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No meal is complete without something sweet to finish off the experience. Unfortunately, desserts are well known for their ability to pack major calories, fat and sugar. Have no fear — we have some delicious dessert options for you that stray from that unhealthy stereotype. These ten treats don’t only taste good, they’re good for you, too.
1. Banana Ice Cream
Traditional ice cream has always been a crowd pleaser — that is, until it reaches the waistline. Swap the fat, sugar and calories for an equally creamy and delicious, yet much healthier, alternative. Banana ice cream is not only Paleo-friendly, it’s also a one-ingredient dessert that is super easy for anyone to make. Enjoy it plain or top it with fruit, nuts or chocolate drizzle to add flavor.
2. Healthy Oreos
It’s easy to start off with a simple Oreo craving and look down moments later to realize — gasp! — you’ve devoured the entire package. No more. These Oreo impersonators succeed in packing equal yummy goodness, but won’t leave you feeling guilty once they’re gone.
3. Peanut Butter Haystacks
If you’re a fan of the sweet and salty combo, this is a dessert for you. It brings together puffed rice cereal, chocolate, peanut butter and pretzels to create the ultimate flavor explosion. Say bye to your cravings, whatever they may be.
4. Pumpkin Pie Pudding
This sweet treat will have you thinking autumn came early. Think nutmeg and cinnamon and chopped walnuts. With pumpkin playing a major role in this recipe, it delivers healthy nutrients and will taste good, too.
5. Strawberry Smoothie Popsicles
While a simple strawberry smoothie can’t really be considered dessert — it’s more a healthy snack or breakfast — freeze that smoothie on Popsicle sticks, and you have yourself a sweet, healthy dessert. The best part? These babies have just three ingredients: strawberries, bananas and pineapple juice. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
6. Classic Angel Food Cake
Angel food cake is known for its light and airy texture. It manages to be tasty even without the dense, fat-laden feel of other cakes. In addition to being healthy and tasty, angel food cake comes with loads of potential; drizzle chocolate on top, load on fresh fruit or dunk in unsweetened almond milk for an extra kick.
7. Fresh Raspberry-Mousse Almond Crumb Cake
For a unique blend of creamy mousse, crumby cake and flaky crust, try this raspberry masterpiece. Not only are the textures versatile, but the almond, raspberry and vanilla flavors will make your taste buds dance, too. With some protein and even a little fiber, this dessert — bringing in only 250 calories per slice — is a healthy option worth trying.
8. Flour-Free Black Bean Brownies
I know what you’re thinking: black beans?? In brownies?? Admittedly, it seems a bit strange. Once you try these healthy brownies, however, you’ll understand what the excitement is all about. They’ll satisfy your chocolate craving and give you some added protein to boot.
9. Layered Carrot Cake
By substituting low-fat cream cheese in the icing and incorporating pineapple juice to reduce the vegetable oil, this carrot cake recipe is a healthy alternative to your old-time favorite. This recipe also includes the egg white for whole egg substitution, which is a good thing to remember if you’re trying to give other recipes a healthy edge.
10. Chai Coconut Ice Cream
Dairy-free? Check. Egg-free? Check. This dessert works with most specific diets, and will be one of the most delicious, unique treats you’ve ever eaten. Consider the combination: chai and coconut, with creamy texture. It doesn’t take long to make — just have your spice rack handy!
These are just a few of my favorite healthy dessert options. Have any you like? Share the links in the comments below!