Healthier Dessert Ideas

I have a massive sweet tooth and feel like the world is ending if I don’t get a dessert at least once a day. This can be a problem for my waist line, but thankfully I’ve found a few desserts that don’t break the calorie bank! Check out some of my favorite healthier dessert options that will leave you satisfied but still feeling good.

Dates with Peanut Butter and Chocolate

I love these as a snack in the middle of the day because the added protein from the peanut butter gives me lots of energy while satisfying my sweet tooth.

1 pitted Medjool date

1 spoonful of peanut butter

1 square dark chocolate

Sprinkle of sea salt

  1. Cut the date in half. In each half, slather peanut butter and then place dark chocolate on top. Finish it off with a sprinkle of sea salt.

Sweet Potato Brownies

This recipe does have a good bit of sugar, but the fat is from nut butters instead of butter or vegetable oil. It’s a great alternative to your normal brownies!

¾ cup sweet potato

1 cup peanut butter or almond butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ cup + 2 tablespoons flour

½ cup mini chocolate chips

2/3 cup granulated sugar

¼ cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 ½ tsp baking soda

Pinch of salt

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8 by 8 inch baking pan.
  2. Heat your nut butter so it can be easily stirred. Combine that with the sweet potato and vanilla extract.
  3. Combine all other ingredients in another bowl. Then combine nut butter/sweet potato mixture together.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.

Frozen Chocolate Banana Pops

These popsicles are refreshing and healthy on a hot summer day.

4 large bananas, ripe

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

3 tablespoons heavy cream

3 tablespoons maple syrup

½ cup salted peanuts, finely chopped

Ice-pop molds

  1. Puree the bananas in a food processor until mixture is creamy and smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the peanuts. Combine well.
  2. Spoon into ice pop molds and freeze until ready, about 8 hours.
  3. Spread peanuts on a plate and roll the pops in the peanuts.

Broiled Pineapple Sundae

This dessert reminds me of pineapple upside down cake but without as many calories! Major bonus: it’s so easy and quick to put together.

12 slices pineapple

½ cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons melted butter

Pinch of salt

Low fat ice cream or frozen yogurt

  1. Preheat broiler. Place pineapple slices onto bottom of baking pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar and melted butter. Add a pinch of salt to taste. Broil pineapples until brown sugar has melted and pineapples begin to brown slightly.
  2. Spoon 3 pineapple slices into a bowl and top with a spoonful of low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt.

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