9 Healthy Swaps for Your Favorite Desserts

Desserts are delicious, but they can also be unhealthy. When trying to lose weight, cutting back on sugar is often common. We’ve compiled this list of 9 healthy swaps for your favorite desserts!

1. Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is a healthy alternative to many “traditional” desserts. Making a fruit salad is simple. You can create one large fruit salad or small individual fruit salads using bowls or small glasses. Adding other ingredients such as yogurt, granola, or nuts can make a delicious filling dessert.

2. Coconut-Lime Ice Pops

Lime and coconut are refreshing ingredients that will perk up your taste buds on a hot day! If you are looking for something cool and tastes excellent this summer, this recipe is perfect! This is also healthy as it uses natural ingredients. Here is how to make coconut-lime pops;

  • Add two cups of ice, one cup of coconut milk, one cup of coconut flakes, two tablespoons of grated lime zest, and a few drops of lime oil to a blender.
  • Blend until the mixture is smooth.  Depending on the size of your blender, you may need to make more or less coconut milk.
  • Pour the mixture into molds or small gelato dishes that have been chilled in the freezer and freeze the molds or containers for at least 4 hours.
  • Remove the frozen dessert from the molds by running them under warm water. The ice pops should slide out easily.

3. Smoothies

A smoothie is a simple, healthy dessert to make at home. You can use fresh fruit or frozen fruit to prepare your smoothie. Adding milk, yogurt, or ice cream to the recipe will give you more flavor and creaminess! You can also “spice it up” by adding cinnamon or nutmeg. Smoothies are pretty straightforward to make.

4. Dessert Bars

There are store-bought healthy dessert bars, but you can make this dessert at home. Using natural ingredients, such as fruit and yogurt, will provide more flavor and a healthier option.

5. Cottage Cheese Pie

This is a healthy alternative to many traditional desserts out there today. The main ingredients for this dessert are vanilla pudding, graham crackers, and whipped topping! The pie tastes great, and is great for your body as well.

6. Granola Parfait

Parfait is a great dessert because it’s healthy and delicious! Granola parfaits are a great way to start the day with something healthy that tastes great!

7. Watermelon Sorbet

The main ingredients of this recipe are watermelon, lime juice, and sugar. These ingredients combined provide you with a sweet and refreshing dessert! This sorbet can be eaten alone or served on a slice of watermelon! It is easy to make as well! Here’s how:

  • Cut up the clean watermelon into 1-inch cubes and freeze overnight.
  • Blend the frozen watermelon and lime juice in a blender until smooth.
  • Add the sugar and stir to mix.
  • Pour the mixture into your sorbet maker (if you don’t have one, put it into a container with a top and freeze for about 3 hours).
  • Scoop out and serve promptly!

8. Banana Oat Muffins

Banana oat muffins are a great alternative to regular muffins that you can find in bakeries. They are high in fiber and low in sugar! Here is how to make them:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  • Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt).
  • In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients (bananas, milk, butter, vanilla extract, and sugar).
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until everything is well combined, and add 3/4 cup of oats.
  • Spoon into muffin tins and bake for 15 minutes or until browned.
  • Serve and enjoy!

9. Vegan Cookies

With vegan cookies, you do not have to sacrifice taste when baking. They are mostly made with dates that provide sweetness and contain fiber. Here is how to make them;

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • In a mixing bowl, combine your ingredients (dates, chia seeds, nuts, raisins, coconut oil, banana powder, and vanilla extract).
  • Spoon into 8 small or 6 medium-sized dishes.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes on each pan/dish or until golden brown.
  • Serve and enjoy!

In conclusion, healthy desserts are still delicious, and you can easily make them at home! Make sure to use natural ingredients to replace the unhealthy ones.