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20 Quick and Healthy Dessert Recipes That Taste Glorious

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20 Quick and Healthy Dessert Recipes That Taste Glorious

When your sweet tooth strikes, you can slice into a log of cookie dough…or you can bask in one of these 20 quick and healthy dessert recipes.

Dessert often feels like a forbidden fruit, and especially when you’re dieting.

Hell, depending on which “guru” you listen to, even fruit can feel like forbidden fruit.

But let’s dispel with this fiction that you can’t eat foods you like, including desserts, and have the body you want.

On the contrary, doing exactly that can even help with your dieting by preventing binges and other flame outs (flexible dieting FTW).

That said, if your favorite way to satisfy your sweet tooth is reaching for a pint of ice cream or polishing off a bag of cookies, you’re always going to struggle with your weight.

It’s just too many calories and too little nutrition.

That’s why quick and “light” dessert recipes like these are great. They taste delicious, they’re easy to make, and some can even be whipped up in less than 5 minutes.

Enjoy!

Three-Ingredient Butterfinger Bites

easy butterfinger bites dessert Picture courtesy of The Big Man’s World

Skip the candy bars in the checkout aisle, and make these Butterfinger bites when you get home from the store. You’ll only need three things to make them, and since they have to chill in the fridge for a half hour, you won’t be tempted to snack before dinner.

The original recipe uses Dollop frosting, which contains all-natural ingredients and has half the sugar of regular varieties. But any kind or flavor will work, if you can’t get ahold of Dollop before a candy craving strikes.

Serves 16

Ingredients

1/2 cup Dollop all-natural frosting, room temp.

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, melted

1 1/2 cups bread crumbs

Cocoa powder, for rolling (optional)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 127

Protein: 3 grams

Carbs: 12 grams

Fat: 8 grams

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Banana Rasayana

easy banana dessert recipe Picture courtesy of Veg Recipes of India

This simple Indian dessert can be made with almost any kind of fruit, from mangos and peaches to apples and pears. Like many Indian sweets, this uses jaggery instead of sugar.

Although both are derived from sugar cane, they have a slightly different flavor. Both will work in this recipe, but it’s good to know that jaggery is less processed, retaining more micronutrients.

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 medium bananas, chopped

2 Tbsp. jaggery (or brown sugar), powdered or grated

1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk

1/4 tsp. ground cardamom

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 292

Protein: 3 grams

Carbs: 42 grams

Fat: 15 grams

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Gingerbread Pumpkin Snowballs

easy dessert balls recipe Picture courtesy of Fit Foodie Finds

These taste like gingerbread cake bites, but the main ingredient is actually almonds. Serve them up as a quick, healthy holiday treat, and they’ll disappear before anyone stops to realize they’re not really a baked good at all.

The gingerbread bites can be quickly stirred together and rolled in powdered sugar – dessert doesn’t get easier than that. And to top it off, these keep well in the freezer.

Serves 16

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups almond meal

1 Tbsp. cake spice (or pumpkin pie spice)

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1 Tbsp. molasses

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

2 Tbsp. brown rice syrup

1/2 cup powdered sugar

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 114

Protein: 3 grams

Carbs: 11 grams

Fat: 7 grams

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Healthy Raspberry Ice Cream

raspberry ice cream easy dessert recipe Picture courtesy of Well Floured

With frozen fruit, you can make any number of easy single-serving desserts. Just one frozen banana or cup of berries can be blended into a quick ice cream alternative.

Add Greek yogurt to the mix, and it’ll be extra thick and creamy. To save about 50 calories and 15 grams of sugar, replace the maple syrup with liquid stevia.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 cup frozen raspberries

1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup (or honey)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 375

Protein: 13 grams

Carbs: 83 grams

Fat: < 1 gram

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Healthy Cannoli Dip

healthy cannoli dessert recipe Picture courtesy of Desserts with Benefits

Talk about a quick Italian dessert – this one comes together in just 10 minutes. And you only need a handful of ingredients to make it, so this cannoli dip is great for last-minute parties.

