Are you trying to be healthy but still love dessert? Do you love to bake but feel like you can’t since most recipes require a ton of sugar and processed crap?
Dessert is a beautiful thing. But it’s typically packed with white sugar and processed ingredients, that of course taste amazing but are so bad for you.
When I was in culinary school, all I ate everyday was delicious pastries and desserts. I quickly realized that I was gaining a ton of weight and I wasn’t happy about it. Now I’m living a healthier lifestyle and I still love bake. I just know that if I don’t modify or specifically look for healthier desserts then I’ll be back to an unhealthy life.
So I’ve rounded up recipes that are made with whole ingredients, smart substitutes, and there’s no refined sugar in site. Some recipes are gluten free and dairy free but all recipes are refined sugar free.
Using smart substitutes like maple syrup, raw honey or agave can make your baked goods just as sweet as regular sugar.
These desserts also happen to be delicious and pretty damn good looking, which makes them the perfect thing to bring to a potluck or dinner party or simply make for yourself when you feel like creating a work of art you can eat.
You will fall in love with these healthier version of your favorite desserts and no one will even no that they really are healthy. Here’s 9 Healthy Desserts You Need In Your Life!
Let’s Get Baking!
1. Paleo Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Found from XO, Katie Rosario
These chewy chocolate chip cookies are delicious and you wouldn’t know that these are healthy for you. If you are having a seriously sweet tooth craving then these are the perfect cookies for you. I have tested a lot of recipes and this one is still my favorite!
2. Banana Almond Chocolate Cake
Found from Green Kitchen Stories
This banana almond chocolate cake is a small but rich cake. This chocolate cake is made with almond flour so its gluten free and its sweetened with maple syrup. Its topped with a silky smooth cappuccino ganache!
3. Cherry Pie Bars
Found from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
This is certainly a healthier take on a classic cherry pie but in this version there’s maple syrup or raw honey as the sweetener. You can also make it with almond flour so its gluten free. These bars are insanely good and natural sweet, they are definitely worth a try.
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4. Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies
Found from Amy’s Healthy Baking
These oatmeal cookies are full of fruit and cinnamon, and they are sweetened with agave. These cookies are incredibly soft and chewy. They’ll stay that way for an entire week if stored in an airtight container, if you don’t eat them all first!
5. Raspberry Currant Yogurt Crumble Cake
Found from Dolly and Oatmeal
This raspberry currant yogurt crumble cake is a healthier version of a fruit coffee cake. Its moist and delicious with your morning coffee or after dinner dessert, yet you don’t have to feel guilty about eating this cake after dinner!
6. 1 Bowl Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
Found from Minimalist Baker
I love a good one pot recipe or one bowl recipe but that tends to be harder to find in baking recipes, until now! I am so excited about this chocolate hazelnut cake. If you are a fan of nutella then this is your healthy cake version. This chocolate cake is nice and moist and is also vegan but you won’t be able to tell!
7. Honey Cashew Buns
Found from Food52
These honey cashew buns will soon be your new favorite brunch pastry. Made with honey, cinnamon and raw cashews you get the perfect amount of sweetness! This is certainly a healthier sticky bun that you won’t stop eating!
8. Crunchy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Found from Oh Lady Cakes
Store-bought PB cups usually have partially-hydrogenated oil and lots of sugar which makes them sickly sweet. These healthy dark chocolate peanut butter cups use coconut oil instead and only have 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, total. It’s a no bake dessert that anyone can make!
9. Banoffee Pie
Found from Oh She Glows
Banoffee is traditionally a buttery biscuit like crust filled with bananas, cream and toffee. In this healthier version pureed almonds form the crust. Slice bananas on top of the raw caramel toffee filling and then the “whipped cream” is actually made from coconut milk. It’s a fantastic guilt free version of a classic dessert!
These healthy desserts will allow you to continue your love of baking as well as help you cut your sugar cravings to keep you on your healthy journey!