Dangers of Sugar : Using Honey Instead of White Refined Sugar
Eating or drinking too much white refined sugar can be very hazardous to your health. It depletes the body of precious vitamins and minerals due to the demand it puts on the body during digestion. Additionally, high daily sugar intake can lead to diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity and a higher risk of cancer. It can be really hard going cold turkey on your favorite sweets and dessert items, but, the good news is that there are healthier ingredient alternatives. Honey is one of the better ingredients to use in place of refined white sugar (you can also use maple syrup, brown rice syrup, or pureed bananas). Honey in its raw organic state is considered a whole food (it also has many health benefits). Listed below are 5 healthier sweet treat recipes that use honey instead of refined sugar. You won’t have to feel guilty eating these on your cheat days.
#1: Peanut Butter Cookies – click for directions
Simple, but yummy! You won’t have to worry about consuming too much sugar if you do decide to have just one more cookie.
- 1 1/2 cups natural no salt added creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup raw honey or maple syrup
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup milk (or unsweetened almond milk)
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- sea salt
#2: Banana Bread – click for directions
Want something sweet for breakfast? This would make a great alternative to an overly sugary doughnut.
- 2 cups flour (can use white or wheat)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup applesauce (get the kind with no sugar added)
- 3/4 cup honey (local honey is filled with all kinds of good things that will help you fight your local seasonal allergies)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3 overripe bananas, mashed
#3: Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge – click for directions
This fudge recipe is healthy and simple to make! You don’t have to feel overly guilty eating this fudge.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup raw/local honey (make it vegan by subbing with agave)
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp organic peanut butter, plus more for the swirl
#4: Double Chocolate Grain Free Brownies (good for gluten sensitivity) – click for directions
Not only do these look delicious they have healthy ingredients!
- 1 cup natural peanut butter or sun butter to make these nut-free
- 6 ounces banana or 2 small bananas
- ¼ cup raw honey (like this)
- 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder (like this)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (like this)
- dash of sea salt (pink Himalayan or Celtic), optional (like this)
- 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips (half mini and half mega chunks) (like this)
- organic virgin coconut oil for greasing the baking dish