Are you looking for a dessert with all the taste, but with fewer calories and sugar? These 8 tasty and healthy dessert recipes are simple, easy and great for any occasion! Not to mention healthy, so you can feel free to indulge without the guilt.
1.) Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal cookies are a classic favorite, and are a healthier alternative to chocolate chip cookies.
In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup butter, 1 cup white sugar, and 1 cup brown sugar. Mix evenly, then beat in 2 eggs (one at a time), then stir in 1 tsp vanilla extract. Combine 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp of brown sugar and 3 cups of oats in a separate bowl. Mix them together, then add to the wet ingredients. Cover the dough and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, and grease a cookie tray. Roll the dough into small balls, and place each one 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes for soft cookies, or up to 15 minutes for crunchy cookies, and allow to cool when done.
2.) Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chips are a beloved dessert, but they don’t necessarily have to be unhealthy! This healthy dessert recipe will show you how to make healthy chocolate chip cookies! So you can enjoy with peace of mind.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine 1/4 cup solid coconut oil and 1/2 cup coconut sugar until fully combined. Add 1 egg yolk and 3/4 tsp vanilla extract and beat until well combined. Finally, slowly add 1/2 whole wheat flour, 1/4 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp baking soda, and 1/4 tsp baking powder on top of the mixture. Beat well to fully combine everything, then mix chocolate chips in.
Divide and roll the dough into small balls, then evenly space them 2 inches apart on the baking tray. Bake for 9-11 minutes, and let cool when finished.
3.) Crustless Apple Pie
Enjoy this classic American favorite without the added calories. Crustless apple pie is a great and healthy alternative to the original, and the best part is that you don’t have to worry about the hassle of kneading and rolling dough. It is a healthy dessert recipe that you will be sure to enjoy.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut up 3 large baking apples, each halved vertically and cored. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper, then place each apple half face down on the sheet. Then, use a small knife to create thin vertical slices down, all the way across the apple. But make sure to stop right before you reach the bottom of the apple, so that it will stay as one piece.
Lightly brush the tops of the apples with 2 tbsps of melted butter, and then sprinkle each with granulated sugar.
Bake apples for 25 minutes, or until they become soft and caramelized.
Remove from oven, then in a small bowl combine 4 tbsp melted butter, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 tsp of ground cinnamon, and 2/3 cup old fashioned oats. Once the apples are cool enough, spoon this mixture in between the apple slits.
Return the filled apples to the oven and bake for 10 minutes longer. Take the apples out, place each one into a bowl, and then serve with optional ice cream or caramel drizzle.
4.) Strawberry Sundae Bites
Settle your craving for a classic strawberry sundae with this quick, easy and healthy dessert recipe. You’ll get the same taste of a strawberry sundae without the unnecessary sugar or large portion.
Cut the tops off 12 large strawberries, then use a paring knife to scoop of the centers. Cut a small piece of the bottom off to help them stand up. Fill each strawberry center with whipped cream, then top with chocolate sauce, sprinkles and a cherry.
This recipe is deceptively simple and delightfully tasty.
5.) No-Bake Vegan Fudge Brownies
This healthy dessert recipe will make delicious fudge and rich brownies, and include simple and healthy ingredients.
Place 1 cups walnuts into a food processor, and process until the nuts are finely ground. Then, add 3/4 cup unsweetened cacao powder and 1/4 tsp sea salt then pulse again t0 finely combine. Pour into a bowl and set aside
Add 2 1/2 cup of dates to the processor, and process until they are finely processed into small pieces. Add the nut and coco mixture back to the food processor, turn on a low setting then slowly the date pieces in.
Process this mixture until it reaches a doughy consistency. If the mixture does not hold together, simply add more dates in.
Add this mixture to a small brownie dish with a parchment paper lining. Add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and 2 tbsp of cacao nibs on top of the mixture for toppings, then press down until the mixture is flat and firm. Lift the paper so that the brownies are removed from the dish, and then shape the sides and tops together to make it more dense and even. Place back into the dish, then refrigerate 10-15 minutes before cutting the mixture into squares. Feel free to add chocolate sauce on top, or chocolate frosting to top it off.
6.) Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
Peanut butter banana muffins are a healthy dessert recipe that are naturally sweetened with maple sugar, and have lots of healthy (and tasty) natural ingredients that will make you even more excited to enjoy these muffins!
Preheat over to 425 degrees F. Great a muffin pan, and set aside. In a large bowl, mix 2 mashed bananas, 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1/2 cup whole milk Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, and 2 tsp vanilla extract. Combine the mixture until smooth. In another bowl, whisk together 1 3/4 white whole wheat flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp sea salt. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, and mix until combined. (Add 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips if desired, but this is optional).
Evenly distribute the batter into the muffin tin. Bake for 5 minutes at 425 degrees, then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F and bake for another 12 minutes. Let cool when finished baking, then enjoy!
7.) Baked Peaches With Ice cream
These baked peaches will taste like pie, minus the guilt of eating one! If you’re looking for a fast, delicious and healthy dessert recipe, then be sure to check this one out!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut 4 peaches in half, and remove the pit. Place a small amount of butter (3/4 tsp) in the center of each piece half. Then combine 2 tbsp of brown sugar and1/4 tsp of cinnamon together (you can even add a shot of bourbon to this step, but it is optional). Sprinkle a generous layer of the mixture together over the peach halves.
Bake until golden brown, around 8-12 minutes. Let cool, then serve into a bowl. Top with vanilla ice cream, and even caramel sauce if desired!
8.) Greek Yogurt Key Lime Cheesecakes
These cheesecakes are a great option for when you want to satisfy your cheesecake craving but don’t want to break your diet or add extra calories.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a standard-size muffin pan. Melt 2 tbsp of butter, then stir in 1 tbsp of sugar and 1/2 cup graham crackers. Divide evenly into the muffin pan, making sure to press gently into the bottom of the pans. In a large bowl, use a mixer to beat 4 oz of softened cream cheese until smooth. Then, add 1 cup Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg, 2 tbsp key lime zest, 1 tbsp of key lime juice, and 1 tbsp of vanilla. Beat for a few minutes until well-incorporated. You can even add 1 drop of green food coloring to get the class green key-lime color, but this step is optional
Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin pan, and bake in oven for about 25 minutes (look to make sure the centers are set). Allow to cool completely, then place in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Serve them cold, and enjoy!
These 8 tasty and healthy dessert recipes are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling guilty about breaking your diet. They are simple, fast and easy to make, and are delicious!
Which one of these recipes are you excited to try? Are there any healthy desserts you love? Let us know in the comments!
Allison Havermale grew up in sunny San Diego, California. She is a senior at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and is majoring in English Language & Literature. She has a passion for food, literature, traveling, fashion, and beauty, and is hoping to pursue a writing career in one of those fields. When she’s not reading or writing, you can usually catch her at the beach or grabbing brunch with friends!