Don’t Stop at Just One: 22 Healthy Cookie Recipes

Don’t Stop at Just One: 22 Healthy Cookie Recipes

Baking cookies often leads to a predicament u2014 one is never enough! Luckily| if you make any of our cookie recipes| indulging a little won’t cause a problem. Read on for 22 deliciously healthy cookie recipes.

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| (I Can’t Believe They’re) Vegan Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

These special cookies are made with dairy-free chocolate kisses for an extra touch. Vegans can now indulge in these peanut butter cookies.

| Vegan Samoas

Egg-free and dairy-free Samoas? They do exist! This recipe keeps all the flavors you love about the cookie without any added trans fat.

| Vegan Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Leave the butter| milk| and eggs behind. This vegan cut-out sugar cookie recipe comes in at 68 calories per cookie and tastes just as delicious.

| Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone loves a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe| but if you’re in search of a healthier alternative| this Paleo and vegan one is your go-to option.

| Almond Lemon Macaroons

For a chewy texture and protein-loaded cookie| these almond lemon macaroons are what you’re looking for. Made strictly with almonds| the flavor is irresistible.

| Vegan| Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies

Gluten-free snackers will have a new favorite recipe in their baking arsenal. These vegan lemon cookies are anything but ordinary.

| Flourless Cranberry Chocolate Chia Cookies

If you’ve sworn off butter| sugar| or flour| you can still have the best cookies of your life. Case in point| these cranberry chocolate chia cookies.

| Cranberry-Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

These oatmeal cookies are like your beloved ones| but with a kick. Cranberries and pecans make the treats superhealthy| while the taste itself is still finger-licking good.

| Chewy Ginger-Molasses Cookies

The soft and chewy centers of these ginger molasses cookies will make you want to eat the whole batch. Luckily| the ginger aids in digestion| so eat away for a postdinner snack.

| Vegan and Grain-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fans of pumpkin pie| this pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe is right up your alley. It’s soft| chewy| and only 86 calories. Plus| the recipe contains no eggs or grains.

| Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten-free-lovers will become obsessed with these peanut butter cookies. The recipe is made without flour but still cooks up to a delicious golden brown color.

| Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Even non-gluten-free-lovers will enjoy this chocolate chip cookie. They’re chewy and tasty| and as an added bonus| you don’t have to chill the dough.

| Oatmeal Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies

Packed with peanut butter flavor and just the right amount of chewiness| these oatmeal peanut butter coconut cookies satisfy whatever sweet craving you have.

| No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate| so here’s another combo: the recipe for these no-bake peanut butter chocolate cookies cuts calories by using less butter and sugar than normal cookie recipes.

| Chocolate Chickpea Cookies

They may look like regular chocolate chip cookies| but you’ll never guess that these cookies have a secret u2014 chickpeas! The hidden ingredient adds a good dose of fiber and protein in each serving. Get the chocolate chickpea cookie recipe here.

| Oatmeal Wheat Germ Chocolate Chip Cookies

A cookie under 60 calories? Bring it on. The recipe for these oatmeal wheat germ chocolate chip cookies uses smart swaps (like Greek yogurt for butter and wheat germ for regular flour) to cut major calories.

| Gingerbread Cookies

These thin gingerbread cookies pack a spicy snap without all the calories| and their strong flavor will keep you satisfied so you don’t go overboard.

| Carob Chip Protein Cookies

If you like your cookies packed with protein| try these carob chip protein cookies| which use almond butter and protein powder to add a filling kick.

| Apple Oatmeal Flax Cookies

Sneak some fruit (and fiber) into your dessert with these apple oatmeal flax cookies; using whole-wheat flour and flax meal makes these cookies even healthier.

| Vegan Peanut Butter Patties

Creamy| chocolaty| peanut buttery u2014 and dairy-free! These vegan peanut butter patties (a twist on Girl Scout Tagalongs) are a healthier way to get your cookie fix.

| Gluten-Free Carob Chia Cookies

The carob chips in these gluten-free vegan carob chia cookies keep things sweet| and the chia seeds make these cookies filling (while adding the benefits of omega-3s).

| No-Bake Almond Cookies

No need for flour or sugar; these raw almond cookies are dense| chewy| and sweet all on their own.

The Best 150-Calorie Snacks For After Your Workout

Just as important as it is to fuel up before you exercise, don’t forget to eat a little something once your workout is complete. Your body needs a combo of protein and carbs to build and repair muscle and quickly recharge lost energy. Don’t go overboard and consume so many calories that it cancels out the ones you burned while sweating it out. Here are some ideas for post-workout snacks, all under 150 calories.

