My Favorite Healthy Dessert Recipes

I love to eat sweet treats, as I believe the key to life is balance in all areas, especially when it comes to diet and nutrition. Dessert can be a both satisfying and healthful when prepared and eaten mindfully. Here are some of my favorite desserts, both because many of them have lots of healthy ingredients and because they're super simple to prepare (and I don't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen).

CHUNKY MONKEY BANANA NICE CREAM - RECIPE HERE

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I eat nice cream (frozen bananas that are blended till they reach the consistency of ice cream) at last once a day. This recipe is delicious, and I love the idea of serving it on a proper cone. You won't feel like you're missing out with the creaminess of the bananas and the crunch of the chocolate chips. Here's my key to making the perfect nice cream: Don't add too much liquid. Instead, be patient and let your blender run. This will give you the perfect consistency.

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH TRUFFLES {PALEO, VEGAN}-RECIPE HERE

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These truffles are a great option if you want to bring something sweet to a friend's house. They travel well and have built-in portion control. Make a big batch and stash some in your freezer for days when only chocolate will do.

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE BANANA BREAD-RECIPE HERE

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This banana bread is gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo (so everyone can enjoy it!). It's made with almond flour, which means it's rich in protein and perfect for anyone who is sensitive to gluten. It's the perfect dessert to make on a lazy Sunday or pack for a picnic. Make it in a throw-away tin foil tray and clean up is a breeze.

 

EASY VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS-RECIPE HERE

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This recipe is great because it only has 7 ingredients and doesn't require any fancy equipment - just a bowl! It's hard to mess up muffins: You mix, pour, and bake. These can be frozen and reheated at a later date, so be sure to make extra.

 

VEGAN CHEESECAKE PUDDING WITH BLACKBERRY COMPOTE-RECIPE HERE

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This pudding is made in the blender (I love any dessert that I can make in my Vitamix, if I'm being honest). The blackberry compote is prepared on the stove - perfect. It's easy, fast, and rich in antioxidants from the berries. Best of all, it's delicious.

 

ONE BOWL CHOCOLATE CHIP CAKE-RECIPE HERE

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Can you tell I'm a fan of one-bowl recipes? This cake only takes 35 minutes in the oven, and it looks more impressive than the actual workload required. It's very healthful, as it gets some added sweetness from applesauce and just a bit of sugar (1/4 cup), so this is a very light cake recipe - perfect to make on the weekend.

 

GINGER CASHEW CLUSTER-RECIPE HERE

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These clusters are just so cute! They are sweetened with maple syrup, and the added ginger, cinnamon, and cloves make these chocolatey treats rich in antioxidants. These are great to pack with lunch, or bring for a friend. Best of all, they're vegan, so perfect for anyone who's sensitive to lactose. 

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