Healthy Desserts For the Sugar-Obsessed
Don't ignore your dessert cravings! When that sweet tooth calls for a lusciously decadent treat, feel good reaching for these healthier alternatives that will offer a bit of nutrition and that sweet taste your taste buds lust after — you won't be disappointed!
If you're craving something rich and creamy like a milkshake, a smoothie makes a healthier option. To give fruit smoothies a more creamy consistency, add protein powder, yogurt, or soy milk. Here's a vegan smoothie recipe that tastes just like a vanilla milkshake. Or if you've got a chocolate craving, go for this chocolate banana cashew smoothie.
Pancakes and waffles aren't strictly reserved for the breakfast table. If you're craving something like a cupcake, turn to recipes like fruit-covered French toast or whole wheat sweet potato pancakes topped with honey nut yogurt instead. Make a big batch and keep a few in the freezer for when cravings strike.
For Creamy Cravings
If frozen fruit just won't cut it, and you know ice cream is too high in fat and calories, frozen yogurt makes a great alternative. If you can't get to a Pinkberry, you can make these 30-calorie frozen yogurt cups. Or for a quick creamy treat, dress up thick, rich nonfat Greek yogurt with these dessert ideas.
Some Like It Hot
When a cold snack just won't do, bake up some fruit — sans the buttery pie crust. Pop some berries, pears, or apples into the oven (or even the microwave) with a touch of maple syrup and cinnamon sprinkled over the top. When it's finished, add a small sprinkling of granola or nuts to give the allusion of a crust.