When you think of eating healthy foods, you probably don’t factor dessert into that equation. Desert often equals sugar, calories, and more sugar and calories. The good news? That’s not always the case. You just have to know the right ingredients to use.
You can satisfy your sweet tooth with healthy meal prep desserts. We’ve gathered some delicious recipes to help you meal prep for dessert time. They’re simple and made in smaller portions so that you’re not overwhelmed in the kitchen.
Creamsicle Chia Pudding
For all you chocolate lovers out there, this creamsicle chia pudding recipe is right up your alley. Containing no added sugars, you can skip right over the guilt of eating something sweet.
You will need:
2 full cups peeled clementine segments (substitute with any citrus)
1 13.5 oz can full-fat coconut milk
1/2 cup black chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened coconut shavings
Place the clementine segments and coconut milk in a high powered blender. Blend for at least 2 minutes or until completely smooth. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and add the chia seeds. Stir to combine, then transfer it to the refrigerator to set for at least 4 hours.
To toast the coconut shavings, spread them out on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake at 375°F for 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown. Be careful not to burn the coconut and check on them often. To serve, spoon the pudding into cups and sprinkle the coconut on top.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites
During the summer, refreshing foods taste so much better, which is why these chocolate peanut butter banana bites are perfect. Once they’re made, you can stick them in the freezer for dessert throughout the week. Two bites are less than 100 calories!
For this recipe, you will need:
3 ripe bananas
⅓ cup natural peanut butter
½ cup dark chocolate chips
2 tsp coconut oil
Peel and slice the bananas into rounds about 1/4-inch thick. Line a platter or small baking sheet with parchment paper. Place about 1/2 tsp of peanut butter on a banana slice and top it with another banana slice to what resembles a banana and peanut butter sandwich. Keep doing this until all banana slices are used. You will have about 30 bites.
Place the bites on two parchment lined platters or plates and place them in the freezer to harden for about 1 hour. Once the banana bites have been in the freezer for over an hour, melt your chocolate by adding the chocolate and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, stirring and adding additional 30-second increments as needed until the chocolate is completely melted.
Once the chocolate is melted, remove one platter of your frozen banana bites from the freezer. Dip each frozen banana bite into the melted chocolate so that half of each bite is coated. Place the chocolate covered bites back on the parchment lined platter. Place them back in the freezer to harden up, grab your second platter, and continue until all the bites have been dipped.
Let both platters of chocolate covered bites harden in the freezer for about 15 minutes. When you store the banana bites for a longer period of time, they can get pretty hard. If this happens, just let them thaw for about 5 minutes before eating them.
Apple Pie Parfaits
Apple pie and healthy? The two don’t typically go together, but they do in this recipe! These apple pie parfaits taste like a normal dessert, but they are full of healthy ingredients like chia and oats.
For the apples, you will need:
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 apples (chopped)
1 tsp maple syrup
1 to 2 tsp cinnamon
For the parfait, you will need:
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup quick oats
1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup granola your choice
1/2 cup coconut yogurt
Heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Once it’s melted and shimmery, add the apples, syrup, and cinnamon. Sauté the apples until they are softened and caramelized (about 6 to 8 minutes). While the apples are cooking, stir together the chia seeds, oats, and almond milk. Set aside.
Once the apples are done cooking, remove them from the heat and prepare the parfaits. Divide the chia-oat pudding evenly between four jars. Top with 2 tbsp of granola, 1/4 of the apples, and 2 tbsp of coconut yogurt. Drizzle with a touch more maple syrup and a sprinkle of granola if desired!
Carrot Cake Energy Bites
Carrot cake energy bites are a great, easy to eat dessert option. Better yet? They’re also extremely fast in terms of preparation—you don’t even need to turn on your oven!
For this recipe, you will need:
1/2 cup pitted dried dates
1/3 cup dried apricots or raisins
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts
1 1/2 cups grated carrots
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats , use gluten free as needed
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
Place the dates, apricots and nuts in a food processor until roughly chopped. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse them until they’re combined into a sticky dough-like consistency. Form and roll the dough tightly (wet your hands slightly, if needed) into 1 to 1.5-inch balls. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer until you’re ready to enjoy them.
Hopefully these simple, healthy dessert recipes will help you keep steady on your dietary goals, while at the same time satisfying your sweet tooth!