Even if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to finally start eating healthier, that doesn’t mean that you have to completely give up on all your favorite indulgences, and get rid of everything chocolatey and sweet in your life. In fact, enjoying some healthy dessert recipes can inspire you to stick to your resolutions in the first place. Why crave the bad stuff when you can make your own brownies that taste just as good — and are actually pretty good for you too?
From fruit-filled cobblers to chocolate truffles, the many types of impressive dessert recipes can satisfy any palate. And with the right ingredients, they can also appease anyone who’s trying to be a bit healthier. Vegan recipes and flour substitutes go a long way on the path to wellness. Eating healthy is all about moderation, and that most definitely means enjoying a good dessert every once in a while for good measure.
Instead of trying a juice cleanse or cutting out desserts altogether, try out these 17 healthy recipes for a healthy new year. From homemade ice cream to DIY cookie dip, you’ll always be able to satisfy your cravings in the sweetest way possible. Time to get snacking!
1. Healthy Chocolate Orange Brownies
Avocado makes sure that these vegan brownies are perfectly creamy. A Beautiful Mess knows how to make a dessert taste amazing — even with no added sugar!
2. Healthier Carrot Cake
Filled with dates and whole wheat flour, Green Kitchen Stories' carrot cake is way more wholesome than the cake you'd buy at your local bakery.
3. Pear And Apple Crisps
Cookie and Kate's fruit crisps are as cute as they are delicious, especially when they're served individually.
4. One-Ingredient Dessert
Once you try The Kitchn's banana ice cream, there's no going back.
5. Coconut Oil Chocolate Bark
Spring back from a holiday season full of peppermint bark with its healthier relative: Oh She Glows' healthy homemade chocolate bark.
6. Meyer Lemon And Peppercorn Italian Ice
This citrusy treat by A Spicy Perspective tastes extra refreshing with an unexpected peppery kick.
7. Oatmeal Cookie Dip
This sweet dip by Cara's Cravings makes the perfect mid-day snack. Pair it with fresh fruit or pretzels to mix things up.
8. No-Bake Dairy-Free Strawberry Cheesecake
A Beautiful Mess proves that you can even make cheesecake without cheese. A date nut crust is perfectly crave-able.
9. Baked Blackberry And Blueberry Crumble
This vegan treat by Green Kitchen Stories is pretty simple to make — just get your hands on some berries, and you're likely to already have the other ingredients you need.
10. Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
If you have yet to try your hand at making chia seed pudding, Oh She Glows can guide you on the path to an almost-instant irresistible dessert.
11. Easy Vegan Apple Crisp
The individual servings of Love and Lemons' apple crisp make it easy to take things in moderation.
12. Healthy Banana Split
Some rainbow sprinkles make a Greek yogurt parfait taste even better — just ask House of Yumm.
13. Vegan Cherry Chocolate Cake
Cake may not exactly be a health food, but Cookie and Kate's chocolatey dessert is a better-for-you indulgence thanks to its simple ingredients.
14. Avocado Cacao Mousse
Grab your food processor — The Kitchn's chocolatey mousse can be made with just five ingredients.
15. Almond Joy Energy Bites
Instead of grabbing for a candy bar, try out Inside BruCrew Life's Almond Joy-inspired bars for a sweet treat that doubles as a post-workout snack.
16. Healthy Fudgy Brownie Bites
Made with dates, cashews, and plenty of cocoa powder, Averie Cooks' brownie bites are vegan, no-bake, and totally addictive.
17. Gluten-Free Hazelnut Brownies
No flour is needed to make these amazingly Nutella-esque chocolate brownies by Naturally Ella.
For more foodie inspiration, check out Bustle on YouTube.
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