Eating healthy doesn't mean you’ll never have dessert again. With these quick and easy recipes for sweet treats, you can satisfy your cravings in a way that doesn't go against your healthy eating plan. Make some simple substitutions and keep decadence on the menu.
1. Tiramisu done light
A classic tiramisu is loaded with saturated fat and sugar. This lighter version delivers all the chocolate and espresso flavor without the calories and artery-clogging fat.
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese (preferably nonfat)
- 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 12 ladyfingers (soft or crunchy)
- 4 tablespoons espresso
- 2 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate chips, melted
Assembling this dessert is easy peasy. Start by stirring together the ricotta, confectioners sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Place one layer of ladyfingers in the bottom of a loaf pan. Drizzle half the espresso over the ladyfingers and top with half of the ricotta/sugar mixture. Repeat with the remaining ingredients, refrigerate for several hours and enjoy.
2. No-bake cookie bars
There are many variations of cookie bars, but this recipe is quick, easy and serves 12.
- 24 chocolate wafer cookies
- 3 tablespoons light vegetable spread, melted
- 4 ounces semisweet chocolate morsels
- 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese or Neufchatel
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 2/3 cup confectioners sugar
- 1/4 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
Pulse the cookies in a food processor until finely ground, then add the melted vegetable spread and pulse again until thoroughly mixed. Add the morsels and pulse until the mixture feels like fine sand. Pat the crust into place in an 8" x 8" pan and refrigerate. Use a food processor to mix the cream cheese, peanut butter, yogurt and sugar until well-blended and smooth. Pour the topping onto the crust and sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Let chill until set and chow down.
3. Decadent and delicious fruit
Dipping fruit in chocolate takes an ordinary snack to the next level. In particular, chocolate-dipped strawberries are a classic dessert that never goes out of style. In fact, you could have this light dessert almost every day!
- 2 ounces preferred chocolate
- 12 strawberries
Simply place the chocolate in the microwave and heat for about a minute on medium power. Continue to heat in 20-second intervals until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth. (You can also us a double boiler if you prefer.) Dip the strawberries in the chocolate and let cool. Voila.
Lighten up the dessert course
You can lighten up any dessert with a few simple swaps.
- Try using low or no-fat dairy products
- Swap butter for low-fat spread
- Use less sugar in no-bake recipes
These simple tricks help reduce the fat and sugar in almost any dessert recipe. Now you can indulge without any of that pesky guilt.
Nadine Miller is a professional freelance writer who has been writing full-time for almost five years. Her specialties include home, family and community-based nonprofits. Before becoming a writer, she spent several years working in the nonprofit sector as a development and marketing professional. For fun, she enjoys writing fiction, reading and traveling.
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