Easy Healthy Dessert Recipes – Recipe Roundup

Dessert doesn’t always have to be filled with sugar and butter to be decadent!  Here is a collection of Easy Healthy Dessert Recipes, that are just as tasty as sweets for the holidays.  These easy recipes include everything from cakes and cookies, all the way to ice cream and frozen treats.  

Top view of tropical ice cream in pan

Easy Healthy Dessert Recipes

Now that most of the major holidays are behind us (translation:  holidays that must have chocolate on the menu!), I’m switching gears and trying to indulge on desserts that are a bit healthier.

However, I’ll be back to sugar, butter, and chocolate soon.  I mean, Easter is fast approaching and I will need Jelly Beans or Peeps!

What Makes These Sweet Desserts Healthier

  • Maple syrup and honey sweeten things up – The only recipe on this list that uses brown sugar is the Winter Citrus Tarts.  Brown sugar is in the tart crust.
  • An abundance of fruit – Whether it is in season or frozen, the headline ingredient in most of the healthier dessert recipes is fruit.
  • Oats, nuts, seeds, oh my – Chia seeds, flax seeds, and oats make a regular appearance in these recipes.  Even a cookie made with almond flour instead of all-purpose flour!
  • Canned coconut milk – This is one of my favorite dairy-alternative ingredients because of its versatility.  I use it as Whipped Cream, to make Ice Cream, and a butter alternative in Frosting.  
Layered chocolate chia pudding parfaits
Chocolate Chia Pudding and Pomegranate Parfaits
Chocolate Chia Pudding and Pomegranate Parfaits are delicious for dessert or healthy enough for breakfast!  A small batch of chocolate chia pudding is layered with coconut milk yogurt, fresh pomegranate seeds, and topped with whipped coconut cream.  
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Layered strawberry chia pudding
Red Berry Smooth Chia Seed Pudding
The Smooth Red Berry Smooth Chia Seed Pudding is a new take on classic chia seed pudding. Fresh red berries are blended with chia seeds for a sweet and tart smooth pudding. Make it even more delicious and layer it with classic vanilla chia pudding and whipped coconut cream for a healthy layered dessert!
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A single winter citrus oatmeal tart
Winter Citrus and Cream Oatmeal Tarts
These Mini Winter Citrus and Cream Oatmeal Tarts for two celebrate the sweet and tart fruits of the season.  Fresh pink grapefruit, white grapefruit and oranges are lightly sweetened with a honey lime glaze and set on a light whipped coconut cream.  A healthier dessert that is just as decadent!
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Honey Orange Snack Cake
Honey Orange Snack Cake is the perfect treat to combat the winter blues.  Bright citrus combined with fruity and floral honey makes this a great side dish for a hot cup of tea!  Plus, it is refined sugar-free and a delicious cake for two!
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Small Batch Healthy Cookies and Candy

Cookies and candy can be healthy.  Who knew?!  This roundup of Easy Healthy Dessert Recipes wouldn’t be complete without a few! 

  • Cookies are a great dessert to use alternatives to all-purpose flour.  Specifically Almond Flour.  
  • Candy is healthy when you use shredded coconut, maple syrup, and canned coconut milk.  And sometimes all in one recipe!
Almond cookies on a plate
Almond cookies on a plate
Almond Flour and Maple Cookies
This small batch of Almond Flour and Maple Cookies are gluten-free and refined-sugar free, and they are easy to make!  Only one bowl is needed to make 6 soft and tender cookies full of almond flavor, sweetened with maple syrup, and finished with slivered almonds for a light and sweet treat.
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Stack of chocolate bark pieces
Healthier Dark Chocolate Bark
Healthier Dark Chocolate Bark Candy is an easy small batch candy recipe full of texture and flavor.  Smooth melted dark chocolate is sprinkled with pomegranate seeds, vanilla kissed almonds, and coarse salt.  This candy is a great balance of salty and sweet!
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Healthy Power Bites
Chocolate Power Bites
This recipe for Healthier Chocolate Power Bites is easy and on the healthy side!  This is a sweet no-bake snack that combines the decadent flavors of chocolate and peanut butter with a great texture of crunchy oats and seeds.  A perfect treat for a quick breakfast bite or mid-day snack.
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Stack of coconut cream candy cups
Coconut Candy Cups
With these Coconut Candy Cups, now you can make a healthier candy choice!  A crunchy and sweet candy crust holds a delicious coconut cream that is great on its own, but perfect as a filling!  Top with a smooth chocolate ganache, and you have a candy that will not be around long enough to melt in your hand!
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Healthier Frozen Fruit Desserts

Ice cream and popsicles are healthier when made with canned coconut milk and natural sweeteners.  And even when you eat the whole batch, you can still feel a little less guilty!

  • Creamy ice cream – To achieve creamy dairy-free ice cream, we use a combination of canned coconut milk and coconut yogurt.  Plus fresh fruit for a bright flavor and sweetness.
  • Summer popsicles – It doesn’t get any easier when there are only 4 ingredients in your frozen treat.   
Close up of strawberry ice cream scoops
Creamy Strawberry Ice Cream (Dairy-Free)
This Dairy-Free Strawberry Ice Cream recipe is super creamy and full of fresh strawberry flavor.  With only a few ingredients and no machine required, making homemade ice cream is easy.  Plus – we're adding a secret ingredient to keep the ice cream smooth and creamy!   
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Tropical ice cream scoops
Creamy Pina Colada Ice Cream (Dairy-Free)
The tropics are calling with this no-churn Creamy Pina Colada Ice Cream!  Experience the flavors of coconut, pineapple, and fresh lime with this homemade ice cream recipe that is extra creamy, and dairy-free.  
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Extra Creamy Strawberry Floats (Dairy-Free)
What could be better than Extra Creamy Strawberry Floats?  How about ice cream floats that are also on the healthy side!  This recipe uses our dairy-free strawberry ice cream, plus an extra creamy strawberry and coconut milk puree.  Top with your favorite sparkling water and you have a delicious, lightly-sweetened frozen treat!  
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Watermelon Popsicles with Magic Shell
Creamy Watermelon Popsicles with Magic Shell
Enjoy the flavors of summer with these Creamy Watermelon Popsicles with Magic Shell! This is an easy recipe for a small batch of watermelon popsicles lightened with coconut cream, slightly sweetened with honey, and topped with your very own chocolate Magic Shell!
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Easy and Healthy Sweets

I love recipe roundups because they are a great resource when you need specific dessert ideas!  And I think layering in some healthier dessert options throughout the year is a great way to avoid sugar burn-out.  If that is even a thing?  Maybe that’s just me … 🙂

And it doesn’t get any better when the healthier desserts are easy too!  Because, if I’m going to eat healthy, I don’t want it to be fussy.  Again, just me.

Happy healthy dessert eating friends!



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