How to Make the Best Healthy Desserts
Everyone with a sweet tooth loves dessert. Unfortunately, dessert is often the unhealthiest part of the meal, so it’s no wonder why you’re looking for something a little healthier to eat after dinner. Healthy desserts may seem hard to come by because they’re not common in restaurants. Do not worry though, you can enjoy a healthy dessert at home without having to check the nutrition facts; you just have to make it yourself. Looking for a way to support your weight loss and health? Check out these healthy dessert ideas.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars
Turn your dessert into a healthy pick-me-up with peanut butter oatmeal bars. Peanut butter oatmeal bars are deliciously sweet with no added sugar, thanks to peanut butter and a chewy texture. The best part is that they require no baking at all. To make your own peanut butter oatmeal bars at home, you only need five ingredients:
- Rolled oats
- Peanut butter
They’re also easy to make. All you have to do is add the ingredients to a bowl and mix them. When done, you’ll prepare a pan with parchment paper and pour your mixture into the pan before freezing them for ten minutes. When they’re ready, you can remove them from the freezer and cut them into rectangles.
Double Hydration Fruit Smoothie
For some who prefer a fruity dessert a simple smoothie will do the trick to satisfy the sweet tooth. There are a ton of ways to spice up your favorite fruit smoothie but adding extra hydration to your smoothie can ensure you are enjoying the multitude of health benefits that come with staying propperly hydrated.
To make this delicious and healthy smoothie you will only need a few ingredients:
- Coconut water
- Liquid IV (we recommend Strawberry)
Throw your ingredients in a blender and adjust as needed. The coconut water and added boost of hydration and flavor from the Liquid IV make this a great dessert for any time of day and perfect for warmer weather!
Chocolate Covered Bananas
You may have tried our chocolate pancakes with bananas, but if you’re looking for an even healthier spin on these classic flavors check this recipe out. Chocolate bananas are fairly self-explanatory, but they’re also one of the healthiest dessert options for those with a sweet tooth. A chocolate-covered banana offers you a chocolate coating around a cold banana for a unique taste. This recipe is simple and only requires a banana and melted chocolate.
To make chocolate-covered bananas, cut your bananas into ¼-inch slices and freeze them. Then, melt your chocolate in the microwave and tip your banana slices in the chocolate. The chocolate will harden around the frozen banana right away, but don’t eat it just yet! Instead, freeze your chocolate-covered banana slices for thirty minutes before serving.
Chocolate pudding in itself isn’t super healthy, but it’s much healthier than ice cream and other fattening options. Our version of chocolate pudding uses:
- Greek yogurt
- Dark cocoa powder
- Maple syrup
With just three simple ingredients, you can have a decadent, creamy dessert that’s easy and healthy. When you’re ready, you’ll mix your ingredients based on your unique preferences. You can start with a half cup of plain greek yogurt, then add as much cocoa powder and maple syrup as you want. When you’re done mixing the ingredients, you can put them in the fridge to chill the pudding or eat it immediately.
How often can you say that you’ve eaten a healthy cookie? Unfortunately, traditional chocolate chip cookies are unhealthy, especially because you can never have just one. Instead, try healthy oatmeal cookies that require no butter, sugar, or flour. Instead, the only ingredients you need are:
- Shredded coconut
- Cashew butter
- Plain yogurt
- Baking soda
- Chocolate chips
To make the dough, you’ll need a food processor because you must make oat flour by grinding the oats into flour. However, if you don’t have a food processor, you can use a cup of oat flour and half of your oats. You’ll also need a blender to blend the Medjool dates with the nut butter.
Once you’ve added all of your ingredients together and folded in the chocolate chips, you’ll need to bake these cookies in the oven at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Like your regular chocolate chip cookies, cookie dough is unhealthy, and you should never eat it raw. However, If you love cookie dough, try a chickpea cookie touch that you can eat as soon as it’s done. Grab your chickpeas, salted butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, and all-purpose flour to make the chickpea cookie dough. Add your wet ingredients, including chickpeas, butter, salt, syrup, and brown sugar, to a bowl and mix before adding your flour. When completely mixed, fold in chocolate chips and stir. That’s it; your cookie dough is now ready to eat.
If you love crunchy chocolate treats, consider making healthy chocolate bark. Chocolate bark uses chocolate with coconut and dried cranberries for a sweet treat without added sugar. To make chocolate bark, you only need semi-sweet chocolate chips, dried cranberries, chopping pistachios, coconut flakes, and sea salt.
Prep your saucepan with simmering water and chop the chocolate into small chunks in a heat-proof bowl that will fit over the pan of water. This will melt the chocolate without burning it. Once your melted chocolate is done, add the cranberries, pistachios, and coconut flakes and stir until fully combined.
Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and evenly spread the chocolate mixture over the pan. Let your treat sit until it cools and refrigerate for at least thirty minutes or until hardened.
No Bake Cookies
These no-bake cookies are vegan and healthy, made with tahini and not peanut butter for a chewy treat and a dark chocolate flavor. To make vegan no-bake cookies, you’ll need:
- Cocoa powder
- Coconut oil
- Maple syrup
- Vanilla extract
- Rolled oats
To begin your healthy vegan no-bake cookies, line a muffin tin with cupcake liners to prevent sticking and make it easier to remove the cookies when done cooking. Mix your ingredients, except for the rolled oats, and microwave them for 20 seconds. Stir them until they’re fully combined and smooth. Once your batter is smooth, stir in the rolled oats and spoon two tablespoons into each cupcake liner, and spread to make a flat bottom. Freeze for 20 minutes and serve. If you’re looking for some more no-bake classics, check out our no-bake goldie bars.
Finding Healthy Recipes
Unfortunately, some of your favorite treats may never be healthy. Luckily, you don’t have to give up chocolate to satisfy your sweet tooth; you just have to do some digging to find recipes that appeal to your taste buds. While your favorite desserts may not be healthy, it’s all about compromise. If you have a major sweet tooth, giving up desserts is impossible, so do what you can to find recipes that utilize better ingredients. With a little effort, you can still find a way to enjoy your sweets without over-indulging. Remember, everything in moderation is key!
Julia Olivas graduated from San Francisco State University with her B.A. in Communication Studies. She is a freelance writer who loves sharing her passion for digital marketing and content creation. Outside of writing, she loves cooking, reading, painting, and her pup Ruby.