So, you’re trying to eat healthier — we get that. Or maybe, you’re curious about how a dessert could possibly be healthy, delicious, and indulgent. Don’t worry, it’s okay to be curious. You’re in luck, because we consider ourselves aficionados of dessert of all kinds and we just so happen to have an awesome collection of desserts that will treat your body as well as your taste buds. You can have fruity desserts that are free from corn syrup and made with real fruit or you can have the chocolate cake of your dreams. We have easy recipes, complex recipes…anything that you could want, we’ve got.
Get ready to indulge in something decadent, but still feel like you’re doing your body some good because these 15 desserts are secretly good for you.
1. Strawberry Fruit Popsicles
You want a quick breakfast on-the-go? Sure! Your whole family can have these Strawberry Fruit Popsicles! Is it a thousand degrees outside and you need a happy hour treat? These will treat you right — they’re loaded with healthy ingredients like strawberry, banana, and avocado. You want to try some different flavors? No problem! These are also great when you just need something sweet.
2. White Chocolate Matcha Protein Bars
These White Chocolate Matcha Protein Bars are a great healthy pick-me-up! These are my new favorite addiction! They are like a muesli bar but have a real chocolatey undertone from the cacao butter. With the additional of matcha powder, these healthy treats are incredibly energizing, satisfying, and full of goodness.
3. Chocolate Covered Brownie Cake Pops
Chocolate Covered Brownie Cake Pops that are no-bake? These awesome treats are made from walnuts, dates, and cacao with a rich, melty chocolate frosting. You can top them with goji berries, hemp seeds, shredded coconut, or anything that sounds tasty.
4. Black Sesame and Chocolate Cherry Coconut Bars
These Black Sesame and Chocolate Cherry Coconut Bars have a gooey chocolate cherry top, sprinkled with crunchy nuts and cacao nibs, which is slathered on top of a soft and chewy crust studded with chia seeds and black sesame seeds. The base is made from oats, chia seeds, and hemp seeds, so it’s packed with nutrients and it gets a slight sweetness from the coconut butter, while the tart cherries are complimented by the soft caramel-like dates.
5. Marzipan and Butterscotch Ice Cream Sundae
Indulgent ice cream that’s also good for you? Yes, it exists. This three-ingredient Marzipan and Butterscotch Ice Cream Sundae is something you can feel good about eating a giant bowl of. The only ingredients are frozen bananas to make the ice cream, almond butter for the marzipan, and carob syrup for the butterscotch.
6. Sprouted Buckwheat Cake Doughnuts
These Sprouted Buckwheat Doughnuts need to be added to your dessert repertoire, stat. Sprouted buckwheat packs more nutrition than its un-sprouted counterpart and it’s all held together through dates, coconut, and grated apple. Sweet and toothsome without all of the unhealthiness of their fried counterparts, you don’t have to feel guilty after eating one of these!
7. Strawberry ‘Un-Fried’ Ice Cream With Cacao Crust
This is not the classic fried ice cream with vanilla with cinnamon-sugar coating — and no frying was actually involved either, but the result is way more delicious. This Strawberry ‘Un-Fried’ Ice Cream starts with a strawberry and lime ice cream made from coconut water, coconut meat, one small beet, and frozen fruit. It’s coated with a crunchy spiced cacao crust laced with chipotle. Mmm!
8. Raw Lemon and Ginger Cheesecake
For a healthier dessert with a lot of zing, try out this Raw Lemon and Ginger Cheesecake. Sweetened with dates, maple sugar, vanilla, then zested with lemon and ginger, and topped with rich caramel and crushed pecans, this dessert is the definition of decadence! Hey, they say lemon and ginger are good for digestion, right?
9. Raw Banana Caramel Cups
These bite-sized frozen Raw Banana Caramel Cups are great to take to parties, picnics, or even to grab on the go. A creamy banana ice cream envelopes a sticky-sweet date caramel. A topping of blueberries or any berry you like adds the perfect finishing touch. You won’t have any hassle when you make this simple recipe and you don’t have to stop yourself from eating most of it, unless you’re supposed to share.
10. Raw Matcha Mint Oreos
These Raw Matcha Mint Oreos combine peppermint, matcha, and chocolate. Raw pecans give these treats a buttery taste, while dates and cacao add the ideal amount of sweetness and rich chocolate flavor to the cookie layer. We’ve even provided two options for filling: a coconut butter based creme, or a banana and almond milk ice cream filling. Either way, they’re amazing!
11. Double Chocolate Layer Cake
You don’t need a bunch of coconut oil and nuts to make an amazingly indulgent raw dessert. This Double Chocolate Layer Cake uses dried and fresh fruit for creaminess and sweetness, and oats and buckwheat groats instead of nuts — the only place you find coconut oil is in the optional chocolate sauce. It’s sweet, rich, creamy, and quite a treat. Except for the fact that everything in it is perfectly great for you. So eat the whole thing if you want.
12. Superfood Blackberry Cheesecake
This gorgeous little Superfood Blackberry Cheesecake is unbelievably good. The almond cacao base with a pinch of salt is amazing with the creamy vanilla topping. They’re raw and vegan with no refined sugars, but that doesn’t mean they don’t taste amazingly indulgent. Don’t be put off by thinking that it’s too complicated to make … yhey’re really quick and easy.
13. No-Bake Crimson Velvet Cheesecake
This No-Bake Crimson Velvet Cheesecake is light and fluffy, yet rich, almost like a whipped frosting. The date-almond crust of this cheesecake is so good, you’ll be tempted to eat it before you even get the chance to press it into the pan. Serve this lovely cheesecake with a side of coconut whipped cream for that true “red velvet” vibe.
14. Raw Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake
This Raw Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cake is rich, chocolatey, and tremendous. On a crust of raisins and blended gluten-free flours sits the densest and most intense cake you’ll ever have. The macadamia nuts in the batter create a slightly crunchy texture to contrast the smoothness of the rest of the cake. Serve this your next party or make it for yourself because it’s just that easy to make.
15. Almond Butter and Chia Jam Bars With Chocolate
These Almond Butter and Chia Jam Bars With Chocolate are gooey, sweet, and indulgent. It’s reminiscent of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, only it’s packed with nutrients from the berries, almond butter, chia seeds, and flaxseeds.
To be honest, these recipes have us tempted to switch over to a “just desserts” diet.
Lead image source: Double Chocolate Layer Cake