Six Healthier Dessert Recipes

Give your desserts a health boost with these nourishing ingredients.

Chocolate truffle photo via David Leggett/flickr

Chocolate truffle photo via David Leggett/flickr

Keep your sweet-tooth satisfied and still fit into your skinny jeans with the latest nutritional trend: healthy desserts. This new wave of baking sneaks wholesome ingredients into your favorite goodies, without compromising taste.

Below, we found six recipes that will give your desserts a nutritional twist.

1. Chocolate Black Bean Brownies
via I Knead to Bake

Black beans help these brownies bind together and also add a punch of protein. This recipe uses no oil or butter and is sweetened with maple syrup.

2. Sweet Potato Cookies
via My Whole Food Life 

Made in under 30 minutes, this recipe requires very few ingredients and is made of primarily sweet potatoes and almond flour. You can make your own almond flour by processing raw or roasted almonds in a food processor until they form a fine grit.

3. Paleo Chocolate Pizza with Coco Cauliflower Crust
via Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind

Cauliflower is the main component of the crust, allowing you to add some vegetables into your dessert. In order to make this recipe animal product-free, use vegan chocolate chips and a flax or chia seed egg.

4. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lentil Blondies
via Ambitious Kitchen

When buying the lentils, be sure to purchase the red variety because they’re sweeter than the green. While the recipe calls for peanut butter, any other nut butter can be used.

5. Avocado-Date Chocolate Truffles
via Gourmandelle

Avocados give truffles their rich and creamy texture, while dates provide the sweetness. After the truffles are made, roll in cocoa powder, shredded coconut, or crushed almonds for a nice crunch.

6.  Quinoa Coconut Macaroons
via Simply Sugar and Gluten Free

Quinoa, egg whites, coconut, and honey are the only ingredients that make up this simple recipe. Tempering the eggs before adding them to the mixture will help the cookie become crispy on the outside.