The Best Naturally Sweetened Treats Recipes
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23 May The Best Naturally Sweetened Treats Recipes

There’s no doubt that a health craze has taken over London at the moment. Everywhere we look we see smoothie bars, green juices in every cafe, and salads galore. And of course, all that can be great… but sometimes we need something sweet to hit that craving. If you’re looking to cut down your sugar intake or simply want to switch to a healthier alternative, try some of these dessert recipes which are sweetened naturally rather than with refined sugar.

Refined sugar can come with all sorts of negative side effects – we’ve all known this for a long time, but when your tastebuds get tingling it can be all too tempting to pass up on that chocolate bar or slice of cake. Aside from contributing towards weight gain and obesity, there are the added disease risks of regularly consuming far too much sugar. Diabetes, heart diseases, and cancer are all extreme side effects which can either be caused by or contributed to by too much of the delicious devil.

The Best Naturally Sweetened Treats Recipes

Aside from lowering disease risks and whether or not you want to lose weight, it’s been proven that cutting down refined sugar can help you feel better and improve your general wellbeing. No more sugar crashes, rapid peaking and dropping in energy levels, unusual fluctuating hunger, or dangerously high or low blood sugar levels. How the body metabolizes the sugar in fruit is different from how it metabolizes refined sugar. Because of how quickly artificial sugar is digested and broken down, you don’t feel full after eating and it causes your insulin and blood sugar levels to soar. Contrary to this, natural sugars break down much more slowly, giving you a slower release of energy throughout the day and helping you feel full more easily.

Don’t get us wrong – sweetening things naturally by using items such as fruit (fresh or dried), dates, honey, agave syrup, or juices still do contain natural sugar – but they’re ultimately better than consuming refined sugar. Many items containing natural sugar such as fruit also have additional nutritional benefits such as vitamins and minerals. Eaten as part of a balanced diet, these sweet treat recipes below can truly brighten up your day without the added guilt. If you’re not up to baking, you could pop by Brownie Box bakery near our salon in Earls Court and pick up one of their delicious maple sweetened Paleo Cookies. So tasty!

 

1. Strawberry Cupcakes

(sweetened with honey)

2. Chocolate and Peanut Butter Swirl Fudge

(sweetened with honey and maple syrup)

3. Warm Banana Bread

(sweetened with fruit)

4. Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

(sweetened with maple syrup)

5. Brownies With A Twist

(sweetened with dates and applesauce)

6. Vegan Chocolate Cake

(sweetened with applesauce)

7. Gluten Free Pumpkin Spiced Waffles

(sweetened with maple syrup)

 

Photo credit – Product (Paleo Cookies):

Brownie Box.