Who doesn’t love healthy desserts? I mean seriously! Dessert is everywhere. At restaurants, parties, office gatherings. You name it, there is probably some kind of sweet treat there. If you have talked to any of our dietitians, they are going to tell you that including fun food into your lifestyle is SO important! Restricting anything is going to make you want it so much more (we always want what we can’t have right?).
While there is nothing wrong with occasionally wanting that delicious brownie sitting in the case of the coffee shop, sometimes we want to try to make desserts that are not only delicious, but good for you! Here are 7 of our favorite healthy desserts that are delicious, nutritious and satisfying!
Healthy Desserts for Spring and Summer
Banana Nice Cream
This banana dessert is a great way to use up any ripe bananas that you may have laying around the house. Just freeze the bananas, put in a food processor and you are good to go! You can also add flavors like peanut butter or chocolate to jazz it up! Recipe here.
Tofu Chocolate Pudding
Okay I have a homework assignment for you. Make this pudding, and don’t tell anyone what is in it. Okay? Then wait for the complements to come in! No one will be able to tell that this pudding is filled with….TOFU! I know. High in protein, light, cool, and delicious. Recipe here.
Grilled Peaches and Ice Cream
Summertime would not be complete without a BBQ. For your next BBQ, skip the fuss and grill some peaches on the grill. It is so easy, and so quick! Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Healthy Desserts for Fall and Winter
Cranberry Orange Mini Cheesecake Cups
This is one of my favorite recipes to make around Thanksgiving. It is easy, and can be made ahead. Portioning the dessert ahead of time helps with portion control, and make a very pretty presentation! Recipe here.
Diabetes-Friendly Vanilla Mug Cake
Our diabetic clients are always worried that they will not be able to enjoy fun food with their diagnosis.
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip
One of my favorite things to do as a child was to sneak a bite of cookie dough while baking with my mom. Can you guess what the secret ingredient is in the dip? Beans. No, I am not joking. It is delicious! And you can’t even tell the beans are there. This dip is filled with fiber and protein and perfect for your next party. Recipe here.
Greek Yogurt Mousse
Okay, I will admit, I was skeptical about this one. But let me tell you, this chocolate mousse was very delicious! You can choose to add a little Bailey’s to make an adult version of this chocolate mousse, or leave it out completely. I topped mine with fresh berries. Recipe here.
Another delicious fall dessert. The greek yogurt adds protein to the dessert, which will keep you fuller and prevent large spikes in blood sugar. Check out the recipe here.
Deconstructed Apple Pie
There is no need to bake a full apple pie next time you have a craving for apple-y goodness. You don’t have to mess with any pie crust, which saves you time and mess! Simply combine baked apples with cinnamon, toasted almonds, and honey with a serving of ice cream. The almonds on top are filled with fiber and heart healthy fats and provided a nice crunchy finish.See recipe here.
If you would like helping fitting all kinds of desserts (not just the healthy ones) into your lifestyle, make an appointment with on of our dietitians by clicking here or calling 301-474-2499.
Whether you are a novice in the kitchen, or a seasoned chef, Dietitian Klara will work with you to help you reach your nutrition goals. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating, Cooking with Diabetes and Cooking with Food Sensitivities Guide.