How nice would it be to make healthy desserts that taste great and will leave you feeling satisfied? You can make these healthy desserts for your guests while entertaining or as an occasional treat. I have some great desserts, actually these are my favorites that you should definitely try. I hope you enjoy these healthy desserts!
1. Easy Peach Crisp
This is one of my favorite healthy desserts because it is delicious and requires few ingredients. You can change this up by switching out the fruit to an apple, pear or even berries. This recipe serves 4.
1/2 cup low-fat granola without raisins
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large peaches, pitted and sliced
2 tablespoons brown sugar or applesauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1cup vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt
Preheat broiler to high. Place granola on a jelly-roll pan, spreading evenly. Broil 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add peaches to pan; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sugar and cinnamon to pan; cook 1 minute or until sugar melts, stirring occasionally. Spoon about 2/3 cup peach mixture in each of 4 shallow bowls. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons granola and 1/4 cup yogurt and enjoy for just 284 calories per serving.
2. Cinnamon Crisps with Blackberries and Yogurt
Fresh fruit, spicy cinnamon and the protein of Greek yogurt combine to make this a refreshing, healthy treat! You can substitute the blackberries for any fruit you like, but you'll love the parfait-like vibe. This recipe serves 4.
8 wonton wrappers, cut in half diagonally
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
11/2 cups plain fat-free Greek yogurt
1 cup blackberries
4 teaspoons honey
Preheat oven to 400°. Arrange wonton wrappers in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; lightly coat wrappers with cooking spray. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle sugar mixture evenly over wrappers; bake at 400° for 3 minutes or until crisp and slightly browned. Set the wrappers aside to cool slightly. Layer 6 tablespoons yogurt, 1/4 cup berries, and 1 teaspoon honey into each of 4 bowls. Serve each with 4 wonton crisps and enjoy this yummy dessert for only 142 calories per serving.
3. Banana Split Sundaes
Believe it or not, banana splits are a great way for children to have a well-balanced sweet treat or to rediscover your inner child. The secret is to go heavy on the fruit and light on everything else. This will provide your body with plenty of potassium. This recipes serves 8.
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups vanilla light ice cream
2 cups diced strawberries
1 1/4 cups sliced banana (2 bananas)
1/4 cup Dark Chocolate Sauce, warmed
1/4 cup bottled caramel sauce, warmed
1/2 cup coarsely chopped dry-roasted almonds
Combine first 3 ingredients in a bowl. Beat with mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form. Scoop 1/2 cup ice cream into each of 8 bowls. Top each with 1/4 cup strawberries and 2 1/2 tablespoons banana. Drizzle 1 1/2 teaspoons each of Dark Chocolate Sauce and caramel sauce over each serving. Top each with 1 tablespoon sweetened whipped cream and 1 tablespoon almonds. Tip: For portion control, scoop the ice cream for the kids, and then let them assemble everything else themselves. Sit down, relax and enjoy for only 296 calories per serving!
4. Gluten Free S’mores
Sometimes you can get healthier by finding a substitute for a delicious but not quite healthy treat. This is a tasty take on s'mores, plus it's gluten free for versatility. Hope you enjoy! This recipes yields 24 servings!
5 gluten-free graham cracker sheets,
Gluten-free Flour (about 3/4 Cup)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large egg
6 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
2 (4-ounce) bars semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 cups miniature marshmallows
Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8-inch square metal baking pan with aluminum foil, allowing foil to extend over edge of pan. Place graham crackers in a food processor; process until finely ground. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add flour and sugar to crumbs; pulse until combined. Add butter; pulse 15 times or until blended. Add egg; process until moist. Press crumb mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cook cream in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil). Remove from heat. Add chocolate, stirring until smooth. Fold in marshmallows. Spread chocolate mixture over cooled crust. Cover and chill 2 hours and 30 minutes or until firm. Holding edges of foil, lift mixture from pan, and carefully peel off foil. Place on a cutting board. Cut into bars and enjoy for 138 calories per serving.
5. Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Smoothie
The classic combination of peanut butter, banana, and chocolate is an easy sell for almost anyone. These smoothies are full of potassium, fiber, and protein. Hope you enjoy! This recipe serves 3.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup vanilla low-fat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 bananas, broken into pieces and frozen
Whipped cream (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Garnish with whipped cream and cocoa, if desired. Kids Can Help: Making smoothies is a super way to get young kids involved in the kitchen and to keep them away from a hot stove. Let them measure the milk, yogurt, and other ingredients and place them directly into the blender for you. Enjoy for 210 calories per serving.
6. Zabaglione with Fresh Berries
Here's a seriously deluxe dessert you'll love serving to party guests. The flavors mix wonderfully, and if you know of even healthier alternatives for some of the ingredients, feel free to substitute! This recipe serves 6.
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine
3 cups whole mixed berries
1 1/2 cups light canned refrigerated whipped topping (such as Reddi-wip)
Combine first 4 ingredients in top of a double boiler, stirring with a whisk. Cook over simmering water, whisking constantly, about 7 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160°. Serve over berries. Top each serving with whipped topping and enjoy for less than 200 calories per serving.
7. Seared Figs and White Peaches with Balsamic Reduction
This is another great choice for guests. It's elegant but so healthy! The addition of peppercorns and fresh herbs easily takes this to the next level. This recipe serves 8.
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 teaspoons butter, divided
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
4 firm ripe white peaches (about 1 3/4 pounds), halved and pitted
8 firm ripe Black Mission figs, halved lengthwise (about 1 pound)
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup crème fraîche
1/8 teaspoon salt
Cook peppercorns in a small skillet over medium heat 6 minutes or until fragrant and toasted. Cool. Place peppercorns in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; seal. Crush peppercorns with a meat mallet or rolling pin; set aside. Melt 1 teaspoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; stir in 1 teaspoon thyme. Add peaches, cut sides down, to pan. Cook 2 minutes or until browned. Remove from pan. Place 1 peach half, cut sides up, on each of 8 plates. Melt remaining 1 teaspoon butter in pan; stir in remaining 1 teaspoon thyme. Add figs, cut sides down, to pan; cook 2 minutes or until browned. Place two fig halves on each plate. Add vinegar to pan; cook over medium-low heat until reduced to 3 tablespoons (about 3 minutes). Cool slightly. Spoon about 2 teaspoons crème fraîche into the center of each peach half; drizzle about 1 teaspoon vinegar mixture over each serving. Sprinkle each serving with about 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle evenly with salt and enjoy for 133 calories per serving.
Hope you enjoy these delicious and healthy desserts. Make sure you combine these healthy desserts with other mini healthy meals throughout the day. Are you ready for the health food challenge? Make fitness and healthy eating part of your lifestyle and you will love it!