    Half a medium apple smeared with a mixture of two ounces of vanilla Greek yogurt, half a tablespoon of peanut butter, and a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon and topped with sliced grapes: 151 caloriesFour ounces low-fat cottage cheese (82 calories) mixed with three-quarters cup fresh blueberries (63 calories): 145 calories One extrasmall apple (53 calories) with one tablespoon peanut butter (94 calories): 147 calories20 baby carrots (70 calories) with two tablespoons hummus (70 calories): 140 caloriesOne organic mozzarella cheese stick (80 calories) and 20 grapes (68 calories): 148 calories 5.3-ounce container organic vanilla Greek yogurt (110 calories) and seven cherries (36 calories): 146 caloriesOne small banana (89 calories) with eight raw almonds (55 calories): 144 caloriesEight ounces organic low-fat chocolate milk (150 calories) or eight ounces Silk Chocolate Soymilk (120 calories)Half a Kind Dark Chocolate Nuts and Sea Salt Bar (100 calories) and eight medium strawberries (31 calories): 131 calories Trail mix made with 18 peanuts (97 calories) and a mini box of raisins (45 calories): 142 caloriesThree-quarters cup shelled edamame: 150 calories

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The Best 150-Calorie Snacks For After Your Workout

Just as important as it is to fuel up before you exercise| don’t forget to eat a little something once your workout is complete. Your body needs a combo of protein and carbs to build and repair muscle and quickly recharge lost energy. Don’t go overboard and consume so many calories that it cancels out the ones you burned while sweating it out. Here are some ideas for post-workout snacks| all under 150 calories.

    Half a medium apple smeared with a mixture of two ounces of vanilla Greek yogurt| half a tablespoon of peanut butter| and a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon and topped with sliced grapes: 151 caloriesFour ounces low-fat cottage cheese (82 calories) mixed with three-quarters cup fresh blueberries (63 calories): 145 calories One extrasmall apple (53 calories) with one tablespoon peanut butter (94 calories): 147 calories20 baby carrots (70 calories) with two tablespoons hummus (70 calories): 140 caloriesOne organic mozzarella cheese stick (80 calories) and 20 grapes (68 calories): 148 calories 5.3-ounce container organic vanilla Greek yogurt (110 calories) and seven cherries (36 calories): 146 caloriesOne small banana (89 calories) with eight raw almonds (55 calories): 144 caloriesEight ounces organic low-fat chocolate milk (150 calories) or eight ounces Silk Chocolate Soymilk (120 calories)Half a Kind Dark Chocolate Nuts and Sea Salt Bar (100 calories) and eight medium strawberries (31 calories): 131 calories Trail mix made with 18 peanuts (97 calories) and a mini box of raisins (45 calories): 142 caloriesThree-quarters cup shelled edamame: 150 calories

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Easy 150-Calorie Snacks – They’re All Completely Vegan!

Easy 150-Calorie Snacks u2014 They’re All Completely Vegan!

From sweet to savory| here are 58 different homemade snack recipes to satisfy your vegan cravings. And the best part? They’re all around 150 calories| so you can nosh without any guilt.

| Banana Sushi

Banana with peanut butter is always a delicious snack| and while we’d never want to mess with this perfect combination| it’s fun to mix it up a little with this snack recipe.

Calories: 114 (per serving)

Fiber: 2.1 grams

Protein: 2.7 grams

| Cocoa Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpeas

If you’ve never roasted chickpeas before| this is the perfect recipe to start with.

Calories: 144 (per serving)

Fiber: 5 grams

Protein: 6.2 grams

| Vegan Banana Apple Chunk Bread

Made with less sugar than a traditional loaf| it’s naturally sweet from the bananas| apples| and applesauce. It’s perfect for a snack but also delicious enough to devour as an after-dinner treat.

Calories: 147 (per slice)

Fiber: 1.9 grams

Protein: 2.4 grams

| Chocolate Hummus

While slices of crunchy apple and fresh strawberries are sweet enough on their own| isn’t everything better with chocolate? Spruce up your basic snack by pairing it with this smooth and mousse-like protein-packed chocolate dip.

Calories: 107 (per serving)

Fiber: 3.9 grams

Protein: 4.7 grams

| Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

With less than 155 calories per serving and lots of vitamin A| these crisp and satisfying wedges are perfect to bake up the next time you’re jonesing for some french-fried goodness (just sub soy yogurt for Greek yogurt in the spicy chipotle-pepper dip).

Calories: 154 (per serving)

Fiber: 2.9 grams

Protein: 4.4 grams

| High-Protein Banana and PB Snack

Here’s an easy way to increase the protein of the basic banana-and-peanut-butter snack to 13.6 grams.

Calories: 156 (per serving)

Fiber: 4.1 grams

Protein: 13.6 grams

| Banana Strawberry Apple Grape Muffins

These naturally sweet| moist muffins are sugar-free and also vegan| which cuts down on the cholesterol and saturated fats.

Calories 100 (per muffin)

Fiber: 1.7 grams

Protein: 1.5 grams

| Dry Roasted Edamame With Black Sesame Seeds

Roasting these fiber-filled soybeans brings extra crunch and flavor| and they serve as a satisfying post-workout snack packed with muscle-building protein.

