4 Healthy Swaps For Your Favorite Winter Treats

On those cold winter days when you crave a cup of hot chocolate or a sweet treat but you don’t want all the sugar, we’ve got four healthy alternative recipes for you to try!

Swap out those sugary desserts for these delicious, guilt-free treat alternatives! These healthy treat recipes are simple with minimal ingredients needed to make healthy swaps during the winter, or any time of the year.

4 Healthy-Alternative Recipes of Your Favorite Winter Treats

Healthy Alternative Treats | BrainMD

Hot Chocolate Using Cacao Powder Recipe

  • 14 ounces non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbsp raw, organic cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp sweetener (maple syrup, coconut sugar, honey, agave)

Instructions: Warm up your non-dairy milk in a pot on the stove. Add your cacao powder to the milk and whisk until blended. Add sweetener while stirring constantly. Stir until completely combined. Pour into a mug and add cinnamon, marshmallows, or peppermint stick. Enjoy!

Healthy Cacao Hot Chocolate Recipe | BrainMD

Almond Butter Stuffed Date Recipe

  • 8 Medjool Dates
  • 4-6 Tbsp Almond Butter
  • Topping of your choice (sea salt, dark chocolate chunks, coconut)

Instructions: Cut medjool dates lengthwise and remove the pit. Take a spoon of almond butter and stuff inside the date. Top with whatever you’d like and try these delicious candy substitutes.

Baked Apple Dessert Recipe

  • 4 large apples (Honeycrisp, Tart Green, your choice)
  • 4 Tbsp of butter alternative (pressed avocado oil, ghee, coconut butter)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut sugar or other brown sugar alternative
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 F. Wash and core apples leaving the base to hold the filling. Combine butter alternative, coconut sugar, and cinnamon and press into each core. Fill a 2 qt baking dish with 3/4 cup of water. Place apples in upright and bake for 1 hour.

Healthy Baked Apple Dessert Recipe | BrainMD

Healthy Banana Nice Cream Dessert Recipe | BrainMD

Banana Nice Cream Recipe

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • Splash of non-dairy milk
  • Optional: Make it chocolate with a tbsp of cocoa

Peel and slice bananas. Spread out and freeze until solid.

Instructions: Add frozen bananas to blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, adding non-dairy milk as needed. Serve and enjoy!


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