He’s Green, She’s Green: Sugar-Free Treats

 

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Sticking to healthy New Year’s resolutions can be tricky on Valentine’s Day. You want to shower your sweetheart in boxes of heart-shaped chocolates, but all that sugar is a surefire way to derail your hard work at the gym together. Well, we found the perfect compromise! We sampled a variety of healthy treats made with simple ingredients and sweetened with fruit juice, stevia, agave nectar or honey – no refined sugars. It wasn’t love at first sight for some, but sparks definitely flew with a few surprising encounters! Read on to see which delectable delights are good enough for your Valentine.

Koochikoo | blissful chocolatey brownie koochikoo cookies

HE SAID: Now, that was a surprise! These sugar-free chocolate cookies were just about as good as the real deal. Although slightly dry, they had a rich chocolate taste with plenty of sweetness, sans the sugary calories. Just try not to finish the whole bag in one sitting.

He gave it: ★★★★

 

SHE SAID: It’s hard to believe a cookie without sugar could taste so good! This crunchy, dark-chocolatey treat will make you smile, and you won’t miss the sugar one bit.

She gave it: ★★★★

 


Laughing Giraffe Organics | 
vanilla snakaroons

Hvanilla snakaroonsE SAID: These treats were little coconut hand grenades. I liked them, but I could barely taste the vanilla flavor. They’re organic, raw, vegan and GMO-free, but the bottom line is this: If you like coconut this is your bag; if not, steer clear.

He gave it: ★★★

 

SHE SAID: I love how healthy these are, but I wish they were more exciting. The too-dry ball of mildly flavored flakes just didn’t do it for me. Chocolate fixes everything, though! I’d dip these in a chocolate fondue for a romantic date night.

She gave it: ★★★

 

Lily’s | salted almond & milk, 40% chocolateLily_s_Salted_Almond_Milk_NS_HR_2048x2048

HE SAID: If you’ve read my reviews before, then you know there’s only a few things in this world that I absolutely hate – and one is salt in sweet treats. I know a really good place for sea salt…the sea! Don’t put it in my caramel, or my coffee, or my chocolate. Almonds and milk chocolate are already delicious, why do you need to add anything?

He gave it: ★★

 

SHE SAID: Just the right amount of salt can add an interesting flair to dessert. This one, however, must have been dropped in the ocean. Even after eating half the bar, it never balanced out. I did love the crunchy yet soft chopped almonds, and you’d never know it was made without sugar. Lily’s also donates a portion of sales to grassroots nonprofits that support childhood cancer survivors and fighters. Chocolate that’s good for your soul and your waistline!

She gave it: ★★★

 

Heavenly Organics | mint chocolate honey patties

Heavenly-Organics-Honey-Pattie-Chocolate-Mint-897988012053HE SAID: This candy had a serious mood swing. It had this tasty mint and honey center that just melted in my mouth. But it was covered in heavy, dark, unsweetened cocoa that swooped in and ruined the whole candy. It was like a sweet kiss followed by a punch in the mouth. Ouch.

He gave it: ★★

 

SHE SAID: If you’ve never had 100-percent cocoa, forget what you think you know about chocolate. It’s a whole new (bitter!) experience. At least here it’s paired with a mineral-rich raw honey to balance it out. The peppermint oil addition was strange at first, but by the third piece I found it to be a tasty, good-for-you treat.

She gave it: ★★★

 

Nana’s | no gluten lemon cookie

????????????????????????????????????HE SAID: The back of this bag was so ironic that I laughed out loud. It said “A mouth-watering combination of tangy lemon and crunchy sweetness.” I laughed because I had just eaten something that made my mouth feel as dry as desert dust. At no point during this review did I ever think I was eating a cookie.

He gave it: 

 

SHE SAID: Vegan and gluten-free? I had to try this one. It was bursting with tart lemon flavor, and the fruit juice added the perfect amount of sweetness. Where it went horribly wrong, though, was the texture. After one bite, it disintegrated into a powdery, chalky substance that no longer resembled a tasty cookie.

She gave it: 

 


Product reviews by our eco-conscious couple John and Jennifer Burkhart.

See more product reviews at greenlivingaz.com/hgsg

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