32 Guilt-Free Healthy Sweet Snacks That Will Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

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We have some good news for anyone out there with a sweet tooth.

You don’t have to deny your cravings for sweets to live a healthy lifestyle. Just commit to changing the way you “do” sweet.

Put down the processed candy, the rich bakery cakes, and the packaged cookies, and start getting your fix of healthy sweet snacks from wholesome foods like fruits, nuts, and dark chocolate.

We’ve put together a list of healthy sweet snacks that also happen to pack a nutritional (and energizing) punch. As you enjoy these robust sweets instead of empty sugar bombs, your body will be trained to crave better-for-you treats with substance instead of just sugar.

 

1. Mandarin Oranges + Cottage Cheese

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This refreshing sweet snack is creamy, citrusy, and packed full of nutrients, including vitamin C, calcium, and protein. Made from just two ingredients, this snack makes a satisfying dessert or a nutritious mid-morning snack. You can even up the sweetness with a drizzle of honey. 

Key nutrients: Vitamin C from the oranges

Eat instead of: A dreamsicle

 

2. Acai Smoothie Dessert Bowls

A smoothie bowl is a fit person’s ice-cream sundae. This particular bowl from Say Grace will delight your sweet tooth with acai berry puree, dark chocolate chips, and shaved coconut. Whip up this bowl any time you need a pick-me-up. 

Key nutrients: Antioxidants from the acai berries

Eat instead of: A banana split

 

3. Almond Date Truffles

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Via Sprouted Kitchen: Almond Truffle Dates

Yes, you can be healthy and still eat truffles. Featuring almond butter, vanilla, and Medjool dates, this recipe from Sprouted Kitchen makes it easy to balance sweet snacking and your health. Since these truffles are healthy, you really can’t eat “too many.”

Key nutrients: Protein from the almond butter

Eat instead of: Processed chocolate truffles

 

4. Raw Sandwich Cookies

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Via Chalkboard: Pamela Salzman’s Raw Sandwich Cookies

Transform dates and nuts into some raw, real-food cookies you could guiltlessly eat for breakfast. These incredible cookies have a creamy layer of almond-milk cream cheese and maple syrup that sends your inner sugar-monster on a pleasure trip. Get the recipe from the Chalkboard.

Key nutrients: Magnesium from the almonds

Eat instead of: Processed chocolate sandwich cookies

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5. 3-Ingredient Maple Almond Fudge

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The foodie behind the Big Man’s World makes fast and easy fudge from three simple ingredients: almond butter, coconut oil, and maple syrup. When you have a healthy sweet treat this easy to make up your sleeve, you have no excuse for eating fudge filled with refined sugar. You might even want to keep your fridge stocked with this fudge in case of emergency.

Key nutrients: Protein from the almonds

Eat instead of: Regular fudge

 

6. barkTHINS Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed

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BarkTHINS turns rich chocolate into an anytime, good-for-you snack. The Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed flavor wraps protein-rich pumpkin seeds in a layer of dark chocolate made from the best fair-trade ingredients available. One serving has 230 calories and 7 grams of protein.

Key nutrients: Protein from the pumpkin seeds

Eat instead of: Peanut brittle

 

7. Paleo Baklava Bars

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Via Cotter Crunch: Easy 3 Step Paleo Baklava Bars

Baklava gets a healthy foodie makeover in these simple bars from Cotter Crunch. Featuring nuts and almond meal instead of the usual buttery phyllo dough, these baklava bars are downright tasty and wholesome. 

Key nutrients: Iron from the walnuts

Eat instead of: Restaurant baklava

 

8. Homemade Chocolate

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Via Our Four Forks: Homemade Chocolate

Grab cupcake liners, a cupcake tin, and a few simple ingredients, and you can make your own chocolate. It’s actually as easy as mixing, pouring, and freezing. Get started with instructions from Our Four Forks. Once you master the basic recipe, you can get creative by adding in your own fillings, including cashews, berries, toasted sesame seeds, dried edamame, bananas…and anything else you can think of.

Key nutrients: Iron from the cocoa powder

Eat instead of: A packaged chocolate bar

 

9. Healthier Turtles

Pitted dates, dark chocolate, and pecan halves deliver all the flavor of your favorite cluster candies without all the fake stuff. Who says you can’t have it all? Make your own healthy candy with help from Nutrition in the Kitchen. This recipe is super simple, and you can pick up all the ingredients you need in any store that sells tempting candy.

Key nutrients: Fiber from the dates

Eat instead of: You guessed it; packaged turtles

 

10. Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberry Compote

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Via Nom Nom Paleo: Panna Cotta with Strawberry Balsamic Compote

Rich, non-dairy panna cotta (Italian for cooked cream) and balsamic strawberry compote meld to form one healthy sweet snack from Nom Nom Paleo. This better-for-you panna cotta tastes like it came straight off the menu of your favorite Italian restaurant. 

