(upbeat music) – hey health nuts, welcome
back to my channel. My name is Nikole Goncalves. I never say my last name, so I feel like people don’t
know how to pronounce it. The C is pronounced like an S. Anyways, very excited about today’s video because we are talking
about healthy sweet swaps. And this video was inspired
by one of my favorite candy companies right
now, sweet, SmartSweets. Wow, I was so excited there,
I couldn’t even remember. ‘Kay, these guys are so good and I’m so excited to be working
with them on today’s video. They’re sponsoring it and I’m obsessed. They make, basically
like, better alternatives, low sugar alternatives to
regular traditional gummies that you see in the market. They got like Sour Blast
Buddies, they got gummy bears and their new summer edition,
Peach Rings, so good. They’re 100% plant-based, they’re free from sugar
alcohols, gluten-free, non-GMO. Three grams of sugar per package, so you can eat a whole pack
and not feel bad about it. And also just not have this
awful sugar rush from it, and I’m obsessed. I love that a product like
this exists on the market and I just can’t get enough of them, and I’m just so excited
to be working with them on this video and having an
endless supply in my kitchen. It’s very dangerous, actually,
when they send me free candy, ’cause I just can’t help myself. Anyways, I asked you guys
on Instagram and on YouTube, the community tab, what are
like your go-to desserts that you would love
healthy substitutes for? And you guys gave me a list, I’m put it here on the screen. Oh my goodness, you guys love
sweets just as much as I do. And I looked at the most
popular suggestions, and I’m giving you guys
healthy alternatives for them in today’s video. I’m real excited, these
recipes are so good. Some of them I featured
before, some of them I haven’t and I’m just putting them all together in one delicious sweet video for you guys. Actually, one more thing, if you guys have not yet pre-ordered the HealthNut Cookbook. We’re so excited, it’s coming out September 3rd. It’s available for pre-order right now. And what’s really cool is
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you will have a cookbook coming at you this fall. So let’s hop right into
the video and I will share with you guys some delicious sweet recipes you guys are gonna love. Sweet swap number one is for pop. So I used to drink pop when I was younger, but nowadays I drink
something way more refreshing with way less sugar. So in a tall glass, I’m just filling it up with some ice cubes. I don’t know about you
but I like my drinks nice and chilled. Next we’re adding in real fruit juice, not that cocktail stuff
or that sugary stuff, this is actual straight-up cherry juice. You can really add any
juice that you like, but just a little bit. And then to make it a little bit sweeter, if you’re using something
more tart, like cherry, I have a couple of drops of liquid stevia. And then just to finish it all up, we’re topping it with
some sparkling water, and just mix it up. And you have yourself a
delicious pop alternative. That is bubbly, it’s sweet, it hits that spot at
the back of your throat. You know when you have that
thirst you just can’t quench? This will do it, it’s delicious. Sweet swap number two
is for gummies or candy. This was also requested by you guys, and of course SmartSweets
is my number one pick. I love them. I pretty much could eat a pack
every day, although I don’t. I try to limit myself to one a week, you know, movie night, game night. And these make snacking
on gummies way more fun and with way less guilt, and I don’t have that
sugar rush at the end. Our next swap is ice cream. It is a time of year where we just want a nice chilly dessert like ice cream. So I have equal parts of
frozen banana and mango here (upbeat music) and I’m just gonna add in
a squeeze of some citrus. I’m using some lime, you
could do lemon, orange, whatever you have on hand, with a splash or two of some
unsweetened oat or nut milk. And you’re just gonna blend
this until you get a nice, smooth, creamy ice cream consistency. And it seems so simple, but
honestly it tastes so good. Every time I make this I am so
amazed by how good it tastes and how it really does taste
like sorbet or ice cream and you can even add chocolate
chips or toppings on it, sprinkles if you wanted. And enjoy a nice afternoon chilly treat, ’cause this will definitely cool you down. So I think the most popular
dessert mentioned on Instagram was cheesecake. I also love cheesecake, it’s probably one of my favorite desserts. So I’m gonna show you guys an
easy, healthier alternative. So this is gonna make the
base to our cheesecake bites. I have some rolled oats and walnuts, which are such great brain food. Some cinnamon, which is
good for sugar balancing and a pinch of sea salt. Process this together until
you get a nice fine crumble. Now I’m gonna have the full
recipe link down below. This is basically my
strawberry cheesecake tarts, but we’re gonna make
them into mini muffin, more bite-sized versions. Next we’re gonna add in
some chopped up dates. I like to use Medjool dates,
they’re nice and juicy, and you just want to make
sure you take the pits out. Then we’re also adding in some vanilla. Pop that lid on again, to process, to mix everything together. At the same time you’re gonna drizzle in some melted coconut oil and it’s just gonna help
bring everything together. And you know it’s done
when you can pinch it between your fingers and it
kind of just sticks together. ‘Cause want that, so we can
create that nice crust base to our creamy cheesecake filling. Now on to the filling,
in a high-speed blender you’re gonna add in some full
fat coconut milk from the can. For sweetness we’re adding, one of my favorites, maple syrup. You can use another one like
agave or honey if you’d like. Then to give us that
tart cheesecake taste, we’re gonna add in lots of lemon juice. And this was a bit of a struggle. This lemon had very thick skin, so use your muscle, get
that juice into the blender. Next we have some soaked raw cashews, I just soaked these in water overnight. Honestly this is like, the go to dairy-free cheesecake base, but we’re gonna make it
a little bit more fancy with some frozen strawberries. Next up we have some coconut oil. Vanilla extract and some sea salt. Blend that on high until
