I know how hard it is to let go of bad habits. Especially when you are trying to lose weight and eat healthier.
After all, temptations are all around and unfortunately, most of them do more harm than good.
Not to mention that, if you’ve just started committing yourself to a healthy lifestyle, it’s very hard to let go of your past habits, like snacking on high-calorie, sugar-filled desserts.
But while you work hard during the day, a simple “unhealthy treat” at night might jeopardize everything that you’ve worked so hard to achieve during the day.
What do I mean by that?
Well, let’s just say that you’ve started dieting or working out. You respect all the meal plans and do all the right exercises. In the evening, you feel like you deserve a treat, or sugar cravings might push you over the edge.
But… if you snack on the wrong foods, you won’t be able to burn as many calories you need to get in shape.
Related: Blast Your Sugar Cravings Naturally
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge your sweet tooth. In fact, you can eat healthier and incredibly delicious options.
Here are the TOP 7 Desserts rich in antioxidants and nutrients that not only will let you give in to your cravings but won’t add pounds to your scale (because every serving contains less than 250 calories).
7 Low-Calorie Mouth-Watering Desserts
1. Avocado Brownies
- 4 large eggs
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, melted
- 6 tbsp. unsweetened peanut butter
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 2/3 c. coconut sugar
- 2/3 c. Unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- flaky sea salt (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350° and line an 8”-x-8” square pan with parchment paper.
- Combine all ingredients (except flaky sea salt) and blend until smooth in a food processor or blender.
- Transfer the mix to the prepared baking pan and smooth its top with a spatula.
- Sprinkle a bit of flaky sea salt, if you want to use it.
- For 20 to 25 minutes, bake the brownies until they become soft (but not at all wet to the touch).
Now let them cool for 30 minutes, and they’re ready to serve.
2. Delicious Madness
- Cooking spray
- 1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
- 3 1/2 teaspoons toasted white sesame seeds, divided
- 1 1/2 teaspoons black sesame seeds
- 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds, divided
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Line a jelly-roll pan with parchment paper and coat it with cooking spray.
- Now, sprinkle over the pan with the following:
- 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
- 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Next, take a medium saucepan over a medium-high flame and with a stainless steel spoon, gently stir together the following ingredients:
- 1/4 cup water
- To release any sugar crystals, brush the sides of the pan with a wet brush.
- Now, bring the composition to a boil and then reduce heat to medium. Let it cook, without stirring, until the mixture is amber-colored and a candy thermometer registers 310°F.
- Next, pour the mix into a prepared pan and spread evenly with an offset metal spatula coated with cooking spray.
- To finish, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon each of white sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and salt.
- When it has cooled down, break the brittle into small pieces and snack away.
Because this dessert is susceptible to moisture, I encourage you to wrap it up in parchment paper and store it in an airtight container, in a cool and dry place.
Tip: To make it kid-friendly, instead of adding poppy and black sesame seeds, stir in a teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
3. Banana Ice Cream
- 2 ripe peeled bananas, cut into chunks and frozen
- 2-4 tablespoons milk or 2-4 tablespoons fruit juice
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- Puree the frozen bananas in a food processor.
- Then add the vanilla extract and a spoonful of juice or milk to make a soft serve texture.
You can serve it in a cone, or in a stemmed parfait glass layered with strawberries.
Delicious tip: Flavor it with other frozen fruit (like pineapple and mango) that you pureed together with the bananas.
4. Afternoon Delight
- 12 mint leaves
- 2 cups strawberries (1 pint)
- 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons aged balsamic vinegar
- Fresh ground pepper
- 15 ounces Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Finely cut the mint leaves, then wash and slice the strawberries.
- Next, mix the strawberries with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar in a small bowl.
- Now you may add a few grinds of fresh pepper.
- Combine the Greek yogurt with 2 tablespoons of honey (depending on your taste) in another small bowl.
- To finish, put a bit of yogurt in a bowl and top it with the berry mix.
5. Chocolate Mousse
Ingredients (4 servings):
- 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate
- 1 tbsp. cornstarch
- 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 1 c. low-fat milk
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 large egg whites (not pasteurized)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
- 12 raspberries
- 1/4 oz. chocolate shavings
- Begin by placing 4 ounces of chocolate in a large, heatproof bowl.
- Next, whisk the cornstarch, cocoa, and sugar in a 2-quart saucepan.
- Start drizzling in the milk while whisking.
- Now, warm the mixture over medium heat until it starts to simmer, whisking frequently.
- Simmer for 1 minute before whisking in the vanilla.
- After this, pour the hot mixture over the chocolate until it’s completely covered.
- Now, wait for 3 minutes or until the chocolate melts.
- Meanwhile, beat egg whites with salt for 1 minute in a large bowl with the mixer on medium-high speed. You should add the cream of tartar and beat on high until stiff peaks form.
- Next, stir the chocolate mix with a rubber spatula until smooth.
- Then, stir one-fourth of the beaten whites into the chocolate composition. Gently fold in the remaining whites.
- For the final touch: Divide the mousse into 4 glasses and cover each serving with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.
Delicious tip: You can garnish the mousse with 3 raspberries and chocolate shavings.
6. Watermelon Pizza
- 1/2 c. ricotta
- 1/4 c. softened cream cheese
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- Watermelon slice, 1″ thick
- Fresh berries, for garnish
- Fresh mint, for garnish
- Toasted coconut, for garnish
- Combine ricotta, cream cheese, honey, and vanilla in a small bowl.
- Next, spread the mixture onto the slice of watermelon.
- Top with berries, mint, and toasted coconut.
And it’s done!
7. Chocolate Covered Banana Split Bites
- 24 1″ pieces from about 1/2 small pineapple
- 2 large bananas sliced into 24 bite-sized pieces
- 12 small to medium sized strawberries sliced in half
- 5 oz. of good quality dark chocolate (I used 72%) (this is between 3/4 – 1C if using a cup measurement for chocolate chips)
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- chopped nuts or coconut for rolling in optional
- Chop the fruit and put them on a toothpick skewer. When you’re done, put it in the freezer until it’s solid.
- Now, prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper, wax paper or a silicone mat.
- Next, melt the chocolate with coconut oil. You can use a double boiler or the microwave, but make sure not to burn it.
- After it’s melted, take the frozen fruit out from the freezer and dip it in the chocolate.
- Let the excess chocolate drip off for a minute and then place on the sheet to harden.
- You can dip the side covered in chocolate with chopped nuts or coconut before placing it on the sheet.
- When the chocolate is completely hardened, remove it from the sheet and place it in an airtight container to store in the freezer until ready to serve.
- Before eating it, remove them from the freezer and let them sit at room temperature for a couple of minutes (but not too long).
You can enjoy them within a few minutes of removing them from the freezer, so let’s get to munching.
So, here you have it.
Did you try one of them before?
Tell me your thoughts in the comment section and also, if you have other low-calorie dessert ideas, please share them with me.
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To your health!