Whether you love sweet treats or savory snacks, we all have that guilty (not-so-healthy) pleasure. And when the craving kicks in, it's hard to ignore it - regardless of how healthy you usually eat. Luckily, there are some mastermind bloggers who have created healthy recipes for snacking that will leave you wanting more. Indulging while eating healthy? Count us in.
1. Banana Ice Cream You'll Need: Frozen banana, additional fruits (optional)
Throw the banana in a blender and you've got yourself some vitamin-filled ice cream! The consistency of smoothly blended banana is crazily close to regular ice cream, so you'll get that fix in for something cold and sweet. Plus, you'll get a healthy dose of fiber - something your average ice cream can't do. Try customizing your DIY dessert with extra fruits, cocoa powder, flax seed, vanilla extract or honey.
Some of Our Favorite Banana Ice Cream Recipes: Blueberry Banana Ice Cream by Divine Healthy Food (above) Avocado Banana Ice Cream by Thrifty Decor ChickStrawberry Banana Ice Cream by Skinny Mom Skinny Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Yogurt by Mostly Homemade Mom Raspberry Banana Ice Cream by Create N Plate
2. Roasted Chick Peas You'll Need: Can of chick peas (garbanzo beans), olive oil, spices
If you're one for savory bites, you'll adore this super easy snack. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F. While that's heating up, drain the chick peas and pat them dry. Toss them in a bowl with some olive oil and spices of your choice. Even just a few dashes of pepper will taste delicious! Lay them out on a foil-lined cookie sheet, and pop them in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until brown. Don't forget to turn them over halfway to ensure even cooking. The end result? A bowl full of crunchy, addicting chick peas full of fiber, protein and folate.
Some of Our Favorite Roasted Chick Pea Recipes: Roasted BBQ Chick Peas by The Connection We Share(above)Balsamic Roast Chick Peas by The Chic LifeRanch Roasted Chick Peas by Maebells Chili Lime Roasted Chick Peas by This Chick Cooks Honey Cinnamon Chick Peas by Hannah's Gluten Free Adventure
3. Fruit Leather You'll Need: Fruit
Fruit leather is an extremely healthy snack choice for all the candy lovers out there. It's essentially homemade fruit roll-ups, but the kind that's actually good for you. No food coloring, no high-fructose corn syrup and no excuse to not make it. Just pre-heat your oven to about 150 degrees F (or the lowest it can go), and line a cookie sheet with a Slipmat or parchment paper. Next, puree the fruit of your choice until extremely smooth. Pour the puree into the pan, smoothing out with a spatula. Pop it in the oven for 6-8 hours, depending on the recipe. The mixture will turn into a leathery consistency, packed with vitamins and all-natural flavoring.
Some of Our Favorite Fruit Leather Recipes: Mango Fruit Roll-Ups by Just a Taste (above)Homemade Strawberry Fruit Leather by PopSugar Plum Fruit Leather by Natasha's KitchenNaturally Sweetened Blueberry Fruit Roll-Ups by Sugar Free Mom Spiced Sweet Potato Apple Fruit Leather by Savory Lotus
4. Baked Veggie Chips You'll Need: Vegetables, olive oil, spices
One might argue that normal potato chips are technically vegetable chips, but let's talk nutritional value. When it comes to vegetables, there are much healthier alternatives that provide taste and nutrition at once. To make baked veggie chips, you'll need to pre-heat your oven to about 400 degrees F, but this may differ depending on the vegetable. Next, thinly slice your vegetables. Leafy greens like spinach and kale won't need to be cut any further. Toss the slices in olive oil, or brush it on if you're using something like eggplants. Add some spices and put them in the oven for 10-30 minutes (again, this will differ for each vegetable). Don't forget to flip them halfway through for even baking. Once they're done, you'll have a healthy, savory snack full of vitamins. That bag of potato chips will be so jealous.
Some of Our Favorite Baked Veggie Chip Recipes: Kale Chips (A Honey Good Recipe)(above) Baked Eggplant Chips by Kitchen Psycho Italian Herb Baked Spinach Chips by iFood.tvBaked Zucchini Chips by Vittles and BitsCarrot Chips by PopSugar Fitness
5. Frozen Yogurt-Covered Fruit You'll Need: Fruit, Yogurt
While you can easily buy yogurt-covered fruit in stores, most of these variations tend to have added sugar and preservatives. The frozen homemade variation is not only easy to make, but it's right up there with banana ice cream. These sweet and frozen treats can satisfy that sweet tooth without piling on the sugar and calories. Start off by slicing bigger fruits (like peaches) into bite-sized pieces, and leave smaller fruits (like blueberries) as is. Dip the fruit into yogurt and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment in the freezer. Let them hang out until the yogurt has completely hardened. To make it naturally sweeter, mix honey with the yogurt. How's that for simple and sweet?
Some of Our Favorite Frozen Yogurt-Covered Fruit Recipes: Mixed Frozen Yogurt Bites by Brit + Co (above) Frozen Yogurt Raspberries by The Happy Gal Frozen Yogurt Covered Strawberries by Stockpiling Moms Honey Yogurt Covered Grapes by Rabbit Food for My Bunny TeethFrozen Banana Bites Covered in Strawberry Yogurt by Sweet As Honey