something more natural, like dates. Get the recipe.
Start your day the no-sugar way with these two-ingredient pancakes! Seriously, all you need are bananas and eggs. No added sugar. What I love about this recipe is that it gives you dozens of optional extras (like cinnamon, nuts, or cocoa powder) to customize your flapjacks. There’s nothing like a protein-packed banana nut pancake in the morning. Get the recipe.
Now you can make your own protein bars for when you need that extra boost to get you through the day. These are easy to make, nutty, and delicious. You can pick which nut butter you want to enjoy, and the recipe even suggests ingredients you can add to your own taste. Get the recipe.
I’m so glad to live in a world where you can make blondies without added sugar. These blondies are healthy and super sweet. The pumpkin and banana flavors combine perfectly for a fall-themed treat you can enjoy without feeling bad for yourself (sign me up). While the recipe calls for gingerbread spice, you can stick to using cinnamon as a way to jazz up these blondies; less sugar, and cinnamon and pumpkin is a killer combo. Get the recipe.
Did you really think you were going to get through an article about healthy eating without seeing any kale? Relax, I found a great recipe for garlic and sea salt kale chips. Who doesn’t love garlic? And who doesn’t love a salty chip? You won’t even notice the kale. The real trick to healthy eating is to use delicious ingredients like garlic to distract yourself. Get the recipe.
English muffins always make me feel fancy. Now, thanks to this recipe, I can feel healthy and high-society. These pumpkin English muffins are sweet, filling, delicious, and they take less than three minutes to make. Not to mention, all of these beautiful and tasty ingredients combine for less than one gram of sugar. Get the recipe.