Calories: 102 (per serving)

Fiber: 3.5 grams

Protein: 8.9 grams

| DIY Dried Mango

Save triply on money| calories| and chemicals by making your own homemade chewy treat u2014 all you need are ripe mangoes and an oven.

Calories: 67 (seven pieces)

Fiber: 2 grams

Protein: 0.5 grams

| Chocolate Almond Quinoa Stuffed Strawberries

These strawberry bites are filled with a chocolaty mashed banana-quinoa mixture and topped with chopped raw almonds| so they’re packed with rich flavor as well as fiber and protein.

Calories: 118 (six strawberries)

Fiber: 3.2 grams

Protein: 3.1 grams

| No-Bake Peanut Butter Crisp Balls

These no-bakes are made with all-natural ingredients like crunchy peanut butter| oats| and unsweetened coconut. They make an irresistible snack before or after a workout.

Calories: 79 (per ball)

Fiber: 1.2 grams

Protein: 3.5 grams

| Sesame-Garlic Nori Chips

Even if you don’t love raw seaweed| you’ll find that the texture and flavor of this nutrient-rich dense sea vegetable changes after a quick pop in the oven.

Calories: 42 (seven strips)

Fiber: u2014

Protein: 2.1 grams

| Cucumber Cups With Tapenade

When it’s time to snack| swap salty crackers for these refreshing cucumber cups.

Calories: 88 (five cups)

Fiber: 2.6 grams

Protein: 1.6 grams

| Chunky Apple Orange Almond Spread

This sweet and fruity spread complements the saltiness of the crackers to satisfy salty-sweet cravings in no time.

Calories: 42 (per serving; crackers not included)

Fiber: 1.5 grams

Protein: 0.7 grams

| Striped Apple Cinnamon Fruit Leather

Enjoy the aroma of apple pie baking in your oven without the floury mess or the hundreds of buttery calories by whipping up a batch of homemade apple cinnamon fruit leather.

Calories: 18 (per piece)

Fiber 0.6 grams

Protein: 0.1 grams

| Mango Red Pepper Salsa

Never made your own salsa? Don’t worry u2014 it couldn’t be easier. Just dice everything up| stir it in a bowl| and allow the flavors to mix and mingle in the fridge.

Calories: 68 (per serving; chips not included)

Fiber: 2.7 grams

Protein: 1.2 grams

| Vegan Mango Ice Cream

Ice cream for a snack? Why not? This one is dairy-free and made with only two ingredients u2014 frozen mango and frozen banana. Top it with granola or nuts for a healthy snack.

Calories: 150 (per serving)

Fiber: 4.6 grams

Protein: 1.3 grams

| Peanut Butter Banana Smudgies

This snack that could pass as dessert is completely dairy-free| contains no added sugar| and tastes like an ice cream sandwich. Just be sure to use vegan-approved graham crackers!

Calories: 92 (per sandwich)

Fiber: 1.1 grams

Protein: 1.9 grams

| Babaganoush (Eggplant Dip)

High in iron| potassium| B vitamins| and manganese| this delicious spread is delicious paired with crackers or sliced veggies.

Calories: 77 (per serving| crackers not included)

Fiber: 4.8 grams

Protein: 2.6 grams

| Cinnamon Bun Smoothie

If you’re craving all the flavors of a classic cinnamon bun| then try blending up this fiber- and fruit-filled smoothie that’s less than a quarter of the calories| with hardly any saturated fat whatsoever.

Calories: 157 (per serving)

Fiber: 4.6 grams

Protein: 2.3 grams

| Homemade Mixed Nut Butter

This homemade nut butter contains no peanuts at all. It’s made with almonds| cashews| and sunflower seeds| creating a taste so fresh and unique that you’ll never buy another jar from the store again. Pair it with fresh fruit or crackers.

Calories: 94 (per tablespoon)

Fiber: 1.2 grams

Protein: 3 grams

| Chocolate-Covered Banana Almond Butter Bites

Made with only four ingredients u2014 bananas| almond butter| applesauce| and dairy-free dark chocolate u2014 each delicious bite is under 50 calories.

Calories: 147 (three pieces)

Fiber: 1.2 grams

Protein: 2.4 grams

| Soy-Wasabi Spread

Full of essential nutrients like folate and calcium| this tangy soy-wasabi spread offers a quick punch of protein and only takes 10 minutes to prepare.

Calories: 96 (per serving; crackers not included)

Fiber: 1.5 grams

Protein: 3.1 grams

| Almond Butter Apricot Bites

If you’re craving a sweet| cookie-like snack that’s high in protein and flavor but don’t want the hassle (and temperature) of an oven| then whip up these quick and easy almond butter apricot bites.

