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Thursday Treats 11.1.12

Posted Nov 01 2012 1:00am
It's post-Halloween, but the need for sweets or sweet things tends to be present year-round. At least for me, this is the case. For Spencer, I feel like this is more than just year-round 'cause his sweet tooth is of epic proportions. This was our recent conversation on Google chat.

basically gone are the days of me just baking random chocolate shit for fun
i will not and cannot do that
we will eat substituted treats when we feel like we need one...
the hell we will
we will eat your healthy food for meals, substituted PB and what not
but when I want a treat, it will be a treat dammit

We are so serious. With that said, he is not here right now and I will have some healthified treats, thanks to my FitFluential family.

Below are some healthier versions of desserts so that you can have your cake and eat it, too. I also don't like that maxim 'cause why would I have cake and not eat it? In any event, click, pin, love, share, and try the recipes below! Send me an e-mail with your favorite healthy recipes for Thursday Treats!


Healthy Almond Joys

Photo courtesy of A Doctor in the House
Not only are you getting some candy that's good for you, but you're also getting some protein. Andrea of A Doctor in the House uses some chocolate protein powder for this candy recipe, if you can even call it candy. Coconut oil and unsweetened coconut make this extra island-y.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Photo courtesy of Making Good Choices
Contrary to popular belief, just because oatmeal is included in the recipe does not make it healthy. This cookie, however, is an exception. This uses half the butter regular recipes entail and adds in some chia seeds and substitutes dark chocolate. Thank you, Nicole of Making Good Choices , for this recipe!

Photo courtesy of Gabby's Gluten-Free
The combination of chocolate and caramel is so sinfully good that I am out of metaphors to describe it. Gabby of Gabby's Gluten-Free uses coconut milk and dates to get the caramel mixture extra thick and gooey. Yes, in this case, caramel can be good for you. Gabby warns that they disappear quickly.
Yeast-free Sticky Cinnamon Rolls

Photo courtesy of The Fit Cookie
Sarah ( The Fit Cookie ) has bestowed upon us a gift: these gluten-free, yeast-free, dairy-free (and almost every other kind of -free) cinnamon rolls, topped with a gooey honey (or maple syrup for vegans) and coconut oil topping. Dates make the filling sweet and rich. Try these this weekend.
Apple Cinnamon Crumb Muffins
Photo courtesy of Ari's Menu
Just another thing to add to your brunch arsenal: these apple cinnamon crumb muffins, courtesy of Ari from Ari's Menu . She made a ton of substitutions, including using less sugar, using whole wheat flour and reduced fat buttermilk, and substituting apple sauce for canola oil. Even with half the streusel topping she attests to its deliciousness.
Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies
Photo courtesy of Foodie Fiasco
This brownie is (prepare yourself): gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free, and grain-free. There are only 23 calories per brownie. Yes. 23. That number is real for this batch of brownies. There is also only a little over a gram of fat per serving, so why not go to town (kinda) on these? Kelly of Foodie Fiasco would be okay with it.
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