5 Healthy and Sweet Midnight Snacks
Having sudden cravings for something sweet in the middle of the night is a something many of us encounter. Often we go for the most convenient choice, which is often the unhealthiest. If you’re having a late-night attack of the munchies, it’s always wise to snack on a healthier alternative. These 5 sweet snacks are quick to make and will allow you to raid the fridge without any guilt.
1: Chia Seed Pudding with Persimmons & Pomegranate
Looking for a healthy answer to your sweet tooth’s craving during the night? Sarah Ashley Schiear of Oprah.com created a recipe that is definitely more than just tasty pudding.
• Two ¾ cups of almond milk or another milk substitute
• 2/3 cup of chia seeds
• 1/3 cup of dried, unsweetened coconut
• 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
• 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
• ¼ teaspoon of Kosher salt
• 2 ripe persimmons, peeled and diced
• ½ cup of pomegranate seeds
• Save the pomegranate seeds and persimmons, put all ingredients in a quart container.
• Shake the container thoroughly then leave for two hours in a refrigerator.
• Check from time to time and shake some more.
• When time is up, thoroughly stir ingredients and add the pomegranate seeds and persimmon.
2: Frozen Blueberry Yogurt Bites
Blueberries encourage brain health, are packed with antioxidants, aid digestion, and more. With Pop Sugar’s version of this snack, you have an instant go-to.
• 1 pint of blueberries
• 1 cup of non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
• 1 tablespoon of stevia
• Get a baking sheet then line it with parchment paper.
• Combine yogurt and stevia in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
• Coat the blueberries by gently folding them into the mix and doing so in a couple of batches.
• After each blueberry in a batch is sufficiently coated, scoop out via a fork and set on the baking sheet.
• Put in the freezer for an hour.
3: Pear, Sliced & Topped with Almond Butter
Shape’s two-step solution not only has just 197 calories, but offers a nutritious fruit that’s good for your skin, heart, eyes, and more.
• 1 sliced pear
• 1 tablespoon of almond butter
• Slather your slice of pear with almond butter and enjoy
4: Peanut Butter & Jelly
Aside from being a great source of protein, potassium, and healthy fat, peanut butter is a great ingredient for sandwiches. Coupled with jelly, this snack becomes a slam-dunk. Follow Leesa’s take on this classic and keep it relatively healthy.
• Peanut Butter
• Maple Syrup
• Cranberry, Risin, and Pecan Bread
• Prepare your ingredients while toasting your bread
• Assemble your sandwich and feel free to add a little more fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth.
5: Peanut Butter Chocolate Trail Mix
Again, you can’t go wrong with peanut butter, especially if you bring chocolate in the equation. The best part: All Recipes says you don’t even need to bake at all.
• 1 cup of peanut butter
• ½ cup of honey
• ½ cup of coconut oil
• 2 cups of oats
• 1 ¼ cups of dark chocolate chips
• ½ cup of chopped mixed nuts
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
• 1 cup of chopped mixed dried fruit
• In a saucepan, bring the peanut butter, honey and coconut over medium-low flame.
• Stir for five minutes until mixture is smooth then turn off the flame.
• Add the following: oats, chocolate chips, mixed nuts and vanilla. Stir until chocolate melts fully.
• Prepare a baking sheet and grease appropriately then pour the mixture unto it evenly.
• Place a plastic wrap over the baking dish and put in the refrigerator for not more than an hour. Then, cut into bar and enjoy.