Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Best Healthier Dessert Recipes

It's January which means...many of us have New Year's resolutions, right? And most of us probably have vowed to be healthier in some way. SOOO...in an effort to help out-I thought I would share some of the best/my favorite healthier dessert recipes from the blog! Because...life isn't living without dessert, and with these recipes there's NO REASON to give it up!

I've shared a couple other healthy recipe roundups, check them out here:

Best Healthier Dessert Recipes
(top to bottom, left to right):
(all of these recipes are soy-free)

3 Ingredient Almond Butter Cookies
These cookies are literally just made with almond butter, a little bit of sugar (you can unrefined sugar-such as raw or muscovado sugar), and an egg. So they're gluten-free, dairy-free, low fat, and can be refined-sugar free.

Gooey Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Bars
Peanut butter, applesauce, and egg-whites keep these delicious gooey bars low-fat. Oats make them chewy and wholesome. They're also gluten-free and dairy free--although I will warn there's still a decent amount of sugar in these.

Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Brownies
These are def. my fave healthy brownie recipe! They're chewy and super chocolatey and insanely decadent even though they're gluten-free, low-fat (once again the fat in these comes from healthy almond butter!) and they're only sweetened with honey and just a tiny bit of brown sugar.

Healthy Flourless Nut Butter Cookies
Here's the breakdown--these cookies are sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and have a crazy short ingredient list. And they're soft. And delicious. And taste like your favorite nut butter. And there's a wonderful bite of dark chocolate (which I guess you could opt out if you want to be really healthy but...antioxidants?) and that lovely contrast from the salt. And...they might be paleo? I'm not terribly informed on the paleo diet but regardless...these are keepers.

{Healthier} Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl "Cupcakes"
These cupcakes are made with whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt, egg whites, TWO bananas, and  swirl of peanut butter. They also have unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips which are perfectly fine. And...and I mean...there's also a little bit of all purpose flour, sugar, and some peanut butter chips. But not much of them! So-they're def. still a low-fat, fairly guilty-free treat.

Pumpkin Pie with Whole Wheat Crust and Cinnamon Caramel Whipped Cream
Skip the whipped cream for an extra healthy version of this pumpkin pie that is made with real pumpkin puree and has a whole wheat pie crust.

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is one of my oldest healthy cookie recipes. Small changes make these cookies better for you: whole wheat flour, a smaller amount of butter (with some coconut oil or applesauce to help make them low-fat) and a smaller amount of sugar!

Caramelized Pecan Banana "Ice Cream" with Chocolate Hazelnut Swirl
Admittedly, this recipe is MUCH healthier without the caramelized pecans and the chocolate hazelnut swirl. Considering this banana "ice cream" is literally made with pureed frozen bananas that create an ice-cream like texture. The banana "ice cream" itself is fat-free, gluten-free, vegan/dairy-free.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Pecan Truffles
This is one of my favorite candy recipes-these pecans taste indulgent but are actually healthy! Peanut butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, coconut oil, and honey are all that are needed to create this not-so-sinful, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, low-fat treat!

Healthier No Bake Cookies
No-bake cookies are a comfort food for me, so I love that this recipe tastes delish while being low-fat, gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free.

Chocolate Chantilly
Silky, sophisticated, irresistible chocolate chantilly (AKA chocolate mousse) that is made with only dark chocolate water, and a bit of sugar. So...yeah--low-fat, gluten-free, and vegan/dairy-free (depending on the chocolate you use).

Healthy Oatmeal Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Another tasty cookie that is gluten-free (yay oats!), has just a little bit of brown sugar (seriously...2 tbsp.-it's nothin!), and dairy-free, with peanut butter and egg-whites keep it tasty and low-fat!

Healthy Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies 
This has been one of the biggest healthy dessert game-changers for me. It literally tastes like a chewy and perfect chocolate chip cookie even though there's a healthy secret ingredient: CHICKPEAS! They're low in sugar, gluten-free, low-fat, and dairy-free/vegan and they blog my friggin mind.

Chocolate Chewies
These cookies aren't meant to be healthy but, since they're meringues, they're naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and low-fat (they do have a good amount of sugar in them, though).

Peanut Butter Oat Balls
These are a super tasty treat/snack that are also filling (thanks to oats and flaxseed meal) and, of course, they're gluten-free, dairy-free, low-fat, and even sugar-free (aside from chocolate chips).

Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffles
Finally, these truffles could not be easier, more yummalicious, or simpler in terms of ingredients: they're just made with peanut butter, pretzels, and chocolate! Making them low-fat, low in sugar, and just all around awesome!
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