Key nutrients: Vitamin C from the strawberries

Eat instead of: Full-fat panna cotta

 

11. Pears + Honey + Greek Yogurt

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Capture all the sweet indulgence of poached pears and cream sauce by eating fresh pears with honey and Greek yogurt. The Greek yogurt in this lightened-up swap adds a healthy dose of protein, and the substitution of fresh pears for poached pears gives you all the fruit’s raw nutrients.

Key nutrients: Fiber from the pears

Eat instead of: Poached pears

 

12. SMASHMALLOW Cinnamon Churro

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These premium marshmallows were made for snacking. Eat them right out of the bag without even a hint of guilt. Smashmallow uses only the best ingredients, including organic sugar, tapioca syrup, and fruit and vegetable juices. One serving of the Cinnamon Churro flavor has only 80 calories.

Key nutrients: A touch of calcium

Eat instead of: Real churros

 

13. Spirulina Chia Pudding and Cashew Yogurt Parfait

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Via Leah’s Plate Spirulina Chia Pudding & Cashew Yogurt Parfait

This power parfait from Leah’s Plate includes spirulina, chia seeds, buckwheat granola, and so many other things that you’ll never find in an average sweet treat. Easy to toss together in seconds, this parfait should definitely make your list of go-to sweet snacks.

Key nutrients: Iron from the spirulina

Eat instead of: Sugar-packed yogurt

 

14. Flat Tummy Superfood Burcha

A classic raw food recipe, a burcha is kind of like a superfood parfait. This particular recipe from Feel the Lean will fuel you like no sugary dessert ever could. This burcha is a healthy sweet snack, but it’s also a nutrient-dense meal in itself.

Key nutrients: Fiber from the buckwheat

Eat instead of: Sugary cereal

 

15. Coconut Yogurt + Mango Chunks

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The combination of rich mango and smooth coconut-based yogurt tastes so creamy and indulgent, you might have a hard time believing it’s vegan and healthy. Keep frozen mango chunks on hand to avoid cubing a mango every time you make this snack. If you want to change things up, dress your yogurt with shredded coconut, banana slices, and macadamia nuts.

Key nutrients: Vitamin A from the mango

Eat instead of: Cheesecake

 

16. Peach “Sundaes”

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Fill a bowl with 1/2 of a fresh peach or a few canned or frozen peach slices. Top the peaches with 1 tablespoon of plain goat cheese, and then drizzle on a teaspoon of honey and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla. Dust everything with cinnamon and snack away. If you’re feeding guests, put everything into wine glasses and garnish with whole vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks. 

Key nutrients: Vitamin C from the peaches

Eat instead of: An ice cream sundae

 

17. Raw Raspberry Reishi Slice

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The reishi mushroom is known for its medicinal qualities; it might help regulate circulation and boost the immune system. This recipe from Peace, Love & Vegetables whips powdered reishi, raspberries, coconut cream, and more into a raw, vegan, layered “ice cream” slice that makes the perfect healthy sweet snack.

Key nutrients: Vitamin C from the raspberries

Eat instead of: Raspberry gelato

 

18. Banana Mug Cake

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Via The Roasted Root: Paleo Banana Bread Mug Cake

The Roasted Root has a fast and easy banana mug cake recipe featuring one entire ripe banana, one egg, and pure maple syrup. Stir all the ingredients up and pop them in the microwave. In less than 5 minutes, you’ll have a cake that’s warm, rich, good for you, and absolutely delicious. This snack is perfect if you have too many ripe bananas and a sweet tooth.

Key nutrients: Vitamin B6 from the banana

Eat instead of: Pound cake

 

19. No-Bake Carrot Cake Bars

Why slave away baking carrot cake when you can make a no-bake, healthier version in a flash. These amazing bars from Happy Healthy Mama get cakey texture from carrots, walnuts, dates, raisins, and pineapple pieces. With all the healthy stuff inside these bars, you can guiltlessly enjoy the best part of carrot cake: cream cheese frosting.

Key nutrients: Vitamin A from the carrots

Eat instead of: Carrot cupcakes

 

20. Enstrom Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee

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If you’re going to eat candy, then make it the best-quality candy you can get your hands on, like the candy made by Enstrom. This Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee is worth at least one hundred of the candies you might be able to find anywhere else. It features healthy almonds, rich buttery toffee, and antioxidant-packed dark chocolate.

Key nutrients: Iron from the dark chocolate and almonds

Eat instead of: Low-quality candy

 

21. Vanilla Avocado Pudding

The Iron You makes a creamy, dreamy avocado pudding using a ripe avocado, chia seeds, almond milk, honey, and vanilla. Just blend all the ingredients to whip up a pudding that’s as easy to make as the instant stuff. This version doesn’t have any ingredients engineered in a lab.

