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BY: CLAIRE BRANIGIN

It’s a couple of hours after dinner and your sweet tooth starts to kick in. You try to ignore it for some time, but you know that eventually this scenario will only result in your head sticking into the pantry in search of sugar.

But what if you’re trying to lose weight, hoping to avoid a late night sugar crash, or just don’t want your choice to weigh you down (literally). How do you satisfy your cravings while nourishing your body?

Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up five delicious recipes that can be whipped up in no time! They’re both healthy and contain less than a dozen ingredients; perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without sitting heavily in your stomach. Dare we say, some of them taste even better than the original versions? Give them a test to see!

1. Ultimate Vegan Gluten Free Brownie. Yes…the folks at Simple Vegan put beans in their brownies but don’t give up on this recipe just yet! In addition to the fiber and nutrient boost that red beans give this recipe, they also help to make the bars extra fudgy. Just look at the rest of the ingredients on this list: coconut oil, coconut milk, dates, bananas, and almonds (plus cocoa powder and chocolate, of course). You can’t go wrong with brownies this healthy! You can find the full recipe here.as2. Paleo Lemon Bars. Not a fan of chocolate? Taylor at Food, Faith & Fitness has your back. These bars have under 200 calories per slice and are completely grain and dairy-free. They call for just five ingredients: coconut flour, coconut oil, honey, eggs, and lemons. Find the full recipe here.

as3.Peanut Butter Date Cookies. These cookies have just four ingredients—peanut butter, egg, vanilla, and dates—all of it is naturally sweetened. Made in the blender, this dessert is grain and dairy-free, and perfect for the lazy chef! Get Christina’s recipe here.

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4. Healthy Chocolate Cake. Kristy at Southern In-Law has crafted a perfect vegan, low fat and even gluten-free dessert, that tastes as decadent as regular butter and flour-filled chocolate cake. Her secret ingredient? Applesauce! It replaces all of the usual wet ingredients in the batter to add sweetness and make the cake extra “fudgy”. You can find the full recipe here.as5. Healthy Blueberry Muffins from Chocolate Covered Katie. No bizarre ingredients needed for this all-time classic recipe; your usual flour, sugar, milk, vegetable oil, and blueberries will get the job done! These vegan muffins are bursting with fresh fruit and make the perfect morning pick-me-up food. Find the full recipe here.

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So tell us: which recipe are you going to make first?

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