super creamy smooth. I do my for about a minute, and this is what it should
look like when it’s done. Super creamy, silky, luxurious and it really does look
and taste like cheesecake when it sets. So I have gone ahead and
prepared a muffin tray here. So I just oiled it with coconut oil, as well as cut out some
strips of parchment paper. This will help you lift up the little muffin cheesecake bites
when they’re done setting. I’m gonna scoop in our
oat, nut and date crumble evenly into the cups, and then I’m just gonna
use some cleaned fingers and press it down to form the
crust of our cheesecake bites. Instead you could totally just
make one large cheesecake, you don’t have to do individual ones, but these are really great
just to prep ahead, freeze and then just have a little
sweet treat when you want one, late at night and you don’t wanna necessarily make a whole cheesecake. Next I’m taking that filling and I’m just gonna fill up each muffin cup with that delicious
strawberry cheesecake filling, it’s so good! You’re then gonna pop
these into the freezer for about four to six hours
or overnight just to set them. Once they are set let them
just chill at room temperature for a little bit, that way
you can easily pop them out and this is what they look
like when they’re done. And I like to let mine sit out
for an additional 30 minutes to just get nice and soft, So I can just cut into it with a fork. Or you can eat them chilled, kind of like an ice cream texture. You do you, but either
way they’re delicious and you guys are gonna love them. So our next sweet swap
is kind of a classic, we were talking cookies. And I happen to love a
good old fashioned cookie, but what’s even better and
easier to make are these peanut butter chocolate chip oat bites. In a large bowl you’re gonna add in some creamy peanut butter, you
wanna get the natural stuff with no added sugar. And I like to get the one that already has some sea salt to it. For sweetness we’re using maple syrup. Adding in some vanilla. And then just mix that together
until it’s nice and smooth. For the base we’re gonna
add in some rolled oats. Ground flaxseed, so we’re adding in some extra fiber and nutrition. And some cinnamon for sugar balancing, and I just love the taste
of cinnamon, it’s delicious. Some sea salt, if your peanut
butter is not already salted. And then I have some
dairy free, good quality, chocolate chips. Mix that all together with your spatula until everything is well coated, there are no dry oats left
and you’re ready to roll. Using a small cookie scoop
I’m just gonna measure out about two heaping tablespoons
worth of the mixture, and just form it into
a ball using my hands. Once you have them already on the tray, don’t worry there is no baking involved, all you have to do is
set these for just like a 10, 20 minutes in the fridge or freezer, just to set the fats in them and you’re ready to bite into them. So they’re so easy to make. These don’t last long, so I highly recommend doubling
or tripling this batch. Last but not least we are
making a healthy sweet swap for chewy chocolate bars. I love a good chocolate bar, yeah, I don’t really buy them anymore, so this is a fun alternative
that you can make at home and I think these were Matt’s
favorite out of the bunch. So we’re gonna take a juicy Medjool date, we’re gonna slice it
in half, remove the pit and fill it up with some
salted natural peanut butter. As an added crunch, just
to get in those layers that you normally get in a chocolate bar, I just kind of roughly
chopped up some almonds. Pop these into the fridge
just to set and harden, so it makes it easier to
dip them into the chocolate. When you’re ready, I just used a toothpick and I just put it right
through the middle, just to make it a little bit easier and less messy when dipping. So taking my melted, tempered chocolate, which I will link the
tutorial I used down below. It’s really easy and tempered
chocolate, if you didn’t know, gives you that nice snap to your chocolate when you bite into it. Which you will find in
traditional chocolate bars. So I really wanted to get that
similar taste and texture. I’m dipping it in the chocolate, laying it back on to my cookie tray and then sprinkling on some sea salt. Now I’ve been making
stuffed dates forever. but doing the chocolate
and sea salt was a fun idea I got from a fellow
HealthNut viewer, Paige, who I actually surprised on her birthday, we did a birthday brunch,
a vlog coming soon. And you guys should follow
her for healthy inspo and recipes and running
tips and she’s amazing. So go follow her. And she made us a batch of
something similar to this and we loved them. Matt just, I think, ate them
within a couple of days. So go give her some love and try out these delicious stuffed
chocolate-covered dates, you’ll love them. There you have it those are
my sweet swap alternatives to help you guys curve that
sweet tooth this summer. Honestly, they’re all so good. Matt and I have just been
eating them non-stop, which luckily they’re
healthier sweet alternatives because I would have
quite the sugar headache if they were just like
me with real white sugar. I just can’t, I can’t do
it guys, it just gives me, I don’t know, it just, yeah, I don’t need the extra sugar energy. Anyway, so good, give
these smart sweets a try. I’m gonna have a coupon
link, linked down below, in the info box for free
shipping on any orders that are $30 or over. I will have one for the
U.S. and for Canada, and you guys need to
try these Peach Rings. They’re so, so good. And, yeah, I’m just obsessed, and you guys need to try
them if you haven’t already. If you like sugar like me, but
you don’t like actual sugar, then you should definitely check them out. And, yeah, I’m so excited,
let me know down the comments which recipe was your favorite or which sweet swap was your
favorite out of the bunch, I would love to know. And as always don’t forget to subscribe. Click that red subscribe
button down below. I post here every single week. I got recipes, healthy
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content coming your way. Thank you so much for watching, I will see you guys in my next video, and go make yourself something sweet because you deserve it. (upbeat music)