You finish dinner, wash and dry your dishes, and sit down with your feet up to relax and unwind. What is missing in this picture? Dessert, of course! Sometimes it takes all your will power to push the bag of cookies out of sight. Or, you feel as though you need to put a bike lock on the freezer door to keep you from demolishing the ice cream.
Well, if you are a dessert fiend and need something sweet to complete your day, here are a few health-conscious recipes to keep your waistline thin and your sweet tooth satisfied.
No Bake Almond Butter Oatmeal Cookies
These cookies take minutes to make and do not require any baking. You can make them over the weekend and munch on them throughout the week. As long as you seal them in an airtight container, they will last.
½ cup creamy raw almond butter (make sure the only ingredients are almonds)
¼ cup raw honey
¼ cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
- Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper.
- Combine almond butter, honey, salt, and coconut oil in a saucepan and heat, stirring continuously until melted.
- Add in vanilla and cocoa powder and keep stirring.
- Add quick-cooking oats and mix well.
- Drop 1 Tbsp. portions of cookie dough onto the baking sheet.
- Leet cool and serve!
These brownies ooze with flavor, but only contain natural sugar from the bananas and a little dash of salt from the almond butter. Talk about love at first bite.
3 large ripe bananas (about 1 ½ cups mashed)
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ cups crunchy almond butter
¼ tsp. cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spray a 9x9 in. baking dish with cooking spray or rub coconut oil around the sides and bottom.
- In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork until creamy.
- Add almond butter and mix in.
- Stir in the cocoa powder and cinnamon.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the brownies are slightly dark on top.
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely before slicing.
Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Bites
These delicious morsels contain the three best ingredients for a dessert: bananas, chocolate, and almond butter. Freeze them for a harder crunch and preserve the bananas throughout the week. That way, you can take your time enjoying them and do not need to rush to finish them before the bananas brown.
2 medium ripe bananas
¼ cup creamy raw almond butter
¾ cup dark chocolate chips
1 ½ Tbsp. coconut oil
- Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Slice the bananas thinly and arrange half the pieces on the baking sheet.
- Spread almond butter onto the banana slices, then cover each banana slice with another slice to make an almond butter banana sandwich.
- Store in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until frozen.
- Place coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted. Stir in the chocolate and continue to microwave until smooth.
- Use a spoon to cover each banana bite in chocolate.
- Freeze for one hour and then dig in!
This little recipe is perfect for a tart and refreshing bite after dinner. Sit back and smile as your kids go crazy for them. You can also choose to switch out the sugar with a healthier option, such as coconut sugar, or even a sugar-free option like Lakanto. If you are making them for the night of, remember that they do take about 6 hours to freeze, so start early! Also, you will need a food processor or blender and popsicle molds, which you can find here.
1 ¾ cups water
1 cup sugar
½ cup fresh lime juice
Make the Syrup
- Combine 1 cup water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Set aside to cool.
Make the Popsicles
- Using a small knife, cut the kiwis into quarters.
- Place the kiwi pieces in a food processor and purée until they liquify. This should take about 1 minute.
- Combine the puréed kiwi, ¾ cup syrup, lime juice, and ¾ cup water in a large bowl.
- Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until solid. This will take about 6 hours.