Try These Healthy, Comfort Food Recipes When You’re Stressed

Try These Healthy, Comfort Food Recipes When You’re Stressed

When you’re stressed, it’s easy to find solace in a chocolate bar, a couple of cookies, or a tub of ice cream.

Stress and anxiety are known to trigger cravings, though people typically don’t go for a bowl of oatmeal or kale salad.

If you’re looking for a healthy but sweet snack to take off the edge, check out these simple recipes from Lindsey Smith‘s new book Eat Your Feelings: The Food Mood Girl’s Guide to Transforming Your Emotional Eating. They feature your favorite feel-good ingredients – chocolate included – that’ll help ease your stress and stomach.

PB Banana Chip Muffins

Serves: 12 to 14


  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1¼ cups nut flour, gluten-free flour, or whole grain flour, sifted
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Dark chocolate chips, to your liking

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine the bananas, coconut oil, maple syrup, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and egg in a food processor or blender; blend until smooth. Now, in a large bowl, mix the salt and flour with the mixture; mix well. Add chocolate chips. Pour the mixture into lined muffin tins, bake for 12-15 minutes.

Related: Make a Healthier, Tastier Trail Mix with this Homemade Recipe

Cookie Dough Contraband

Serves: 12 to 16


  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 cup almond or cashew flour
  • 1¼ cup dark chocolate chips

Combine the almond butter with the honey or maple syrup. Then, add nut flour and mix until you’ve formed a dough ball. Add the chocolate chips. Roll into bite-size balls; freeze for 30 minutes.

Photo Credit: Lindsey Smith/Eat Your Feelings; Sithipol Buachuen/

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