It’s good with chocolate chips on top, and then you can grab a bite with or without them. Serve with pretzel sticks, graham crackers, or fresh fruit.

Serves 8

Ingredients

1 container (16 oz.) non-fat ricotta

2 Tbsp. unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 tsp. vanilla paste (or vanilla extract to taste)

3/4 tsp. stevia extract

1/2 tsp. butter flavor

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 35

Protein: 6 grams

Carbs: 2 grams

Fat: 0 grams

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Vegan Chickpea Bars

homemade vegan protein dessert Picture courtesy of Cotter Crunch

These homemade granola bars look ready for a bake sale, but they’re vegan snacks made with nutrition in mind. And they couldn’t be easier to make because the batter is mostly prepared in a blender.

Oats, chia seeds, and apricots are combined first. Then the chickpeas get pulsed into pieces, and all the ingredients get folded together before these bars go in the oven.

Serves 9

Ingredients

1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup dried apricots (about 8)

1/3 cup dried cherries

2 Tbsp. chia seeds

1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or honey)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (or coconut milk)

Dash of sea salt

Ground cinnamon to taste

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 117

Protein: 3 grams

Carbs: 22 grams

Fat: 2 grams

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Vegan Dark Chocolate Pot de Creme

vegan easy dessert recipe Picture courtesy of The Endless Meal

To make a silky, thick, and decadent chocolate pudding, this recipe uses tofu in place of heavy cream. A blender is the main kitchen tool you need for this dessert – how easy is that?

Simply melt the chocolate to start. To ensure the chocolate doesn’t burn, make a double boiler by fitting a glass or metal bowl over a narrow saucepan of boiling water. The heat of the steam will melt chocolate at a controlled temperature. That or you can just use a microwave.

Serves 4

Ingredients

4 oz. (about 1 cup) 72% dark chocolate, shaved

1 1/2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

1/4 tsp. espresso powder

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1 cup (8 oz.) silken tofu

1 Tbsp. water

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 190

Protein: 6 grams

Carbs: 20 grams

Fat: 13 grams

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Two-Minute Sweet Potato Brownie

two minute sweet potato brownie Picture courtesy of Running with Spoons

Mug cakes are an easy dessert that you can make anytime a craving hits, but most of them have the macros of a big slice of cake.

This one swaps out the white flour for sweet potato and coconut, and there’s almond butter instead of oil. That’ll give you half the calories of a regular chocolate mug cake with more nutrients.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. coconut flour

2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp. baking powder

3 Tbsp. unsweetened almond milk

1/4 cup mashed sweet potato

1/2 Tbsp. almond butter (or nut butter of choice)

2 tsp. coconut sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 207

Protein: 7 grams

Carbs: 37 grams

Fat: 8 grams

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Five-Minute Microwave Chocolate Truffles

healthy chocolate truffles easy dessert recipe Picture courtesy of Chocolate-Covered Katie

Dark chocolate has a lot of health benefits, so it’s not a problem to indulge in a small amount here and there. Candy becomes an issue when there’s too much added fat, sugar, and artificial flavors.

Make sure you’re feeding your inner chocoholic well with these homemade truffles. You can enjoy them anytime because assembly takes just five minutes and two ingredients. To use unsweetened chocolate, mix in vanilla stevia drops to taste.

Serves 12

Ingredients

1/2 cup (about 3 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips

3 Tbsp. lite coconut milk (or milk of choice)

Pinch of salt

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 37

Protein: 1 gram

Carbs: 5 grams

Fat: 2 grams

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Pumpkin Pie in Two Minutes

easy dessert pumpkin pie recipe Picture courtesy of The Paleo Mama

Craving pumpkin pie, but don’t want to tempt yourself with a full-size dessert? Not only does this recipe make a mini pie in two minutes flat – no baking skills required – but you’ll also put a cap on how much you can eat.

