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VIDEO: 3 Sweet Treat Recipes Without Refined Sugar

February 9, 2016

Attention health-conscious parents: your kids are gonna love you for this one! No need to keep their little hands out of the cookie jar. Active lifestyle guru Lorna Jane (@lornajaneactive) has got some amazing recipes for sweet treats without a single spoonful of refined sugar.

From healthier rice krispies treats to flourless chocolate chip cookies to frozen banana bites, they’re all tasty enough for adult palates. But trust us, kids won’t even notice they’re packed with superfoods. Know what they’ll love even more? Getting their hands dirty to help in the kitchen. Press play to follow along as Lorna, along with Zelana Montminy (@zelanamontminy), whips up all three, and get all the details below.

Chocolate Crackles

An Aussie version of rice krispies treats, but healthier? Yes, please! Whole grain buckwheat subs in for sugary cereal, while cacao adds a chocolatey goodness plus iron and antioxidants. And don’t forget the beta carotene–rich goji berries. Even kids with nut allergies can enjoy this one—just substitute sunflower seed butter for peanut butter.

Ingredients

2 cups puffed rice crisps
½ cup coconut oil, melted
⅓ cup unsweetened cacao powder
2 tablespoons peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter)
3 tablespoons maple syrup
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded coconut, toasted

For garnish

Goji berries
Toasted coconut

Instructions

Line muffin tin with paper liners.

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Divide batter evenly into prepared tin. Garnish with goji berries and toasted coconut. Refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes, then enjoy!

Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies

You … ahem … your kids won’t miss the flour in these gluten-free Paleo cookies. Scout’s honor, they actually taste good, too!

Ingredients

1 ½ cups oats
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
⅓ cup coconut sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
⅓ cup cacao nibs

Instructions

In a food processor, process oats to make an oat flour. Add coconut oil, coconut sugar, and egg, then process again on high until fully combined. Add salt, vanilla extract, and cinnamon, then pulse. Stir in cacao nibs by hand (do not process further). Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.

Scoop dough into balls and flatten onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Banana and Date Bites

Real foods with lots of natural sweetness, like bananas and dates, make the best wholesome snacks, sans high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats.

Ingredients

Bananas, peeled, sliced, and frozen
Dates, sliced and pitted
Almond butter
Cacao nibs
Goji berries

Instructions

For banana bites: When ready to serve, Spread a dollop of almond butter on top of frozen banana slices, garnish with cacao nibs and goji berries, and serve. Note: always peel and slice bananas before freezing.

For date bites: Stuff pitted dates with almond butter, garnish with cacao nibs and goji berries, and serve.

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Dana Poblete

Dana's love for all creatures under the sun (bugs, too) drives her in her advocacy for ethical eating, environmental sustainability, and cruelty-free living. A natural born islander, she surfs when she can, and writes, always.

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