Christmas time, one of the toughest times of the year for those that are health conscious. There are tons of amazing goodies, sweets, and baked pieces of deliciousness around every corner making it oh-so-hard to yourself on track. That’s not to say you should eliminate desserts from your life though (we know we can’t). Instead, try to replace some of those classic treats for desserts with benefits.
We’re talking about using fruits, nuts, and other healthy items to still satisfy those cravings. Although, if you want to eat the brownie, eat the brownie! It’s all about balance in the end.
Below, we’ve listed some of our favourite main healthy desserts that will have you coming back for seconds.
Desserts With Benefits: Grilled Fruit
It’s not exactly grilling season, we know. However, this sugar-free dessert is still super sweet. If you can brave the cold to make it, grilled fruit is super easy.
Simply take your favourite fruit like apples, pears, or pineapple and slice it up. Place those slices on the grill for a short period of time and watch delicious chemistry take place.
By grilling the fruit, the flavour is concentrated through a reduction in water content, while also caramelizing the fruit’s natural sugars.
Another Healthy Dessert: Dark Chocolate Bark
Melt dark chocolate and spread it on a parchment paper covered baking sheet. To turn it into healthy “bark”, sprinkle in chia and sunflower seeds, and tart cherries.
Because dark chocolate has less sugar and more cocoa than traditional milk chocolate it’s a much healthier choice.
How to Make Banana “Ice Cream” With Cinnamon and Walnuts
This is about as close as you can get to actual ice cream without it actually being ice cream. Start by making a purée using frozen banana chunks with just a small splash of almond milk. This will create a creamy, ice cream-like texture. To give it a little more texture and flavour, add cinnamon and walnuts to the mixture.
Not only is this a sugar-free dessert, but it also contains more potassium and fibre without any of the fat from regular ice cream.
Chocolate Chia Bites
Bringing out that food, chocolate chia bites are perfect for when you’re craving a sweet snack.
Combine pitted dates and a little bit of water in your food processor and purée the mixture until it forms a sticky paste. Add cocoa powder, chia seeds, and almonds to create a dough you can roll into tablespoon-size balls. Place the balls on a tray and refrigerate them for roughly 30 minutes to an hour.
You’ll get a sweet snack because of the dates, and the chia seeds and almonds give texture and healthy fats. These are so good!
Dark Chocolate Fondue
Most people love a good fondue, especially ones of the chocolate variety. While undoubtedly delicious, you can make them healthier by using dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Plus, this will make it more filling as well.
For even more health benefits, fill your fondue platter with fruits like strawberries and apple slices to get natural sugars mixed in with your delicious dessert.
Store-bought applesauce is often loaded with extra sugar, but you can make this warm treat yourself at home by using honey as a sweetener which is more healthy. Cinnamon and lemon juice are also good additions to your recipe to add a little more flavour as well.
Christmas doesn’t have to be the time when you lose sight of your goals or “fall off the wagon”. As with many aspects of life, all food is good in moderation, but if you want to add a little more healthiness to your Christmas holidays, these desserts with benefits are a great place to start.