Is dessert your favorite part of a meal? Does standing in line alongside a beautiful display of baked goods feel like a serious test of willpower? (Starbucks, anyone?) Do visions of brownies and cookies float in your head while lying in bed at night? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this roundup of insanely tasty recipes is dedicated to you—yes, you. Full of unexpected health foods like avocados, quinoa, and even spinach, these treats will hit that sweet spot and do your body good.
Say it with us: Whoopie. Pies. This recipe replaces a lot of the butter usually involved in whoopie pies with applesauce and, by using staple pantry ingredients, it’s easy to whip up on a whim.
Combining two of the most delicious foods in the world, this recipe produces a moist cake loaded with healthy fats, thanks to the avocado, but with just right amount of chocolately taste. Leave out the pecans if you’re not nuts about nuts.
These beauties use black beans and oats (but no flour!) to create a brownie so good, you won’t believe it’s packed with protein and fiber.
Sweet potatoes in dessert? You better believe it. Light and silky, this pudding is the perfect post-dinner treat.
At just 94 calories per serving and with ingredients like dates, oats, and dark chocolate, this one might also count as a healthy snack. Inhale now.
This superfood pudding is open to interpretation: Go wild with your favorite combos, like mango and dark chocolate or fresh berries, lemon zest, and maple syrup. The best part? It only takes five minutes to put together.
Chocolate cookies without… chocolate? Believe it. These powerful little buggers use cacao powder instead, but they’re super versatile and can be tweaked to taste (in other words, you can add chocolate chips!).
These are the chocolate chip cookies for eaters with dietary restrictions: They’re gluten-, dairy-, and grain- free, but still full of flavor!
White beans and coconut? Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it in this perfectly textured cake.
These super chocolate-y brownies melt in your mouth and get better as the days go by (if they last that long).
How can anyone resist zucchini bread with cream cheese frosting? With this simple recipe, you don’t need to!
Throw six ingredients into a blender and dessert is ready in minutes! Feel free to add some sprinkles, because this frozen treat is heallllthy.
You don’t have to be a mom to love this blondie remake. With just a handful of ingredients, this easy-to-make dessert is great for bringing along to a party.
14. Dessert Hummus
Hummus just worked itself into every meal of the day with this unusual dessert recipe. There are several variations available, such as cookie dough or chocolate fudge brownie butter (yum), but they’re all loaded with white beans for a sneaky serving of veggies.
This recipe had us at “deep dish cookie.” Loaded with white beans, oats, and applesauce, there won’t be any post-dinner guilt here.
Made with whole-wheat flour and olive oil, this bundt cake is topped with a lip-smackin’ lemon glaze that’s perfect for impressing guests.
You won’t miss the poppy seeds here—instead, these muffins use protein-filled chia seeds to give ‘em a crunch.
Chocolate chips for breakfast? This fits the bill. And at 114 calories a pop, they make a great late-night snack too.
Chocolate, peanut butter, and… spinach? You betcha! They’ve got a slightly spinach-y flavor, but if you love this leafy green like we do, it’s delicious—and when the brownies get cold, it disappears! Topped with a peanut butter frosting, there’s no way these won’t be a hit.
When you’re looking for a way to use up zucchini, this should be the go-to recipe. Super easy and delicious, it’ll look like you spent way more time in the kitchen than you actually did.
A moist chocolate cake that’s just begging for a huge glass of milk, it’s hard to believe this dessert has no flour—and the whipped chocolate coconut cream frosting is to die for.
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Originally posted March 2014. Updated April 2015.