I love dessert.
I repeat: I. LOVE. DESSERT.
Most of the recipes I've developed since working at MyRecipes have been in the sweets category--and although I am progressively becoming a better and stronger cook, baking was my first love, and I will always be drawn to that sugary satisfaction. Maybe it's because my mom raised me in the kitchen where I worked alongside her every holiday (and special occasion day in between) whipping up pies, cakes, cookies, and the like.
However, I'm also a big runner and love to workout, which has inevitably made me more and more health-conscious over the past several years. I try to eat clean as much as I can, and while I'm definitely prone to indulge at times, eating whole foods on a daily basis is absolutely vital for maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. Working alongside the good people at Cooking Light on a daily basis has only increased my appetite for healthy foods and inspired me by proving that I can satisfy my sweet tooth without eating desserts that are loaded with processed sugar, dyes, and additives.
My current obsession? 2-Ingredient Banana Bread Cookies. You've gotta get on this train.
Here are 10 other clean-eating desserts that you can dive into without the inevitable post-dessert guilt.
It's not every day that you can make and enjoy a batch of brownies that are considered "clean" (these are made from dates, unsweetened cocoa powder, walnuts, and vegetable oil) and don't require any time in the oven. This dessert has earned a 5-star-rating from our users for good reason--these brownies are gooey, rich, and ultra-satisfying.
A mere 12 minutes of prep time is all you need for these refreshing and rich dark chocolate, coconut, and banana bites. The hardest part will be waiting an hour to let them freeze.
It's popsicle season, and these clean chocolate pops are hiding a superfood inside: The welcome surprise of avocado adds rich nutrients and a dreamy, silky texture.
Got a miniature muffin pan? These mini fro-yo pies get their sweetness from fruit (we're talking blueberries, nectarines, and dates) and just a touch of honey. Yogurt and almond butter add protein, too.
When you've got a hankering for something sweet, step away from Ben and Jerry and say hello to 3-ingredient chocolate-dipped clementines. The delicate bitterness of the dark chocolate balances the sweet juicy clementines, while pistachios add a delightfully nutty crunch. This 20-minute dessert also makes for a pretty presentation at a brunch or shower.
Keeping in the same vein, chocolate-covered strawberries are always a crowd pleaser and are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. We use dark chocolate and pistachios again here, which boost the health benefits even further.
Mangoes, pineapple, and maple syrup add sweetness to this super-satisfying tropical pudding made from silken tofu and coconut. To serve, spoon pudding into bowls and sprinkle with toasted coconut.
This one's just genius. Strawberries, yogurt, and honey form the base for this cool and creamy treat, and balsamic vinegar and freshly ground black pepper add the perfect hint of depth. To say we're obsessed is an understatement.
If you've never experienced the delight of grilled peaches, you're sorely missing out. Simply cut peaches in half and remove the pits, brush with olive oil, and grill until golden brown and caramelized. Remove from the grill, drizzle with honey, and boom: Dessert is done.
Whip up a fabulous mousse with soy milk and silken tofu that tastes as decadent as the traditional custard dessert.