The Top 3 Under 350: Sweet Low-Cal Snacks for the Afternoon

Two glasses of strawberry coconut parfait

On long work days, we often get hungry for something sweet in the afternoon. Are you looking for a healthy alternative to chocolate bars and cookies? Here are three tasty snacks you can enjoy without the guilt because they have less than 350 calories each.

1. Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

Frozen chocolate banana bites

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 2 bananas
  • 7 tsp peanut butter (100% peanuts)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 50 g dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao)

Directions:

1. Cut the bananas in slices and place half on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
2. Spread about ½ tsp of peanut butter on each slice. Place a second slice on top to form a tiny sandwich.
3. Freeze the sandwiches for 1 hour.
4. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler. Dip the cold banana bits half way into the melted chocolate. Place them back on the baking sheet.
5. Freeze the bites for another hour before serving. You can also store these delicacies in a covered container in the fridge or the freezer.

One serving contains 210 calories, 20 g of carbohydrates, 4 g of protein and 11 g of fat.

2. Coconut & Strawberry Parfait

Two glasses of strawberry coconut parfait

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 500 g Greek yogurt
  • 300 ml coconut milk
  • 200 g strawberries
  • 80 g coconut flakes
  • 2 tsp honey

Directions:

1.Mix the Greek yogurt, coconut milk, coconut flakes and honey until creamy. Put the mixture in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
2. Rinse and cut the strawberries into small pieces. Puree them in a blender.
3. In a glass, add 2-3 Tbsp of the Greek yogurt mixture, layer with some strawberry puree, and then alternate until the glass is full. Garnish your parfait with coconut flakes or a few chopped nuts.

One serving contains 285 calories, 12 g of carbohydrates, 14 g of protein and 20 g of fat.

3. Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Two glasses of vegan avocado chocolate mousse topped with blueberries

Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 1 avocado
  • 2 Tbsp cacao powder (unsweetened)
  • 2 Tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp almond milk (unsweetened)
  • Vanilla powder (to taste)

Directions:

1. Cut the avocado in half and put the flesh in a blender.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients.
3. Blend until creamy smooth.

One serving contains 320 calories, 20 g of carbohydrates, 4 g of protein and 22 g of fat.

So which of the recipes are you going to try the next time you get hungry for something sweet?

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Dietitian Julia is a creative cook. She is convinced that a varied diet and regular exercise are the keys to success. View all posts by Julia Denner »