Desserts are meant to be a treat, but that doesn’t mean they have to make you feel guilty. Not all desserts have a frightening amount of sugar and calories. While all desserts should be eaten in moderation, you can find ones that are better for you than others. You can eat them on occasion while trying to lose weight without reversing all of your hard work. If you’re interested in learning some healthier dessert recipes, here are some delicious ones that you should try out.
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are probably one of the most common types of dessert in the world. They’re easy to make and everyone likes them. Unfortunately, they’re not all that healthy. However, you can make a much healthier version of the classic chocolate chip cookie. This healthier counterpart is just as easy, if not easier to make, and it still tastes delicious. All you need is:
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp table salt
- Course sea salt
- 4 tbsp dark brown sugar, lightly packed
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 ½ cups oat flour (make it yourself from old fashioned oats)
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. To make your healthy chocolate chip cookies, you first need to make an oat flour. To do this, put your old fashioned oats into a food processor and blend them until they turn into a powder. You need 1 ½ cups after it is blended into flour, so make sure you measure it after it’s processed. Once it resembles a flour, set it aside.
In a medium bowl, combine your egg, coconut oil, brown sugar, and vanilla. Beat everything together until it’s combined, don’t overmix. Add the cinnamon, baking soda, and table salt to your oat flour and then slowly stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Once everything is well mixed, fold in your dark chocolate chips. Use a cookie scooper or roll your dough into balls by hand and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. You can also line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Bake for about 8 minutes or until the edges are a golden brown. Remove from the oven and then let them cool on a wire rack.
Substitutions aren’t recommended with this recipe. If you don’t have a food processor or some of the ingredients, purchasing healthier cookie dough is always an option. Hamptoncreek Just Cookie Dough is not only healthy, but it’s eggless so you can enjoy eating the raw dough without any potential health consequences.
Peanut Butter Bark
Peanut butter bark is a crunchy and delicious snack that will give you the richness of peanut butter with a drizzle of chocolate. It has healthy and natural ingredients that will allow you to eat this snack guilt-free. Ingredients include:
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted
- 3 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp wheat germ
- 1/3 cup natural peanut butter, creamy
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 egg white
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
It seems like a lot of ingredients, but the peanut butter bark is very simple to make. First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. You’ll need a 9 x 13-inch baking dish lined with aluminum foil. Line it all the way up and over the sides so you get at least an inch of overhang on each side, and then spray the foil with non-stick spray.
In one bowl, mix all the flour, wheat germ, salt, cinnamon, chia seeds, and rolled oats. Set the bowl aside. In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar, peanut butter, egg white, and vegetable oil. Use a hand mixer to beat the mixture until it’s creamy. Grab the bowl with the dry ingredients and slowly combine it into the bowl with the wet ingredients. Use the hand mixer to slowly beat everything together until it's thoroughly combined.
Pour the dough into your pan and you should have a thin, even layer. Bake for about 30 minutes or until it’s a golden color. Once your baked dessert is completely cool, completely melt your chocolate. Drizzle your chocolate over your dessert and then let it harden. Once the chocolate is dry, pull your bark out of your pan using the foil overhang and then break it into several serving-sized pieces.
The next time you wish you could have some dessert, remember that they are healthier options out there. Try these healthy desserts and discover more that you can try.