Twenty Healthy Desserts

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These 20 healthy dessert recipes will help you indulge without guilt! Perfect for your new year's resolutions.

Healthy desserts are an important part of a real food diet. When we deprive ourselves of treats, it becomes difficult to stick to a healthy eating regimen. Fortunately, there are so many ways to incorporate dessert into your routine without depending on packaged, highly processed food. I eat something fun just about every day, and this helps keep me committed to generating lots of nutritious meals for my family.

Raw Desserts

Raw desserts are perhaps the healthiest kind. These examples are all sweetened by dried fruit, with no added sugar. They’re high in protein so they’ll give you more energy than your typical dessert. They also taste amazing, and my children frequently ask for a second helping.

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Apple Pie Larabars

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

Coconut Apricot Energy Bites

Blueberry Lemon Larabar Squares

Three Homemade Larabars (Chocolate, Banana, and Mango)

Baked Desserts

I have a weakness for baked goods, which is why you’ll find lots of them here on my site. To keep things healthy, I typically use bananas to help sweeten a recipe so I don’t have to add as much additional sweetener. Maple syrup and honey are my sweeteners of choice since they’re the least processed options available. In most traditional recipes, you can substitute maple syrup or honey for sugar and the results will be wonderful. Many recipes only need a little bit of maple syrup to get them “just sweet enough,” which is typically my goal.

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Coconut Bars with Chocolate Drizzle


Chocolate Zucchini Bites

Morning Glory Muffins

Blueberry Apple Crisp

Healthy Oatmeal Bars

Frozen Desserts

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It gets cold here in Massachusetts, but my family is still happy eating frozen desserts all year round. All these desserts include fruits or vegetables, and the added sweeteners are minimal. Some are vegan, and others use yogurt or milk and cream. I don’t eat much dairy, but when I do, I use full-fat dairy products. These are less processed than low-fat dairy items, and when consumed in moderation they can be part of a healthy diet. Full-fat coconut milk is a great alternative for those avoiding dairy.

Banana Fudge Pops

Honey Yogurt Popsicles

Mango Sorbet

Peach Coconut Sorbet

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Healthy Desserts from around the Web

You can find so many healthy dessert options on the internet. Below are some delicious examples from blogs that I follow.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding from My Whole Food Life

Chocolate Éclair Icebox Dessert from Deliciously Organic

Valentine Kisses from Food Babe

Mini Whole Grain Donuts from 100 Days of Real Food

To find more healthy dessert recipes, visit the dessert page of my recipe gallery.


  1. Hi Annemarie. Thanks so much for including my Banana Blackberry Ice Cream. I’m really looking forward to trying your Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream.

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