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12 Healthy Dessert Recipes For Any Occasion 2021

You can adopt a healthier diet and still eat dessert. There are many healthy recipes to explore and making some changes to your diet could be the occasion to try some new desserts. We have put together twelve healthy dessert recipes you can enjoy with your family, friends, and guests without having to worry about calories.

How We Chose These Healthy Dessert Recipes

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We selected twelve recipes according to these criteria: 

  • Originality. We looked for unique recipes that will help you discover new dessert and add new healthy foods to your diet.
  • Variety. The recipes we selected include cakes, cookies, pies, and so much more. You should easily find a healthy dessert your entire family will enjoy.
  • Classic desserts. We chose recipes that will help you create a healthier version of a classic dessert such as an apple pie or a Bundt cake.
  • Easy to do. These recipes don’t call for ingredients that are difficult to find and don’t require you to know any advanced baking techniques.
  • Nutritional value. We looked at the calorie count and nutritional value of these desserts to make sure they are healthy.

Top 12 Healthy Dessert Recipes 

Here are some ideas to explore if you want to prepare healthy and delicious desserts for any occasion.

Strawberry Shortcake

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This strawberry shortcake recipe calls for nonfat Greek yogurt to make part of the cream used for the filling. Replacing part of the heavy cream with nonfat yogurt preserves the texture you are used to while making the cake healthier. If you have any other favorite dessert recipes that call for cream, try replacing this ingredient with nonfat Greek yogurt.

You will still have to use pie filling, sugar, and some heavy cream for this shortcake recipe, but using reduced fat milk and Greek yogurt help reduce the fat content. There are other healthier recipes to explore, but this shortcake is a great choice if you want to make a compromise between a healthy recipe and a rich taste and texture.

Marbled Banana Bread

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This banana bread has only 200 calories per slice and makes an excellent breakfast or snack. The recipe calls for a very few chocolate chips and mostly relies on ripe bananas to obtain the desired taste and texture.

You will see ingredients such as vegetable oil and sugar listed in the recipe, but keep in mind that you can make this banana bread healthier by using substitutes such as coconut butter or honey. This banana bread is a great way to satisfy your cravings for chocolate without the calories.

Peach Energy Balls

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These peach energy balls have a crispy texture and are perfect for a healthy dessert, breakfast, or snack. Your children are going to love these energy balls that look like candy.

These energy balls contain pecan, oats, peaches, and dates. You can use vanilla extract and cinnamon to sweeten them.

Using oats instead of flour helps reduce the glycemic index of this dessert, and dates and peach are rich in vitamins. The great thing about these energy balls is that you can make smaller versions of them for a guilt-free snack, or use the recipe to make larger energy bars.

Chickpea Cookies 

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These cookies are made with cooked chickpeas. Chickpeas are an excellent source of fiber and proteins and can be used as a healthy substitute for whole wheat flour in a lot of dessert recipes.

You will have to use maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla extract as well as chocolate chips to sweeten these cookies. The recipe also calls for a small quantity of peanut butter, which isn’t an issue as long as you use it in moderation.

We like the idea of using cooked chickpeas to recreate the texture of the cookies without the high glycemic index of whole wheat flour.

Cinnamon Pear Frozen Yogurt

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This is the perfect recipe for satisfying cravings for ice cream and other frozen treats. Ice cream is often rich in fat but this recipe uses vanilla yogurt to keep the fat content down. You can make this frozen treat with fat-free or reduced-fat yogurt.

The main ingredients are vanilla yogurt, pears, cinnamon, and other spices to taste. You will need a food processor or blender to obtain the desired texture.

This is a great dessert recipe because you can easily customize it with different spices or replace the pears with another fruit.

White Bean Blondies 

You can make these blondies with white bean paste instead of flour. This creates a pleasant texture while reducing the glycemic index of this dessert.

Using white beans is an interesting substitute for flour because it results in a dessert that is high in fiber and protein. You can use this method to make healthier versions of your favorite brownie and cookie recipes.

This white bean blondies recipe calls for melted chocolate and a small quantity of butter. You will use maple syrup and vanilla extract to sweeten the white bean paste, which is healthier than using sugar.

If you want to make this recipe healthier, replace the butter with an alternative such as cocoa butter so you can use less chocolate.

Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt Cake 

We like this healthy dessert recipe because it’s a good compromise between a traditional Bundt cake and healthier ingredients. You will use flour and sugar to prepare a traditional Bundt cake, but you will also use non-fat buttermilk, unsweetened cocoa, and pumpkin puree to make this cake healthier.

The result is a healthy take on a classic Bundt cake that your entire family will love.

No-Bake Cookie Bars 

These no-bake cookie bars are very easy to make. You can use this recipe to make energy balls or pre-workout snacks.

