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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 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.
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.
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.
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.