When springtime hits, we hit the Easter candy aisles. We don’t know about you, but we can’t go without a few Cadbury Eggs (or five) and those chocolaty Mini-Eggs in purple packaging. But then it’s time to get back to our we-want-to-feel-good-in-a-tank-top-this-summer #goals. And for us, that still includes dessert, just healthier than the usual. Whether you’re planning an Easter brunch or a big ol’ picnic to celebrate that fact that winter is almost over and summer is soclosewecantasteit, these healthier Easter desserts make it a little easier to avoid the basket of jelly beans.
Carrot cake is a dessert classic, but with tons of cream cheese, butter, and sugar, it can feel pretty heavy. This recipe uses whole-wheat flour, pure maple syrup, coconut oil, and Greek yogurt to lighten things up, without straying too far from the taste you know and love.
Three ingredients plus fresh fruit—what could be easier? This one’s perfect for the inevitable last-minute invite to a friends’ brunch (or if you just don’t feel like spending a ton of time in the kitchen). The crust is made from dates and cashews, and gets topped with Greek yogurt and a rainbow of fresh fruit, such as grapes, kiwi, and clementines. It’s as easy way easier than pie.
Pineapple, applesauce, and bananas make this cake super moist, and layers of frosting in-between cakes rather than all over cuts down on sugar while also looking hella fancy. Top with chopped pecans and get ready to impress your fam/in-laws/BFFs.
Pastel colors are kind of a must during spring, so these pink-glazed, sprinkle-covered treats are a win in our book. Plus they’re made with vanilla protein powder and peanut butter instead of oil or butter, and are no-bake. Cha-chinggg!
Layer cakes can be daunting, and holidays are stressful enough, so this recipe makes things a tad easier with a boxed-mix base. And since it’s gluten-free and dairy-free, it’s great for any guests with allergies or dietary restrictions. Just make sure they’re coconut fans—with coconut milk in the batter and a coconut buttercream frosting, this dessert is big on the sweet, tropical taste.
This dessert reminds us of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia but is secretly packed with tons of healthy ingredients. The sneaky recipe uses avocado, banana, and dates for the mousse; coconut milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup for the whipped cream; and chopped frozen dark cherries for the last layer.
One simple swap—coconut cream instead of heavy cream—gives this crème brûlée a healthy twist, without sacrificing flavor. Just make sure to leave enough time for them to cool and set: Three hours in the fridge is the minimum, but overnight is preferred.