A Healthy Sweet Treat

By Alex Caspero

Some sweeteners are more harmful than others, but the dose makes the poison. High-sugar foods like soda, sweetened teas, and dessert can play havoc with our bodies. However, that doesn’t mean you have to swear off sweets for good. The occasional treat will not derail all of your healthy efforts.

Craving something sweet? Try this minimally sweetened snickerdoodle hummus, packed with plant-based protein and served with water-rich apples or pears. It’s the perfect snack!  
Snickerdoodle Hummus

1 (15.5 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed   

¼ cup almond butter   

½ cup unsweetened applesauce   

1 tablespoon pure maple syrup   

½ teaspoon vanilla   

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided     

In a food processor, combine beans, almond butter, applesauce, maple syrup, vanilla, and one teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Cover and process 30–60 seconds, or until smooth. Spread in a shallow dish or pie plate, sprinkle top with remaining cinnamon, and serve with apple or pear slices.

Alex Caspero is a registered dietician, specializing in plant-based diets, weight management, and sports nutrition. Find more info at delishknowledge.com.