From baked apples and chocolate bark to popsicles and ice cream, we have a few tricks to get a little dose of sugar into our diets while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Here are our favorite Greatist-approved dessert recipes, all of which are sure to keep your healthy eating streak on track while still allowing a bit of indulgence. Scroll down for sections including our dessert recipe collections, baked and cooked options, and delicous frozen or cook-free healthy desserts
Going gluten-free doesn’t have to mean saying goodbye to the sweets and treats you once held dear. And satisfying a gluten-free sweet tooth doesn’t require sacrificing health, either. Just check out our list of 62 healthier gluten-free desserts, and get cooking!
Tis the season to head to the kitchen and whip up some traditional holiday treats. We've compiled a list of holiday cookie classics with (of course!) a healthy twist.
Never feel guilty about eating a little sweet stuff when choosing from this list!
Baked & Cooked Treats
Coconut milk makes this classic dessert healthy and indulgent without breaking the calorie bank!
Try these elegant stuffed apples for dessert at any holiday get together.
Need a quick, homemade holiday gift? Whip up a batch of these bad boys and never be stuck gift-less.
Warm up with these hearty oat-filled baked apples on any cold fall day!
A less guilty version of the classic pumpkin-and-chocolate combo!
Fit in a serving of protein and fiber while satisfying that sweet tooth with these strawberry white bean delights!
Looking for a way to use up all that fall fruit? Try this simple, healthy compote for an all-natural sugar fix.
With a whole quinoa and fresh apple base, this snack cake is perfect to satisfy any sweet tooth and filling enough to kill that dessert craving.
Try these Greatist-approved chocolate treats: Delicious, gluten-free, and vegan. A successful and easy baking recipe with no butter, eggs, gluten, or dairy!
Try these lightly sweet pure coconut macaroons for an easy way to satisfy that sweet tooth without going off to sugar-coma land.
You’re in for a real treat with this dessert combining the natural sweetness of summery peaches with a savory twist.
This recipe is a great option for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, and is sure to satisfy even the strongest of sweet tooths' without breaking the sugar bank!
For a cupcake that’s tasty, sweet, and healthier than most, this may just be your new favorite recipe.
Sweeten up by taking s’mores on the go with this awesome (and healthy-ish) recipe.
This healthier oatmeal banana bread is the perfect solution for those overripe bananas looking sad in the corner.
Peanut butter cookies never looked so yummy or tasted so good as in this whole-wheat recipe.
This egg-and-butter-less dessert is enough to convince anyone to eat these. (They work for breakfast, too!)
Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive… Well, not quite, but apples do have some pretty unbelievable superpowers. They could help improve heart health and reduce risk of certain cancers. But wait, there’s more!
Want a delicious dessert you can dig in to for seconds, or maybe even thirds, without the guilt? This chia seed pudding is it!
Try this healthier take on a chocolate milkshake as the perfect way to indulge after dinner (or even mid-afternoon).
This four-ingredient fruit sorbet is sure to satisfy any summertime sweet tooth!
July is National Ice Cream — the perfect excuse to try a this take on a healthier ice cream sandwich! (Pssst, it’s dairy-free, too!)
This delicious fruit-filled dark chocolate bark is perfect for a small sweet treat mid-day.
Say hello to summer with these refreshing watermelon pops. The best part? Only three ingredients!
This fruity cocktail is perfect for any celebration barbeque. Plus, it packs in three Greatist superfoods.
Ice cream made only from frozen bananas? Yes, please!
This pumpkin dessert is a must-make! With only five ingredients and no oven required, it’s a stress-free dessert that’ll taste just as good as grandma’s pumpkin pie.