Want to have tasty things to eat over the weekend and into the week ahead? I’ve got you covered with this collection of healthier sweet treats. All of these recipes contain no or little refined sugar, are low in the unrefined alternatives and are full of flavour. I’ve made the list in order of easiest to most difficult in terms of skill and effort. At the very bottom you’ll find a new twist on my maple lemon tarts – this time with raspberry chia jam as well!
There’s a mixture of different flours involved in these projects, I’ve marked those that are gluten free and dairy free for you in case that’s something you have to worry about. If you don’t have a specified flour in your cupboard most of them can be swapped for spelt or plain four and this is noted in the recipe. However, sometimes the flour has been chosen to compliment the other flavours in the recipe, like with the oats in the blueberry and oat breakfast muffins!
Hot tip: Freeze the muffins you won’t be eating on day 1 and defrost them overnight or in the microwave before eating. This way the muffin will still have that freshly baked taste on day 3… no one wants to eat stale baking. Okay some people would depending on their level of sweet treat desperation. Does anyone remember that episode of Sex and The City when Miranda ate cake out of the bin then had to drench it in dishwashing liquid to stop herself? That’s probably reaching new heights of sweet treat desperation…
I haven’t been quite that bad but I once ate cake that had been left in the house while the floors were being varnished. It tasted weird but I was 12 so I just kept eating it and then spent the rest of the day burping paint fumes and feeling seriously unwell. Cake makes us do weird things. Blogging makes me confess odd things to strangers…
These cakes, muffins, cookies and breads are filled with high fibre nutritious ingredients, lower in sugar and super yum. You won’t want to stop at one piece but you will feel satisfied enough too.
- Banana bread DF so delicious with some almond butter spread on it
- Blueberry and oat breakfast muffins filled with protein from oats and yoghurt these are the perfect snack to fill your freezer with for the week.
- Banana choc chip muffins GF and DF. Made using buckwheat flour.
- Peanut Butter and Oat Choc Chip Cookies These guys are GF and made using coconut sugar.
- Yoghurt and Berry muffins GF made using oat flour
- Chocolate and Zucchini Brownie with Salted Tahini Caramel drizzle
- Mini Maple Lemon Tarts Dairy Free. You can add a layer of raspberry chia jam to these to up the ante! See instructions at the end of this post!
- Yoghurt and berry bundt cake This one is only difficult to remove from the tin, the rest if pretty easy.
- Choc mint cookies DF and GF made using besan (chickpea!) flour.
Mini Maple Lemon Tarts with Raspberry Jam
If you want to pimp those lemon tarts then adding a layer of raspberry chia jam not only makes them better for you, thanks to the amino acid full chia seeds and antioxidant rich raspberries, it adds another flavour and texture to these tarts.
Simply make the raspberry chia jam as per directions below and place on the base of the cooked tart shells before you top with lemon curd. You will probably have some leftover curd. Use it to top ice cream or even on this lemon delicious porridge!
Raspberry Chia Jam
1 cup raspberries (I use frozen)
1 Tbs chia seeds
Cook berries in a small pot on the stove top until no longer frozen, add the chia seeds and continue to cook for 5 minutes, you want it simmering and for the seeds to start to expand. Set aside to cool slightly then use as described above.