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5 Delicious Dessert Ideas That Won’t Increase Your Waistline

Staff Post

Posted on November 22 2017

Sweet treats after a meal have become a staple in my family. It removes the savoury taste of dinner and it gives the mouth a more sweet feel. It’s exactly what kids wait for, and they would even eat their dreaded vegetables if it means they’ll be getting their beloved dessert.  However, due to the increase of childhood obesity and other metabolic disorders, experts have been encouraging people to cut down on anything high in sugar or fat. Sadly for us, desserts are jam-packed with sugar and fats. A lot of women have also sworn of their regular scoop of ice cream after every meal due to their diet plans, especially nowadays that model size 0 bodies are the new in thing. However, what if I tell you a healthy meal tip that won’t have you compromising your desserts? There are countless of healthy dessert recipes for everyone on the web. Here are some dessert recipes from Popsugar that aren’t only delicious but also healthy and low in calorie content, perfect for weight loss.

FROZEN NUTTY BANANA NIBBLERS

This delicious treat isn’t only easy to prepare, but can also lessen your appetite during the day because it contains protein, which helps make you feel fuller. A healthy eating tip would be to stock up on some of this in your fridge to have a healthy dessert snack ready when you’re hungry during the day.

SERVES: 6

CALORIES PER SERVING: 111

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 medium ripe bananas
  • 1 tbsp. all natural creamy peanut butter
  • 2 oz. nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt

PROCEDURE:

  • Peel a banana and mash it with the peanut butter and yogurt
  • Peel the rest of the bananas and slice them into ½ inch thick slices
  • Smear the mixture on half the banana slices and top it with the other half, making a mini banana sandwich
  • Place them on a plate and freeze them for at least 2 hours

 

BANANA OATMEAL CRUMB MUFFIN WITH AVOCADO

This dish is packed with complex carbohydrates as well as polyunsaturated fatty acids which are good for the health and for your digestive system. This dish contains only a small amount of sugar which is good if you’re on a diet.

SERVES: 12

CALORIES PER SERVING: 166

INGREDIENTS:

  • MUFFINS:
    • 1 tbsp. Flax meal
    • 3 tbsp. water
    • 3 ripe bananas
    • 3 oz. vanilla soy yogurt
    • ½ cup organic sugar
    • ½ avocado, peeled, pitted, and mashed
    • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
    • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
    • 2 scoops plant-based protein powder
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • ½ tsp. Salt
  • CRUMB TOPPING:
    • ⅓ cup brown sugar
    • 3 tbsp. white whole-wheat flour
    • 2 tbsp. rolled oats
    • ⅛ tsp. cinnamon
    • 1 tbsp. earth balance, refrigerated

PROCEDURE:

  • Preheat oven to 350F and line the muffin pan with 12 liners
  • Mix the flax meal and water in a small bowl then set aside
  • Mash the banana with a fork in a separate medium bowl. Add the soy yoghurt, sugar, mashed avocado, and vanilla mix until thoroughly combined. Add the bowl of flax meal and water into the mixture
  • In another bowl, mix the flour, protein powder, baking soda, and salt then stir it into the banana-avocado mixture
  • Divide the batter between the 12 muffin liners then start on the crumb topping
  • For the crumb topping, mix together the brown sugar, flour, rolled oats and cinnamon in a small bowl then add some cold earth balance
  • Mix the topping mixture with a fork then sprinkle some on top of each muffin
  • Bake the muffins for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out dry

 

VEGAN ZUCCHINI DOUBLE FUDGE BROWNIE

Making these is a great way of sneaking in some vegetables in your kids’ diet; they won’t detect any vegetable taste in it, that’s for certain. The zucchini is pureed instead of shredded thus giving your brownies a smoother consistency similar to other normal chocolate fudge brownies. Prepare this healthy snack for your kids and you won’t go wrong.

SERVES: 15

CALORIES PER SERVING: 155

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tbsp. Flax meal
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 small zucchini
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract ¼ cup dairy-free chocolate chips

PROCEDURE:

  • Preheat the oven to 350F then spray a 9”x13” pan with cooking spray
  • Mix the flax meal with the water in a small bowl then set aside
  • Stir the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in a larger bowl
  • Puree the zucchini in a food processor then add the oil and vanilla extract. Puree again until it is smooth then stir in the flax meal mixture
  • Pour the wet ingredient into the bowl of dry ones and mix until a thick batter is produced then stir in the chocolate chips
  • Bake the brownies for 15 minutes before cutting to small squares
  • To enjoy a chewy brownie, wrap baked brownies in a foil and freeze for at least an hour then enjoy!

 

FROZEN YOGHURT CUPCAKE

The frozen yoghurt cupcake is a great alternative to your fattening ice cream. A healthy eating tip would be to prepare these for your kids instead of buying those tubs of ice cream that’s packed with fat and sugar.

SERVES: 12

CALORIES PER SERVING: 30

INGREDIENTS:

  • 9 oz. vanilla greek yoghurt
  • 8 strawberries
  • ½ ripe banana
  • 1 tsp. mini chocolate chips

PROCEDURE:

  • Prepare 12 mini silicone baking cups on the top of an ice cream tray or small wooden cutting board
  • Fill each half way with yoghurt
  • Puree the strawberries and half banana then add a small spoonful of the mixture to the baking cups till no white is showing
  • Add a dollop of yoghurt to each cup using the last three ounces of yoghurt and then sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top of each
  • Place the tray in the freezer for about an hour
  • Remove from freezer and then allow to thaw for 12 minutes before eating

 

CHOCOLATE HUMMUS

Add some protein to your fruit snacks by preparing this healthy and nutritious chocolate dip. This will have you less hungry for longer, thus helping you with weight loss.  

SERVES: 8

CALORIES PER SERVING: 107

INGREDIENTS:

  • ¼ cup almonds
  • 5 pitted dates
  • 15 oz. can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. real maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup vanilla soy milk

PROCEDURE:

  • Place the almonds in a food processor and pulse till you have almond butter which will take 5 or more minutes
  • Pour in the rest of the ingredients in your almond puree until it’s smooth
  • Enjoy this with some sliced fruits or pretzels and store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge to avoid spoilage

 

Prepare these nutritious and low-calorie dessert alternatives for your whole family and help them work their way to fitness. Do you have other healthy dessert recipes that won’t make you feel guilty in indulging? Let us know in the comments section below!