”I gotta have my something sweet every day, and if it can be good for me too then all the better.“
I LOVE dessert. Like, I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten chocolate in some way, shape, or form every single day of my life. Since I preach “everything in moderation”, I certainly believe in the occasional indulgence.
My sweet tooth strikes at night. I’m sitting there on the couch, minding my own business, and BAM! I need something sweet and can’t possibly go to bed until said sweetness is ingested. When the cravings hit, it’s best to have a game plan; something tasty and satisfying, but that isn’t the worst thing in the world.
So without further ado, here are my 5 healthy dessert alternatives:
1. Apple slices with nut butter, shredded coconut, and chocolate chips
This dessert is legit my go-to. It’s so easy, takes 2 minutes, and is really filling. To make, slice up half an apple into wedges. Place 2 Tbsp. of your favorite nut butter on a plate, and sprinkle on some coconut and chocolate chips. Or you can slice up an apple horizontally, cut out the middle, and make apple cookies like I did here!
Apple slices with nut butter, shredded coconut, and chocolate chips2. Banana ice cream with dates and dark chocolate
Probably the longest to make, but oh so worth it. You have to plan ahead and put bananas in the freezer early in the day or the night before. Then you place the equivalent of 2 bananas in a blender and blend ‘em up! It helps to give them 10 minutes to thaw first so they’re not quite so hard. Once blended, add in some chopped dates (pits removed) and chopped dark chocolate. Blend long enough just to mix and you’re good to go! It’s crazy how bananas can make an ice cream-like consistency. Tip: to amp it up, add a few frozen berries and blend until you have banana and berry swirls! It brings the flavor to the next level.
Banana ice cream with dates and dark chocolate3. Bowl of dates and fruit
When I’m trying to be on my best behavior, this is my jam. I recently discovered – after a whole childhood of hating them – that I’m OBSESSED with dates! They’re like natural caramel. Super sweet and surprisingly filling. They are pretty calorie-dense at approximately 110 kcal per 2-3 dates, but with all their vitamins, fiber, and natural sugar, I’m okay with that. So when in doubt, load up a plate with 4 or so dates and your favorite fruit!
Bowl of fruit (sadly missing the dates in this pic)4. Frozen greek yogurt with chocolate chips
This one also requires a little fore-thought, but has a tasty pay-off. Get a single serving of fruity greek yogurt from the store and mix it early in the day. Add in some chocolate chips if you’re a chocoholic like me and stick it in the freezer. Then when the sweet tooth hits, take out the yogurt and let it sit for 15 minutes at room temp. Once it’s thawed just a little it’s the perfect frozen yogurt! If you’re vegan, swap the greek yogurt for soy, coconut, or cashew yogurt.
Frozen Greek yogurt with chocolate chips5. Peaches and cream
I had to at least include a good seasonal healthy fruit dessert. My mom would make this for us as kids, and I loved it. Simply slice up some peaches and place them in a bowl. Pour over some half-and-half or vegan creamer and it’s summer heaven!
Peaches and creamI hope this gave you guys some ideas! I gotta have my something sweet every day, and if it can be good for me too then all the better. Sweet dreams!