6 Healthy Alternative Recipes For Our Favorite Snacks As Kids

Remember how exciting it was to open up our lunch boxes as kids? Of course, we wouldn’t be too excited about the sandwich or the apple. But, when we saw that twinkie on the side….oh yea! But, let’s be real, we can’t hoe down a twinkie or a tasty cake, like we used to. They’re too junky for us now. But, there are healthy alternative recipes for these things. Yes, a twinkie can now be healthy and nutritious!

Healthy Homemade Twinkies


Twinkies that are free of sugar and gluten, but high in protein and fiber? Sounds like a trick—but all it takes is a couple of smart substitutions like coconut flour instead of refined all-purpose flour and stevia extract instead of sugar. Each finished pastry has 8 grams of protein and 2 grams of sugar. Compare that to a real Twinkie, with 1 of gram protein and 18 (!) grams of sugar. Get the genius recipe here from Desserts with Benefits.

Amazing Strawberry “Pretzel” Salad


This retro gelatin dish dates back to the 1950s—and though it’s definitely not a “salad,” it’s seriously tasty.

The only problem? Tons and tons of added sugar. Satisfying Eats revamped this classic using stevia in place of sugar and nutritious nuts instead of pretzels, but the result is still irresistibly sweet and salty. Here’s the recipe.

Grain-Free Hostess Cupcake Copycats


These chocolaty treats from Life Made Full work for anyone on a Paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free diet, and they’re made with only 12 whole-food ingredients (unlike the original, which has a whopping 42 ingredients). Here’s the recipe.

Whole Wheat Strawberry Graham Toaster Pastries


Some packaged toaster pastries can have the texture of frosted cardboard—and the sugar content of a candy bar. Not these homemade beauties. A Kitchen Addiction shows you how to make a flaky, whole wheat crust and gently sweetened filling from real strawberries. Here’s the recipe.

Copycat Tastykake Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes


Philadelphia-based Tastykake has many ardent devotees—including the healthy dessert blogger Chocolate-Covered Katie.

She created a version of the Peanut Butter Kandy Kake with half the calories, half the fat, and one-third the sugar of the original dessert. Here’s how she did it.

Homemade Animal Crackers


Packaged animal crackers are so sweet they should be called cookies. This homemade version from How Sweet It Is uses just a tablespoon of honey to add subtle sweetness to the whole batch. Whole grain wheat and oat flours pump up the fiber and nutty flavors, too. Here’s how to make a whole zoo’s worth of cute little creatures.

Don’t you just want to pack yourself a school lunch now? Share with friends!

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