29 Healthy Dessert Recipes
From fruity desserts to low-calorie creations, these desserts will satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt!
By: Toby Kuhnke, Editor, TheBestDessertRecipes.com
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This list of 24 Healthy Dessert Recipes is the perfect way to keep your New Year's resolutions to get fit or eat right. These yummy, healthy desserts will allow you to enjoy dessert without feeling guilty later. Whether you love the fresh taste of healthy fruit desserts or are looking for healthier versions of your favorite sweet treats, like cookies, we have some great choices for you. Even recipes with jello can be light and refreshing ways to satisfy that sweet tooth without all of the calories.
You can even make desserts healthier with simple ingredient substitutions. We've all gone to a part or a potluck while on a diet and gotten to the dessert table only to be disappointed. Well you no longer need to choose between your sweet cravings and your waistline! Give one of these desserts a try, and you just might find that you have a new favorite dessert!
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How to Make Desserts Healthier
Healthy dessert recipes are great, but sometimes you just can't find a healthy version of that one thing you've been craving. But really, there's no need to compromise! It's just as easy to take your favorite dessert recipe and make it healthier by making some simple but healthy substitutions to the ingredients.
For gluten-free bakers, substituting flour is the real challenge. Luckily, there are plenty of replacements, like almond flour and even black beans, so you can make delicious desserts that are free of gluten!
Many vegan bakers often find themselves in a similar predicament; living that plant-based lifestyle comes with its challenges, but you'll never have to give up dessert. Simply replacing regular milk with almond milk, eggs for pureed bananas, or even using a chia seed and water mixture to get the texture just right can help you enjoy your favorite baked goods completely guilt-free!
For more simple subtitutions you can make to take your desserts from hearty to healthy, check out The Baker’s Guide to Healthy Ingredient Substitutions
Healthy Fruit Dessert Recipes
The natural sweetness of fruit is the perfect substitute for traditional sugary dessert recipes. Some of these recipes are refreshingly simple, such as the Fresh Summer Fruit Salad. Other, like the Healthy Strawberry Rhubarb Bars, are more like traditional dessert bars.
Many of these fruit-filled desserts also have one not-so-secret ingredient in common: Jello. These fresh and tasty desserts are the perfect after-dinner treat. They aren't too heavy, but sure are tasty! Whether you pair it with strawberries or turn it into a fluff, Jello is a great way to take your dessert game to the next level.
Healthy Dessert Recipes Under 100 Calories
Counting your calories? Never fear, these healthy dessert recipes under 100 calories are here. Usually, the secret to keeping your dessert recipes low-calorie is to have as few ingredients as possible. This makes counting them easier! But choosing your ingredients is important, too. A popular trend is to replace certain dairies and creams with Greek yogurt to cut back on calories.
Healthy Chocolate Dessert Recipes
Even when you're on a diet or cutting back on sweets, some dessert lovers need their chocolate fix. These chocolate healthy desserts allow you to enjoy your favorite sweet without regretting it later.
Pro tip: replacing milk chocolate in your desserts with dark chocolate is a great, easy way to make your desserts a little bit healthier. The health benefits of dark chocolate are endless!
Bite Sized Healthy Dessert Recipes
These treats are perfect for when you are craving a little something sweet, but don't want to indulge in a full dessert. These small treats are made with healthy ingredients or, like the Homemade Healthy Tagalongs, use natural ingredients in desserts that are normally quite bad for you.
For more healthy dessert recipes, check out our FREE eCookbook: Easy Healthy Desserts 7 Healthy Dessert Recipes eCookbook
Healthy (Raw) No Bake Dessert Recipes
Healthy Desserts come in all types and flavors. These no bake dessert recipes are simply divine. These recipes are just like their bake-able counterparts, but without the baking part! This will save you time and energy when you’re trying to satisfy your sweet tooth, plus they’re perfect for those of you who are trying out the new raw diet trend!
While some of these recipes don't necessarily follow the strict guidlines of the raw food diet, they are still delicious and require no baking at all.
Healthy Dessert Drink Recipes
There's nothing more refreshing than sipping on a sweet dessert drink on a hot summer's day. With these healthy dessert drink recipes, you don't need to worry about drinking all of your calories! From fruity creations to bright and sunny sippers with a boozy twist, these drinks are sure to put a smile on your face.
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