Healthy Eating

10 Quick Sweet Snack Ideas to Beat Lockdown Sugar Cravings

These snacks prove that healthy eating can be totally easy and delicious.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

Craving something sweet? We hear ya — sugar cravings are common, especially during times of increased stress, but they can become frustrating when we are trying our hardest to steer clear of sugary foods. But, here’s the thing — when sugar cravings come on, you don’t have to completely deprive yourself. With these ten healthy sweet snacks, you can satisfy that sweet tooth, nourish your body, and banish sugar cravings all at the same time. 

You in? Read on for our top ten favorite healthy sweet snacks to beat pesky cravings. 

10 Healthy Sweet Snacks to Combat Sugar Cravings

#1 Pitted Dates With Almond Butter 

Dates are basically nature’s candy — they are super sweet, but come without the refined sugar we find in store-bought treats. Plus, dates pack in a nutritional punch too. 

They are rich in:

  • Fiber
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin B6
  • Iron 

Try enjoying a pitted Medjool date or two with a teaspoon of almond butter and a pinch of sea salt. It’s one of those healthy sweet snacks that will make you think you’re eating candy but without the guilt. 

#2 Berries & Coconut Cream 

Have some extra berries stocked in your fridge or freezer? Now’s the time to use them. Berries make for a yummy healthy sweet treat and, when paired with some coconut cream, really taste like dessert. 

All you need is a can of full-fat unsweetened coconut milk and a splash of vanilla — whip it all up in a blender or food processor and enjoy a dollop with a bowl of mixed berries. 

#3 DIY Trail Mix

When we’re craving sweets, turning to something high in protein and healthy fat is a great way to promote satiety, while also keeping blood sugar levels in check. 

If you have some nuts and seeds sitting in your pantry, try making one of our go-to healthy sweet snacks by whipping up a batch of DIY trail mix. 

Here are some of our favorite trail mix ingredients: 

  • Almonds 
  • Cashews
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Raw cacao nibs
  • Unsweetened raisins 

#4 Homemade Energy Bites 

If you find yourself craving something sweet in the middle of the day, it may just be your body telling you that you need to refuel on some nutrient-dense energizing foods to help you power through the day. 

Enter homemade energy bites — all you need is a handful of ingredients and a blender or food processor to make these tasty snack bites. 

Here’s a quick and filling energy bite recipe to get you started. 

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 15 pitted Medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt 
  • A splash of water, if needed

Add the almonds and dates to a food processor and process until the mixture comes together. 

Add the remaining ingredients, adding a splash of water if needed. 

Set in the freezer for 10 minutes and then roll into bite-sized rounds. 

Store leftovers in the fridge. 

#5 Guilt-free Strawberry Shake 

Turns out, healthy sweet snacks can taste pretty close to the real deal. And, if you’re a big milkshake fan, this one’s for you. 

Try blending up a guilt-free strawberry shake using these ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup full-fat unsweetened Greek yogurt (sub almond or coconut milk yogurt for a dairy-free option) 
  • 1 tbsp raw honey 
  • 1 scoop of collagen protein (optional)

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. 

Enjoy! 

#6 Chocolate “Nice Cream” 

More of a soft-serve ice cream fan? We got you — this chocolate “nice cream” recipe makes eating “ice cream” something you can actually feel pretty darn good about. It’s a dairy, gluten, and refined sugar-free version of the traditional bowl of ice cream many of us crave. 

Here’s what you need to make it. 

  • 2 frozen bananas 
  • 1 tbsp raw unsweetened cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • Splash of unsweetened almond milk 
  • For topping: walnuts, pecans, raw cacao nibs, shredded coconut 

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until the mixture turns into a soft-serve ice cream consistency. 

Top with desired toppings and enjoy. 

#7 Granola Yogurt Parfait 

You can also turn healthy sweet snacks into convenient options to grab and go on busy days. 

Try making this yogurt parfait the night before to have as an easy snack option the next day — you’ll thank yourself when those afternoon sugar cravings come on strong, and you have something quick and readily available to munch on.

Here’s how to make it. 

  • 1 cup full-fat unsweetened Greek yogurt (sub almond or coconut yogurt for a dairy-free option) 
  • ¼ cup gluten or grain-free granola (like Purely Elizabeth’s Brand) 
  • 1 cup fresh berries 
  • Drizzle of raw honey 

Simply add the yogurt to the bottom of a serving bowl or glass and top with the granola, berries, and a drizzle of raw honey. 

Enjoy! 

#8 Half of a Grapefruit With a Handful of Almonds  

Need a healthy snack in a pinch? Fruit always makes a great healthy option when you’re craving something sweet. Try half of a grapefruit with a handful of almonds for some added healthy fat. 

You’ll bust cravings, nourish your body, and give your body that little boost it needs until your next meal. 

#9 Dark Chocolate With Strawberries

Say what? Chocolate as a healthy snack? Yep, we’re talking about the 70% or darker dark chocolate, and we’re big fans of it. 

Dark chocolate is:

  • Packed with antioxidants
  • A great source of magnesium 
  • Rich in iron

While, of course, it’s important to eat even the healthy unsweetened dark chocolate in moderation, having a small piece with a side of strawberries is one of those healthy sweet snacks that truly tastes like dessert. 

#10 Chia Pudding With Fruit 

Take a healthy spin on the traditional sugary pudding with this chia pudding recipe that packs in:

  • Fiber
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Protein
  • Healthy fat

It’s easy to make and super filling, making it a great healthy snack to combat cravings. 

Here’s what you’ll need. 

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup 
  • For topping: fresh fruit, almonds, raw cacao nibs 

Add the milk, chia seeds, and maple syrup to a mixing bowl or mason-style jar and whisk well. 

Set in the fridge for at least 4 hours before serving. 

Split into two servings and top with desired toppings. 

Enjoy! 

Bust Cravings & Nourish Your Body One Healthy Snack at a Time 

Healthy eating doesn’t mean we have to give up all of our favorite treats — we just have to come up with healthier alternatives. 

So, if you’re looking to spice up your snack routine, experiment with some of these healthy sweet snacks. 

They are nourishing, filling, and may be exactly what you need to satisfy a sweet tooth and beat sugar cravings during this stressful time.