Calories: 118 (two bites)

Fiber: 2.4 grams

Protein: 2.6 grams

| Vegan Cucumber Tofu Rolls

Tofu usually shows up as part of a full meal| but it also makes a delicious and satisfying snack. Prepare tofu ahead of time| and store it in the fridge to whip up these protein-packed vegan cucumber tofu rolls in a matter of minutes.

Calories: 117 (three rolls)

Fiber: 1.1 grams

Protein: 4.4 grams

| Vegan Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream

If cold and creamy ice cream calls to you after dinner| here’s a sweet alternative that’s lower in calories| fat| and cholesterol. As an added bonus| it contains over three grams each of fiber and protein per serving.

Calories: 152 (per serving)

Fiber: 3.6 grams

Protein: 3.3 grams

| Almond Coconut-Crusted Chocolate Bananas

The banana offers easily digestible carbs| the almond butter boosts the protein content| and the shredded coconut adds iron| vitamin C| and an assortment of B vitamins| so it’s a perfect pre-workout snack.

Calories: 134 (three pieces)

Fiber: 2.6 grams

Protein: 2.8 grams

| Baked Kale Chips

To satisfy your hankering for something crispy and salty like potato chips| whip up a batch of these baked kale chips. You’ll love the delicate texture.

Calories: 117 (per serving)

Fiber: 2.3 grams

Protein: 3.8 grams

| Vegan Snickers

Soft and chewy with the perfect peanut crunch| these vegan Snickers made with almonds| dates| and peanuts really do satisfy.

Calories: 129 (one bar)

Fiber: 1.7 grams

Protein: 3.1 grams

| Tabbouleh Salad

This tabbouleh salad is high in iron| manganese| and vitamins C and A| all important nutrients for the body| and the parsley| lemon| and mint each contain natural detoxing properties. Pair it with some fresh pita for a zesty snack.

Calories: 137 (per serving; pita not included)

Fiber: 4.1 grams

Protein: 3 grams

| Dried Apples

If you don’t have a dehydrator| just use your oven to make these dried apples.

Calories: 135 (nine rings)

Fiber: 4.5 grams

Protein: 0 grams

| Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bites

Not just for breakfast| these banana oatmeal bites will satisfy your cookie cravings.

Calories: 148 (two bites)

Fiber: 2.8 grams

Protein: 4.2 grams

| Frozen Banana Pops

Make these treats with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen u2014 you only need a banana| yogurt (I used soy)| and chocolate chips.

Calories: 78 (per popsicle)

Fiber: 1.3 grams

Protein: 1.4 grams

| Baked Cinnamon Banana Chips

These irresistible sweet little gems are seasoned with cinnamon to satisfy sugar cravings| and the addictive chewiness might have you devouring the entire batch.

Calories: 148 (half a batch)

Fiber: 4.2 grams

Protein: 1.8 grams

| Vegan Banana-Oat Protein Balls

Made with just rolled oats| protein powder| and banana| each 47-calorie ball offers 2.7 grams of protein.

Calories: 141 (three balls)

Fiber: 3.6 grams

Protein: 8.1 grams

| Dried Cantaloupe

Bonus! This snack is made with only one ingredient and your oven.

Calories: 100 calories (per batch; half a cantaloupe)

Fiber: 2 grams

Protein: 2 grams

| Fruit and Nut Bars

If you like Larabars| make your own fruit and nut bars! These chewy bars are made with almonds| dates| and raisins.

Calories: 148 (per bar)

Fiber: 3.3 grams

Protein: 3.9 grams

| Carrot Chips

Craving potato chips? Make a healthier version using carrots.

Calories: 79 (per serving)

Fiber: 4.1 grams

Protein: 1.4 grams

| Almond-Butter- and Granola-Filled Dates

Cut a date in half| remove the pit| fill it with some almond butter| top with granola| and yum! This snack tastes like dessert.

Calories: 95 (half a filled date)

Fiber: 1.8 grams

Protein: 2.4 grams

| Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Protein Balls

This recipe offers a healthy dose of protein and fiber| but since these cookie-dough-like balls are rolled in chopped chocolate chips and pumpkin seeds| this 77-calorie snack feels more like a treat.

Calories: 77 (per ball)

Fiber: 1.7 grams

Protein: 3.4 grams

| Chocolate Raspberry Protein Balls

Disguised as chocolate raspberry truffles| these are actually protein balls perfect for after a workout.

Calories: 71 (per ball)

Fiber: 1.6 grams

Protein: 3.3 grams

| Green Smoothie Popsicles

Feed into your smoothie obsession with these green smoothie popsicles.

Calories: 39 (per popsicle)

Fiber: 1.2 grams

Protein: .7 grams

| Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Freezer Fudge

If you grew up scooping out spoonfuls of raw cookie dough while baking chocolate chip cookies with Grandma| you’re going to fall hard for this cookie dough freezer fudge u2014 shhh| it’s made with lentils!

