I don’t consider fruit a dessert. I love it, but dessert is supposed to be an exciting treat. Fruit will never fulfill that craving, no matter how much whipped cream I add. I firmly believe that although it’s smart to choose healthy options or modifications whenever possible, sometimes you want something decadent and health food cannot fill that void.

Here are three recipes I’ve used that are yummy but also are lower in fat and higher in protein than a regular dessert.

  1. Healthy Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip (adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie)

3 Healthy Dessert Ideas that Aren't Fruit

Time: 10 minutes

When to Eat Them: As a snack

Perks: high protein

Sh*t You Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups chickpeas (1 can, drained and rinsed very well)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • just over 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup nut butter of choice
  • up to 1/4 cup milk of choice, only if needed
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2-3 tbsp oats
The Recipe:

1. Add all ingredients (except for chocolate chips) to a good food processor and process until very smooth. 
2. Mix in the chocolate chips. 
3. Serve with graham crackers or fruit slices.

2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bites (adapted from Chef Savvy)

3 Healthy Dessert Ideas that Aren't Fruit

Time: 10 minutes

When to Eat Them: As a snack, breakfast,

Perks: high protein

Sh*t You Need:

  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons water

The Recipe:

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl.

2. Stir to combine. If mixture looks too try add a bit more water (1/2 tablespoon at a time).

3. Roll into balls and store in fridge.
 
3. Lightened Up Apple Crisp (Weight Watchers)
Three Healthy Dessert Ideas that Aren't Fruit

Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

When to Eat Them: Dessert

Perks: lower sugar, whole ingredients

Sh*t You Need:

 
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, plus 2 Tbsp
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats 
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, diced
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 lbs baking apples
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

The Recipe:

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F

2. Spray a shallow 1-1/2 quart baking dish with nonstick spray.
3. To make the topping, combine the ½ cup flour, the oats, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. 

4. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. 

5, Add the water and firmly press mixture to form clumps.
6. To make the filling, mix the granulated sugar, the 2 tablespoons flour, the nutmeg, and cloves in a large bowl. Add the apples and vanilla; mix well. 

7. Transfer to the baking dish. Sprinkle the topping over the filling. 

8. Bake until the filling is bubbling and the topping is golden, 55 - 60 minutes. 

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About The Author

Lauren is a 3rd year student at Northeastern University who loves dogs, brunch, trashy reality TV and Crossfit (not necessarily in that order). When she's not studying for her Industrial Engineering classes, she can be found wandering around Boston or cooking for her friends. Follow her on Instagram at @lfolk or @thebuffchix!

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