Eating healthy is great – you get so much flavour out of fruit and vegetables, you feel better, and you have more energy. Or, well, it is great until those chocolate, carb and sugar cravings hit, and sometimes you just want something that isn’t a piece of fruit to eat as dessert. A lot of the time, however, easy desserts mean tonnes of sugar and fat, and healthy means blending and grinding beans and pulses for hours on end. Eating healthy, however, doesn’t have to mean sacrificing on all that is good and holy (desserts). Thanks to the recent rise in lifestyle bloggers, we’re inundated with easy and healthy dessert recipes – lots of them only take 10-20 minutes to make, too! Here are my favourite picks for easy healthy desserts!
Okay, these may not be the healthiest in terms of nutrition, but they’re a good, light alternative for those cheesecake cravings. Try adding some fruit and/or berries for extra flavour and vitamins! They have only 128kcal per serving and take only 15min to prep! (They do need to chill for 4 hours, though, so keep that in mind before making them.)
2. Mango Brûlée
Mangos are one of my favourite fruits, and I love anything caramelised – these mango brûlées are super quick and easy to make, and are packed with vitamins C and A! You don’t even need a blowtorch for these – just broil them in the oven.
These are super easy to make and packed with protein and fibre (and chocolate). The recipe calls for low-fat peanut butter, but personally, I’d go with regular peanut butter to get all the nutrients.
This one does call for some baking (approximately 40 minutes in the oven) but it takes 10 minutes to mix together. The oats and the bananas mean that these will be super dense (and healthy) – add dried fruit/nuts/chocolate/seeds for extra flavour+texture.
These coconutty chocolate cookies take only 10 minutes to make, and are vegan and gluten-free! Mix them up with different nuts and fruits.
Peanut butter cups are amazing, but unfortunately for all parties concerned, those Reeses Peanut Butter Cups are the furthest thing from healthy. Luckily, Monique from Ambitious Kitchen has provided us with a 4-ingredient vegan version.
Have these as a healthy dessert or take them to the library for a filling snack – there’s loads of protein and fibre in the oats and the peanut butter!
Sometimes all you want is rich chocolate – and these easy, healthy (ish) chocolate truffles definitely do the trick. They’ve only 4 ingredients and take about 10 minutes to make! The nut butter adds a bit of extra protein, and the dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants.
Chia seeds are such a healthy, versatile ingredient as they’re high in fibre and Omega 3 (I like to add them to porridge). This chia seed pudding is technically a dessert, but you could also have it for breakfast if you make it in the evening and leave it in the fridge overnight (also dessert for breakfast because why not. I’m an adult).
These take a bit more effort to make (15 minutes of prep and 35 minutes in the oven) but are definitely worth it for a healthy dessert. Leave out the espresso if you don’t use instant coffee – guaranteed they’ll still be delicious. The slow-release energy you get from the oats means that they’ll make a great snack on the go, too!
I know. Sounds a bit too good to be true, doesn’t it? Definitely an easy healthy dessert, here. These brownies are made with banana, cocoa, and nut butter – lots of healthy fats there! They’re vegan and gluten-free, too. You know you want to go make all of these easy healthy desserts right now.
These are the easiest things ever: just melt some dark chocolate, coat the bananas (or any fruit/berries you fancy, really) and let them set! Add a nut butter of your choice for extra protein. These are delicious easy healthy desserts you’ll always want to make.