Calories: 140 (per piece)

Fiber: 5.2 grams

Protein: 5.8 grams

| Dark Chocolate Salted Caramels

These delicious chocolate morsels are made with sunflower seeds| dates| dairy-free chocolate| and sea salt. Yum!

Calories: 60 (per piece)

Fiber: 1.1 grams

Protein: 1.2 grams

| Homemade Dole Whip

For just over 100 calories| this three-ingredient dessert can be served in a small bowl| the bottom of a pineapple (so Martha Stewart of you!)| or in a cup of pineapple juice.

Calories: 110 (per serving)

Fiber: 3.1 grams

Protein: 1.3 grams

| Chocolate-Covered Banana Almond Butter Bites

Craving a sweet snack? These frozen bites are made with only four ingredients u2014 bananas| almond butter| applesauce| and dairy-free dark chocolate.

Calories: 49 (per piece)

Fiber: .4 grams

Protein: .8 grams

| Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Slash ice cream cravings with your food processor and this dairy-free cherry chocolate chip ice cream recipe.

Calories: 126 (per serving)

Fiber: 2.8 grams

Protein: 2.1 grams

| Roasted Brussels Sprouts Chips

These baked brussels sprouts chips are Paleo-friendly| gluten free| and vegan.

Calories: 50 (per serving)

Fiber: 1.8 grams

Protein: 1.6 grams

| Vegan Strawberry Fudgsicles

If you remember creamy Fudgsicles when you were a kid| whip up this healthier version made without high-fructose corn syrup or added sugar.

Calories: 79 (per popsicle)

Fiber: 1.3 grams

Protein: 2 grams

| Chocolate-Mousse-Filled Strawberries

How do you make juicy| sweet strawberries even better? Pair them with chocolate| of course. The filling in these sweet morsels is made with tofu and dates!

Calories: 78 (five strawberries)

Fiber: 3.2 grams

Protein: 3.5 grams

| No-Bake Vegan Brownies

Craving a chewy| chocolatey brownie| are you? These no-bake treats not only spare you having to turn on the oven during a hot and humid day| but this sugar-| gluten-| and dairy-free recipe is also just 59 calories per fudgey bite.

Calories: 118 for two brownie bites

Fiber: 2.6 grams

Protein: 3.4 grams

| Carrot Cake Protein Balls

These no-bake protein balls are sweet| nutty| and soft| and they’re cake-like without a drop of flour.

Calories: 88 for one ball

Fiber: 1.3 grams

Protein: 3.3 grams

| Vegan Almond Butter Apricot Bites

If you’re craving a sweet| cookie-like snack that’s high in protein and flavor but don’t want the hassle (and temperature) of an oven| then whip up these quick and easy almond butter apricot bites.

Calories: 118 for two bites

Fiber: 2.4 grams

Protein: 2.6 grams

| Cucumber Cups With Tapenade

When it’s time to snack| swap salty crackers for these refreshing cucumber cups.

Calories: 88 for five cups

Fiber: 2.6 grams

Protein: 1.6 grams

| Mango Red Pepper Salsa

If you’ve never made your own salsa| it couldn’t be easier u2014 just dice up everything| stir it in a bowl| and allow the flavors to mix and mingle in the fridge.

Calories: 68 per serving

Fiber: 2.7 grams

Protein: 1.2 grams

| Spicy Black Bean Hummus

Here’s a spicy and high-fiber twist on the basic hummus recipe using black beans instead of garbanzos.

Calories: 43 per serving

Fiber: 1.4 grams

Protein: 1.7 grams

| Homemade Strawberry Fruit Leather

With a food processor| an oven| and a lazy afternoon| it’s easy to whip up a batch of fresh-tasting fruit leathers for a fraction of the cost.

Calories: 15 per piece

Fiber: 1 gram

Protein: 0.3 grams

| Almond Cherry Chunks of Energy

Vegan and gluten-free| these protein-packed nutty nuggets are the perfect post-workout snack.

Calories: 152 (three bites)

Fiber: 1.5 grams

Protein: 6.9 grams

These Banana and Spinach Smoothie Muffins Are a Healthy Way to Mix Up Your Routine

While making another one of my favorite smoothies, seeing a bunch of ripe bananas in the kitchen gave me the urge to bake some banana bread. Then a light went off ¡ª why not combine a smoothie recipe with banana bread to make banana smoothie muffins?

Made with pureed banana, spinach, and strawberries, these muffins came out even more deliciously sweet and moist than anticipated. Skeptics might be turned off by the greenish hue, but just like green eggs and ham, “try them, try them,” and this might become your new favorite banana bread recipe.

