HEALTHY DESSERTS IDEAS – These healthy dessert recipes all feature delicious ingredients that pack some nutritional value, too.
Even when the servings are bite-sized, the flavors are rich enough to quash your cravings for more. What follows is mouthwatering proof that you can keep your weight in check without going crazy from deprivation.
20 Healthy Dessert Ideas
1. Mini Grape Tarts
First healthy dessert in here is a mini grape tarts. Bursting with juiciness, grapes add a dose of vitamin C and antioxidants to this bite-size sweet. Even better, this recipe relies on fat-free Greek yogurt, rather than cream, for the tangy filling.
2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls
The next First healthy dessert in here is a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls. Follow up your evening sweat session with one of these doughy delights. Packed with five grams of protein each, they’re a deliciously easy way to help your muscles recover, while simultaneously satisfying your sweet tooth.
3. Peanut Butter Frozen Hot Chocolate
This is low-calorie? With hot weather on the horizon, this cold, chocolate treat will help you cool down without prompting a crash diet. Don’t skimp on the peanut butter it gives this dish a dose of healthy fats. (Feeling ambitious? Try whipping up your own nut butter!) As the instructions note, this recipe produces a huge portion eat two-thirds and freeze the rest.
4. Low-Fat Pumpkin Cheesecake Pops
The next First healthy dessert in here is a Low-Fat Pumpkin Cheesecake Pops. Who says you can’t eat pumpkin year-round? Loaded with vitamin A, which helps keep your vision sharp, this orange gourd offers too many antioxidants and nutrients to ignore in the off-season.
5. Lemonade Cupcakes
Citrus desserts scream, “Hello, summer!” And this recipe employs a simple baking trick that seriously slashes calories. Instead of using regular butter or oil, you’ll swap in unsweetened applesauce, instead. Your little cakes will still have a fluffy, moist consistency without the consequences for your waistline.
6. Cannoli Strawberries
Whether you’re entertaining someone special or just making dinner for friends, these creamy berries are an easy way to show off your kitchen skills. Go for part-skim ricotta to keep this one especially health conscious. Plus, guests can choose between toppings of chopped nuts or chocolate chips, depending on their tastes.
7. Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Cookies
Chocolate and banana: A match made in heaven. Toss in some oats for added fiber that will help keep you satiated until you’re truly hungry again. Plus, if you decide to throw in some nuts, these nibbles can also be a tasty source of healthy fats, too.
8. Skinny Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes
Before you even have to ask, yes, you can eat three mini cupcakes, plus the drool-worthy cream cheese frosting only 150 calories. The cake is made with plain, non-fat Greek yogurt, and the frosting utilizes reduced-fat cream cheese for a caloric win-win.
9. Watermelon Sorbet
In the best news we’ve heard all day, you don’t need an ice cream maker to make this frozen refreshment. Your freezer works just fine! Plus, this melon slush just so happens to have tons of vitamins A and C, along with the antioxidant lycopene.
10. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe
These candies will cost you fewer calories and grams of fat than traditional Reese’s. The secret ingredients: Chocolate protein powder, coconut oil, honey and stevia. Eat one now and store the leftovers in your fridge for up to a week (if they last).
11. Strawberries with Balsamic, Greek Yogurt and Mint
Balsamic isn’t just for salads! Two teaspoons of aged vinegar will add a little zing to this bowl of strawberries, Greek yogurt and mint. Real maple syrup and honey provide an extra layer of sweetness to the fruit-based concoction.
12. Greek Yogurt Popsicles
“Refreshing” might as well be this dessert’s middle name. Sure, you could pop antioxidant-packed strawberries and blueberries straight into your mouth, or whip them up in a fruit salad. But why not freeze ‘em into a nostalgia-inducing popsicle instead?
13. Mini Plum Cakes
Big-in-flavor treats are sometimes best enjoyed in small portions. These lemony plum cakes mix seasonal fruit and avocado for tons of taste, fiber and filling healthy fat in a tiny package. Sub in any other stone fruit if you’re not a fan of plums.
14. Skinny Chocolate Brownies
These chocolate brownies turn to Greek yogurt and unsweetened applesauce for gooey texture without sacrificing flavor. They look and taste just as decadent as their higher-calorie counterparts, so whip some up for your next party. Your guests will never know the difference.
15. Chocolate Black Bean (Banana and Avocado) Ice Cream Sandwiches
The next First healthy dessert in here is a Chocolate Black Bean (Banana and Avocado) Ice Cream Sandwiches. Kids and adults alike will love these ice cream sandwiches. They’ll think they’re eating chocolate cookies with cool green ice cream, but you’ll know their new favorite snack is secretly good for them.
16. Healthy Peanut Butter Blondies
One of the great things about using beans instead of flour is the moisture they bring to the dessert. If you love fudge-like brownies, you’ll adore these gooey blondies made with garbanzo beans and peanut butter.
17. Cookie Dough Banana Ice Cream Sandwiches
It’s crazy that something so cute can be so good for you. Banana ice cream (AKA pureed frozen bananas) is layered between thin slabs of chickpea funfetti cookie dough, frozen solid and cut into bite-sized squares. Adorable doesn’t even begin to describe it.
18. Vegan Meringues
If you’re asking yourself how a meringue (essentially whipped egg whites) can be vegan, here’s the lowdown: Aquafaba is the juice that comes in a can of chickpeas. The proteins in that juice have a similar composition to egg whites; therefore, you can use it to make vegan meringues. Try using the beans for one recipe and the juice for another.
19. Black Bean Chocolate Orange Mousse
It’s not uncommon for a vegan mousse to be made with avocados or cashews, but black beans also yield an amazing result that leaves no bean-like taste whatsoever. In the end, you’ll have a luscious, creamy mousse worthy of serving to guests.
20. Black Bean Fudge Brownies
How can a brownie be bad when it looks that good? If you’ve been wary of trying black bean brownies, now’s your chance. This recipe is sweetened with maple syrup and dates, while cocoa powder and dark chocolate pack an indulgent punch.
There are many types of desserts in this world. The examples of healthy dessert ideas above are just some of the many dessert ideas that have ever existed.