Here you’ll find desserts that are deceptively high in protein and/or fiber, and some are even gluten-free. Whether you choose the cookie dough, chocolate pudding or fruit cobbler, all of these desserts are packed with natural, good-for-you ingredients like lush fruits, fiber-rich oats, chia seeds and creamy, protein-rich Greek yogurt. Best of all, these desserts are easy to prepare, family-friendly and often don’t even require baking! Read on for 10 scrumptious yet deceptively healthy weight-friendly dessert recipes.
Macadamia nuts add not only crunch, but also heart-healthy fat. Slice bananas the day before and store overnight in the freezer in an airtight container to make this nutritious dessert the next day. You’ll need a food processor to whip up this ice cream.
2. Warm Sweet Potato:
A final spoonful of creamy mascarpone takes this pudding to a whole new level. You can make this satisfying treat and store in mason jars to eat throughout the week: Just reheat uncovered in the microwave with a tablespoon of almond milk if the pudding gets too thick.
Cherries are full of antiaging antioxidants and can even help to combat inflammation. Lush mango provides fiber and vitamins A and C. Serve this crumble after dinner with a dollop of all-natural light whipped cream or even as your carbohydrate choice for breakfast. This is one sweet treat you can feel really good about. CALORIES: 290
This simple yet indulgent pudding will satisfy your chocolate cravings while keeping your waistline from getting out of control. Top with fresh berries and enjoy for breakfast or dessert.
5. Date and Coconut Yogurt With Pistachios:
A garnish of pistachios gives not only crunch, but also healthy fats that may help to lower cholesterol. You can find shelled pistachios in bulk at your local supermarket.
6. Raw Oat and Cacao Cookie Bites Rich in fiber:
Enjoy these energizing bites following a lighter meal that includes protein to help stabilize blood sugar, or enjoy with a quick protein shake on the side for a balanced breakfast.
7. Skillet Berry Cobbler:
This version uses Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose flour, which has three grams of fiber per quarter-cup. A few handfuls of blueberries add powerful antioxidants to help slow aging and minimize inflammation.
Strawberries also rich in antioxidants add fiber, folate and vitamin C. Use a quality nonstick skillet or fry pan for best results. Garnish with fresh berries and all-natural whipped cream, if desired.
Raspberries lend this creamy treat fiber, potassium and powerful antiaging antioxidants like vitamin C, carotenoids, ellagic acid and quercetin to neutralize free radicals and help prevent aging and disease. Hydrolyzed whey protein powder helps to balance the natural carbohydrates from the fruit and makes this an ideal pre- or post-workout snack too. Top with fresh berries right before serving.
These high-fiber fruits pair beautifully with the tart yogurt. Chia seeds pack a nutritional punch — they are high in protein, fiber and omega-3 heart-healthy fats. While chia seeds soften and swell when added to yogurt and left overnight, they add the perfect amount of texture when mixed with yogurt and eaten right away. Enjoy this parfait for breakfast, dessert or any time you need a sweet fix.
10. Chocolate Almond:
Almond butter helps to smooth out the cocoa and pairs beautifully with chocolate. Almonds are also high in monounsaturated fats, calcium, vitamin E and magnesium. Serve this family favorite with a dollop of all-natural light whipped cream to add flavor and creaminess with very little calories.