Banana Smoothie Muffins

From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR Fitness

Banana Smoothie Muffins

Banana Smoothie Muffin Recipe

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas2 cups packed baby spinach8 strawberries1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour3/4 cup sugar1 egg1/4 cup canola oil1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon cinnamon1/8 teaspoon salt

These Banana and Spinach Smoothie Muffins Are a Healthy Way to Mix Up Your Routine

While making another one of my favorite smoothies| seeing a bunch of ripe bananas in the kitchen gave me the urge to bake some banana bread. Then a light went off ¡ª why not combine a smoothie recipe with banana bread to make banana smoothie muffins?

Made with pureed banana| spinach| and strawberries| these muffins came out even more deliciously sweet and moist than anticipated. Skeptics might be turned off by the greenish hue| but just like green eggs and ham| “try them| try them|” and this might become your new favorite banana bread recipe.

Banana Smoothie Muffins

From Jenny Sugar| POPSUGAR Fitness

Banana Smoothie Muffins

Banana Smoothie Muffin Recipe

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas2 cups packed baby spinach8 strawberries1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour3/4 cup sugar1 egg1/4 cup canola oil1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon cinnamon1/8 teaspoon salt

Healthy Desserts For the Sugar-Obsessed

Healthy Desserts For the Sugar-Obsessed

Don’t ignore your dessert cravings! When that sweet tooth calls for a lusciously decadent treat| feel good reaching for these healthier alternatives that’ll offer a bit of nutrition and that sweet taste your taste buds lust after u2014 you won’t be disappointed!

| Smoothie Central

If you’re craving something rich and creamy like a milkshake| a smoothie makes a healthier option. To give fruit smoothies a more creamy consistency| add protein powder| yogurt| or soy milk. Here’s a vegan smoothie recipe that tastes just like a vanilla milkshake. Or if you’ve got a chocolate craving| go for this chocolate banana cashew smoothie.

| All-Day Breakfast

Pancakes and waffles aren’t strictly reserved for the breakfast table. If you’re craving something like a cupcake| turn to recipes like fruit-covered French toast or whole wheat sweet potato pancakes topped with honey nut yogurt instead. Make a big batch and keep a few in the freezer for when cravings strike.

| Grab Your Spoon

If ice cream is your weakness| save calories by filling your bowl with these vegan alternatives made with frozen fruit. Go for banana peanut butter ice cream| decadent chocolate ice cream| or this one made with cherries. One serving is only 150 calories.

| For Creamy Cravings

If frozen fruit just won’t cut it| and you know ice cream is too high in fat and calories| frozen yogurt makes a great alternative. If you can’t get to a Pinkberry| you can make these 30-calorie frozen yogurt cups. Or for a quick creamy treat| dress up thick| rich nonfat Greek yogurt with these dessert ideas.

| Some Like It Hot

When a cold snack just won’t do| bake up some fruit u2014 sans the buttery pie crust. Pop some berries| pears| or apples into the oven (or even the microwave) with a touch of maple syrup and cinnamon sprinkled over the top. When it’s finished| add a small sprinkling of granola or nuts to give the allusion of a crust.

Here’s a video showing how to make baked apples or| if you have more time| bake up this apple pear oatmeal crisp the next time a pie craving hits.

| Get Rollin’

For serious cookie cravings| skip the butter and eggs and make healthier no-bakes instead. These peanut butter crisp balls are vegan| or if you want a fruitier flavor| try these cherry almond protein coconut balls made with cottage cheese u2014 both are around 78 calories apiece.

40 Vegan Recipes For a Very Happy Thanksgiving

40 Vegan Recipes For a Very Happy Thanksgiving

Between the turkey| gravy| and pies| Thanksgiving can be a carnivore’s delight but a vegan’s nightmare. Fortunately| we’ve put together our favorite meat-| egg- and dairy-free recipes so you can watch a delicious meal unfold. These recipes are so good| guests will be surprised to learn your secret!

[Meals and Sides] [Desserts]

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| Cranberry-Pear Wild Rice Stuffing

Made with veggie broth and naturally sweetened with pear| dried cranberries| and freshly pressed apple cider| this stuffing will generate smells in your kitchen that are sure to send your family into autumnal overload.

| Cumin-Spiced Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Made without any butter or butter substitutes| this savory side dish will please your vegan-loving friends as well as those trying to watch their waistline u2014 it’s only 157 calories per serving.

| Chickpea Coconut Curry With Sweet Potatoes

You can prep this vegan and gluten-free chickpea and sweet potato curry recipe in your slow cooker before guests arrive| so you’ll have more time later to spend with them. This recipe adds spinach (for some added vitamins and fiber)| but you can omit it if you’re not a fan of greens in your curry.

| Curried Pumpkin

Come in from the cold to a bowl of curried pumpkin with raisins. This recipe is hearty| vegan| and also gluten-free!

| Spicy Sweet Potato Salad

High-fiber sweet potatoes and golden raisins in this spicy salad recipe make this a delicious addition to any Thanksgiving meal.

