I’ve never been a die-hard sweet tooth, but I still like to have a little sweet-treat, dessert every night to cap off my day. Sometimes this means ice-cream and such, but a lot of times I like to find healthier alternatives to make for dessert because A) it’s fun and B) I like filling my diet with mostly wholesome, nutritious foods. So, since I’ve found a few of those, I thought I would share them with you to give you some ideas and inspiration for your next dessert. Some of these will just be blanket ideas that you can then create to fit your own likes, wants, needs, etc. while some will be more recipe-type–but again, you are able to mix it up with things that you have or flavors you like. None of these are super fancy because I like to keep it simple and delicious…so let’s get started.
1. Mug Cake (218 Calories; 6.5 F, 16.5 C, 26 P)
There are tons of recipes out there for mug cakes, but this is one that I have found to be easy and delicious, and successful for once. Here are the ingredients:
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 50-60 grams of banana, mashed (or an egg)
- 1/2 cup of milk of choice
- 1 tbsp. almond flour
- Baking powder
In a mug mix together the protein powder (I use PEScience snickerdoodle), mashed banana, milk (I use unsweetened cashew milk), almond flour and a dash of baking powder. Microwave on high for 1 minute. **Keep an eye on it as it can sometimes overflow or “explode and make a mess** After 1 minute, check the consistency and continue microwaving for 30 second intervals, checking periodically until it is done to your liking. I like to add scoops of Enlightened or Halo Top ice cream to the top of mine…especially oatmeal cookie crunch on top of this cinnamon mug cake….straight fire!
2. Yogurt Bowls
These are probably my favorite healthy dessert and I have it almost every night. I love it because it’s so versatile so that I can always switch it up and never get bored–plus it packs in a protein-punch from the greek yogurt. You’re going to start off with a base of plain greek yogurt. (You can use flavored or just regular yogurt, but those often have tons of added sugars to them so I prefer the plain greek so that I can add my own flavors and keep it healthier.) Then, from there you literally add whatever you want to it. Here are some of my go-tos combinations:
- Fruit and granola (pictured left)
- Cereal (rice chex and lucky charms) with peanut butter
- Fruit and peanut butter
- Fruit, nut butter, and protein bar (pictured right)
- Birthday cake muscle butter and vanilla cupcake goldfish grahams
3. Pancake Bowl
I got this inspiration from Lexi Deyoung on YouTube. Instead of making pancakes on the stove or griddle, you make a giant one in a bowl. Here’s the ingredients, although the amounts are up to you.
- 1/2-1 serving Pancake Mix (I use Kodiak Cakes Protein Mix)
- Protein powder (any desired amount, I used 10 grams)
- 1/3-1/2 cup cashew milk (any milk will work)
- 50-60 g banana, mashed (or 1 egg)
In a microwave-safe bowl, mix together the pancake mix, protein powder, milk, and bananas. Then, add water as needed for consistency (should be like normal pancake batter consistency). Microwave for 1-1.5 minutes (time could vary so check on it) until you have the consistency you like. I did it for 1 minute because I like mine to be gooey in the middle still. Then, top with whatever you like. I did 2 tbsp. whipped cream cheese, 1 crumbled caramel rice cake, and Walden Farms sugar-free syrup. I also think I may add fruit next time. But, seriously, it’s so delicious, and versatile so try it out!
4. Dessert Pancakes
This was one of my best dessert discoveries yet! It’s so simple, but you may have never thought to put these things together…but you should! Just make pancakes how you normally would. I use Kodiak Cakes protein mix along with protein powder and water. Then, I add either Enlightened or Halo Top ice cream to the top. (wondering which one you should choose? Check out my ice cream review post!). My favorite combinations so far have been Enlightened cookie dough or oatmeal cookie crunch (pictured), but really any flavor would be delicious on top of the pancakes. I mean c’mon, pancakes for dessert…who doesn’t want that?
So there you have it-healthy dessert recipes and ideas! If you have any suggestions of your favorites or variations, I would love to hear them!