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Tasty goodness?

I have a terrible sweet tooth, always have, and I've been indulging it pretty much without restraint for some time now, resulting in some significant weight gain over the last couple years. There have been times in the past when I went through stages in which the only "sweets" I ate were fruit, but I think right now I need to find some kind of middle ground, rather than trying to jump immediately back to those habits "cold turkey."

So I'm turning to you, my friends, to ask if you have any suggestions for healthier sweets that could satisfy my cravings but not contribute to health and weight problems.

Things I particularly like: pretty much all baked goods (cake, pie, brownies, cookies, muffins, etc.), chocolate, bread pudding, rice pudding, interesting combinations of textures (like ice cream with various crunchy "stuff" in it), cinnamon, nuts (esp. pecans and walnuts), whipped cream, dried fruit (esp. cherries, cranberries, and pears), custard, caramel, coconut, pumpkin, lemon, carrot cake, spike cake, pineapple, citrus, and coffee.

Things I don't like: artificial sweeteners that will give me cancer, yogurt (if I can taste the sourness), raisins, marshmallow, alcohol, cheesecake, meringue (which would probably make me violently ill, anyway, as it's mostly egg white), and mint (except Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies).

Other requests: I'm not looking for anything too elaborate, as I'm not a tremendously experienced cook, and things that freeze well are a bonus (but I don't own an ice cream maker). I'd particularly appreciate ideas that are somehow healthy, such as foods that are high in fiber, foods that contain whole grains, or foods that contain fruit/vegetables. I particularly like stuff that is chewy -- like cookies, cakes, muffins -- because they feel more satisfying than just drinking juice or something.

So, any suggestions? Even the vaguest ideas are welcome, though recipes would be cool, too. Help!

(Now I think I'll go look for healthy carrot cake recipes, because there must be some out there, right?)


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Feb. 19th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
What about a bowl of diced fruit with a small scoop of either fruit sorbet or ice cream? One of my favorite things is fruit with a vanilla yogurt dumped on top, but that wouldn't work for you! Hm.

I think granola and some granola bars are good because even a relatively small amount provides a good "chew" and in the end I feel full.

Banana bread? I think there are some very low fat recipes out there...
Feb. 19th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
Today I had some zucchini pineapple bread that a friend made for me. It was sweet and delicious, like a muffin, but "healthy". I'm going to be asking for the recipe and once I get it, I'll share.
Feb. 19th, 2011 07:31 am (UTC)
Jello makes a no sugar added creme brulée flavoured rice pudding. I'm not sure about the ingredient list but I don't believe it has artificial sweeteners. They also have a no sugar added chocolate pudding that isn't as great as regular pudding but not bad. They are refrigerated and probably near the dairy or the Pillsbury things.
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