No matter how good you are at this “eating right” thing, surely you still have your moments when you’re craving sweets. It’s totally normal, and it’s also okay to indulge that sweet tooth once in awhile—especially when you stick to healthy sweet treats! That’s easier than you might think when you check out the collection of healthy desserts we’ve compiled that just so happen to taste amazing without sacrificing the nutrients you need. So if you’re on the hunt for some splurge worthy desserts that won’t completely derail your diet, take a look at this list of sweet treats you won’t feel guilty about eating.
Okay, Snickerdoodle Donuts don’t sound like they could be healthy in any way, right? But I’m delighted to tell you that this assumption is incorrect! Just take a look at the ingredient list for this Milk Life recipe and you’ll see why. Spoiler alert: It’s largely made up of surprisingly healthy options like whole-wheat flour, fat-free yogurt, and low-fat milk. Sure, you’ll need to add some goodies like brown sugar to get that sweet flavor you’re looking for in most splurge worthy desserts…but for once, sugar is far from the main ingredient in this treat.
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If you happen to be making some healthy sweet treats with your kids, you’ll want to peruse the Milk Life site for interesting tidbits based on milk, such as these Recipes and Activities for Kids
Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes
At least this recipe actually has a healthy ingredient in the name…but then it also says chocolate and cupcake, so it’s understandable if you don’t know what to think about these Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes. But you can relax, because most of the ingredients are pretty good for you, which is why these cupcakes work great for breakfast. There’s the zucchini of course, but then there’s also applesauce, whole-wheat flour, ground flaxseed, and lots of spices to add the sweet taste you want in a healthy treat. This recipe comes courtesy of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, so you know it’s full of good stuff since they’ve got your back!
Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
I confess, I love every single recipe Well Plated by Erin develops and if you’re not reading her blog on the regular and stalking her on Insta, you’re missing out. Here is a super sweet-yet-healthy treat that’s just 100 calories. The main ingredients in these amazing Strawberry Oatmeal Bars are whole-wheat flour, rolled oats, and, well, strawberries. Sure, there’s also some sugar and butter in there, plus a powdered sugar based glaze on top, but those aren’t the main ingredients. This makes for an easy, healthy dessert, or simply a sweet breakfast or midday snack.
Image credit: Well Plated by Erin
In the mood for another fruit-based treat? Check out a different recipe from Well Plated by Erin: Apple Chips
Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Bites
If you’re looking for easy, healthy desserts or snacks, try these tasty, adorable Apple Cinnamon Yogurt Bites from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke—another one of my favorite foodie bloggers. Kristen’s blog features everything from yummy recipes to photography tips! Her yogurt bites are super simple, as they only require an apple, Greek yogurt, honey, and cinnamon. That’s it! Blend it all together, put it in an ice cube tray, freeze, and enjoy for dessert or a snack.
Image credit: Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
If you’re used to making pudding that comes in a box and mixes with regular ol’ milk, you’re in for a treat. A healthier treat, more specifically. When you make Chocolate Avocado Pudding, the ingredients you’ll need to gather up include avocados, coconut milk, unsweetened dark cocoa powder, honey, and a few other tidbits. Basically, this pudding features mostly healthy ingredients that taste really good when you blend them all together! But that’s not surprising since this recipe comes from Jessica Merchant’s How Sweet Eats blog where you can be sure you’ll find more splurge worthy desserts. While you’re there, check out her new cookbook, as it is all kinds of amazing!!
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And OMG, will you look at those amazing cups of pudding!!!!
Dark Chocolate Covered Figs
Looking for a recipe that has as few ingredients as possible? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has got you covered! The recipe for Dark Chocolate Covered Figs calls for figs, walnuts, and dark chocolate chips, and nothing more. That’s one of the best easy, healthy desserts you’re going to find!
Even better, note that figs happen to be a great source of calcium, which you’ll see when you read: Lactose Intolerant? Here Are Five Ways to Get the Calcium You Need
So there you have it. Some amazing sweet treats that you won’t feel guilty about eating, and some amazing foodie bloggers that you might not have run across before that we hope we’ve introduced you to. Run, don’t walk, to subscribe to their blogs, buy their cookbooks and recreate the recipe goodness they are serving up!
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