You spend your day focussed on eating healthy and wholesome meals when all of a sudden the cravings for something sweet hits. Sometimes, there’s no getting around it. To prepare yourself for the inevitable, we’re arming you with eight easy healthy dessert recipes straight from the 8fit app.
They might taste indulgent, but don’t be fooled – they’re full of nutritious ingredients that curb that sweet tooth without an unwanted spike in blood sugar. You know what that means?! You can have your cake and eat it too — literally.
8 Healthy desserts to make
This first one is perfect for that upcoming dinner party. This easy-to-make peach parfait is layer after layer of peachy flavors, creamy yogurt and crunchy nuts. No one will ever guess that it’s a health-conscious dessert.
Health fact: Peaches contain antioxidants that protect the body against cancer and chronic diseases, and the Greek yogurt is packed with probiotics – the healthy bacteria that boosts your immune system and decrease stomach issues.
Mango coconut chia yogurt
This exotic coconut and mango yogurt treat will take you on a brief getaway to a tropical island. Topped with chia, crunchy almonds and spicy cinnamon, this recipe can be enjoyed as a dessert, breakfast, or snack. It’s creamy, easy to make, and requires no baking.
Health fact: Coconut contains medium chain fatty acids, which can help support the digestive system. Then mango is high in vitamin A and beta-carotene — both of which are essential for vision and skin health.
Banana pancakes with topping
Pancakes for dessert? Why not! Plan the ultimate healthy dessert with our three-ingredient banana pancakes. They always hit the spot, plus you won’t experience that post-pancake energy crash. Make sure you always have the three staple ingredients — bananas, eggs and oats — on hand, plus your favorite toppings.
Health fact: Bananas are a good source of pectin, a fiber that feeds healthy bacteria and supports digestive health. Eat them with a healthy protein or fat such as nuts.
Tahini chocolate bites
These tahini chocolate bites are the perfect treat. The convenient snack size means you can easily control portions, plus they contain all the fat, protein and carbs your body needs to feel satiated and energized. Enjoy two before a workout, after a workout or as a post-dinner delight.
Health fact: Tahini – made from sesame seeds – is one of the best sources of calcium out there. It’s also a good source of methionine, an essential amino acid that aids in liver detoxification.
Instant strawberry and basil ice cream
Feel those summer vibes all year long with this refreshing, strawberry sensation. Blend the red berries with Greek yogurt, basil and honey to create an irresistible, guilt-free ice cream that only takes five minutes to make.
Health fact: Strawberries are low in sugar compared to other fruits and rich in immune-boosting vitamin C. In fact, one serving of strawberries contains about half of your daily requirement of that good stuff.
No-bake coconut bars
Believe it or not, these no-bake coconut bars taste just like candy bar filling – seriously! It’s the natural sweetness and creaminess of the coconut that makes this healthy snack taste luxurious. If you’re in need of a great pre- or post-workout snack, make a big batch of these bars instead of reaching for a commercial protein bar with added or artificial sugars.
Health fact: The recipe contains both almonds and almond butter. A handful of nuts or tablespoon of nut butter four times per week can help lower your risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease.
Cherry almond “cheesecake”
This recipe is magical. All you need are a few staple ingredients, five minutes in the kitchen and — poof! — you’ve got yourself a creamy, cheesecake-style dish. Enjoy this refreshing bowl of yogurt, honey and lemon as snack or dessert.
Health fact: The cherries on top contain fiber and vitamins including potassium, calcium and folic acid. They’re also known for their antioxidant properties.
Why not turn a classic breakfast recipe into a final course instead? This delicious sweet omelette is jammed to the rim with banana and raspberries, making for both a tasty and filling meal. This 8fit recipe makes for a great weekend breakfast or hearty dessert following a light lunch or dinner.
Health fact: Eating one cup of raw raspberries will provide over 50 percent of your daily vitamin C needs! Conveniently, they’re easy to grow if you’ve got a garden or allotment in a community garden.
Want to make these recipes yourself? Sign up for 8fit and search for them in the 8fit recipe book.