30 Guilt-Free Desserts That Are Actually Satisfying


The best way to keep your healthy eating goals strong is to add foods to your diet, not to subtract them. While you might not be eating your traditional after-dinner cookie or ice cream, you can make some small substitutions to have a dessert that is nourishing to both your body and soul. Have your dessert and eat it too with these guilt-free desserts that are actually satisfying.

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1. Almost Raw Vegan Cheesecake with Strawberries

Some vegan cheesecakes are made with fake cheese that is full of preservatives -- but not this recipe! Soak cashews to create a creamy, luscious vegan cheesecake layered with sliced strawberries and a healthy gluten-free crust.

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2. Dark Chocolate-Covered Banana Bites

These dark chocolate-covered banana bites only taste decadent. Slice super-ripe bananas, dip in melted chocolate and sprinkle with chopped nuts, coconut or even flaky sea salt for a guilt-free dessert.

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3. Dairy-Free Raspberry Coconut Cream Bars

This might become your go-to barbecue dessert recipe. Coconut milk is mixed with fresh raspberries and just a tablespoon of powdered sugar for a simple and customizable dairy-free bar.

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4. Three-Ingredient Peanut Butter Mousse

You likely already have the three ingredients you need for this vegan and gluten-free mousse in your pantry (white chocolate chips, peanut butter and non-dairy milk). After you make this recipe once, you might be dreaming about it for months to come.

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5. Flourless Black Bean Fudge Brownies

Don't let the idea of black beans in your dessert turn you off from trying these flourless, fudge-y brownies. You'll never be able to tell the difference between these and a traditional brownie and these have the added benefit of healthy fiber, protein and fat from the black beans.

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6. Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie Recipe

Who said you can't have dessert for breakfast? This coconut and banana-based smoothie is healthy enough you can have it in the morning and it will keep you satisfied until lunch.

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7. Four-Ingredient, Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Cookies don't have to be loaded with butter and sugar to be delicious. You won't miss either ingredient with these simple and healthy peanut butter cookies made from just oat flour, peanut butter, maple syrup and non-dairy milk.

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8. Baked Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts

Next time your office wants to brings in doughnuts for everyone, whip up a batch of these healthier baked doughnuts to share instead. Baking these donuts instead of frying them and reducing the amount of sugar keeps you feeling guilt-free — even if you go back for seconds.

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9. Oat and Chia Pudding with Cardamom Berries

Oatmeal isn't just for breakfast anymore — this recipe for overnight oats is so good you might just want to eat it for dessert, too. Sprinkle your favorite berries with cardamom to make it even more special.

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10. No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Slice

No one will guess this no-bake chocolate coconut slice is dairy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free. All you'll need is a food processor to create this delicious cake.

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11. Homemade Cherry Ice

It's never too soon to start thinking about desserts that are perfect for summer. Swap out ice cream this year for this homemade cherry ice instead.

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12. No-Bake Chocolate and Almond Tart

Sometimes you just want dessert without having to turn on the oven. This no-bake chocolate and almond tart is perfect for those days. Mix together coconut milk and cacao powder and freeze for four hours in a homemade or pre-made crust for a perfect dessert, no oven required.

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13. Sweet Potato Cinnamon Roll Cookies

If a dessert contains a veggie then it has to be healthy, right? Sweet potato naturally sweetens these delicious sweet potato cinnamon roll cookies (which are also perfect for breakfast the next morning with a hot cup of coffee).

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14. Vegan Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

You don't need butter to make a delicious sugar cookie with a buttercream frosting! Swap out traditional butter for a vegan version — and don't forget to top these with lots of sprinkles.

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15. Coconut Almond Blueberry Crumb Bars

Your new favorite dessert only takes 30 minutes to make. Spend your Saturday morning picking berries and your Saturday afternoon whipping up these coconut almond blueberry crumb bars.

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16. Coconut-Pecan Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Glaze

Carrot cake is just as delicious without the unhealthy cream cheese frosting. This lightened-up coconut-pecan carrot cake with cinnamon glaze is a guilt-free way to end your meal.

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17. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cups

Chocolate, sweet, crunchy and salty — do you seem to be craving everything all at once? These peanut butter chocolate chip pretzel cups are easy to make and will fulfill all of your cravings without derailing your diet.

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18. One-Bowl Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Making dessert shouldn't mean dirtying every bowl in your kitchen. You can have a healthy dessert filled with vegetables with just one bowl when you make these pumpkin chocolate chip cookie bars.

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19. Dairy-Free Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Chocolate Magic Shell

You don't need an ice cream maker or even cow's milk to make your own homemade ice cream. This dairy-free peanut butter ice cream with chocolate magic shell calls for a can of coconut milk and as long as you're okay with stirring it a few times while it freezes, no investment in a pricey ice cream maker required.

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20. Individual Lemon-Berry Trifles

Individually-portioned desserts are an easy way to keep your cravings in check. These vegan individual lemon-berry trifles are just begging to be made for your next dinner party.

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21. No-Bake Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Skip buying pre-packaged crispy cereal bars at the store and make your own version at home. These no-bake crispy chocolate peanut bars don't have a ton of added sugar and include a chocolate topping which obviously makes everything more delicious.

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22. Healthier No-Bake Pecan Pie

Pecan pie is not a traditionally healthy dessert. This healthier no-bake pecan pie swaps out white sugar and corn syrup for dates and non-dairy milk instead.

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23. One-Bowl Vanilla Cupcakes with Naturally-Colored Coconut Sprinkles

You might think you can't have cupcakes when you're trying to eat healthy but think again. These one-bowl vanilla cupcakes with naturally-colored coconut sprinkles aren't just simple to make, they'll keep you on track with your diet too.

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24. Coconut Breakfast Cookies with Cacao Nibs

Cookies for breakfast are a thing when they're made with healthy ingredients like oats, bananas and coconut. You can eat a few of these coconut breakfast cookies with cacao nibs for breakfast then save a couple for dessert after dinner too.

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25. Gluten-Free and Vegan Coconut Macaroon Parfait

This recipe for a gluten-free and vegan coconut macaroon parfait is basically a mash-up of three different desserts, which means it's three times as delicious. It's allergy-friendly so it's a dessert everyone can enjoy.

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26. Vegan Vanilla Bean Hot Fudge Sundaes

Dairy-free ice cream can be just as delicious — if not more delicious — than the traditional stuff. Make this vegan vanilla bean hot fudge sundae for a guilt-free dessert this weekend.

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27. Mini Tortillas with Ricotta Cheese and Grilled Peaches

Save room on your next dinner party menu for these mini tortillas with ricotta cheese and grilled peaches. They look and taste fancy but they're secretly healthy.

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28. Three-Ingredient Salted Chocolate Matzos

Whip up a batch of these three-ingredient salted chocolate matzos this week when you're meal prepping for an easy and portion-controlled dessert. You can never go wrong with the sweet and salty combo of chocolate and salt.

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29. Grilled Nectarines with Honey Whipped Cream and Mint

Grilling fruit brings out its natural sweetness and adds a smoky flavor to boot. Grill nectarines and top with honey, whipped cream and mint for a simple yet healthy dessert that is sure to impress.

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30. Watermelon Lime Popsicles

Not only are these watermelon lime popsicles delicious and healthy, they're great to rehydrate with on a hot day. They're made with coconut water which is filled with potassium and electrolytes that will replenish you after a hard workout.

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