Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Five Naturally Sweet Treats to Satisfy a Sweet Tooth

Often, after a lesson I've taught to kids about cooking healthy foods, I get closing questions like these:

 "Can we bake cupcakes next time?"
 "Can we make ice cream?"
 "Can we make brownies?" 

Since our program is about eating nutritiously on a budget, the answer is no. With time, the kids don't ask to make so many desserts--they learn to love cooking delicious real food. 

However, I love sugar as much as they do.  The chocolaty, sweet treats are what catch my eye on my Pinterest feed.  And I can't resist the desserts section of cookbooks.

The problem is that sugar is addictive, can cause weight gain and tooth decay, increases our risk of developing chronic diseases, and suppresses the immune system. So even though it's so much fun to make sugary treats, I'm trying to do less of it. 

Thus, I've been on a healthy treats kick; trying to create things that satisfy my sweet tooth, but without added fat and sugar, and still nutrition-packed.  Thankfully, it's just as fun to make these treats as it is to bake traditional cookies or brownies.

Here are the links to some simple recipes I've adapted and concocted that contain no refined sugar,  no refined grains, and no fats like butter or oil. Most use the healthiest sweetener--the sweetener that occurs naturally in fruits. Unlike a lot of healthy treat recipes, they require fairly affordable ingredients that are usually kept in a well-stocked pantry (like the garbanzo beans used in those cookies!).

You'll also want to see our Pinterest Board of healthy treats. You'll find ideas for how to turn the best treat (fruit!) into beautiful desserts. 

Also, here is our class calendar for May. You'll learn to create such delicious meals you might not even want a sweet treat!

How do you satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way? Comment below!


Make these brownie bites sweetened with dates, or these oatmeal treats sweetened with banana and applesauce.

Banana "Ice Cream"
Healthy Brownie Bites
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls*
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies*
Wholesome Oatmeal Treats

*These two recipes contain some refined sugar in the chocolate chips.

May Public Classes

Thursday, May 7 @ 7 p.m.
Creating Healthy Family Meals: Create a Fruity Dessert
Lehi Library
Lehi City Library, 120 N. Center St, Lehi

Monday, May 11 @ 11 a.m.
USU Extension, 100 E Center St, Provo, Room L700
Mommy & Me (by registration only)

Creative in the Kitchen
The Salty Six:  How to reduce sodium in your diet.
Springville Public Library
45 S Main, Springville

Thursday, May 14 @5:30 p.m.
Garden to Table: Troubleshooting in the Garden/Composting
South Franklin Community Center
770 S 700 W, Provo
Free-but please register

Friday, May 15 @ 11 a.m.
Create a Fruity Dessert
Pleasant Grove Macey's Grocery Store,  Little Theater
 931 W State Road, Pleasant Grove

Thursday, May 21 @ 11 a.m.
Create a Fruity Dessert
Provo Department of Workforce Services
1550 N Freedom Blvd, Provo

Thursday, May 21 @ 7 p.m.
Create a Fruity Dessert
American Fork Library
64 S 100 E, American Fork

Tuesday, May 26 @ 4 p.m.
Spanish Fork Department of Workforce Services
1185 N Chappel, Spanish Fork

Wednesday, May 27 @ 11 a.m.
Spice It Up and Make Your Own Seasoning Blends
Utah County Healthy Department
151 S. University Ave, Provo

Thursday, May 28 @ 5:30 p.m.
Garden to Table: Cooking with Legumes and Lettuce from the Garden
South Franklin Community Center 
770 S 700 W, Provo
Free--but please register

To register for the Mommy & Me class or the Garden to Table class, please either email, or call 801-851-8460.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


I am not a fan of grocery store hopping, but one item I rarely purchase at a regular grocery store is bread. I make trips to the BAKERY OUTLETS. They have buns, bagels, whole wheat bread and more. I buy what we need for 2 weeks, keep it in my cold storage or freezer. Best part is, I almost always get something free when I leave.

Here in Utah County we have  two Sara Lee locations one in Orem and one in American Fork. Franz Bakery outlet is located in Provo just near the Center Street and I-15 on ramp. Bread that normally cost $3.00 per loaf can be purchased for under a dollar. True, the bread is usually close to the date but when you use it or freeze it quickly you save a lotta dough. HA HA

Did you know you could use your SNAP benefits at the Outlets????
I spoke with a manager at the Frantz bakery last week and he mentioned that Utah has the lowest use of SNAP benefits at the bakery locations. Franz also has coupons for free bread or buy 3 get one free, etc. This week we will have coupons for a free loaf of bread in our classes. Calendar for April Classes

Bakery outlets are a  great way to STRETCH your  food dollar. There are many whole grain options at the outlets. USDA,  MyPlate recommendations are that half our grains are whole grains. That means we are eating grains with minimal processing and include the whole kernel. This includes things like, wheat, barley, oats, brown rice and quinoa. Interested in
 learning more about whole grains? Visit the whole grain council web page or to learn more.

Franz Bakery Outlet
1177 W. 100 N 
Store Hours
Mon- Sat 9-6
Sara Lee Bakery Outlet
1363 N State St
66 N. State St.
American Fork
Store Hours 8 am - 7 pm