To make this even easier, enjoy a filling-only version and leave out the crust. Then the entire pie is only 120 calories with half the fat.

Serves 2

Ingredients

Filling:

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1 large egg

1/4 tsp. granulated stevia (or 2 Tbsp. honey)

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Crust:

1 Tbsp. butter

1 Tbsp. shredded coconut

1 Tbsp. almond flour

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 142

Protein: 4 grams

Carbs: 7 grams

Fat: 11 grams

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Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

mini chocolate banana cream pie easy dessert Picture courtesy of Our Four Forks

These mini pies take an easy banana dessert to the next level. The assembly requires some time, but every layer is simple to make.

And since you’ll only need about half the batch of coconut whipped cream, if that, you can save the rest for a delicious topping. Or just it to make a quick chocolate mousse – just mix in cocoa powder and sweetener to taste.

Serves 8

Ingredients

Crust:

1/2 cup raw walnuts

1/2 cup pitted Medjool dates

Pinch of salt

Banana “Ice Cream”:

3 bananas, sliced and frozen

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Chocolate:

6 oz. dark chocolate

Coconut Whipped Cream:

1 can (15 oz.) full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight

2 tsp. pure maple syrup (or stevia to taste)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 278

Protein: 5 grams

Carbs: 29 grams

Fat: 17 grams

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Summer Berry Meringues

easy berry dessert recipe Picture courtesy of I Breathe I’m Hungry

Upgrade a simple fruit salad with an easy dessert that’s also diet-friendly. Meringue is made with egg whites, so it’s an ideal base for a healthy treat. And it’s not hard to make a low-sugar version with a low-calorie sweetener like stevia. Wholesome meringue can be made into cookies, pies, and a topping for desserts like this berry salad.

Serves 6

Ingredients

Berry Salad:

1 cup strawberries

1 cup raspberries

1 cup blueberries

2 Tbsp. granulated stevia (or honey)

Meringue:

5 egg whites

2 Tbsp. granulated stevia (or honey)

1/2 tsp. xanthan gum (optional)

2 tsp. granulated sugar

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 47

Protein: 4 grams

Net Carbs: 6 grams

Fat: 0 grams

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Skinny Blueberry Pie

blueberry pie easy dessert recipe Picture courtesy of Marlene Koch

When you start with premade pie crust, it’s easy to fill it with fresh fruit for a fast dessert. Frozen blueberries will work with this recipe too, but know they’ll break down, making the filling kind of like blueberry jam.

Find more healthy recipes like this in Eat What You Love: Great Recipes Low in Sugar, Fat, and Calories by Marlene Koch, which also has savory dishes, a quick lemon pie, and no-bake desserts like Nutella mousse.

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Serves 8

Ingredients

7.5 oz. (1/2 package) refrigerated pie crust

1 cup frozen blueberries

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

6 Tbsp. granulated erythritol (or sweetener of choice)

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. lemon zest

3 cups fresh blueberries

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 168

Protein: 2 grams

Net Carbs: 28 grams

Fat: 7 grams

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Homemade Crunch Bars

healthier homemade crunch bars dessert recipe Picture courtesy of Slim Sanity

Can’t give up the candy bars on cheat day? Make one at home, and you can indulge without any guilt.

Along with dark chocolate, this candy also has peanut butter for added nutrition and unbeatable flavor. And unlike packaged Crunch Bars, these include coconut oil, so you’re getting two kinds of good-for-you saturated fats.

Serves 12

Ingredients

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (or 1 oz. chopped chocolate)

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter (or almond butter)

1 cup puffed brown rice cereal

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 116

Protein: 1 gram

Carbs: 4 grams

Fat: 11 grams

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Fudge

easy dessert fudge recipe Picture courtesy of Sugar-Free Mom

Making chocolate fudge from scratch usually requires cooking cocoa powder, milk, and a whole lot of sugar in a pot until it thickens.

