When you have a sweet tooth, trying to enjoy healthy treats can be difficult. You know you shouldn’t eat sugary desserts, but all of the good-for-you choices don’t taste so good to you! You don’t have to forget about enjoying the periodic sweet treat. Split the difference with these desserts instead, no compromise necessary!
1. Baked Maple Syrup Apples – a comforting dish that will remind you of grandma’s house. When you need something warm, bake up a light version of apple pie. No carbs (or work) from a pie crust means you can enjoy this with no guilt- or kitchen mess! Pop a cored apple into the oven (or microwave) with a touch of maple syrup, cinnamon and chopped nuts in the center. Cook until soft, about 45 minutes at 375 degrees.
2. Homemade FroYo – when plain fruit simply will not suffice, frozen yogurt makes a terrific option. Skip the expensive creamery and make it at home. Thick, rich nonfat Greek yogurt mixed with jam or a bit of chocolate syrup is frozen in greased paper muffin liners. Super refreshing, and sure to calm those ice cream cravings!
3. Almond Flour Cookie Bites – love cookie dough, but worried about consuming raw egg? No fear- these poppable treats have no eggs! Almond flour, rich in protein, is th base for these yummy dessert bites. Two cups of almond flour are mixed with 1/2 cup of honey and 1/2 cup coconut oil. Stir in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, roll into balls and refrigerate until firm.
4. Chocolate Strawberries – not just available from a fancy chocolatier, these treats are super easy to make yourself! The dark chocolate provides anti-oxidants, and makes strawberries into an elegant treat that still remains nutritious.
5. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars – these are pretty much autumn inside a little square package. Simple and no-bake, these bars will not disappoint. (Recipe following.)
6. Superfruit Frappe – when you’re looking for a milkshake- give in. (Almost!) Sweet frozen berries and a scoop of yogurt are blended with a 1/2 cup of milk and some ice cubes. This frappe has lots of vitamins and antioxidants, along with a full serving of dairy. Rich and velvety, this healthier alternative can be changed up with some cocoa powder for those days you need chocolate.
7. Yogurt Cheescake – this easy, no-bake dessert uses Greek yogurt instead of sour cream to cut calories and add healthy probiotics. Six ounces of softened cream cheese are blended with eight ounces of flavored Greek yogurt. Spread into a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and sprinkle with a small amount of graham cracker crumbs. Chill until set, then turn out upside down and cut into small squares. Serve immediately.
Healthy desserts don’t have to be tasteless! You can make treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth. There’s no reason to neglect your cravings- grab these healthier yet scrumptious options. You’ll enjoy a little bit of nutrition while you’re pleasing your palate with rich and flavorful treats!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or substitute cinnamon)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Mix together the first 5 ingredients. In a separate bowl, blend the remaining ingredients. Pour the pumpkin mixture over the dry ingredients, and stir until mixed. Pour batter into a 8×8 inch greased pan. Bake for about 25 minutes, until just done. Cool slightly, and serve.
(Recipe adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie blog).
Written by Michelle Wagner Dellavalle