Healthy desserts! Could there ever be such a thing? We all love a good dessert recipe, but a healthy one is another story. The healthier option shouldn’t have to be a major disappointment. We should be able to have our cake and eat it too. Who wouldn’t absolutely enjoy their favorite treat to be healthy, delicious, and packed with the flavors to relish? Here are 6 healthy desserts that are just dang delicious and pleasing to any appetite!
1. Banana Oat Muffins
This healthy recipe has a delicious blend of banana and chunky dark chocolate chips. The flavor profile is bitter-sweet and nutty. You can’t go wrong with this recipe, and it is perfect for a midnight treat or even breakfast! A healthy dessert for breakfast? Who knew.
3 very ripe bananas
2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
1 egg or flax egg for vegan substitution
3/4 cup of milk of your choice
1 tablespoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1.2 teaspoon of kosher salt
You’ll combine everything except the chocolate chips in a blender and blend for at least 30 seconds (and possibly up to 1 minute) until you have a fully incorporated muffin batter.
Then you’ll add the batter to a 12 cup greased muffin pan. About 1/2 cup of batter will go into each cup. Then top with the chocolate chips or chunks and bake for 30 to 35 minutes at 350 degrees F.
2. Pomegranate Chocolate Bites
This recipe is slightly salted and sweet with an excellent rich flavor from the added dark chocolate. The dessert has a selection of simple ingredients that take minimal time to make for a delicious treat, whether you’re on the go or need to satisfy your sweet tooth.
2 1/2 cups of pomegranate seeds (make sure they are dark pink or red for the best quality and taste)
150 grams of high-quality dark chocolate
1 tablespoon of sea salt
Across 12 muffin cups, sprinkle a single layer of pomegranate seeds.
Melt the dark chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave. Check often to make sure it’s not burning.
Add the melted dark chocolate to a piping bag or plastic bag. Snip off the end, so a small stream of chocolate can come out.
Pipe a crisscross pattern of chocolate across the pomegranate seeds. Add another layer of pomegranate seeds, then more chocolate, and then the last layer of pomegranate seeds.
Finish with a pinch of sea salt on each pomegranate chocolate bite.
Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. After removing it from the fridge, serve and enjoy!
3. Gooey Peanut Butter Fudge Bars
This chocolate peanut butter dessert combo is everything you need from its natural sweet vanilla taste and coconutty richness. It is gooey and delicious, and did I say foolproof! This no-bake healthy recipe has simple ingredients you most likely have in your kitchen and takes no time to make.
Peanut Butter Layer
1 cup of peanut butter
1/4 cup of maple syrup
3/4 cup of almond flour
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup of chopped dark chocolate
2/3 cups of dark chocolate melted
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
Line a 9×5 pan with parchment paper
Mix peanut butter layer ingredients until well combined and press into a 9×5 pan
Melt the chocolate and stir in the coconut oil and peanut butter for your chocolate layer.
Pour the chocolate layer over the peanut butter layer and place it in the freezer to harden.
Sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy!
4. Fudgy Zucchini Brownies
This dessert recipe is the epitome of a healthy treat. It’s fudgy chocolatey and simply superb! This vegan zucchini brownie is moist, melts in your mouth, and is yummy! Also, it’s gluten-free, and you won’t notice the zucchini. Dessert, but make it healthy, am I right?
1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal plus 3 tablespoons of lukewarm water
1 cup of zucchini finely grated and drained of any juice (about 2 large zucchinis with the skin on and ends trimmed)
1/2 cup of peanut butter (no added sugar)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 cup of maple syrup or agave or rice syrup
1/2 cup of coconut sugar
1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup of almond flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a 9-inch x 5-inch baking tray with parchment paper.
In a small mixing bowl, stir 1 tablespoon of flax meal with 3 tablespoons of hot water. Set aside for 15 minutes until gooey and has an egg-like texture (this is your flax egg)
Finely grate 2 large zucchinis with the skin on and the ends cut off
Drain zucchini of excess water using a clean towel or cloth until all the water is removed
In a mixing bowl, add your zucchini, peanut butter, flax egg, maple syrup, vanilla, and coconut sugar and mix until well combined
Stir in the cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and melted coconut oil until smooth and well incorporated
Then stir in the almond flour thoroughly and place batter into baking pan
Bake for 30 minutes or until the top and sides pull apart from the baking pan ( also, you could check if it’s ready by placing a toothpick in the center, and it comes out clean.
Let it cool for 30 minutes and place it in the fridge to let it set for 10 minutes to get the perfect slice (this makes it fudgier and makes it easier to slice)
Slice, Serve, and Enjoy!
5. Chia Seed Pudding
Chia pudding is creamy and super easy to make. It is a great dessert, snack, or breakfast treat! This healthy recipe is slightly sweet with notes of cinnamon topped with fresh fruit. This chia pudding certainly tastes like dessert, but it’s packed with fiber, healthy fats, and protein.
2 cups of light coconut milk or milk or plant milk of your choice
6 tablespoons of chia seeds
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon of sea salt
Choice of toppings such as frozen cherries, raspberries, blueberries, chopped nuts, granola, coconut flakes, maple syrup, chocolate, etc.
In a lidded 3- to a 4-cup jar, combine the milk, chia seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt. Cover and shake to combine. Chill for a few hours, then give it a good stir to loosen any clumps. Continue chilling for 12 to 18 hours for the pudding to set.
Serve with fruit, nuts, coconut flakes, and maple syrup as desired.
6. Acai Bowl
Don’t you just love a good acai bowl? This recipe is creamy, sweet, and decadent. This recipe is so incredible for a snack or dessert option! Acai bowls are refreshing honeyed with the perfect amount of natural sweetness. This dessert bowl is a powerhouse of fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats and is surprisingly filling!
1 banana sliced and frozen
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
3/4 cups of your choice of milk or juice
1/2 cup of plain yogurt
200 grams (2 packs) of frozen acai puree broken into small chunks
Toppings of choice I prefer granola, fresh strawberries, blueberries, bananas, coconut and almond flakes, and dark chocolate chunks with a drizzle of agave. This is the best combo, hands down! Thank me later.
Add frozen fruit, milk, yogurt, and acai in a high-speed blender on low and push the mixture down if needed to blend smoothly, adding additional liquid when required.
Add to a bowl and add favorite toppings of your choice.
What are some healthy dessert recipes you’d recommend? Tell us in the comments section!