Desperately Seeking Sugar


Trying to find healthy treats that taste as good as sugary, carb-loaded and fattening treats is hard. Potentially an impossibility.

First, there are all the trickster foods in the stores. Items that gloat about being naturally fat free are often loaded up with sugar. In the context of chemical makeup, sugar is not a fat, but thinking you will be fat free after eating those things is false.

I’m not even going to talk about carbs.

Healthy eating for lunches and dinners isn’t that tough. Savory doesn’t require sugar and fat in the way that sweet treats do. This is where I’m having trouble. Recently, I’ve leaned on the interwebs for suggestions. Namely, Pinterest. I’ve tried several different recipes that are purported to be healthy, non-fattening or “skinny.”

There was the Clean-Eating Peach Crumble, which was an attempt to create a pseudo-Peach Cobbler without the butter and sugar. I actually tried this one twice – the second time making sure to use fresh Georgia peaches and adjusting the amount of almond extract. Round two was improved, and both were fine. But they weren’t great. It wasn’t Peach Cobbler and it felt like it was missing something. Tall Guy and I both think ice cream would have made it exponentially better… but, you know. Ice cream.

Peach Crumble

(Clean Peach Crumble, Round 1)

Obsessed with Peach Cobbler (basically the only thing we remember from our blink-and-you-missed-it stop through Savannah in June), I then went for a Mini Peach Cobbler recipe. Full of all the good stuff, but in small portions. Results? Um, DELICIOUS. And so easy to make. Unfortunately, they’re only about 3 bites. So we immediately had seconds. The other night I warmed up a plate of three… and then put ice cream on top. Purpose of MINI cobblers defeated.

This morning I tried out Banana Oatmeal Muffins. No sugar and no flour. They were easy to put together and I have nearly all the ingredients on hand at all times (had to pick up flax seed and Greek yogurt). Now, there is a significant possibility that my food processor wasn’t working at its best. The recipe dictates that you process until the oats are “smooth.” That was never going to happen. Also, looking back at the recipe, I just realized that I completely skipped adding an ingredient (baking soda). So perhaps I shouldn’t mention my current thoughts? Eh, I’m going to, anyway. The flavor is fairly good. The consistency is odd, but that may have more to do with the lack of baking soda than the lack of flour. I added pecans, which was a nice touch, but they’re still not quite as sweet as you expect banana muffins to be. (Also, I’m comparing these to my grandmother’s recipe with includes all the normal butter, sugar, flour… AND cream)

User error aside, neither of these healthy treats fully satisfied my sweet tooth. Last week I intended to try Skinny Vanilla Bean Donuts, but I can’t find vanilla bean paste ANYWHERE. I think I’m going to end up ordering it online.

In the meantime, I’m on the hunt for healthy sweets recipes that taste like the real thing (and hoping that “healthy sweets” isn’t a complete oxymoron).

Please, if you have the answers (recipes), let me know in the comments, below!


  • Laura @ Life with Lolo
    August 19, 2015

    Oh man do I feel your pain with my Whole30 thing right now. Especially with the BF eating peanut butter cups in my face. Jerk. The best thing I’ve found (that was Whole30 compliant) was fresh cut strawberries with a little bit of coconut cream (or any low call whip or milk) and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Also, dried fruits tend to be sweeter in taste too, I bought some dried mangos at Trader Joes and those have been good for a little treat now and then.

    • Jeans and a Tank Top
      August 19, 2015

      Oooh! Fresh strawberries with low-cal whip sounds delish! But Laura, what is coconut cream? I mean, I’ve heard of the oil, milk, water… cream? Please ‘splain!

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