Healthy Desserts That You Should Know How to Make

Many consumers believe that decadent and healthy don’t coexist, but if you have the right recipes in your baking arsenal, you can prove this theory wrong. Desserts especially are known for their decadence; however, they don’t have to be a devastation to your diet if you pick the treats that taste sweet, but also contain secretly healthy ingredients, too. We’re rounding up seven dessert recipes found around the web that taste great and contain a superfood. The hidden ingredients in these desserts will help you feel good about what you’re indulging in, and they’ll make sure you serve up your cake, cookie, or pie with a side of nutrition.

1. Beet Cake

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The sound of Beet Cake might make you squirm, but we promise you won’t even be able to detect the beets that give this cake a rich and chocolately flavor. The moist Beet Cake from Taste of Home tastes like a normal chocolate cake but it comes with health benefits galore. Aside from the pureed cooked beets, all you need for this recipe are the typical baking staples and you’re good to go. The cake will bake for less than an hour and come out beautifully (and brown). There’s no pink hue to this sweet treat, keeping the nutritious aspect to this dessert a secret.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup butter, softened, divided
  • 1½ cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups pureed cooked beets
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners’ sugar

Visit Taste of Home for the full recipe. 

2. Peanut Butter Avocado Cookies

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The next dessert on our list from The Lean Green Bean is packed with healthy fats, fiber, and flavor. These Peanut Butter Avocado Cookies are flour-free and require only 7 ingredients. You’ll be shocked to find how easy the sweet treats come together, and they are ones you can feel good about serving you and/or your family. Peanut Butter Avocado Cookies take just 15 minutes to bake and don’t come out green.

Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup mashed avocado
  • ⅔ cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • ¾ cup oats
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips

Visit The Lean Green Bean for the full recipe. 

3. Black Bean Brownie Muffins

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Many people have heard of Black Bean Brownies, but have you ever tried them? If not, it’s time to face your fear with these Black Bean Brownie Muffins from Ambitious Kitchen. The dessert is flour-less and gluten-free, and what’s more, it’s packed with protein and fiber thanks to the black beans that hide in these brownie muffins. Black Bean Brownie Muffins are made in the food processor and boast the perfect combination of cakey and moist. They’re studded with chocolate chips and because they’re made in muffins tins, they have built-in portion control.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon brewed coffee, optional to enhance chocolate flavor
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips, plus 3 tablespoons for sprinkling on top

Visit Ambitious Kitchen for the full recipe. 

4. Chocolate-Avocado Mousse

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We’re enlisting avocado in another healthy dessert but this sweet featured on Food Network is one you eat with a spoon rather than your hands. If you’ve never tasted Chocolate-Avocado Mousse, you’re in for a treat. The creaminess of the avocado couples with cocoa powder and chocolate chips to yield a rich and thick mousse you won’t believe came from an avocado. Thanks to the superfood, the Chocolate-Avocado Mousse is packed with healthy fats and if you enlist dark chocolate chips, you even get a kick of antioxidants.

Directions:

  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 very ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • ½ cup agave
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt
  • Fresh raspberries, for garnish

Visit The Food Network for the full recipe. 

5. Moo-Less Chocolate Pie

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Next up we’re highlighting Alton Brown’s famous Moo-Less Chocolate Pie. Its secret ingredient is tofu, but one bite out of this pie and you won’t even care what you’re eating. It is rich and smooth and extra chocolately thanks to the coffee liqueur, and as you might’ve guessed from the name of this dessert, it’s dairy-free. To go with your pie, Alton has a recipe for a chocolate wafer crust, but feel free to improvise.

Ingredients:

Pie

  • 13 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup coffee liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound silken tofu, drained
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 prepared chocolate wafer crust

Chocolate Wafer Crust

  • 6½ ounces chocolate wafer cookies
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

Visit The Food Network for the full recipe. 

6. Cinnamon Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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The name of this cake gives its secret away but eating your zucchinis in cake form helps you indulge your sweet tooth while eating vegetables, too. This Cinnamon Zucchini Cake from Six Sisters’ Stuff packs in the greens and the good stuff. Even better, it takes less than an hour to make and it serves 16. Topped with a thick cream cheese frosting, there’s no way you’ll have any trouble feeding this cake to even the pickiest friends and family members.

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini

Frosting

  • 1 package cream cheese
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Visit Six Sisters’ Stuff for the full recipe. 

7. Sweet Potato Brownies

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Last but not least: Sweet Potato Brownies from Deliciously Ella. This dessert proves there is nothing the superfood can’t do. This time around, it pairs with wholesome ingredients including almonds, buckwheat flour, dates, and raw cacao to yield rich and moist brownies that taste sweet but won’t send you into a sugar coma. Sweet potatoes are packed full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and when you eat them in your brownies, you get the best of both worlds.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium to large sweet potatoes
  • ⅔ cup of ground almonds
  • ½ cup of buckwheat or brown rice flour
  • 14 medjool dates
  • 4 tablespoons of raw cacao
  • 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt

Visit Deliciously Ella for the full recipe. 

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