Desserts are often seen as one of life’s guilty pleasures. Everyone likes to enjoy a good dessert once in a while. Most people have grown used to the idea that desserts are fattening and are generally not good for you and so they try to stay away from them or feel guilty when they eat them. So, it will come as a pleasant surprise to dessert lovers that there are actually some desserts that are good for you.
With just a little tweaking to the original recipe, “vanilla sugar cookies” can be made healthy. Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN, author of “The Superfood Swap,” created a sugar cookie substitute. While the traditional recipe for sugar cookies calls for white flour and white sugar, Blatner swapped those ingredients for almond flour and just a little pure maple syrup. The result is a cookie higher in protein and fiber than the original which has less sugar than the original.
Try some California dark chocolate candies. These candy cups are made from dark chocolate that has polyphenols which is good for health. In addition, dark chocolate they also contain prunes which research suggests may help support healthy bones.
Chocolate Orange Walnut bites are made with only whole, nutrient-rich ingredients and have no added sugars. This may come as a surprise to many as they have a rich and sophisticated flavor profile.
For the ice cream fans who are looking for a healthier treat there’s “mango coconut soft serve”. It’s made in a food processor or blender with frozen mango and banana for natural sweetness, cottage cheese for satisfying protein and creaminess, orange juice, orange zest and ground cinnamon for a pop of flavor, and just 1 tablespoon of agave. Top it off with sliced almonds, chia seeds, and unsweetened shredded coconut.
There still are some pleasure that can be enjoyed without feeling guilty.