Looking for healthier options for your next sweet snack? Graze on our nourishing treats, from energy balls to low-calorie muffins and no bake vegan flapjacks.
Our top healthy sweet snacks
Check out this super-easy recipe for coconut butter, date and cranberry energy balls. They have a great natural sweetness from the fruit and a crunchy texture thanks to the nuts.
These dairy-free breakfast bars use dates and nut butter to bind everything together. Experiment with different seeds and nuts in your next batch of flapjacks, and use agave syrup for a vegan version.
3. Fruity toots
Full of natural sweetness instead of refined sugar, these little bites are made of dates, raisins, nuts and dried apricots, all mixed up with seeds and apple juice then rolled into individual balls. Serve each bite-sized treat in a mini cupcake case.
Try our recipe for low-fat coconut, banana and raspberry muffins. This recipe is super quick and easy to make, and it comes in under 160 calories per serving – a great mid-morning snack.
5. Energy balls
These energy balls are great to have before exercise, or as an afternoon snack. The simple sugars in the fruits offer an instant pick me up, and the nuts and oats will give you a slow release of energy. We’ve made three flavours but you can create your own using the same idea. Chill until needed. They will keep for five days.
Make these fruity almond muffins for an energising breakfast or snack. Bananas and yogurt keep them moist, while the butter, ground almonds and oats make them filling. No added sugar means you’re getting the day off to a good start, too.
Looking for a nutritious sweet treat? Bake a batch of our healthy muesli cookies made with wholemeal flour, rapeseed oil and a touch of honey for sweetness.
Tracey Raye is the health editor for olive and BBC Good Food. Tracey, MSc, is a registered nutritionist, holding a master’s degree in Personalised Nutrition. She is passionate about harnessing the power of all things health and well-being – in a way that enhances, rather than limits our lives. She covers our nourishing recipes and collections, oversees our health strategy and stays adrift of the latest health and lifestyle trends in order to bring you the tools and inspiration you need to find what health means for you.