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Local businesses create healthy meals and desserts that taste like the “real thing”

Amber Connor’s bakery creates healthier alternatives to popular desserts, such as cookies, cupcakes, and brownies, and she’s now set her sights on teaching kids to follow its motto of “Treats without the cheats.”

Connor, owner of Sinless Sweets located at 4336 B Washington Road in Evans, will offer her first-ever kids’ baking class for children between the ages of 5 and 12 on Wednesday, July 12.

“There were 24 spots available, and all the spots sold out in an hour and a half,” she said. “We plan to offer another class later in July.”


Connor said many of her clients’ children have allergies to various ingredients, such as dairy products, gluten, and eggs.

“We’re making the class allergy-friendly,” she said.

Kids enrolled in the Sinless Sweets baking class will learn how to make cakes using healthy ingredients.

Each child will receive an apron and goody bag and learn to create two desserts: a lunchbox cake and no-bake energy balls using healthier ingredients, such as almond flour.

“It’s super important from a young age to teach children how to make healthier food choices,” Connor said.

But Sinless Sweets isn’t the only local business that allows its clients to enjoy their favorite foods without all the sugar, fat, and calories. ABD previously brought you the story of DSD Boards, Meals, and Treats, which shares space in OPP Kitchen and is owned by LaTreal Strickland. DSD stands for Do Something Different.

Strickland established her meal prep business in April 2020 for truck drivers and healthcare providers who were working around the clock during the beginning of the pandemic. One of her specialties is shrimp and grits, but instead of grits, she uses cauliflower.

“You’ll never know it’s cauliflower unless I tell you,” Strickland said.

She also creates healthier charcuterie boards using whole wheat crackers and fruits and vegetables with lower sugar content, such as broccoli and strawberries. Her dessert menu includes keto versions of red velvet cake and blueberry muffins.

Strickland loves helping her clients reach their fitness goals.

“Some of my clients have lost hundreds of pounds from eating my food alone,” she said.

As a mother of two, Connor understands the importance of teaching kids the benefits of healthy eating.

“The most exciting part of the class is being able to share my healthy baking knowledge with a younger generation,” she said.

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