I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m forever doomed with the irresistible need for sugar as soon as 4 pm comes around. Figures of sugary sweets dance in my head and it’s almost impossible to concentrate on any task at hand, until I get my hands on a treat to satisfy that darn sweet tooth.

To help you fulfill your sugary needs without interfering with your healthy lifestyle, we’re sharing three of our favourite late afternoon snacks that are easy, inexpensive and totally delicious. With only four ingredients or less, these simple treats can be quickly prepped early in the morning before work and enjoyed as an end-of-day power boost.

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Cinnamon Sprinkled Apples and Cocoa Sprinkled Pears 

Ingredients (serves two):
1 apple
1 pear
2 lemon wedges
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp cocoa powder

Directions: 
1. Slice fruits in eights and if not eating right away, squeeze the juice from two lemon wedges on the slices to prevent browning.
2. When ready to eat, sprinkle cinnamon on apple slices, and cocoa on pear slices.

Maple Glazed Walnuts with Sea Salt 

Ingredients (serves two):
2/3 cup walnuts chopped in half
8 Tbsp 100% maple syrup
Pinch of sea salt

Directions:
1. Preheat pan on medium-high heat, and then add walnuts and maple syrup.
2. Cook for about 3 minutes until syrup is caramelized, and sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool.

Banana & Vanilla Cream Graham Cracker Pie 

Ingredients:
2 graham crackers split in fours
4 Tbsp vanilla Greek yogurt
1 banana, sliced
Pinch of flax seed powder

Directions:
Spread vanilla Greek yogurt onto graham crackers then top with banana slices and sprinkle on flax seed powder.

headshot Renée Reardin is a lifestyle writer and stylist living in Toronto. To learn more about her, visit www.reneereardin.com, and follow her on Twitter @reneereardin.