Healthy dessert ideas
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with indulging in a little dessert every now and then. But it becomes a problem when you give in every night - that’s when you need to be a bit more careful about your choices. And if you’ve exercised and eaten healthily all day, the last thing you want is to ruin it with a big slab of chocolate cake or ice cream after dinner. Try whipping up one of these easy treats next time that sweet tooth strikes - they’re sure to satisfy.
Raspberry and cream cheese crepes
If you’re a fan of pancakes and crepes, you’re going to love this low-calorie version. The best part? It’s requires minimal effort. Spread a little cream cheese onto a piece of Mountain Bread, then place some raspberries on one half of the square in a diagonal direction. Fold the bread over into a triangle shape, and either fry it in a saucepan or pop it into a sandwich press. Once the bread is crispy and the cream cheese has melted, it’s ready to eat.
Don’t worry, we’re not talking about apples topped with guacamole and salsa! Instead, drizzle apples with melted caramel toffees and white chocolate. Garnish with mini choc chips and you’ve got yourself the perfect dessert share plate.
Chocolate covered strawberries
These are an oldie but a goodie - and they’re super easy to make when you need something sweet right now. After melting some chocolate, dip in strawberries and place them on a tray in the freezer until the chocolate is hard. For an extra hit of antioxidants, use dark chocolate.
If apple crumble is your winter weakness, just make a healthy version. Simply peel and chop up some apples and then boil them in water with a cinnamon stick. For the crunchy top, mix some flaxseed meal with an egg. Layer it on top of the apples in a baking dish and put in the oven until the top is nice and crunchy.
Chocolate avocado mousse
Just like the chocolate mousse you know and love - only packed with nutrients and healthy fats. Abigail O’Neill, Australian model and author of Model Chocolate, shared her recipe with us here.
If a regular banana just isn’t going to cut it, try chopping it up and adding a layer of peanut butter between two pieces. Then dip one side into some dark chocolate and place in the freezer to harden. YUM!
Nutella and banana sushi
We’ve all been there - you swear you’ll just have a spoonful of Nutella, then before you know it, you’ve worked your way through the jar. But if you make Nutella a small component of a bigger dessert, you can get your fix without consuming a billion calories. Here’s our suggestion: spread Nutella over a piece of Mountain Bread. Peel and then place a whole banana on the bread and roll it into a cylinder. Chop into bite-sized pieces and hold together with a toothpick. Mmmmm, Nutella.
Peaches with yoghurt and honey
Are you more of a ‘dump everything in a bowl’ kinda girl? Well, this simple dessert idea will be right up your alley. Scoop tinned peaches and natural yoghurt into a bowl and top with a squirt of honey and you’re done!
Puffed quinoa peanut butter balls
Anything with quinoa in it is good for you, right? These dessert balls contain the puffed version, along with a little peanut butter, agave syrup and vanilla essence. You can also dip them in chocolate or roll them in shredded coconut for something different. Refrigerate until firm.
Simple but oh-so-delicious. Plus, popcorn is mostly air, so it’s basically guilt-free. Just drizzle on some chocolate to turn this savoury snack into a spectacular after-dinner treat. Or for an even healthier option, go for coconut oil.
Grab your favourite bag of mixed berries and use a toothpick to dip them in yoghurt and place them on a tray. Put in the freezer and you’ll have a whole bunch of delicious frozen treats to finish off any meal.
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This is a great one for winter, when you just need something to nibble on while you’re cuddled up on the couch. Cut a pear in half and scoop out the seeds so there is a small bowl-like circle. Coat some chopped walnuts with honey and then fill the hole in the pear with the mixture. Dust with cinnamon and bake in the oven until soft.
Which of the above desserts do you like the sound of most? What other healthy desserts do you make?