Everybody loves dessert. No matter what diet you’re on, there’s always room for something sweet after a meal or as an afternoon snack. While most desserts out there are packed with calories and sugar, these eight indulgent and healthy desserts will help satisfy your sweet tooth without making you feel guilty or gluttonous. Plus, they’re the perfect treats to make with your kids!
1) Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Chocolate avocado pudding may sound like the oddest thing you’ve ever heard of, but trust me when I say it’s delicious. It also happens to be one of the healthiest desserts you can eat! All you need is some ripe avocados, cocoa powder, honey or maple syrup, vanilla extract, salt, and a banana.
Cut up your bananas into small pieces before adding them to the mixture with the other ingredients. Let everything sit overnight so it has time to blend together then divide among four servings once it’s chilled. And if you think that sounds amazing already, wait until you find out how little this recipe has in calories (200) or grams of sugar (5)! Add a dollop of whipped cream on top for an extra special touch.
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2) Chocolate Orange Fudge
This indulgent dessert is one that you can really feel good about. It is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, paleo, kosher, low carb (with substitutions), refined sugar-free and whole30 compliant. Not to mention it’s naturally sweetened with orange juice. Who doesn’t want to put a chocolate orange fudge recipe on their website?
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This delightful Dairy Free, Gluten Free Vegan Fudge is perfect for any occasion and every diet. With only 5 ingredients, Chocolate Orange Fudge will satisfy your cravings without compromising your diet. I would recommend using full fat coconut milk as the base if following a Whole 30 Diet or Low Carb Diet.
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3) Date Fruit Truffles
This is a great recipe to incorporate extra fruit that may be nearing the end of its edible life or to use up some mashed bananas with too much natural sugar. ~~1 cup mashed ripe banana, 1/2 cup nut butter (natural is best) ~~1-2 cups dried or fresh fruit (chopped finely), 2-3 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Line a pan with parchment paper.
In a bowl, mash the banana until it’s smooth. Stir in the other ingredients until well combined. Roll out into small balls then put on lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for an hour before serving so that they don’t crumble apart when removed from their container! Enjoy as is or roll them in chopped nuts for an added crunchiness!
4) Kiwi Banana Ice Cream
1. Kiwi Banana Ice Cream – It may seem a little strange at first but once you’ve had this ice cream, it’s hard to imagine going back to the store-bought version. This frozen dessert is creamy, sweet, healthy and has a gorgeous green hue. Plus, it’s not as finicky as other types of vegan ice cream because you don’t need an ice cream maker!
2. Blondies – These classic bar cookies are delicious but can be overkill when consumed by the tray. Make them healthier by using less butter and making them into cute bite-sized treats instead! They still have the same buttery goodness with fewer calories. Add some sliced almonds or chocolate chips for crunch too!
3. Chocolate Cake Batter Muffins – Who doesn’t love muffins? And who doesn’t love cake batter? The answer to both questions is probably no one! So why not combine the two?! These muffins are easy to make and taste like they came from your favorite bakery.
4. Dark Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies – Everyone loves oatmeal cookies, but they’re usually full of sugar and refined flour which leave us feeling bloated afterward. That’s why these oatmeal cookies are made with heart-healthy dark chocolate chunks that won’t spike your blood sugar levels while giving you that great dark chocolate flavor we all crave sometimes!
5) Key Lime Pie Parfaits
The perfect creamy, refreshing treat that you could enjoy guilt-free any time of the day. Yes, it’s possible! Key Lime Pie Parfaits are just that: a delicious indulgence with an added twist.
They’re easy to make, can be made gluten-free with flaxmeal instead of flour, and I guarantee they’ll leave your taste buds happy as can be. Best part? There’s only three ingredients needed for this little slice of heaven: key lime pie filling, heavy cream, and whipped cream. Layer them up however you want to get those layers going—or use them all together for one tasty parfait.
6) Matcha and Coconut Milk Popsicles
If you’re looking for a dessert that’s both indulgent and healthy, these Matcha Coconut Milk Popsicles will make the perfect treat! They combine the two essential flavors of popsicles: refreshing matcha green tea with a creamy coconut milk base.
The ingredients are simple to find, making this the perfect recipe for anytime of year. Blend together 3 cups of coconut milk, 1⁄4 cup of matcha powder, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 2-3 tbsp honey or maple syrup. Pour into popsicle molds (or freeze in ice cube trays) and enjoy on a hot summer day or cozy winter night. With less than 50 calories per pop, it’s easy to indulge guilt free. These would also be a fun project for kids who love to help out in the kitchen too!
7) Sesame Seed Cake Doughnuts with Mocha Glaze
Start by whipping the egg whites with sugar until they form a frothy, stiff meringue. Once you have a nice glossy meringue mixture, fold it into the sour cream mixture.
The key to these doughnuts is to create a good amount of structure without overmixing the dough – so once all of the wet ingredients are mixed together and come together as one large ball, stop mixing! At this point you can add your toppings: granulated or powdered sugar for sweet doughnuts, or coconut sugar if you want something more nutritious.
Grease your donut pan with butter or vegetable oil before spooning on some batter; fill each cavity no more than 3/4 full as these will rise during baking. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 425 degrees F. Let cool for 5 minutes then transfer them from the pans to wire racks.
While the doughnuts cool, prepare your glaze. Melt chocolate chips (or use carob chips) with cocoa powder in a small saucepan set over low heat, stirring occasionally until completely melted and smooth. If needed, whisk in 2 tablespoons of water or almond milk until combined and smooth.
Transfer chocolate mixture to a small bowl or cup and place in fridge briefly just until thickened but still pourable like thin pudding (this may take up to 10 minutes). Drizzle the cooled doughnuts generously with melted chocolate mocha glaze while still warm then top with fresh berries and mint leaves!
8) Very Berry Cheesecake Squares
Creamy, vanilla cheesecake squares with a layer of raspberry jam. Give it an additional sprinkling of white chocolate for that extra dose of indulgence.
The contrasting flavors of berry jam against a creamy cheesecake base make this the perfect healthier dessert to enjoy during any time of the year. Enjoy your summer berry splendor with this simple, but very satisfying recipe!
In a large bowl, mix together 1/2 cup ricotta cheese, 1 tbsp confectioners’ sugar and 2 tsp milk until completely combined. Mix in 3 ounces cream cheese into the first mixture (makes about 2 cups) until light and fluffy.
Add more milk as needed if you are finding that it is too difficult to incorporate all the cream cheese or if you find the mixture too thick. Pour this mixture into a lightly greased 9×9 baking dish.
Place jar of raspberries on top and drizzle them with honey. Cover the raspberries with crumble topping made from: 1/4 cup flour, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon heavy cream and cinnamon.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes or until cheesecake looks set in the center. Let cool before serving to allow the flavors to set.