Long ingredient lists, four kinds of flour, and hours in the oven? Nah, not our thing. When it comes to baking (and all types of cooking, really), we’re more into a few simple, fresh ingredients. And since dessert is obviously the best meal of the day, it only makes sense to find easy, healthyish desserts that don’t require a huge shopping trip or hours in the kitchen. Next time you’re tempted to run out for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, whip up one of these healthier sweet treats instead—they’re almost as simple as slice ‘n bake cookies, promise.
We’re used to seeing bananas or applesauce take the place of flour and sugar in healthier brownies, but sweet potato as a base is a new one. Mix a mashed tater with drippy almond butter (or your favorite nut butter if you prefer), and cocoa powder, and bake in a small pan for 12-15 minutes. Boom: dark, rich brownies that are ready to go.
The best part about these oat squares? There’s a pretty good chance you have all the ingredients sitting in your pantry already. Melt peanut butter and honey in the microwave or on the stovetop, combine with rolled oats, and pour the mixture into a lined pan. Refrigerate until set, then cut into squares. Adios, store-bought granola bars.
For days when you’d really just rather be on the beach, this fruity dessert will bring some major island vibes. Shake up two cans of coconut milk, half a cup of chia seeds, and two cups of frozen mango in a sealed container, and place in the fridge for at least six hours, or overnight... who says you can’t meal-prep dessert?
Banana is the base in this recipe, but you actually get four different flavor options to choose from: strawberry poppyseed, chocolate peanut butter, vanilla coconut, and mango. By adjusting the freeze time, you can also make this more of a fro-yo texture or a thicker ice cream consistency. Hooray for most customizable dessert ever.
These decadent truffles are no-bake and seriously rich. Use a food processor to blend Medjool dates, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract, and roll the mixture into balls. You can coat them in crushed raw pistachios, shredded coconut, more cocoa powder, or goji powder, or enjoy them on their own.
Dairy is a Paleo no-go, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy ice cream if you’re trying out the caveman diet. Full-fat coconut milk, maple syrup, and alcohol-free vanilla flavoring or vanilla powder do the trick. Add some blueberries or strawberries on top for an even sweeter healthyish treat.
I meannnn, come on?! How fun (and pretty) do these popsicles look? To achieve the creamsicle effect, layer puréed peaches with a cashew cream mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for six hours. If you listen closely while eating one, you *might* just hear the sound of an ice cream truck.