Key nutrients: Potassium from the avocado

Eat instead of: Regular pudding

 

22. Edamame with Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce

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Grab some steam-in-bag edamame, natural peanut butter, and quality dark chocolate, and you have everything you need to make an adventurous sweet snack. Once your edamame is ready, just stir together your peanut butter and dark chocolate and microwave until smooth. (Add a bit of milk and honey if you want to sweeten the mix up. Add a bit of tumeric and cayenne if you want to spice it up.) Dip the edamame in the sauce and enjoy.

Key nutrients: Protein from the edamame

Eat instead of: Chocolate-covered cherries

 

23. Maple Cinnamon Roasted Squash

Sweet squash features in some of our favorite fall side dishes; we see no reason it can’t make the leap into our healthy sweet snacking lives. Follow Naturally Ella’s lead and add maple syrup, cinnamon, and butter to healthy squash to make a snack that’s better than candy.

Key nutrients: Fiber from the squash

Eat instead of: Cake

 

24. Raw Caramel Apple Nachos

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Via Nutrition Stripped: Raw Caramel Apple Nachos

Nutrition Stripped slices apples into rounds and whips up some raw caramel sauce to make a healthy sweet snack. Make it and eat it with zero guilt. Experiment with all the different apple varieties out there until you find your favorite caramel-and-apple pairing.

Key nutrients: Fiber from the apples

Eat instead of: Caramel apples

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25. Secret-Ingredient Frozen Hot Chocolate

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Via My New Roots: Secret Ingredient Frozen Hot Chocolate

Turn your favorite comforting beverage into a healthy frozen sweet snack. Brace yourself; this recipe from My New Roots uses cauliflower to achieve an amazingly creamy texture. You’ve gotta try it to believe it. 

Key nutrients: Vitamin C from the cauliflower

Eat instead of: Hot chocolate from a packet

 

26. No-Bake Pina Colada Fingers

Pack all the flavors of a pina colada into a sweet snack stick you don’t even have to bake. Coconut and dried pineapple feature in these quick-prep treats from Hemsley Hemsley.

Key nutrients: Vitamin B6 from the pineapple

Eat instead of: Coconut cream pie

 

27. Sweet Pea and Ricotta Cupcakes

We all know peas and ricotta make a crazy-good combination when served over pasta. Are you ready to try putting peas and ricotta into your cupcakes? This recipe from the Cupcake Project makes a delightfully green cupcake filled with the nutrients of peas.

Key nutrients: Vitamin K from the peas

Eat instead of: Vanilla cupcakes

 

28. Easy Chocolate Mousse

The Crunchy Radish’s avocado-based mousse is like sweet guacamole, and it’s just as fast and easy to make. Just blend some avocados with a few sweet ingredients, top it with crunchies, and snack.

Key nutrients: Fiber from the avocado

Eat instead of: Chocolate pudding

 

29. Quinoa Porridge

Classic porridge makes an amazing snack when you want something sweet that also has substance. This recipe from Be Smart, Eat Smart calls for quinoa, raspberries, and maca powder. 

Key nutrients: Protein from the quinoa

Eat instead of: Sugary instant oatmeal

 

30. Chia Pudding

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Via Kale Me Maybe: Layered Mocha and Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Chia pudding is something every healthy snacker with a sweet tooth should know about. It’s as easy to make as stirring chia seeds into some flavorful liquid and letting everything sit until the seeds plump up. When everything’s ready, you have a concoction with the creamy texture of your favorite pudding or yogurt. This layered recipe from Kale Me Maybe will spice up your chia pudding game.

Key nutrients: Iron from the chia seeds

Eat instead of: Chocolate pudding

 

31. Blueberry Mint Salad

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Grab blueberries, mint, and greek yogurt, and you’ve got a fast, simple, and sweet snack that has zero guilt and lots of good-for-nutrients. Unlike many other sweet snacks, this one will actually fill you up. Get the recipe from Salad Menu.

Key nutrients: Vitamin C in the blueberries

Eat instead of: Blueberry crumble

 

32. Oatmeal Berry Bite Pistachio Cookies

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SunRype’s healthy, whole wheat, fruit and nut cookies will have you begging for seconds! This healthy cookie recipe is made with SunRype’s FruitSource Bites and is a great snack for on the go. Be sure to get their cookie recipe and reward your tastes buds with this delicious treat!

Key nutrients: Fiber from Chia Seeds & FruitSource Bites

Eat instead of: Chocolate chip cookies

 

What’s your favorite healthy sweet snack? Let us know in the comment section below!

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