Even if your New Year's resolution is to eat healthier, you don't have to skimp on dessert every night. To help you out, we've rounded up ten different recipes from healthy-eating and baking experts around the web. Their delectable treats are easy to make and delicious, but they won't wreck your 2018 goals. Give one of the recipes a shot and let us know what you think! Also, feel free to share any other amazing, not-so-bad-for-you dessert recipes in the comments.
Best-Ever Healthy Apple Crisp
Who knew you could indulge in a dose of cinnamon-glazed apples with a sweet crumbly topping without feeling guilty? Liv, the blogger behind Healthy Liv, concocted a scrumptious recipe that calls for zero sketchy ingredients and tons of natural, whole foods. Just peel the apples, dice them, and add a handful of healthy ingredients for a hot dessert everyone will love.
No Bake Sugar Cookie Bars
This dessert will save you time and calories. Even though the sugar cookie bars by The Big Man's World look like they'd be terrible for your diet, they're actually pretty nutritional. The recipe forgoes the use of refined sugar, opting instead for protein-packed frosting and coconut flour. Swap out your regular cookies for these delicious, guilt-free bars. Even the little kids in your family will love them!
Easy Skinny Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
It might be frigid outside, but that doesn't mean you have to avoid using summery fruits in your desserts. This recipe from Vera at Oh My Goodness Chocolate Desserts produces oatmeal bars that are packed with strawberry flavor but free of butter, white flour, eggs, and refined sugar. To add a little extra sweetness, drizzle them in a vanilla glaze and enjoy.
The Best Healthier Brownies
Sometimes you just need a gooey brownie that's packed with chocolate, but unfortunately, a healthy diet doesn't usually call for such indulgence. Thankfully, Chelsea from Chelsea's Messy Apron crafted a recipe that's devoid of white sugar, butter, flour, and eggs. Even the frosting is made from Greek yogurt, so you can truly feel guilt-free as you scarf down a couple of these amazing brownies.
Simple Maple Vanilla Baked Pears
Not only will this dessert wow your guests and taste like perfection, but it will also keep you on track with your healthy resolutions. The baked pears by Sally at Sally's Baking Addiction only call for four ingredients: pears, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla. Pop the fruit in the oven for less than half an hour and voila! You've got an equally scrumptious and impressive dessert that you can freely indulge in.
Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal Bars
Even though these treats taste amazing, they don't contain any butter! Just some white whole wheat flour, rolled oats, peanut butter, coconut sugar, honey, eggs, and a few other easy ingredients. Danielle from Live Well, Bake Often wanted to create a snack that's sweet but not too hard on a healthy diet, and she did just that with these peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal bars.
Greek Yogurt Banana Bread
Amanda at Running With Spoons took a regular banana bread recipe and made it even healthier by removing butter and oil. All of the flavors come from natural sweeteners, including those over-ripe bananas you were going to toss. Warm it up and serve it after dinner as a dessert or grab a slice on your way out the door in the morning for a healthy breakfast.
Healthy Chocolate Mousse
All you'll need to whip up a batch of this chocolatey dessert is a can of coconut milk, a dash of cocoa powder, and a little bit of raw honey. Mix the ingredients together until fluffy, then add a few pieces of fresh fruit for some extra flavor. The sweet mousse by No Biggie will satisfy your craving for chocolate but keep your calorie count low.
Raw Cookie Dough (That's Safe to Eat)
How many times have you snatched your children's hands out of the raw cookie dough, fearful that they'll end up sick to their stomach? Well, with this recipe from Katie on Chocolate Covered Katie, you can throw caution to the wind. Her raw cookie dough contains no dangerous eggs or potentially contaminated flour. Dip your fingers into the dough and enjoy as much as you want without worrying.
Healthy Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Who knew you could sneak healthy veggies into a tempting dessert? Mindi posted a recipe on Moms Need to Know that will show you how to make moist, flavorful chocolate muffins that contain grated zucchini. Sure, there's still a significant amount of sugar, chocolate, and flour in the recipe, but hey, at least you're getting a small dose of greens in the treat.