Dishin’ Delish On Healthy Desserts. It’s Easier Than You Think!
Here’s a little something about the bulldog community: there is no shortage of sweet tooths around here. We love a yummy, sugary treat in pretty much any form (including chocolate)! But let’s be real – we’re also always trying to keep things balanced. We know it’s important to ensure that our love for desserts doesn’t get in the way of our good nutrition. Luckily, we’ve got an in-house nutrition expert to help guide us – and you!
It’s nice to know that you can always turn to a full-body workout if your body is dragging or feeling icky, but wouldn’t it be great to know that you have an arsenal of healthy dessert recipes ready and waiting to minimize those draggy feelings… and even to offer some health benefits?
Yeah, you can go ahead and sign us up for that.
As always, we are grateful to have our in-house nutrition expert Haley Halteman in our corner. Haley was nice enough to take us on a little walk through her healthy dessert Pinterest board and share some of her favorite healthy dessert options. Keep scrolling for the highlights, divided by category!
COOKIES + COOKIE DOUGH
3 Ingredient Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking)
Nope — that’s not a typo. This chocolate chip cookie recipe really only calls for three ingredients, which makes them simpler to make and cleaner to eat than the alternatives. All you need is two large bananas, one and three-quarter cups of quick oats, and half a cup of chocolate chips. Twenty minutes of bake time is all that’s standing between you and a healthy cookie fix!
Chickpea Cookie Dough (POPSUGAR)
Chickpea and cookie dough might sound like the two most unrelated foods you can think of… but that’s where you’re wrong. Haley loves using chickpeas. According to Healthline, they’re packed with nutrients, can help regulate appetite, and support weight management. This healthy dessert includes other healthy ingredients like natural peanut butter, vanilla extract, agave nectar, and vegan chocolate chips.
Healthy Pumpkin Cookie Dough (The Big Man’s World)
Pumpkin is great to have around for more than just carving jack-o-lanterns. Per Medical News Today, eating pumpkin can reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, protect against asthma and heart disease, and decrease the risk of age-related vision issues. So you better eat up! Haley gets her share of pumpkin with this healthy dessert recipe, which you’ll probably find yourself eating straight from the spoon at all hours of the day. And why not? It’s a healthy dessert!
Ultimate Unbaked Brownies (Chocolate Covered Katie)
The only thing more delicious than brownie batter? Brownie batter that’s actually safe and healthy to eat. This healthy dessert recipe is made with clean ingredients like pitted dates, walnuts, cocoa powder, pure maple syrup, and coconut oil. Are you still having trouble believing that they could possibly be good for you? Well, you better believe it and get cooking — especially since eating chocolate has many proven health benefits.
Healthy 3 Ingredient Flourless Pumpkin Brownies (The Big Man’s World)
Sometimes, you just really need a fast and easy dessert recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth. With this healthy dessert recipe on hand — plus pumpkin puree, almond butter, and cocoa powder — you can get that quick fix any time.
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Walnut Brownies (Wholesomelicious)
Chocolate and raspberry is kind of the ultimate dessert combo… and you can get in a much healthier-than-you-might expect package with this recipe. These paleo, gluten-free, and straight-up delectable treats are perfect for sharing at family events, gifting to loved ones, or just gobbling up yourself.
ICE CREAM + ICE CREAM LOOKALIKES
Blended Frozen Banana “Ice Cream”
One of Haley’s favorite tried and true healthy dessert recipes? It’s as simple as blending frozen bananas with cocoa powder for the perfect fruity, chocolatey, “nice cream.” Treat it like typical ice cream and add any toppings you want!
Avocado Ice Cream
Don’t feel like going the DIY route for your healthy desserts? No problem! Haley’s a big fan of avocado ice cream, which she calls her “go-to dessert for a chocolate fix.” Find this at your local grocery store — it’s becoming easier to get your hands on!
Healthy No Churn Brownie Batter Ice Cream (The Big Man’s World)
We’ve given you Haley’s recommendations for healthy desserts that mimic cookie doughs and brownie batters and healthy ice cream alternatives. This healthy dessert recipe is the ideal hybrid of those two yummy categories! You’ll toss together coconut cream, dark cocoa powder, pure maple syrup, and the brownie mix-ins of your choice and end up with a bowl of creamy, frozen deliciousness.
PALEO HEALTHY DESSERTS
Paleo Brownies (All Natural Ideas)
If you’re one of the bulldoggers sticking to the paleo diet — according to the Mayo Clinic, this regimen can support weight loss and appetite management and improves glucose tolerance and blood pressure — you can still indulge in healthy desserts! These paleo brownies are made with paleo chocolate, so you should be good to go. This recipe is a little more involved than some of Haley’s other faves, but it’s perfect if you’re looking for a bigger baking project.
Paleo Edible Cookie Dough (Paleo Running Momma)
The edible cookie doughs just keep on coming… along with healthy dessert recipes that will work with a paleo diet. Like other paleo desserts, this one requires a few more ingredients than you might be used to. But the extra time and effort will be well worth it when you dig that spoon into a scoop of totally guilt-free cookie dough. In addition to paleo, this recipe is also dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan (if that’s your thing).
Paleo Almond Butter Chocolate Fudge (Paleo Running Momma)
And the (paleo) hits just keep rolling on! This healthy dessert recipe is a fun twist on your standard brownie, chocolate, ice cream rotation — not to mention the fact that some homemade fudge will feel like a serious treat. You’ll mix up chocolate chips, almond butter, raw honey, coconut oil, and vanilla for the bottom chocolate layer and then a separate mixture of sweet, nutty goodness for the top. Yum!
Raw Chocolate Cashew Tart (Paleohacks)
Don’t let the word “tart” make you think that this is some kind of fancy dessert dish that kitchen newbies won’t have the chops for. It’s actually one of the easier-to-make healthy desserts on this list! As long as you have a blender, a refrigerator, and a handful of basic ingredients, you can whip this one up. Won’t your family and friends be impressed if you show up at a holiday or gathering with this treat to serve?
Happy eating, bulldoggers!
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