| Roasted Roots Soup

This roasted roots soup plays up the natural flavors of the produce| simmering it all in a coconut bath. It’s hearty| warm| and filling!

| Cilantro Cauliflower Smash

Mashed potatoes may be a staple of the Thanksgiving table| but we’re loving this cauliflower cilantro smash as a spud replacement. This side dish is rich in flavor and low in calories. The creaminess of the smash comes from the addition of white beans| which increases the protein content of the dish too. Hands down| it’s a vegan recipe that everyone will love.

| Rich and Creamy Vegan Gravy

No Thanksgiving meal is complete without gravy! Although it seems to make everything better| it’s dripping in butter and meat. This vegan gravy recipe will fool even the biggest carnivores at the table. It’s rich and creamy| but not loaded with saturated fats.

| Squash| Sweet Potato| Carrot| and White Bean Soup

This twist on the always-loved butternut squash soup recipe includes sweet potatoes and carrots for extra fiber and vitamin A. White cannellini beans not only boost protein| but also add creaminess without a drop of dairy.

| Vegan Sweet Potato Millet Pie

Here’s a recipe featuring a mashed sweet potatoes topping for garlic and cumin-spiced millet with chopped apple and veggies.

| Maple Miso Brussels Sprouts!

Brussels sprouts are one of our favorite veggies to serve up for Thanksgiving. This recipe pairs the bitter brussels sprout with the sweetness of maple syrup and saltiness of tamari| making for complex flavors. It’s bound to make more than a few brussels-sprout converts. And it’s vegan!

| Chickpea and Kale Stew

This metabolism-boosting chickpea and kale stew packs 24 grams of protein per serving| so it will keep you feeling as full and satisfied as turkey with all the trimmings.

| Vegan Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese for Thanksgiving? Why not?! In this recipe| cheese gets replaced with nutritional yeast| butter with Earth Balance spread| and cream with veggie broth.

| Tomato Lentil Soup

Make a bulked-up twist on classic tomato soup. This tomato lentil soup makes for a delicious meal with more than 14 grams of protein per serving.

| Carrot and Cabbage Detox Salad

Colorful detox rainbow salad will add some brightness and flavor to the Thanksgiving table. The water content in romaine works to hydrate your body| while the high fiber content in the red cabbage and carrots aids in healthy digestion.

| Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Loaded with fiber and vitamins| this immunity-boosting cauliflower soup also supports healthy digestion u2014 a win-win combination for a typical day full of nonstop eating.

| Paleo Carrot Pasta

In the mood for something different this Thanksgiving? This Paleo carrot pasta is comforting and filling without making you feel stuffed.

| Maple-Cumin Tofu With Farro

This tofu stir-fry is so easy to whip up u2014 it’s foolproof u2014 and only takes about 40 minutes. Tofu is a great alternative way for vegans to get their protein on Thanksgiving day.

| Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup

Set up your slow cooker and whip up this easy butternut squash lentil soup that packs 17 grams of fiber. Simple and satisfying.

| Black Rice and Butternut Squash Salad

This delightful dish is so vibrantly colored| it’s sure to wow your guests at the table.

| Sesame Carrot Salad

The spicy and sweet flavors of this sesame carrot salad hold up even better the next day. So prep it the night before Thanksgiving Day and wow your friends and family.

| Kabocha Squash Fries

As a appetizer or side dish| these squash fries are so so good. If you don’t have a kabocha squash| use a delicata.

| Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

This quinoa tabbouleh salad is so good and spicy| you may actually do a double scoop onto your plate.

| Roasted Butternut Squash

This basic roasted butternut squash recipe is versatile since it can be eaten alone| added to a salad or whole grain| or used to make soups.

| Turmeric-Spiced Mushroom Pilaf

This turmeric-spiced mushroom pilaf is made with a generous dose of turmeric added to a brown rice and mushroom mixture u2014 the raisins add a surprising sweetness to each comforting bite.

| Two-Bean Sweet Potato Soup

Try a twist on classic black bean soup| and opt for low-calorie black and white bean soup with sweet potatoes. This hearty soup makes an easy and delicious Thanksgiving meal u2014 less time in the kitchen means more time with family.

| Cumin-Spiced Lentils

Settle in with a large| comforting bowl of cumin-spiced lentils. Packed with protein and fiber| this is a great recipe for those also following a gluten-free diet.

| Vegan Apple Coconut Crumble Pie

Slice into a piece of this apple crumble pie| and you’ll find a crunchy almond| oat| and coconut crust| oozing with juicy| sweet apples and sprinkled with a crumbly oat| coconut| and brown sugar topping. No one will guess it’s butter-free.

| Raw| Vegan| Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

This pumpkin pie is raw| vegan| and gluten-free u2014 a win for everyone at the table! With oven space at a premium| you’ll love that you don’t need to turn yours on for this recipe.

| Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

Regular sweet potato pie can include high amounts of butter and eggs| so with some common vegan substitutes (coconut oil for butter and cornstarch for the eggs)| this dessert is lightened up without compromising taste. And the best part is the dollop of whipped cream on top!

| Mini Caramel Apples

You only need four ingredients: dates| soy milk| apples| and the topping of your choice. These treats on a stick are so cute u2014 your guests will love them| especially the kiddos.

| Apple Pear Oatmeal Crisp

Since it’s vegan| this apple crisp is lower in fat and cholesterol than the traditional dessert| and the pear adds a subtle| sweet twist| plus increases the fiber. The smell from your oven is what Thanksgiving is all about!

| Vegan Pumpkin “”Cheesecake””

A feast isn’t complete without a piece of pumpkin pie| and if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant| this is one dessert you don’t have to go without. This pumpkin “”cheesecake”” is completely dairy-free but still full of flavor. Plus it’s easy to make u2014 no baking required.

| Sweet Potato Banana Bread

Bake this sweet potato banana protein bread| and it’s a perfect alternative for those not into pie.

| Raw Pecan Pie

Sweet| sticky pecan pie u2014 it’s a Thanksgiving staple. This raw version is made with all-natural ingredients| has no added sugar| and requires absolutely no baking.

| Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Made with high-fiber avocados and high-protein silken tofu| this spoonable treat is lower in calories than a slice of pumpkin pie.

| Banana Oatmeal Crumb Muffins With Avocado

This banana muffin recipe is made with avocado instead of butter and is perfect for those want just a little something sweet after their big meal.

| Vegan| Grain-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft| chewy| and only 86 calories per serving| these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are vegan and grain-free. Perfectly spiced and since they contain no eggs| you can lick the bowl clean!

| Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Enjoy the sweet taste of this pumpkin bread pudding| which happens to be the perfect dairy-free dessert for guests who aren’t pie-lovers.

| Apple Cranberry Crisp

Not only is this recipe deliciously butter-free| it’s also high in manganese; this antioxidant aids in digestion and fatigue u2014 perfect for that post-Thanksgiving food coma!

| Banana Apple Chunk Bread

Made with less sugar than a traditional loaf| this bread is still so naturally sweet from the bananas| apples| and applesauce. Serve it for dessert| or| if you have guests staying with you| make a loaf for breakfast the next day.

| Vegan Caramel

Made with just dates| soy milk| and vanilla| this creamy caramel served with fresh fruit is a healthy dessert alternative for those not wanting to overdo it.

Got 1 Can of Pumpkin? Make These 3 Healthy Recipes

Got 1 Can of Pumpkin? Make These 3 Healthy Recipes

Your recipe called for half a cup of pumpkin, so you put the rest in the fridge, vowing to use it for another recipe. A week later, you find your sad little pumpkin puree and regretfully throw it out, feeling bad that yet another leftover can of pumpkin went to waste. Consider your pumpkin puree problems solved! Crack open a can and make these three recipes u2014 they add up to 15 ounces of canned pumpkin.

| Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Protein Balls

This healthy cookie-dough-like snack requires seven ounces of pumpkin puree. At just 77 calories per delicious ball, each one offers 3.4 grams of protein. Make a batch to store in the fridge for post-workout noshing.

| Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Your morning will be even sweeter after sipping on the spiced goodness of a pumpkin pie smoothie. All it takes is half a cup (four ounces) of canned pumpkin, and for 181 calories, it’s a much healthier way to satisfy your pumpkin pie cravings.

| Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Use up that last four ounces of pumpkin and make these soft, chewy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that are only 86 calories. They’re not only grain-free, but because they’re vegan, you can go ahead and lick the bowl clean!

Got 1 Can of Pumpkin? Make These 3 Healthy Recipes

Got 1 Can of Pumpkin? Make These 3 Healthy Recipes

Your recipe called for half a cup of pumpkin| so you put the rest in the fridge| vowing to use it for another recipe. A week later| you find your sad little pumpkin puree and regretfully throw it out| feeling bad that yet another leftover can of pumpkin went to waste. Consider your pumpkin puree problems solved! Crack open a can and make these three recipes u2014 they add up to 15 ounces of canned pumpkin.

| Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Protein Balls

This healthy cookie-dough-like snack requires seven ounces of pumpkin puree. At just 77 calories per delicious ball| each one offers 3.4 grams of protein. Make a batch to store in the fridge for post-workout noshing.

| Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Your morning will be even sweeter after sipping on the spiced goodness of a pumpkin pie smoothie. All it takes is half a cup (four ounces) of canned pumpkin| and for 181 calories| it’s a much healthier way to satisfy your pumpkin pie cravings.

| Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Use up that last four ounces of pumpkin and make these soft| chewy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that are only 86 calories. They’re not only grain-free| but because they’re vegan| you can go ahead and lick the bowl clean!