You Can Eat These 15 Sweet Treats and Still Lose Weight Slideshow
50-Calorie Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
These chocolate crinkle cookies are just the right amount of sweet, and at only 50 calories a piece they are a guiltless indulgence. Dip a few of these in a cup of hot black coffee or espresso to end a meal.
7-Ingredient Blueberry and Lavender Vegan Cheesecake
I bet you’re wondering how cheesecake can be vegan — the secret is all in the cashews. This recipe ingeniously blends together raw cashews, coconut milk, and coconut oil to make a creamy filling that mimics the taste and texture of any New York-style cheesecake. The crust for these cakes uses only dates and walnuts (or almonds), bypassing any butter, cream, or flour.
Avocado Chocolate Pudding
This is a fabulous dessert, with no added oil or refined sugar. The sweetness of dates and banana combine into a pudding consistency with avocados. Serve it with fresh berries for an additional healthy touch!
Sometimes all you need is a little heat from the oven to turn a banal fruit into a creamy and decadent dessert. After it’s baked, an apple loses its tartness and becomes soft and soufflé-like. Granny Smith and Red Prince apples are good varieties for baking. Remove the core after baking and stuff with some cinnamon, raisins, or vanilla ice cream to make it even more indulgent.
Blueberry and Yogurt Ice Pops
These beautiful, simple-to-make yogurt pops accentuate the brightness of fresh blueberries. While they are perfect for a warm day, their nutritional profile is so well balanced that you could even take one out of the freezer for breakfast. With fewer than 150 calories per serving, these pops really do bridge the gap between health food and dessert.
Carrot Cake Energy Bites
Carrot cake is delicious, but it’s usually off limits until dessert. A slice of decadent carrot cake with rich cream cheese icing can reach around 500 calories, which can easily ruin your diet for the day. These carrot cake energy bites encapsulate the flavor of carrot cake, minus the calories. The best part about them is that they don’t even require baking.
Chai, Raspberry, and Coconut Porridge Slices
Hastily-made microwave oatmeal is mushy, boring, and bland. Transform rolled oats into a hearty, sweet snack by mixing them with non-dairy milk, maple syrup, and fresh raspberries and baking the mixture in the oven. The porridge slices are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Grab one for breakfast as you’re hustling out the door.
This is the perfect alternative to packaged and artificially flavored puddings. After chia seeds are soaked overnight, they develop a jelly-like texture reminiscent of traditional puddings. This overnight chocolate chia seed pudding recipe uses unsweetened cocoa powder, maple syrup, and a hint of cinnamon and vanilla extract. The whole dessert clocks in at around 150 calories per serving.
Chickpea Cookie Dough
Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein, with a whopping 15 grams of protein per cup. They also happen to be a rich source of dietary fiber, which can help control your blood sugar levels and slow down digestion. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and can be used as a dip or on its own. You can actually enjoy eating the cookie dough without the guilt!
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Dipping fruit in chocolate is a sweet snack secret. A thin layer of dark chocolate doesn’t tack on many extra calories or sugar, but still imparts a slight bitterness that balances and complements fresh fruit. Strawberries are a classic choice, but there are plenty of other foods that you never thought to dip in chocolate.
Chocolate has a reputation of being an indulgent dessert, but dark chocolate has a lower sugar and calorie count, and offers a number of health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and even increasing happiness. To get the health benefits, however, you need to nibble on dark chocolate that is at least 80 to 85 percent cacao.
Fresh Mango-Berry Pops
If you overdid it at your most recent farmers market excursion, keep those luscious fruits from going to waste by transforming them into ice pops. Use any variety of fruit, coconut water, and agave nectar to make low-calorie, tropical-tasting fruit popsicles that will remind you of a beachside vacation.
A little kiss of fire adds elegance and depth to fruit. The heat of the grill unlocks another dimension of sweetness, and goes particularly well with heartier stone fruits. You can pair grilled peaches with balsamic vinegar and mascarpone cheese, or season the fruit with maple syrup and warm spices like cayenne pepper, ground cinnamon, and cumin to make these grilled fruit skewers with spicy maple glaze.
Vegan “Ice Cream”
Transform ice cream into a healthy, protein-infused treat with this easy-to-make recipe that uses just three ingredients: non-dairy yogurt, vegan protein powder, and nut butter. It’s as good (well, almost as good) as the real thing.
A yogurt parfait takes all the best aspects of an ice cream sundae and pairs them with rich, protein- and probiotic-packed Greek yogurt. Layering fresh fruit, crunchy granola, chia seeds, or a spoonful of preserves adds a textural component that will keep you (and your mouth) interested bite after bite. Yogurt parfaits can be made ahead of time making them an ideal breakfast item for rushed breakfasts.