SUGAR!!! The food group we all love to hate. We crave it, dream about it, all while trying to avoid it. I will admit it’s my weakness. I have a major sweet tooth. During the holidays I let my sweet tooth have all the fun. However, over the past week as I’ve tried to get back into my normal healthy habits, my heightened desire to eat chocolate has lingered. Day after day I’ve told myself, “Today I am going to just say no. Just one day to break the habit.” Sound familiar?
I talk a lot about balance here at Life in Spandex. I urge you to give in to your cravings regularly in a responsible way. And I mean it! However, if you’re eating a clean diet the majority of the time, your sweet tooth should be manageable. Lately however, mine has been screaming at me 24/7. Cue the sentence where most would tell you to cut out grains, legumes, fruit, honey, pure maple syrup, etc. This is not the year for restriction, ladies! When my cravings are a little, well, out of control, I just find healthier ways to satisfy them and let my plant-based diet do the rest.
One way to kick the sugar cravings? Find an alternative. Trying to battle the devil on your shoulder that tells you to finish off a bag of peanut m&m’s is a lot of work. Sometimes it can completely take over your whole evening! Two scenarios happen – 1) Your mind bounces from, “I really want those dark chocolate almonds. How can I distract myself? Maybe I’ll have just a couple. But, I should probably refrain all together. Maybe I should take a bath. But I don’t really want to. Screw it, you only live once, right? No but I made myself a promise.” OR 2) You search around the cabinets and in the refrigerator for something to take the edge off. “A-ha! Maybe some frozen banana will do the trick. Hmm didn’t quite do it. How about some peanut butter? Oh and a handful of low-sugar granola, perfect. Just don’t eat the chocolate.” 500 extra calories later you’ve avoided the chocolate but you’ve eaten the rest of your kitchen instead!
In my pursuit to cut back on added sugars, I came up with a low-carb, high-protein, refined sugar-free recipe for Fluffy Whoopie Pies! They make for a perfect mid-afternoon snack, post-workout treat, or after-dinner sweet. With only 200 calories, 5.5 grams of fat, 11 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of sugar, and a whopping 16 grams of protein, if these don’t take the edge off, well, then sista, we have a problem.
Fluffy, Creamy, and Oh So Healthy Whoopie Pie Recipe
Makes 3 cookie sandwiches
2 scoops vegan protein powder
2 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup egg whites
1 tbsp Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread
Stevia to taste (if you don’t like the taste of Stevia, you can sub with a little honey or 100% pure maple syrup)
1/2 cup non-fat, plain Greek, Almond, or Coconut Yogurt
1 tbsp 100% pure maple syrup
1tsp vanilla extract
Stevia if you want to add a little more sweetness
- Combine protein powder, coconut flour, PB2, cinnamon and baking powder in a small to medium bowl (depending on how many batches you’re making).
- Melt Earth Balance in the microwave for 15 seconds. Combine with egg whites and stevia in a separate medium bowl.
- Slowly mix in the dry ingredients to the wet until fully combined.
- Separate into 6 equal sized balls. Place on a baking sheet sprayed with coconut oil cooking spray and pat the cookies into flat rounds.
- Bake for 7-10 minutes or until just slightly golden brown. Be careful not to overcook or they will end up being dry.
- Let cookies completely cool.
- Combine all the filling ingredients together.
- Once the cookies have cooled, spoon equal amounts of filling onto three of the cookies. Top with the remaining three cookies.
- Eat up!
How do you fight an out-of-control sweet tooth? Tell me in the comment box below!
Health and happiness,