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Reaching for the Jumbo Bag of Halloween Candy? Try These Healthy Desserts Instead

There are people who would choose salty over sweet any day of the week. But we are not those people. And if you’re reading this, we’re guessing you’re not, either.

Between pumpkin spice lattes, apple fritters at the farmers market, and jumbo bags of Halloween candy flooding grocery store shelves, October is both a sugar lover’s paradise and a nightmare. On the one hand, everyone should indulge in a warm, gooey slice of pumpkin bread every now and then. But on the other hand, you can’t stop at just one not-so-fun-sized Snickers.

And that’s before the holidays even begin.

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a handful (or two) of caramel apple kettle corn, eating sweets in moderation is essential to a healthy, well-rounded diet. So if you’re looking to get your sugar fix guilt-free, we’ve got you. Here are a few healthy ways to satisfy your sweet tooth.


Dark Chocolate

Sure, eating chocolate sounds like an obvious way to satisfy your sugar craving, but research continues to tell us that in small doses, cocoa consumption can have a positive impact on your heart. The key is opting for dark chocolate that is at least 70% cacao, and limiting yourself to one or two small pieces per serving.


Baked Apples

Baked apples taste like a warm hug on a chilly fall day. They taste like the inside of an apple pie, minus the added sugar and fat. Missing the crust? Make a light oat or granola crumble topping for another layer of flavor.


Frozen Chocolate-Covered Banana

These chilly treats are perfect for when you need something sweet in a pinch. In less than five minutes, you can slice a banana, melt some chocolate, and drizzle the chocolate on the banana slices, giving you a simple yet decadent dessert in no time. You can also sprinkle the bananas with your favorite toppings before the chocolate has set, like crushed peanuts, coconut flakes, or sprinkles.


Raw Vegan Cookie Dough

What’s the only thing better than sitting down with a bowl of cookie dough after a long day? Sitting down with a bowl of cookie dough, knowing that you won’t feel bad about eating the whole thing later. This vegan cookie dough recipe doesn’t contain any raw flour or eggs, so you won’t risk getting salmonella. Unlike traditional cookie dough recipes, it’s made with whole ingredients that are rich in healthy fats, protein, and iron.


Upgraded Brownies

Sometimes, only a brownie will do – but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your day’s diet for a bite of your favorite dessert. These whole-wheat avocado brownies use heart-healthy avocados in place of butter, saving you an extra serving of unhealthy fats.

From the fresh fruit smoothies at our juice bar to the better-for-you snacks in our Emporium, we make it easy for our customers to treat themselves (better). We’re open Mon-Fri (8 am-3 pm) and Sat (8 am-2 pm)!