Here’s a cold, hard truth: sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) have terrible long-term effects and can lead to many serious health issues. While your inner sweet-tooth may not be happy to hear this, there are sweet, natural alternatives that can help satisfy your cravings.
Case in point: coconut sugar. I’m pretty sure you all have it in your kitchen—or at least know what it is. (Who doesn’t?) Coconut sugar is actually a natural sugar made from the flower of the coconut tree. It’s a pure, whole food filled with vitamins and minerals. Therefore, it is safe to use as a sugar substitute, even for those who are diabetic or have concerns with their blood sugar levels. The best part about it? It tastes just as good as regular sugar. (YAY!)
If you’re not one to spend lots of time in the kitchen, you’re in the right place! Yes, preparing meals may seem like plenty of work, but don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Below, I’ve gathered (and tried) a three easy, healthy recipes that work perfectly with coconut sugar. All take just under 30 minutes!
PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA OVERNIGHT OATS
This is my go-to breakfast almost every day! Peanut butter, banana, and oats are a match made in heaven. Really, it’s the perfect healthy breakfast to start your day energized, with the right amount of fiber and protein in it. All you have to do is prepare it before bedtime and leave in the fridge, and ta-da! Breakfast is served.
- 1 large ripe banana
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. coconut sugar (I usually add more!)
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
STEP 1: In a bowl, mash the banana.
STEP 2: Add the coconut sugar and the rest of the ingredients into the bowl. Mix until the peanut butter is evenly distributed.
STEP 3: Pour the mixture in a jar or any airtight container.
STEP 4: Leave in the fridge overnight (or for at least 3 hours)
STEP 5: When ready to eat, give the oats a little stir and add the toppings of your choice!
These candied walnuts are great on top of salads, desserts, or even just to eat alone! I’m addicted to this stuff, and so is everybody else in the house. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if you ate the whole batch all at once! I myself am guilty of it. (Whoops!)
- 1 and ¼ cup walnuts
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp. coconut sugar
- ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. sea salt
STEP 1: In a bowl, whisk the egg until frothy.
STEP 2: Add in the coconut sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, and salt. Make sure the walnuts are well coated.
STEP 3: Spray your baking dish with cooking spray and spread the walnuts evenly on the surface.
STEP 4: Bake at 220 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
STEP 5: Let cool and serve!
SWEET POTATO FRIES
I never liked the taste of sweet potato, but after trying these sweet potato fries, it changed my life forever! They’re easy to make and you can always play around with the spices. It’s my favorite new snack, and I’m pretty sure it’ll be yours, too!
- 3 large sweet potatoes
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
- A pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or as much as you like!)
STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 220 degrees.
STEP 2: Wash, dry, and cut the sweet potatoes into wedges.
STEP 3: In a mixing bowl, add the sweet potato, coconut sugar, and the rest of the ingredients. Coat the sweet potatoes in the mixture evenly. (I used my hands for this step!)
STEP 4: Spread the sweet potato fries over a baking pan. Bake them for 220 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Flip the fries over halfway, or until they’re golden-brown and crispy.
STEP 5: Let the fries cool and serve!
See? Snacking can be fun, easy, and healthy, without sacrificing your sweet tooth!
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Photos by Joanne Villablanca
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