Satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt with this selection of lower-calorie treats.
Sweet-tooths, your day to celebrate is here: October 14th is National Dessert Day. But that doesn’t mean you have to throw your nutritional goals out the window, thanks to these seven delicious and healthy dessert recipes. Whip up these tasty treats – without the guilt!
- Healthy chocolate cake
- Peanut butter cookies
- Banana “Nice” cream
- Sugar-free stuffed baked apples
- Lemon fruit tarts
- Carrot cake cupcakes
- Plum crisp
Learn more about these healthy dessert ideas and their health-boosting benefits below.
Not only can you make a healthier version of chocolate cake, but you can do it in about 30 minutes. And you won’t even notice that there is sweet potato and avocado in every rich, mouthwatering slice! When it comes to these nourishing ingredients, sweet potato is rich in fiber and vitamins, while avocado is chock-full of healthy fats.
With only three ingredients, this healthy dessert recipe is almost too easy to make. All you need is peanut butter, coconut sugar, and a single egg. Mix, bake, and share! Peanut butter is good for you in moderation. While it’s calorie-dense and contains saturated fat, it also boasts plenty of healthy nutrients that can improve heart health and decrease breast cancer risk, while helping to keep blood sugar stable.
When you’re in the mood for something cold, swap “ice” for “nice” with this banana-based soft-serve replica. When blended with a little liquid, frozen bananas churn into a thick, creamy mixture that can take on a variety of flavors. Add cocoa powder, mint extract and mint leaves, classic peanut butter, or other frozen fruits. This healthy recipe is a bowl you can feel good about, thanks to bananas’ support for digestion, heart health, and more.
Remember what they say about “an apple a day”? Well, no one says it can’t be a baked apple full of nuts, raisins, and spices. The versatile fruit contains lots of good gut bacteria and plant compounds that may fight cancer and asthma, and protect your brain, stomach, and bones.
A tart-and-sweet lemony flavor explosion, paired with flavorful fresh fruit – and it’s healthy and high in protein! The magic ingredient here is silken tofu. You might associate tofu with savory dishes like Chinese food, but prepare to have those expectations transformed. In this healthy dessert recipe, you’ll blend it up with lemon, vanilla, and sweetener to produce a smooth, creamy custard for your date-and-walnut cookie crust. Tofu is a healthy ingredient choice because it could help to lower blood pressure, cancer risk, and LDL cholesterol.
You may think that carrot cake is a healthy dessert idea to begin with, but standard recipes usually go heavy on the oil and sugar. This version is much lighter, includes plenty of eye-healthy carrot, and incorporates applesauce to maintain the moist texture. And instead of traditional cream cheese frosting, you can try a lighter half-and-half recipe using Greek yogurt.
Apple and peach might be the most popular kinds of crisps, but plums deserve a chance in the sun too. They’re highly nutritious, good for digestion, and rich in disease-fighting antioxidants, plus other benefits. And when served up hot with a crispy oat-and-nut topping, they make a perfect fall or winter healthy dessert.
For healthy living ideas and recipes beyond dessert, keep reading our health and wellness blog.