The numbers don’t like, Americans aren’t the most healthy. Around 90% ingest more sodium that is recommended and it’s expected that by 2030, 115 million adults will be obese.
One of the biggest factors impacting the public’s health is a poor diet. Specifically, many people struggle with an uncontrollable sweet tooth. But just because you like to have sweet treats, doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy.
Desperate for yummy treats that won’t negatively impact your health? Good news. Check out ten top dessert recipes that are almost too good to be true!
1. Cinnamon Apple Crumble
Typical, crumple or strudel type desserts come with a whopping calorie count. If you view them as a favourite, there are alternatives available. Cinnamon apple is one of the best to give a healthy makeover.
Simply avoid adding extra sugar to the apples at the bottom. To create extra flavor, pump up the spices. For the crunch, consider crushed almonds and oats.
If you want to change it up, consider using berries or pears depending on what is in season.
2. Cookie Dough
Yes, we are serious. We’ve all eaten raw cookie dough at some point in our life. Don’t even try to deny it.
But the good news is that it is really easy to make an egg-free version that is also healthier. The first thing you need to do is swap the sugar for Stevia or another sugar alternative. Then add the following:
- Whole wheat flour
- Fat-free Milk
- Dark Chocolate Chips
You won’t even miss the real thing!
3. Grapes Dipped in Chocolate
Calling it a recipe may be a stretch, but once you taste a chocolate covered grape, you won’t care what you call it.
Chocolate dipped fruit is a classic, especially strawberries. But using grapes changes it up with a juicy crunch. Just be sure to use dark chocolate, as it is much healthier than milk or white chocolate.
4. Fresh Fruit Pops
Perfect for a warm summer afternoon, fruit pops are a simple treat you can easily make at home.
Blend up the fruit of your choosing. If you want multicolored pops, separate different types of fruit in small bowls. Create a simple syrup of equal parts water and sugar to add a little sweetness.
Use small cups or popsicle molds and fill with the puree. Place in the freezer for a few hours at least.
If you want to layer flavors, do one flavor and put in the freezer. Once hard, add the next layer and put back in the freezer. Repeat as many times as needed!
5. Sweet Potato Brownies
Ooey gooey brownies are usually an indulgence. But when made with almond butter, flaxseed, and sweet potatoes, they can be a completely acceptable treat!
Sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene and help create an incredibly smooth brownie. Using ingredients like flaxseeds also provides you with high amounts of fiber.
If brownies aren’t your thing, consider healthy cookies made from oatmeal.
6. Cupcakes Made with Zucchini
Cupcakes are kinda irresistible. What is your favorite flavor? If you are looking for a way to have these delectable treats without feeling guilty, it’s time to become friends with zucchini.
Baking with this versatile vegetable means a moist, crumbly baked good every time.
To make zucchini cupcakes, first pull out your grater. Use a fine grater to avoid large pieces. Use a paper towel to decrease any extra liquid.
Combine flour, baking powder and soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a bowl separate from the wet ingredients. Combine and then slowly fold in the grated zucchini.
They should bake for about 16-18 minutes.
7. Banana and Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Two ingredients, that’s all you need to make creamy, sweet ice cream. Find your brown bananas and chuck them in the freezer. Blend them up using a food processor. It will take some time, just be patient.
When the bananas are smooth, add some peanut butter for flavor.
If you want to create some interesting texture, consider adding in some chopped nuts.
8. Cheesecake Dessert Recipes
When you think about cheesecake, you likely think of a calorie dense, decadent dessert. And while this is usually true, there are a few easy swaps you can make.
Instead of just cream cheese, lighten it up with some Greek yogurt. While cutting down on calories, this also provides you with a huge protein boost. You won’t notice a difference in taste, but it may result in a softer overall cheesecake.
Cramped for time? Check out this useful recipe for Instant Pot lemon cheesecake!
9. Avocado Pumpkin Bread
There is a reason avocados are so popular. Nutrient dense, avocados also provide heart-healthy fats and aren’t just for your morning toast.
You can use mashed avocado in lieu of oil and other fats in a pumpkin bread recipe. Combine this with sugar, egg whites, Greek yogurt, eggs, and vanilla in a bowl.
Add in your choice of milk and canned pumpkin and mix until well combined. Slowly add in flour and chocolate chips.
Consider making this recipe for your next party. We guarantee it will be a hit!
10. Quick and Easy Parfaits
One last healthy dessert option that is easy to customize are parfaits. Pick out your favorite Greek yogurt, fruit, and source of crunch. The latter could be healthy granola or chopped nuts.
Consider including chia seeds for healthy fiber and omega-3s.
If you are looking for a more unique combination, give strawberries and rhubarb a shot! Roast both in the oven and then blend up for a perfect puree.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth and Your Doctor
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be void of fun. With these amazing dessert recipes, it should be clear that you can indulge your sweet cravings without undoing positive life and diet choices.
Looking for more healthy swaps? Check out these parmesan chips that make an excellent low-carb snack for any time of the day!
Recipes of Interest:
Fruity Cheesecake Recipe – Kraft Recipes
Choco-Cherry Cheesecake Bars Recipe from Pillsbury.com
Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Cake Muffins: A GF Recipe