When an after-dinner sweet craving hits, you want to reach for something delicious yet nutritious enough to enjoy daily without guilt. The following effortless recipes transform everyday wholesome ingredients like fruit, nuts, yogurt and cocoa into delectable desserts that also deliver ample nutrients. Keep these super simple healthy sweets on regular rotation to satisfy sweet teeth daily. Their simplicity makes them easy enough to whip up anytime.
Thanks to produce’s natural sweetness, recipes starring fruit make some of the easiest yet healthiest dessert options perfect for everyday enjoyment. Let the fruit shine by keeping added sugars to a minimum.
Greek Yogurt with Berries and Nuts
Top cups of nonfat plain Greek yogurt with fresh berries like raspberries, blueberries or strawberries plus chopped nuts. The contrast of flavors and textures between creamy tangy yogurt, juicy berries and crunchy nuts creates loads of sensory appeal and nutrition in one bowl. The Greek yogurt provides an ample protein boost.
Core an apple, fill the center with nuts, raisins, cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup then bake until tender. Tart apples turn lusciously sweet and soft once baked but still offer fiber. Enjoy these easy baked apples warm from the oven or pack to grab and go. Baking concentrates the apples’ sweetness and infuses it throughout.
Peanut Butter Banana
Roll Ups Spread peanut or almond butter down the length of a whole wheat tortilla then top with banana slices. Roll it up for a handy healthy sweet snack reminiscent of dessert crepes thanks to the contrast of nutty and sweet. The tortilla makes this hand-held so you can take it on the go.
Coco-Nana Nice Cream
Blend frozen banana chunks and cocoa powder until smooth and creamy then enjoy immediately as dairy-free “nice cream” that tastes remarkably similar to chocolate ice cream yet offers potassium and healthy carbs instead of excess sugars. Customize with chocolate chips or other mixins. Frozen bananas provide creaminess without heavy dairy.
Chocolate Hazelnut Energy
Bites Process together toasted oats, chocolate chips, hazelnuts, peanut butter, ground flax and honey until it forms a dough. Roll into balls and chill until set for grab and go high protein high fiber energy bites that double as a sweet bite-sized treat. The oats and nut butter make these nicely filling.
Creamy Chilled Desserts
These effortless no-churn frozen desserts deliver rich creaminess without overdoing calories, sugar or fat so you can indulge guilt-free daily. Smart substitutions like Greek yogurt and avocado ensure a luscious texture.
Puree softened cream cheese with vanilla extract, lemon juice and sweetener then fold in Greek yogurt for lightness. Pour into petite jars, chill until set and top with homemade berry sauce for cute grab and go single-serve tangy cheesecakes bursting with flavor and protein. The Greek yogurt lightens both the texture and nutrient profile.
Three-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream
Blend frozen banana chunks, almond butter and milk of choice until smooth, creamy and ice cream-like. Ripe bananas provide plenty of natural sweetness allowing other sugars to be kept to a minimum. Stir in chocolate chips or other mixins if desired. Bananas make this dairy-free ice cream naturally sweet and creamy.
Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Blitz together one avocado, cocoa powder, honey and vanilla then spoon into dishes and chill before enjoying. Fiber-rich avocados lend indulgent richness and creaminess for a healthy everyday chocolate mousse. Avocados provide plenty of healthy fats for a rich, creamy texture with no heavy dairy required.
Dark Chocolate Walnut Clusters
Melt dark chocolate and walnuts over a double boiler then drizzle in a touch of maple syrup. Spoon tablespoon sized mounds onto parchment paper and chill until set. These candy-like nut clusters provide a quick chocolate fix that’s good for you thanks to the walnuts and antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. Dark chocolate makes these just sweet enough.
Chia Seed Pudding Parfaits
Stir chia seeds into your milk of choice then chill overnight to allow the seeds to plump into a pudding-like consistency. Layer into jars with fresh fruit and crushed nuts for nutrient-packed grab-and-go parfaits. Chia provides protein and healthy fats to keep you satisfied. Chia seeds almost magically transform into a lush pudding.
You really can have your dessert and eat your daily dose of nutrients too thanks to clever everyday ingredients like fruit, nuts, yogurt, oats, and dark chocolate that transform into delectable sweets. Keep shortcuts like frozen fruit and banana “nice cream,” chia puddings and bites made from oats on hand along with wholesome toppers like berries and nuts so satisfying healthier desserts are never more than minutes away. Their simplicity makes them an anytime option.