Let's be honest, summertime reminds most of us of s'mores. The roasted marshmallows and melted chocolate are reason enough to hunt for twigs in the first place. But if you're like us, you're looking for s'more ways (sorry, we had to) to make this summertime treat a little less guilty. Lo and behold – here are five healthier, more natural alternatives to the ooey gooey classic.
DARK CHOCOLATE BANANA S'MORES
1. Heat a grill to medium and mist with cooking spray. Slice a banana in half lengthwise. Place the cut sides down and grill until lightly marked, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip banana halves and brush tops with the melted butter. Grill cut side up 3 minutes more. Transfer bananas to a plate, remove peels and cut into 1/3-inch slices.
2. While bananas are grilling, place your graham cracker squares on top of squares of aluminum foil. Top each graham cracker with a square of dark chocolate. Arrange 4 to 5 banana slices on top of each chocolate square and cover with remaining graham crackers.
3. Wrap each s'mores in foil and grill 1 to 2 minutes or until chocolate is melted.
HONEY AND PEANUT BUTTER AND APPLES, OH MY!
We admit, this may remind you more of an after-school snack than a s'more, but it will surely satisfy your sweet tooth!
1. First, slice your apple into small wedges and put aside.
2. Put two graham crackers on a plate and break in half.
3. Spread peanut butter, a drizzle of honey and a pinch of cinnamon on all four pieces.
4. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and top with apple wedges.
BERRIES AND S'MORE CREAM
Replace the marshmallows with an all-natural whipped topping like truwhip and the chocolate with fresh strawberries. When the combination sits on a sweet graham cracker, you'll be happily singing "kumbaya." Added plus: you can't burn your tongue!
How to Make Them: Thinly slice strawberries and set aside. Put two graham crackers on a plate and break in half. Add a dollop of cool whipped topping. Top with the remaining cracker and enjoy!
S'MORES SANS CORN SYRUP AND DEXTROSE
From afar, you'd never know the marshmallow was missing! These s'mores look like s'mores and taste like dessert, but won't give you guilt gut the next morning.
How to Make Them: First, thinly slice strawberries and set aside. Put two graham crackers on a plate and break in half. Add a dollop of natural cool whipped topping. Top with the remaining cracker and enjoy!
MAKE HEALTHIER, HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS
If you have a hankering for traditional s'mores and just can't be satisfied by any of the healthier alternatives, you may want to take a stab at making your own marshmallows. Control the sugar, control the ingredients, and ultimately control your calorie-intake.