It’s there on the counter, staring into your soul. You refuse to look, to give in to temptation. You start to sweat.
“Just one bite?“, you ask yourself. “How bad could it be?”
You guessed it: it’s cake. We know, we love it, and we know we should stay away from it for our own good. But, as we all know, that’s really hard to do!
Desserts and sweets seem to find themselves within our reach multiple times throughout the week, whether it’s at a party, a work event, or sitting perfectly in the window of the bakery you walk past every day.
So how do you overcome the desire and stay away from sweets forever? What if the reality was that you didn’t need to after all?
The fact is, you can in fact still enjoy sweets without giving up on your health. It’s true!
Here are 5 easy-to-make, healthy dessert ideas that will fit right into any diet plan and any lifestyle.
5 Healthy Dessert Ideas You’ll Love
These healthy desserts will make it easier to stick to your diet and stay away from the intense sugar cravings. And no, they don’t taste like cardboard! The secret in these recipes is using natural, whole ingredients and natural sources of sugar (instead of refined cane sugar).
Avoiding high consumption of cane sugar is important. High refined sugar intake has been linked to a large number of negative health outcomes like cardiovascular disease, weakened immune system, hypertension, diabetes, and even cancer.
As with anything, moderation is key, but especially with sugar. That’s why choosing desserts wisely is important, as not all sweets are created equal. These desserts will give your sweet tooth what it wants without the sacrifice.
Let’s dive in!
1. Fudgey Paleo Brownies
If you’re a brownie fiend (let’s be honest, who isn’t?) then this one’s for you. These Fudge Paleo Brownies have all the sweetness, denseness, and chocolatey glory of traditional brownies, but use almond flour and coconut sugar instead.
It utilizes a healthy fat in the form of olive oil, which is better for you than the traditional use of butter.
You don’t have to be paleo to enjoy these- they’re a healthy alternative for anyone!
2. Keto Chocolate Truffles
Keto diets are known for killing hunger and people love how simple it is. The Keto diet focuses on high (healthy) fat consumption to satiate you for longer and leads to ultimately eating less.
These keto chocolate truffles live up to their name, as they’re made with avocado and cocoa powder. With no added sugar, they are a healthy alternative to the usual sugar bomb chocolate truffles. All you need for these is dark chocolate, vanilla extract, avocado, cocoa powder, and sea salt!
3. No-Bake Vegan Cheesecake
This no-bake vegan cheesecake retains all the creamy deliciousness of regular cheesecake without the dairy and refined sugar. Using coconut milk and maple syrup, this is a healthy alternative dessert for your next get-together. It’s easy to make but feels elevated enough for special occasions!
It’s also high in protein, plant-based, and lower in fat, compared to regular cheesecake. It gets it’s fat from better sources such as coconut and cashews. Dig in without the guilt!
4. Matcha Green Tea Frozen Yogurt
Ice cream lovers rejoice!
There’s nothing much more guilt-inducing (but oh so satisfying) than a heaping bowl of ice cream when you’re trying to be healthy. The combination of heavy cream and sugar in traditional ice cream can send any diet totally off the rails. And it’s hard to stop!
Frozen yoghurt is a great alternative to ice cream, but unfortunately, many storebought frozen yoghurts are still loaded with sugar. Many companies add even more sugar to frozen yoghurt than regular ice cream to make up for all the missing fat from the dairy component.
This matcha green tea frozen yoghurt proves that you don’t need tons of refined sugar to make frozen yoghurt delicious and refreshing! And the best part? You don’t even need an ice cream maker!
With just 4 ingredients, all you’ll need to do is first freeze the matcha yoghurt mixture in an ice cube tray and then add all the frozen matcha yoghurt cubes into your processor and pulse. Voila!
5. Healthy, Tangy Lemon Bars
Lemon Bars are one of those things that you either love or you hate, but if you’re in the first category, they are irresistible. Unfortunately, they’re also usually loaded with sugar.
These healthy lemon bars are so good, even the most scrupulous eater wouldn’t be able to tell there’s no refined sugar in them at all!
Their sweetness comes from natural honey, and the fat from coconut oil. Honey is a better alternative to sugar for a number of reasons. Firstly, raw honey contains less glucose and fructose than sugar. Sugar has a 50-50 ratio while honey contains 30% glucose and 40% fructose. This ultimately means that honey is less likely to spike your blood sugar.
These also freeze well for later, so you can enjoy them far into the future without a care in the world!
Get Healthy With These Healthy Dessert Ideas
Now that you have a jumping-off point, the opportunities are endless! Impress your friends, dinner guests, and coworkers with your new arsenal of healthy dessert ideas.
Now you won’t need to give up what you love the most in order to maintain your health. Win-win!
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