8 Delicious Sweet Treats You Can Order on Amazon — Made with Zero Refined Sugar
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Like basically everyone else on the planet, we love sugary snacks. In fact, there’s strong evidence to support the idea that humans actually evolved to crave them. According to Scientific American, some scientists argue that the early humans who ate the most fruit survived and passed on their genes — which means we’re the descendants of the biggest sweets-lovers. Of course, all of this happened at a time when sources of sugar were incredibly scarce.
These days, we have easy access to all kinds of candies, cookies, and other treats that are sweetened with refined sugars — which unlike fruit, contain no nutritional value. At the end of the day, sugar is sugar, and too much is never good for our bodies. According to the American Heart Association, adults should consume no more than about 32-36g of sugar per day. This includes sugars from any source: Treats sweetened with lower-glycemic index options like coconut sugar and maple syrup — as well as other natural sources like antioxidant-rich honey and berries — are still sugary, and should be enjoyed in moderation, but they’re still better for you than candies made with corn syrup or refined sugar.
Fortunately, there are ways to satisfy our sweet tooth without consuming refined sugars, and these are some of our very favorites.
Emmy’s coconut cookies are made with very few ingredients — and you know how we feel about a low ingredients list. It’s usually a sign that things are going extremely right. They say that their ingredients are dehydrated at a low temperature, which helps them maintain their nutritional benefits. We love the flavor combination of coconut, cocoa, almond flour, vanilla extract, and a little kiss of Himalayan sea salt — salty-ish sweets are just irresistible to us. As if this weren’t reason enough to give them a go, they’re also USDA certified organic, vegan, gluten-free, paleo friendly, kosher, and contain no preservatives.
These fruit drops are the perfect on-the-go treat. Flavored with natural fruits, they’re sure to add a touch of sweetness to your day — along with 223mg of vitamin C per serving. Certified organic, vegan, sugar- and gluten-free, they’re an all-around winner. These sweets are also only eight calories a pop and contain prebiotic fiber, so they’re a really pragmatic choice. They’re tart as well as sweet, so if you’re a fan of the Sour Apple Jolly Ranchers, you’ll probably like these — although they’ve got a little bit more texture to them due to the fruit fibers.
Summer is right around the corner, so we’re stocking up on GoodPops’s Organic Freezer Pops to keep us cool. All of the sugars found in these frozen treats are derived from organic fruits and vegetables. Other than water, that’s about all there is to them. And don’t worry, they arrive at ambient temperature — ready to be frozen as needed, but they don’t have to take up freezer space until you’re ready for them. These taste basically exactly the same as your childhood Otter Pops — just a little healthier.
Sometimes a sweet, crunchy snack is all we need to get us through the day. And these honey-cinnamon cookie thins are just the thing to satiate that need. They’re made with a heart-healthy nut and seed blend (including watermelon seed — yes, watermelon!) and they’re sweetened with coconut and honey. These taste pretty close to graham crackers — specifically, cinnamon Teddy Grahams, if you remember those from when you were a kid.
Simple Mills Honey Cinnamon Seed & Nut Flour Sweet Thins ($4.50 for 4.25oz, Amazon)
Cocomels’ caramel candies take the term “melt-in-your-mouth” to a whole new level — they have a seriously luxurious, creamy texture, and honestly, they’re quite possibly our favorite candy on this list. With a total of 6g of sugar per serving (which is three pieces), these candies are pretty low-sugar — and they’re made with coconut sugar, which has a lower glycemic index than regular refined sugar. Other ingredients include sea salt and Madagascar vanilla extract, which make them seriously delicious. These treats are also organic, vegan, and gluten-free.
There’s nothing like pure chocolate — and this is not your ordinary chocolate. Hu’s Organic Dark Chocolate Bar is made with organic 70% fair-trade cacao, and contains no refined sugars, dairy, soy, or sunflower lecithins. The brand’s commitment to sustainability, human rights, and the environment have us feeling guilt-free about this choice. Vegan chocolate bars can end up a little grainy, but this one actually has a genuinely excellent taste and texture that could easily fool you into thinking it’s not vegan at all.
These are not the fruit roll-ups from our childhood. Like us, they’ve grown up in all the best ways. Made with real fruits and vegetables, they contain half a serving in each roll. They’re organic, have no added sugars, and no preservatives, so they’re a nutritious, sweet snack for kids and adults alike. In texture and design, they’re less like a traditional fruit roll-up and more like a fruit leather or fruit stick, but they taste absolutely great — and are so mess-free, they’re perfect for the car or anytime you’re on-the-go.
Last time we checked (meaning the last time our moms smacked our hands as we tried to sneak some cookie dough out of the mixing bowl) eating raw dough isn’t the world’s best idea because it can lead to salmonella infection. But even if you’re equipped with some magical immunity — or you’re just willing to roll the dice on salmonella — the amount of sugar in a traditional chocolate chip cookie dough recipe is… fairly astronomical. That’s why we were excited to find this vegan option, sweetened with cherries and monk fruit, for a total of only 1g of sugar per serving. We’re gonna be real with you: This keto-friendly treat doesn’t taste exactly like cookie dough, which makes sense when you look at the ingredients list, and it has a slightly oily texture, which might throw some people off, but there’s no weird chemical aftertaste (because there are no weird chemicals in it) and it is definitely reminiscent of cookie dough.
Read next: 7 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Sugar Intake
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