Enjoying a sweet treat now and again is one of the great joys of a healthy lifestyle. When trying to become healthier and happier, it is important to find balance and be able to enjoy the things we love once in a while without any guilt.
Whether it be a keto vanilla mug cake at the end of the day or a fudgy brownie – there are so many sweet treats that we can enjoy that are not only delicious but won’t impact our calorie goals too much.
Today we want to share some simple recipes for healthier versions of your favourite sweet treats that you can enjoy without the guilt this year!
Flourless chocolate cake
Flourless cakes have been around for a while and they are a staple for those of us who want to live a gluten free and healthier life.
- 8 large eggs
- 200g butter
- 400g dark chocolate
- Chop your fake chocolate roughly and add to a glass bowl. Add your butter.
- Heat a pan with boiling water on the hob and place your bowl over the top, ensuring that the water does not come into direct contact with the bottom of the bowl. Melt your chocolate and butter together, then set aside to cool.
- Add your eggs to a bowl and whisk for 5-6 minutes until doubled in volume.
- Mix in your cooled chocolate mixture.
- Place in a cake tin and bake in the oven at 190C for 30 minutes. You can check after 20 to see if it is cooked yet. Once a skewer comes out clean, remove and cool.
- Top with some freshly cut strawberries and coconut cream!
Chia chocolate pudding
One of the most popular healthy desserts you can get is a chia pudding. This simple dish is great because it is full of protein and will give you a sweet jelly consistency without all the fat and sugar.
- 80g chia seeds
- 100ml oat milk
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- Mix all of your ingredients in a bowl or jug.
- Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
- Top with fresh fruit or eat on its own.
Mango and lime ice lollies
These simple ice lollies are ideal if you love a sweet refreshing treat. They will only take 5 minutes to prepare and only have 3 ingredients!
- 150g frozen mango
- 1 tbsp honey
- Juice and zest of 1 lime
- Add your ingredients to a blender and blend until completely smooth.
- Pour into ice lolly moulds and then freeze for at least 4 hours.
A simple sorbet is always a great option for a sweet treat, and this simple raspberry version is a great palette cleanser after a big meal.
- 500g raspberries
- Juice of 1 lime
- 100g sugar
- 100ml water
- Add your water and sugar into a pan and dissolve the sugar. Simmer for 5 minutes until a thick syrup is formed. Remove from the pan.
- Heat up your raspberries in a pan with lime juice for 5-10 minutes. Pass through a sieve to get rid of the seeds.
- Mix your raspberry coulis with a couple of tbsp of your syrup. Taste as you go, and once it is sweet enough for you, add to a freezer safe tub and freeze for 4 hours.
- Enjoy after a meal for a sweet and fruity dessert!
There is nothing better than a fudgy and gooey brownie. Brownies are easily one of the most indulgent desserts you can have, and they are not associated with being very healthy! These brownies however have a simple twist and will provide you with a gooey dessert without the guilt.
- 1 large avocado
- 2 large eggs
- 100g coconut sugar
- 50g butter
- 50g cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 100g oat flour or almond flour
- 200g dark chocolate chips
- Add all of your ingredients apart from the egg and chocolate chips into a blender and blend until smooth and silky.
- In a separate bowl, whisk your eggs until they have doubled in size – this will take about 5 minutes.
- Fold your eggs into the batter.
- Add your chocolate chips into the batter.
- Add your batter to a baking dish and bake at 190C for about 25 minutes. You’ll know it’s done if a skewer comes out clean.
If you are a sweet tooth but you are also currently on a diet, some of these stunning recipes will be perfect to curb your cravings. Try some of these fun sweet treats this winter without the guilt.