The ingredients include peanut butter, honey, oats, vanilla extract, milk, and chocolate chips. You can use reduced fat milk and explore alternatives to peanut butter if you want a healthier recipe. Using applesauce or a ripe banana should work if you want to reduce the fat content of these cookie bars.

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

Banana can be used to create frozen treats with a texture that is very similar to soft serve ice cream. This homemade ice cream is very easy to prepare if you have a blender or food processor. You should think about investing in one of these appliances if you want a healthy and easy alternative to ice cream.

You can make ice cream with bananas, milk, and cocoa powder. You can add ingredients such as almonds, vanilla extract, or peanut butter to add flavor.

This is a recipe you can easily customize. You can add fruits, nuts, chocolate chips, or anything else you enjoy with ice cream.

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding

This is one of our favorite healthy dessert recipes because it recreates traditional rice pudding with healthier ingredients. You can make this healthy rice pudding by replacing milk with coconut milk and using brown rice instead of white rice.

The recipe recommends that you use maple syrup or agave to sweeten the rice pudding. You should know that agave can be rich in fructose. It is best to use organic maple syrup or honey to sweeten this dessert. You can also season the rice pudding with cinnamon or nutmeg.

Apple Pie

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This recipe is a healthy take on a classic dessert. You can make the pie crust with rolled oats, ground almonds, brown sugar, and a small quantity of flour. The recipe recommends that you use canola oil for the crust, but using olive oil or coconut oil would be a healthier alternative.

You can make the filling with apples, juice concentrate, tapioca, and cinnamon. It’s a very simple recipe that is much healthier than store-bought pie filling.

Adzuki Red Bean Cheesecake

Cheesecake is one of the worst desserts because of its high-fat content. You can make a healthier cheesecake by using red bean paste, a common ingredient in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean desserts.

You will need butter, sugar, biscuits, and sesame seeds to make the crust. You can make the cheesecake filling with cream cheese, sugar, red bean paste, eggs, and heavy cream.

This recipe has some unhealthy ingredients such as butter, sugar, and cream, but using red bean paste reduces the quantities of cream used compared to traditional cheesecake. We recommend this recipe if you are craving cheesecake, but keep in mind that this is something you should enjoy in moderation.

Your Guide To Healthier Desserts 

Watching calories and reducing sugar and fat in your diet doesn’t mean you have to stop eating dessert. Here is how you can make dessert healthier.

​Unhealthy Ingredients To Avoid

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There are a few ingredients to avoid if you want to find healthier desserts. Look for recipes that don’t include large amounts of sugar, salt, or butter.

You should also avoid artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, and high fructose corn syrup. If you are making a dessert that calls for oil, choose a quality vegetable oil such as olive oil. Low-quality vegetable oil tends to be rich in saturated fats.

Margarine is not a healthy substitute for butter. This ingredient is rich in trans fat and processed oil. Peanut butter is another common source of trans fat.

Flour is another ingredient you need to choose carefully. Some brands sell all-purpose flour that has been bleached. This is an issue since the finished products can contain traces of harmful chemicals.

You should also avoid canned fruits since they typically come with heavy syrup that is rich in sugar. You might find websites that recommend using agave as an alternative to sugar, but this ingredient contains high amounts of fructose.

Making Recipes Healthier With Substitutes 

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You can create healthier versions of your favorite desserts by learning to use substitutes. You can cut back on fat by replacing whole milk with soy or almond milk. Reduced fat milk is another option to consider. If a recipe calls for heavy cream, use fat-free half and half instead.

Butter is a common source of fat in baking. You can obtain the same texture by replacing butter with applesauce, cocoa butter, coconut butter, shea butter, pumpkin puree, or mashed avocado. You will have to experiment and figure out which substitute works best for each recipe.

There are different sugar substitutes you can use to sweeten the taste of a dessert. Raw organic honey is the healthiest option, but you can also use vanilla extract, maple syrup, molasses, cinnamon, or nutmeg. Stay away from highly processed products if you decide to use maple syrup or molasses and make sure these products don’t contain high fructose corn syrup.

If you want to reduce your protein intake, you can replace eggs with bananas or applesauce in your favorite recipes.

You can also make a dessert recipe healthier by choosing the right flour. Pay attention to the glycemic index of a flour to determine how quickly your body will transform it into energy.

An ingredient with a high glycemic index can make your blood sugar spike before dropping quickly. Wheat flour, which is often used in baking, tends to have a high glycemic index.

You should try baking with buckwheat flour, coconut flour, or almond flour instead. These ingredients have a lower glycemic index and will create a unique taste

These healthy dessert recipes and tips will help you avoid unhealthy foods and ingredients. Look for ways to adapt your favorite dessert recipes to make them healthier, or think about trying some new recipes!

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