Do you ever long for something a little sweet, even after eating a wholesome meal? It’s hard to swear off dessert, and honestly, life’s too short to ignore your cravings forever. So why not compromise and make some desserts that aren’t terrible for you instead? Tip: sometimes making a healthy dessert is as simple as putting a pre-existing snack into the microwave. Heated nut butter-stuffed Clif Bar, anyone?
These 12 tasty treats may seem sinful, but they’re actually pretty healthy. So prepare to indulge your sweet tooth.
How to turn healthy snacks into delicious desserts
Cinnamon Cocoa PopcornSnacking on plain popcorn feels nearly guilt-free, but truth is, it can get kind of boring. Dress up your kernels with cinnamon and cocoa powder for a change your taste buds will appreciate.
GET THE RECIPE HEREWishful Chef
Raspberry Banana Ice Cream Bon BonsThis right here is why you freeze brown bananas: to toss them in the blender for two-ingredient ice cream bon bons. Blend, freeze, shape (add the optional drizzled chocolate) and enjoy.
GET THE RECIPE HERECatherine Sprunt
Chunky Monkey Rice CakesHannah from Clean Eating Veggie Girl has managed to combine a lot of great things -- chocolate, potato chips, nut butter and rice cakes -- to make a beautiful dessert. Easy, presentable and tasty. If you really want to be healthy, skip the potato chips.
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Pumpkin Seed Energy BallsIf you think energy balls should only be saved for when you've crushed a workout, think again. These little nuggets aren't overly sweet, and still taste rich and satisfying -- perfect for whenever you're craving dessert. No judgement.
GET THE RECIPE HERENatalie's Health
Microwaved Clif BarClif Bars are another protein-dense snack that you can eat on the go. But if you're craving something a bit more indulgent, try microwaving one of the bars for an ooey-gooey, warm and melting treat. Just imagine how good a nut butter-stuffed bar would taste heated up.Healthy Hits The Spot
Frozen smoothieSmoothies are good at any time of day. Keep some frozen fruit in your freezer and yogurt in your fridge for when your post-meal sugar craving kicks in. This vegan blogger uses some healthy cacao nibs for an extra-decadent touch.
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Baked ApplesTransform your basic apple into an incredible dessert. Remove the core, stuff the fruit with brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, and bake until it all melts together and turns golden brown.
GET THE RECIPE HERE Andrea Beaman
Frozen GrapesNext bunch of grapes you buy, pop a handful of them into the freezer. There's something very rewarding about these natural, little sugar bombs when consumed ice cold.Shutterstock
Larabar-Inspired BrowniesLarabars are handy protein-packed snacks that'll fill you up when hunger strikes. Either heat up a chocolate coconut bar to give it a brownie-like texture, or make one from scratch to add in some much needed chocolate.
GET THE RECIPE HEREChocolate Covered Katie
Frozen Greek Yogurt DropsThink you're looking at a bowl of chocolates? Wrong! These little snacks are actually frozen droplets of Greek yogurt. To make them sweeter, you can blend in natural fruit or maple syrup.
GET THE RECIPE HERESweet Peas and ABCs
Trail Mix BarsTrail mix is a road trip staple, but these bars are more of a post-dinner indulgence than a gas station snack. Cook up some vegan, gluten-free, no-bake bars using ingredients like nuts, protein powder, rolled oats, dried fruit and coconut oil.
GET THE RECIPE HEREFeeding My Addiction