Sweet Treats – Granola & Pie
I’m here to tell you it is true that if you cut back on your sugar, cravings will go away. That being said, I haven’t completely cut desserts out of my life. These are a few of my low sugar, light alternatives that I indulge in from time to time.
One of my favorites is this granola recipe that a friend gave me long ago. I like it to eat it plain, with fruit, or sometimes with plant-based yogurt.
Here is the recipe if you want to try it for yourself:
5 c. rolled oats
1 c. chopped nuts
1 c. sunflower seeds
1 c. shredded coconut
1 c. powdered milk
1 c. wheat germ
1/3 c. prune paste
2/3 c. honey
Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Drizzle prune paste and honey over mixture. Stir to combine. Spread evenly in a 10″ by 15″ pan. Bake at 300 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Stir gently every 5-10 minutes.
Experiment with unsalted seeds and nuts. Add raisins or other dried fruit after it is baked.
It might be easier to stir in a bigger pan or separated into two separate pans. Check it often to make sure it doesn’t get too dark.
Another thing I like about granola is that it freezes well. If this is more than your family would use within a week or two you can store it in the freezer for future use.
Another guilt free sweet treat I enjoy is Strawberry Pie. I like this one because it looks pretty and it’s fast and simple to make.
First, I make a graham cracker pie crust. Then I slice enough fresh strawberries to fill up the crust (or you can use frozen). Next, I slice up about a cup of fresh strawberries (or you can use frozen) & put into a small saucepan. Add water, 1/4 cup turbinado, and 2-3 tablespoons of corn starch; heat until it thickens. Then pour the mixture over the rest of the fresh strawberries in the pie. Some people like to cook it for about 20 minutes on 350 and then cool & refrigerate. Or you can refrigerate it as is.
I also recommend the delicious Chocolate Banana Pie recipe from The China Study Cookbook by Leanne Campbell. Although I did tinker with the recipe a little bit. I love it to get that chocolate flavor without the fat.
These sweet treats aren’t packed with sugar, but I find the granola and pies have just enough to satisfy what’s left of my sweet tooth.