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5 Healthy Dessert Recipes That You Have to Try

5 Healthy Dessert Recipes That You Have to Try

With these easy, healthy dessert recipes, you can treat yourself without ruining your diet.

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!

Tea-Scented Mandarin Slices


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.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 87

Protein: 0.5 grams

Carbs: 21 grams

Fat: 0 grams

Black Forest Banana Split


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.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 363

Protein: 15 grams

Carbs: 45 grams

Fat: 15 grams

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Bites



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)

Calories: 108

Protein: 6 grams

Carbs: 5 grams

Fat: 8 grams

Want to know how to build muscle and lose fat eating delicious foods like these?"Dieting" doesn't have to suck. You CAN eat foods you like and have the body you want!

Cheesecake Tiramisu Protein Pudding


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.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 340

Protein: 33 grams

Carbs: 18 grams

Fat: 32 grams

Mudslide Cookies


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)

Calories: 142

Protein: 3 grams

Carbs: 25 grams

Fat: 5 grams

What did you think of these healthy dessert recipes? Have anything else you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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What if you could build muscle and lose fat eating “naughty” foods every week?

What if you didn’t have to suffer through low-carb dieting to get lean? In fact, what if you could eat all the carbs you wanted?

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In short, what if I told you that proper dieting--whether you want to maximize fat loss or muscle growth--is much simpler and more enjoyable than you’ve been led to believe?

Imagine eating delicious, filling meals every day...never feeling starved or stuffed...having great energy levels and workouts...and watching your body respond exactly as you desire, dropping fat or adding muscle each and every week.

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  • nathan

    In your previous article on meal planning, the part about calculating your calories for fat loss mine came out to 2028 using the katch mcardle formula. But in your BLS the fat loss formula has me eating 2332. Which one should I follow? I tried the protein chocolate chip balls. their good!

    • Michael Matthews

      If you’re on the BLS program you can start with that formula and adjust if necessary, as discussed in the article. Part of this game is learning your body and metabolism. Hope this helps!

  • Aidan Cook

    I’d end up eating all 14 peanut protein balls! Lol loooove peanut butter 🙂

    • Michael Matthews

      Haha I’m a fan too. Almond butter as well!

      • Julia Irmis

        I just tried these with almond butter – really lovely! A fabulous treat that doesn’t keep me wallowing in guilt. Thank you 🙂

        • Michael Matthews

          Awesome! Glad to hear it! 🙂

  • ruvi lipsker

    you should update yor cookbook with all these new recipes they are much better then in your cookbook

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  • Srinivas Perumal

    Hey mike. Great recipe and loved the cheese cake. Ended up demolishing the whole bowl. I have a question. I usually work out between 5-7p.m and it’s said that we need to eat our biggest meal post workout. Also, we should eat least for dinner. So I’m kinda struggling to get my head around this. My goal is to build lean muscle mass. So what should my post workout meal/dinner be like? Thanks in advance.

    • Glad you liked the choices!

      You don’t have to eat a small dinner. If you get 30-40 pro and 80ish carb in your post-workout you’ll be good to go.

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