In their quest for healthy bodies, people go out of their way to find diets or eating plans that will allow them to reach their goals. Those goals can run the gamut from losing pounds in order to get to a healthy weight to eliminating processed sugar or gluten from their diets in order for their bodies to function properly. A long time ago, healthy dessert recipes resulted in nothing even resembling real desserts. Healthy dessert “recipes” referred to things like sliced fruit on a plate or a couple of crackers paired with some low-fat cheese. Though these recipes did do the job of keeping calories down or cutting the risk of certain medical issues like high blood pressure or allergies, they were usually tasteless and stank with the scent of deprivation. Unfortunately for dieters, once people feel deprived, they’re more apt to cheat on the diet or give it up altogether. Once they give up, they have to start the diet all over again.
This constant up and down and back and forth will ultimately result in the dieter just giving up. As time went on, nutritionists, doctors and chefs started to realize that there is more to dieting than just bland, boring meals. They learned that by doing things like combining certain foods or eliminating a certain element of a food wouldn’t necessarily result in tasteless unappetizing meals. Once they discovered this exciting revelation, they were able to come up with different foods that allowed people to reach their goals without compromising taste. From gluten-free chocolate cake to delicious sugarless pies, a whole world of new recipes that opened up a whole new world for people watching what they ate.
If you’re looking for healthy dessert recipes to help with your dietary and health goals, you can start with the following recipes.
Recipe 1: Keto Cheesecake
Keto cheesecake’s rank high on the list of healthy dessert recipes thanks to the fact that they are low-carb. This makes him a great addition to anyone following a keto or low-carb eating plan.
- 1/2 cup of coconut flour
- 1/2 cup of almond flour
- three large room temperature eggs
- a tablespoon of Stevia
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
- 16 ounces of sour cream (make sure the sour cream is at room temperature)
- three large eggs (make sure they are at room temperature)
- one stick (half cup) of melted butter
- a handful of strawberries cut into slices (these will be used for your garnish)
- 3 eight-ounce blocks of melted cream cheese (the blocks are 8 ounces each)
- cooking spray
- 8-inch or 9-inch springform pan
- one medium and one large bowl
1) Preheat your oven to 300°. Take the springform pan and grease it. Place tinfoil at the bottom and the edges of the pan. Mix the butter and your coconut and almond flour together in your medium bowl. This mixture will serve as your crust. Take the crust and press it into the bottom of the springform pan. Press it in in such a way that a little bit of the crust goes up along the sides of the pan. Once done, put the pan in the refrigerator, and let it chill.
2) Add the cream cheese and sour cream to the large bowl and beat the two ingredients together. Afterward, add in the stevia and the vanilla, beating everything together until the texture is nice and smooth. Next beat in the eggs, adding them in one at a time and beating the mixture thoroughly before adding the next one. Once the mixture is fully beaten, add it into the springform pan that’s been chilling in the fridge.
3) Place the springform pan into a water bath. A water bath is a pan filled with water that is used to help keep certain pastries nice and moist as they bake. Place the springform pan in the water bath into the oven and let it bake anywhere between an hour and an hour and 20 minutes. You’ll know when it’s ready when the center of the pastry jiggles a little when tapped. Once time is up, let it cool by opening the oven door but leaving the cake inside the oven for the next hour. This will allow the cake to cool slowly and evenly. After an hour, take the cake and the water pan out of the oven, remove the foil and let the entire thing chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of five hours but preferably overnight. When you’re ready to serve, add sliced strawberries to the top of the cheesecake as a garnish.
Recipe 2: Healthy Strawberry Ice Cream
Next on the list of healthy dessert recipes is this amazing strawberry ice cream. This delicious recipe is a much healthier version of strawberry ice cream. It has only four ingredients, making it a cinch to prepare. A single serving of this ice cream has 282 calories and 12 grams of fat, and it’s low in cholesterol.
- 1 cup of 2% plain Greek yogurt (you can use plain low-fat yogurt, but Greek yogurt results in a creamier textured ice cream)
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- half a teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 pound of frozen strawberries
- plain Strawberries
- food processor
- large metal bowl
1) Take a cup of frozen strawberries, and place them in the food processor with the knife blade attached. Chop up the berries until they’re finely chopped. Place the chopped berries into the metal bowl.
2) Add the sugar, vanilla, yogurt, and the rest of the strawberry into the food processor. Purée until the mixture is nice and smooth. Pour the mixture into the bowl with the chopped berries. Stir everything together until all of the ingredients are well blended.
3) Cover the bowl and put it into your freezer. Let it freeze for about an hour. The goal is for the mixture to be nice and firm but not too hard. Sprinkle a few fresh strawberries onto the top and serve.
Recipe 3: Dark chocolate peanut butter banana bites
Next on the list of healthy dessert recipes is this one for delectable dark chocolate peanut butter bites. The great thing about this recipe is that it’s extremely easy to make, and it only has a few ingredients.
- two medium ripe bananas
- 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- three-quarters of a cup of baking chocolate (can be semisweet or dark chocolate)
- 1/4 cup of the nut butter of your choice
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
1) Take your baking sheet and cover it with the parchment paper. Take a knife and cut the banana into thin slices.
Spread out half of the banana slices onto the parchment paper.
2) Using a knife, take the peanut butter and spread it on to the banana slices on the parchment paper. Once done, take the rest of the banana slices and place them on top of the peanut butter covered ones. One easy way to get the peanut butter to stick is to spray a teaspoon with cooking spray before using it to scoop up the peanut butter. That helps make the peanut butter easier to spread.
3) Take the sheet and place it in the freezer. Keep the bananas in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until they are fully frozen.
4) Take your coconut oil and put it into the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the oil until it’s melted. Add in your chocolate and melt the mixture again in the microwave until it’s nice and smooth.
5) Take your sheet of frozen bananas out of the fridge. Using a spoon, cover each banana in the chocolate mixture, making sure each piece is fully drenched. Once done, place the entire tray back into the freezer, letting the bananas freeze for another hour.
6) Keep the bananas in the freezer until you’re ready to eat them. Take them out of the freezer and allow them to thaw for a few minutes.
Recipe 4: Keto Frosty
This low-carb sugar-free Frosty’s is indistinguishable in taste from the real thing.
- 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons of powder sugar sweetener (Swerve is a pretty popular option)
- kosher salt
- large bowl
- Ziploc bag
1) Mix everything together in a large bowl. Beat the mixture using a stand mixer with a whisk attachment or a hand mixer. Place your cream mixture into the Ziploc bag and put it in the freezer for about half an hour. You don’t want it to be too frozen, but instead just frozen. Take a pair of scissors and cut off a corner tip of the Ziploc bag. Pipe the entire mixture into individual cups. You can add a dollop of whipped cream if you’d like. Enjoy!
Recipe 5: Paleo Chocolate Mousse
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, melted
- 1/4 cup chocolate curls
- food processor
Take all of your ingredients and pour it into your food processor. Turn it on and blend everything together until smooth. Pour the mixture into serving glasses, and place the serving glasses into the fridge. Chill the glasses for an hour before removing them from the fridge and garnishing them with the chocolate curls.
Healthy Dessert Recipes Conclusion
There are literally thousands of healthy dessert recipes out there for you to try. Long gone are the days when a healthy dessert meant a tasteless, unsatisfying dessert. There’s nothing wrong with having a piece of fruit as a quick and healthy dessert, but sometimes you want the rich, indulgent stuff. For those moments, these healthy dessert recipes deliver.