21 Healthy Dessert Ideas

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on March 25, 2013
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Yes, you can eat sweets on a diet—just check out these amazing healthy dessert ideas! They come from the more than 200 top dietitians and healthy bloggers we surveyed who contribute to the website HealthyAperture.com. Whether you just need a quick fix for your sweet tooth or a new recipe to impress at parties, we’ve got you covered with these healthy dessert ideas.

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1. “Stewed apples with Greek yogurt. (It tastes like apple pie with cream!)” — Nina Mills, What’s For Eats

2. “Ice cream made from frozen bananas. It has the texture of ice cream, but without all the other stuff. Throw in carob chips and it’s perfect!” — Abby Thompson, The Frosted Vegan

3. “Mixed berries with candied ginger, and a little scoop of ice cream made from coconut milk.” — Alison McCarthy, Pure Provender

4. “Greek yogurt mixed with fruit, nuts and chocolate chips frozen in ice cube trays.” —Lindsay Livingston, The Lean Green Bean

5. “My favorite Vegan Thumbprint Cookies.” — Kelly Egan, A Side of Sweet

6. “Chocolate and peanut butter soft-serve ‘ice cream’ made from frozen bananas, cocoa powder and peanut butter.” — Alyssa Rimmer, Queen of Quinoa

7. “Grapefruit sprinkled with a little brown sugar and broiled.” — Meme Inge, Living Well Kitchen

8. “Angel food cake with lots of berries.” — Lindsay Seal, Life and Kitchen

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9. “Key lime pie … I make it using limes, sugar-free jello, 0% Greek yogurt and light Cool Whip.” — Andrea Syswerda, Delicious By Dre

10. “Oatmeal Banana Coconut Cookies.”  — Anne Mauney, MPH, RD, fANNEtastic food

11. “Medjool dates…they are like candy to me.” — Rachel Begun, MS, RD, The Gluten-Free RD

12. “Baked Crepes with Fruit and Cream.” — Shelby Kinnaird, Diabetic Foodie

13. “Baked apple with cinnamon.” — Alysa Bajenaru, RD, Inspired RD

14. “Protein pudding made with Greek yogurt, peanut flour, cocoa flour and topped with some nut butter.” — Theresa Flanagan, A Spoonful of Sunshine

15. “Chocolate-dipped frozen banana bites sprinkled with toasted almonds or dried fruit.” — Anjo Angela Lim, Munchcraft

16. “Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Cups, made with Greek yogurt.” — Kristen Smith, RD, 360 Family Nutrition

17. “Grilled fruit with coconut whipped cream.” — Alyssa Brantley, Everyday Maven

18. “Steamed almond milk, Dandy Blend [coffee substitute], raw cacao powder and a few drops of vanilla stevia.” — Amanda Maguire, Pickles & Honey

19. “Greek yogurt mixed with peaches and topped with crumbled graham crackers and a touch of honey.” — Elizabeth Patton, MS, RD, LD, CDE, Good Food Tastes Good

20. “Chocolate Pumpkin Mug Cakes.” — Emma Frandsen, Barefoot Baker

21. “A couple of squares of dark chocolate and a dried fig.” — Leah, Voracious Vander