Healthy desserts are possible, and you have more choices than banana bread and carrot cake. When you need some sweetness after the meal, or into the night, try one of these delicious recipes.
I finished off a pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream last night. When there's only about 1/3 left you must go at it with a spoon, skipping the bowl, right? It was late and I couldn't go to bed knowing Chocolate Fudge Brownie was in my house, waiting for me.
But I'm not sure this helped my wellness goal of fitting back into real pants by spring. And I'm trying to give my body more of what it needs. But sometimes, dessert just calls.
Here are some delicious dessert ideas that don't feel sacrificial, but with ingredients that meet your goals of healthy eating.
Fruit's natural sweetness provides endless healthy alternatives to typical sugary desserts. Baked fruit desserts use natural sweeteners such as lemon juice and cinnamon for a low-sugar treat. Toss a variety of sliced fruit in a bowl with lemon juice, cinnamon, and maple syrup, and then bake in a glass baking dish at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until apples are soft. You can also grill fruit for another delicious treat.
Fruit pizza is popular with both adults and kids and is pretty enough to serve at a party. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and kiwi create vibrant colors on a serving tray, and if you use Greek yogurt instead of frosting and bake this paleo and gluten-free crust have a clean-eating dessert that will be a new favorite, even for breakfast.
I found my favorite healthy dessert in Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook, Food Swings. She features some vegan desserts and her Vice Cream is by far my favorite. This easy dessert recipe uses peanut butter and frozen bananas and is a guilt-free substitute for ice cream. it's delicious, easy, and a great make-ahead treat for after-dinner, or as a snack. If you eat it right away, it tastes like frozen yogurt. But if you freeze it for later, you'll have more of an ice cream experience.
Jessica Seinfeld's famous yummy dessert alternative. It's vegan and gluten-free, too!
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Put the bananas, peanut butter, coconut oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a food processor and let them rest for 2-3 minutes.
Puree until smooth and creamy.
If you want a frozen yogurt consistency, then serve it up as-is! Or, if you like a firmer ice cream consistency, put it into a container and freeze for an hour. Garnish with dark chocolate shavings or cinnamon!
No-bake cookies don't use flour and don't need butter. You can use vegan ingredient substitutes such as honey, coconut oil, or ghee instead of butter, and as in with these No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies, any nut butter instead of peanut butter. No-bake cookies are better-for-you but still delicious.
I do love fresh fruit. I do love peanut butter. But let's cut to the chase. Dessert has to mean chocolate at least some of the time, right? Great news: dark chocolate contains good-for-you antioxidants, micronutrients, and fiber, meaning dark chocolate dessert recipes are your friend for always.
Use cocoa powder to get your chocolate fix and the benefits of dark chocolate in your oats, or melt and drizzle for chocolate-covered popcorn. You could also add a spoonful to your Vegan Vice Cream for a guilt-free chocolate peanut butter twist.
Sometimes there is no substitute for chocolate cake or cheesecake, with all of the original ingredients and calories. Don't stress the occasional sweetness splurge. It's about balance.
But it's also about smaller portions. When you bake those fudgy chocolate brownies or flour-filled cream cheese dessert bars, cut them into bite-sizes. The Pioneer Woman whose life is committed to delicious eating uses this trick to enjoy dessert every day, sometimes multiple times. Bake her dark chocolate brownie bites and enjoy chocolate antioxidants after lunch and dinner.
Healthy eating doesn't mean you can't indulge or celebrate! Enjoy the sweetness of life and food with healthy desserts that satisfy, without setting you back.