Hitting that Sweet Spot

I have a pretty good-sized sweet tooth (see my favorite ways to make oatmeal for breakfast) and try to fit in a sweeter food in my meals everyday. So I figured I would share some of my favorite (somewhat healthier) ways to hit my sweet spot.

Kodiak Cakes

As much as I love my oatmeal for breakfast, sometimes I switch it up with Kodiak cakes. They are a delicious pancake/waffle mix with added protein so I feel a little bit better about what I add to them for toppings.  I also sometimes have them for dinner or lunch because I'm too lazy to make non-breakfast food but that's another story.

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I top my Kodiak cakes pretty much the same way as my oatmeal, either with peanut butter, jam, Nutella or fresh fruit. I also have mixed pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice into the buttermilk mix for a delicious fall treat. I'm hoping to try making my own waffle mix from scratch using the recipes that came with our waffle maker but Kodiak cakes are such a quick option that I don't have to think about.

Mug Cakes

I came across the original recipe for this while I was doing paleo but I've tweaked it since then just based on what I have on hand. But my basic recipe for mug cakes is:

  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour (can also use a mixture of coconut and almond flour)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/4 cup of liquid (I prefer almond milk)
  • Mix-ins of your choice

Mix ingredients together in a mug (I find that beating the egg first works best) and microwave for 1.5-2 minutes. Time to cook depends on mix-ins but I microwave until it isn't soupy in the middle.

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Some of my favorite mix-ins are: fruit, pumpkin puree (there's a theme here) and chocolate chips. They are also really good with a little whipped cream on top. Right now, this is my go-to nighttime snack (I even have a dedicated mug cake mug!).

Halo Top

Halo top is heaven if you want an entire pint of ice cream on the lower calorie side. Each pint is around 240-320 calories and packed with protein. Plus, for being a healthier version of ice cream it does taste really close to ice cream.

It's expensive so Halo Top is a treat food for me for sure. But now that they are being carried in Target and Wal-Mart you can find it for slightly cheaper. My top three flavors right now are: Red Velvet, Salted Caramel and Peanut Butter Cup. I've found that the higher calorie ones taste slightly better but I haven't had one that I absolutely hate yet.

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What are some of your favorite sweet treats?