Ugh junk food. I love it, I crave it., I dream of it and usually, I avoid it. But there are some days where I just cannot resist the urge to cram a cheeseburger down my throat or eat my weight in chocolate.
I had one of those days recently and after the post-gorge guilt finally subsided I started looking for ways to unjunk my junk food.
I mean, just because I want to stay healthy doesn’t mean I want to deprive myself or torture myself by restricting what indulgences I can, well, indulge in.
And it turns out there is a plethora of healthy junk food recipes just waiting to be devoured!
Words cannot express how truly elated I was to find these recipes or how badly I want to bear-hug each blogger who posted each of the healthy junk food recipes.
So how can one snack while staying svelty? Read on and get ready to salivate.
One of my faaaaavourite sweet indulgences is cheesecake. Mmm so rich and creamy and awesome and bad for you.
Well no more, thanks to the lovely Chocolate Covered Katie and her mouth-watering banana split cheesecake bites!
All you need is:
- 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup of mashed bananas (make sure you’re measuring AFTER you’ve mashed)
- 1 tablespoon of sugar (or 1 stevia packet)
- 1/16 teaspoon of sea salt (such a small amount, but necessary)
- 1/3 cup raw cashew or coconut butter
Once you have rounded up your ingredients, simply:
- blend all of your ingredients together in a food processor (aff link?)
- taste-test your mixture (obviously)
- pour the batter into cupcake liners or funky cookie pans (amazon aff link)
- freeze until hard
- top with your favourite fruit – I personally loooove raspberries or blueberries
- store in your freezer
Then just simply grab one (or three…just kidding…sorta) each time you have a sweet craving.
Not only is it a healthy alternative to store-bought sweets but you are using wholesome ingredients that won’t cause you to crash from a sugar high.
This Sh*t is Bananas!
If cheesecake really isn’t your thing but you still have a hankering for something sweet, reach for a banana.
I know, it doesn’t sound as sexy as cheesecake but with a banana, some lemon juice, salt and cinnamon you can make yourself some seriously tasty banana chips that not only taste better than those stale, fried banana chips you find in the bulk section, but they are actually good for you.
Before we get into the uber-easy recipe, I have to give it up to Rainy Day Gal for rocking my whole world with her oh-so-simple banana chips recipe.
All you need is:
- 2 bananas
- a few tablespoons of lemon juice (slightly diluted with water)
- sea salt
Easy enough, right? From there just:
- slice your banana into thin pieces (about 1/8”) so the moisture can bake out
- brush your slices with your diluted lemon juice
- lightly sprinkle with cinnamon and sea salt
- evenly space them out on a big baking sheet
- bake at 250F for 2 hours, turning over after 1.5 hours
- allow them to cool and crisp up for about 30-60 minutes after coming out of the oven
And that’s that! They make not be as crunchy as the banana chips you buy in the store but they also aren’t fatting, full of oil or expensive to make. Win!
Coo Coo for Cocoa
I heart chocolate but I hate the calories. Fortunately, there are bloggers out there who understand a girl’s need for chocolate sans guilt – like Sexy Food Therapy and her avocado pudding.
Ew avocado pudding? Yes avocado pudding…that tastes like chocolate!
I’m not kidding. This simple recipe actually tastes like chocolate pudding and what’s better, is completely healthy! Cue the freakin’ angels singing!
All you need is:
- 1 avocado
- 1 tablespoon pure cocoa powder
- pure maple syrup (to taste)
- a pinch of sea salt
From there you simply:
- mash up (or blend in a food processor) your avocado until it is creamy and smooth
- stir in cocoa powder and mix until well combined
- mix in the maple syrup to your desired sweetness (I usually start with 1/2 tablespoon and move up from there)
- sprinkle in the salt and give it all one last stir.
If I’m feeling extra sassy that day, I’ll top my pudding off with some toasted walnuts or pecans or even some raspberries.
Not only are you flooding your body with that sweet sweet chocolate flavour but you are also nourishing your system with healthy fats and oils.
Now that is a guilt-free indulgence if you ask me.
Indulging Your Salt Tooth
If we can have a sweet tooth, surely we can have a salt tooth, right? I mean, I definitely have a salt tooth!
Usually when my salt cravings kick in (read: every damn night) I try and stay away from the chips by reaching for the…kale.
I know, it just doesn’t sound sexy but let me tell you, it’s freakin’ tasty!
To make my kale chips I use:
- a bunch of kale
- a pinch of garlic salt
- a pinch of onion salt
- olive oil
- parchment paper
- cookie sheet
All I do is:
- preheat the oven to 400F
- wash the kale and chop it up into big-bite sized pieces
- toss it in a bowl and drizzle olive oil over the leaves
- add a big pinch of both onion and garlic salt
- toss a lid on the bowl and shake the sh*t out of it
- line the cookie sheet with parchment paper
- once evenly covered pour the leaves onto the parchment paper-covered cookie sheet
- spread it out evenly and put it in the oven for 10 minutes (12-13 for crispier)
Et voila! A healthy, yet salt-tooth-satisfying, alternative to fat-laden potato chips.
Now I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking my junk food habit just got a lot more healthy!
Got any healthy junk food recipes of your own you care to share? Dish ‘em in the comment section below!
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