Who says us fitness folks can’t enjoy our desserts?
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that proper dieting boils down to simple numbers, and thus, you can always make some room for little indulgences. In fact I like to do this even when I’m cutting simply because it makes it more enjoyable.
That said, I tend to stick to healthier, lower-calorie options because the real indulgent stuff is just too laden with calories (and fats particularly). Healthy doesn’t have to mean boring, though!
Here are 5 recipes I’ve run across recently and liked. Give them a try and let me know what you think!
Tired of snacking on plain ol’ fruit? Infuse mandarin slices with depth of flavor in just 10 minutes.
To start, brew one black tea bag. As it steeps, segment two large oranges, placing the pieces in a small bowl. Pour 1/2 cup tea over the top, drizzle with 2 Tbsp. honey, and top with a sprinkle of ground cardamom and cinnamon. Serves four.
Protein: 0.5 grams
Carbs: 21 grams
Fat: 0 grams
Can a twist on a traditional sundae still be delicious without the ice cream? By caramelizing the natural sugar in the banana, this fruit and cheese plate will be a satisfying single-serving dessert.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Slice a banana in half lengthwise, sprinkle with cinnamon and a dash of dark rum, and bake in a lightly buttered dish for about 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 3 to 5 minutes. Top with 1/2 cup lowfat ricotta, 2 Tbsp. crushed walnuts, 1 tsp. cocoa powder, and 3 diced black cherries (or 2 tsp. dark cherry syrup).
For more temperature contrast, freeze the ricotta beforehand and thaw for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.
Protein: 15 grams
Carbs: 45 grams
Fat: 15 grams
According to my taste buds, anything with chocolate and peanut butter is probably going to be good. And these little guys are no exception.
In a small bowl, mix together 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder, 1/4 cup milled flax seed, and 2/3 cup peanut butter. Once combined, add 1 Tbsp. honey or agave nectar.
Use your hands to mix in 2 Tbsp. semisweet chocolate chips, and then roll into 1” balls.
Place in the fridge to harden for a half hour minimum, or store refrigerated or frozen until snack time. Makes 14 servings.
Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)
Protein: 6 grams
Carbs: 5 grams
Fat: 8 grams
Picture courtesy of The Shiksa in the Kitchen
First, make the coffee by dissolving 1/2 tsp. instant coffee granules into 1 tsp. hot water (or use 1 tsp. espresso, preferably cold-brewed).
Then mix 1 scoop unflavored whey protein, 1/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup lowfat ricotta, 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract or rum, and prepared coffee until well combined. Add about 1 tsp. of stevia powder or a 0-calorie sweetener of your choice.
Spoon into a dessert dish, and garnish with 1 tsp. dusted cocoa powder and 1/4 cup sliced almonds. Serves one.
Protein: 33 grams
Carbs: 18 grams
Fat: 32 grams
Picture courtesy of Stylish Cuisine
These are still cookies – so know that there’s a lot of sugar in every bite – but the amount of chocolate, eggs, and butter is cut down for a lighter cookie with less fat that’s still rich enough to be a hit at parties.
Melt together 1 1/2 Tbsp. butter, 2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, and 2 oz. unsweetened chocolate until smooth. In a small cup, mix together 1 Tbsp. each instant coffee powder and hot water. Add the prepared coffee and 1 tsp. vanilla extract to the chocolate.
In a medium bowl, add 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tsp. baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Whisk until combined. In a large bowl, beat together 2 large eggs, 1/2 cup egg substitute, and 2 1/2 cups sugar until it is smooth and lightens in color.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Add egg mixture to chocolate mixture in thirds. Once thoroughly combined, slowly stir in the flour mixture, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, and 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips. Using a tablespoon, drop dough onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, and with wet hands press each ball down until 1/4-inch thick.
Bake for 15 minutes. One minute after removing from oven, transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts (Per Cookie)
Protein: 3 grams
Carbs: 25 grams
Fat: 5 grams