Not only is this protein fudge sugar-free, but it’s way easier to make than the traditional kind. Mix everything together in a couple steps, spread in a pan, and wait just an hour while it firms up in the fridge.

Serves 24

Ingredients

1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

5 – 10 drops chocolate stevia

4 scoops WHEY+ chocolate protein isolate

2/3 cup ground flaxseed

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional topping)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 89

Protein: 5 grams

Carbs: 2 grams

Fat: 7 grams

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3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups

3 ingredient peanut butter cups easy dessert Picture courtesy of Skinny Ms.

It’s not hard to make homemade peanut butter cups with chocolate, but it is time consuming. You have to layer melted chocolate, then let it cool, make the peanut butter filling, and then melt chocolate again for the top layer.

This recipe simplifies everything into just one step, two if you want to drizzle chocolate on top. Plus, unlike packaged candies, it includes a whole banana for natural sugars and other nutrients like vitamins C and B6.

Serves 10

Ingredients

1/2 cup natural peanut butter

1 ripe banana, mashed

2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 114

Protein: 4 grams

Carbs: 5 grams

Fat: 9 grams

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Avocado Banana Cacao Mousse

avocado banana cacao mousse recipe Picture courtesy of Tasting Page

Don’t want to give up rich desserts? Luckily you can use whole avocados to replace heavy cream, butter, and oil in a lot of classic sweets.

They can be baked into cookies and cakes, but for a quick chocolate fix, simply blend avocados into a rich pudding or mousse. Use frozen fruit, and you could also turn this mix into a healthy chocolate milkshake.

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 ripe avocados, cubed

1 banana, cubed

1/4 cup raw cacao powder (or cacao nibs)

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

2 Tbsp. pure honey (or agave nectar)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 281

Protein: 3 grams

Carbs: 27 grams

Fat: 21 grams

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Raw Apple Pie

easy apple pie dessert recipe Picture courtesy of The Bewitchin’ Kitchen

Make a pie from scratch without worrying about the pastry dough. In fact, this apple pie isn’t baked at all. This recipe uses a raw pie crust made from figs and dates – that’s it.

Then just add sliced apples, and use the rest of the fresh and dried fruit for a blended filling. If you prefer your apples less crisp, warm up slices individually before digging in.

Serves 16

Ingredients

1 2/3 cups dried figs

7 1/2 cups pitted dates

10 apples

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 vanilla bean, seeds scrapes (or 1 tsp. vanilla extract)

Juice of 1 lemon

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 334

Protein: 3 grams

Carbs: 88 grams

Fat: 1 gram

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Strawberries & Cream Protein Fluff

strawberries cream protein fluff easy dessert recipe Picture courtesy of Protein Pow

Turn a serving of fruit into a serving of protein too with this easy dessert. The result can be lean with regular milk, or make it decadent with full-fat coconut milk or creamy yogurt.

For a strawberry banana version, use a blend of both kinds of fruit, plus a scoop of WHEY+ strawberry banana protein powder.

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 cups frozen strawberries

1 scoop (about 1/4 cup) WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/8 cup milk (more as needed)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 112

Protein: 12 grams

Carbs: 15 grams

Fat: 1 gram

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No-Bake Cookie Dough Squares

easy dessert cookie dough recipe Picture courtesy of Amy Green

When you’re craving cookie dough, no other dessert will do. Instead of sneaking some from the bowl, this cookie dough is made to be a real snack.

And since these “cookies” don’t go in the oven, you can swap in healthier ingredients without affecting texture. For more sweet snacks like this, pick up Super Healthy Cookies: 50 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes by Hallie Klecker.

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Serves 32

Ingredients

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/4 cup pure honey (or maple syrup)

3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted

2 Tbsp. ground chia seeds

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1 cup blanched almond flour

1/3 cup coconut flour

2 Tbsp. coconut sugar

1 oz. unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 58

Protein: 1 gram

Carbs: 5 grams

Fat: 4 grams

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

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