When you're hankering for dessert but it's 3 p.m. (#beenthere), reach for one of these healthy sweet snacks. Each will satisfy cravings causing a big sugar crash.
4-Ingredient Flourless Protein Brownies
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Brownies feel more like a dessert han a snack—until you realize these are made with bananas, nut butter, and protein powder. The healthy sweet snack packs in 15 grams of protein per serving and are gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan. Plus the brownies have zero refined sugar! (Try these tasty Mediterranean diet snacks, too.)
Get the recipe: 4-Ingredient Flourless Protein Brownies
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Healthy Peanut Butter Mug Cake
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Brown rice flour, a flax egg, and peanut butter create a cake that tastes great and is good for you too. Pro tip: Bring containers of the pre-measured wet and dry ingredients to work and cook these in the office microwave for an almost-instant healthy sweet snack. (Related: Healthy Mug Recipes to Make In Your Microwave Right Now)
Get the recipe: Healthy Peanut Butter Mug Cake
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Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
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At just 100 calories per serving, this homemade granola bar is the perfect size for a snack. Oats, whole-wheat flour, brown sugar, and ground ginger create the crust, which is then filled with strawberries. (Related: Irresistible Recipes for Protein and Energy Balls)
Get the recipe: Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
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Craving something warm with a fruity finish? Top a toasted whole-wheat waffle (go DIY or buy!) with a tablespoon of real fruit preserves or jam for a sweet, soul-warming treat. (Related: Healthy Waffle Recipes to Start Your Weekend Right)
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Healthier Puppy Chow
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3-Ingredient Fruit Roll-Ups
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Homemade fruit leather is like the adult version of Fruit by the Foot. Your favorite fruit, honey, and lemon juice are the only ingredients required, and this crowd-pleasing healthy sweet snack has only about 20 calories per roll.
Get the recipe: 3-Ingredient Fruit Roll-Ups
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Clean Eating Almond Butter Fudge
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Like peach cobbler? Then you'll love this lower-sugar snack. Slice up a whole peach and drizzle with a tablespoon of agave nectar for an extra hint of oozy sweetness packed with potassium and vitamin C. For more satisfying protein, top with a scoop of Greek yogurt.
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Apples with Cinnamon Yogurt Dip
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What has fiber, calcium, potassium, and protein with cinnamon all over? This healthy sweet snack. To make the no-recipe recipe, simply combine a dash of cinnamon with vanilla Greek yogurt, then dunk in dried apple rings or fresh apple slices.
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A cup of halved grapes is a tasty snack as-is, but gets even better once drizzled with a sweet topping like honey (aim for about a tablespoon). This healthy sweet snack comes with a beauty bonus: the skins of red grapes are a natural source of the powerful skin-saving antioxidant resveratrol.