HEALTHIER DESSERTS

These days, I really do like that we have so many options for swapping out ingredients to make desserts a little more healthy than before.¬†Every day you have a lot of different food options coming your way. Some people have superhuman strength and can always stay on the path and resist temptations. If you’re one of those people, I salute you. I am not one of those people. I can’t completely resist chocolate and sugar. What I can do is look for healthier alternatives that still satisfy my sweet tooth. And if I can’t find them when I go out, I can make them. Even if I don’t carry them with me it helps me to resist them knowing there’s something just as good waiting for me at home!

DARK CHOCOLATE AVOCADO BROWNIES

The recipe from SkinnyMs. is delicious. It uses maple syrup for sweetener, has healthy fats, and whole wheat flour. You could also try experimenting with other flours to make this gluten-free as well, though I haven’t personally tried that. It does have an egg, but no milk, if you are trying to stay away from milk for any reason. Personally, I love avocados and I’m enjoying seeing that they have so many uses even in dessert recipes. Try this one today, you might even have all of the ingredients on hand already.

STRAWBERRY OATMEAL BARS

I love this one because it can double as a quick breakfast as well as a healthy dessert. And it only requires one bowl and no mixer. One of the things I don’t love about baking is cleaning up all of the dishes, so if a recipe uses fewer, it’s a win in my book! This one also uses coconut oil instead of butter, so you’re getting some healthy fats there as well.

Head over to OMGChocolateDesserts.com for the recipe.

DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BANANA BITES

I’ve always loved the chocolate covered banana bites you can buy at the store. At first, they only seemed to be available at Trader Joe’s, but now I can even pick them up at my local WalMart. This recipe builds on an already great idea by adding peanut butter! You could replace that with another kind of nut butter, or even one of the many peanut butter substitutes that are out today. Obviously, you don’t bake these, but you do need to heat the chocolate and freeze the bites before you can enjoy them.

Head on over to SmileSandwich.com for the (easy) recipe.

PALEO APPLE CRISP

This great fall dessert has no gluten, grains, dairy or added sugar (just what is naturally in the fruit). The apples make it a great dessert for autumn, but there’s no reason you couldn’t put peaches or another of your favorite fruits in it to make it suitable for any time of year.

Living Well Mom provided us with this recipe.

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

When I dine out, which really isn’t that often, if there’s chocolate mousse on the menu, I’m ordering it. It’s just been something I’ve always loved. So I was over the moon to find this very, easy healthy recipe. Just three ingredients and it’s vegan and gluten-free as well. You can also easily make it dairy-free by using a dairy-free whipped cream. Lindsay over at VeggieBalance.com,¬†where I found this recipe, serves these in the most adorable little mason jars also. So cute!

The recipe and presentation ideas can be found at Veggie Balance.

LEMON BLUEBERRY CRUMBLE BARS

I never liked lemon desserts when I was a kid, but my tastes have changed as I’ve grown up. This dessert is gluten-free and made with fresh ingredients. If you change out the milk and honey for almond milk and agave, it can also be vegan. The blueberry and lemon flavors are a great complement to each other, and the lemon zest really makes it all pop.

This dessert is from Fit Foodie Finds.