Maybe you’re participating in a fitness challenge (hint, hint: yoga!) or maybe you’re just trying to get beach ready, but chances are it’s not just me who’s been on the hunt for guilt-free and still-delicious desserts lately. So, as usual, I’m leaving the true “recipes” to Chef Rosie and her amazing skill in the kitchen, and I’ll cop out with this “kind of a recipe more like a general post about food I love to eat” post 🙂
Pudding cup topped with cool whip and an Oreo thin
You caught me–I certainly didn’t invent this idea or make any of what’s in this one, but trust me anyway! This little number has been totally satisfying my chocolate craving after dinner without being too calorie ridden. I use a Swiss Miss chocolate pudding cup, a spoonful of regular cool whip, and one (or three…who’s counting?) Oreo thin. It tricks my body into thinking I just had ice cream or a trifle or equal parts good-tasting and bad-for-you, and I don’t feel guilty after!
Again, all credit for this idea is owed to Pinterest, so maybe you’ve seen it before but if you haven’t: you’re welcome.
You can’t get much easier than this. Slice a banana, top with a little honey and cinnamon, and throw it in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Eat with some greek yogurt and you’ve got yourself a sweet and protein-packed after dinner treat.
Roasted butternut squash
No, that’s not a typo. I know that butternut squash is a veggie and therefore NOT A DESSERT, BEAN, YOU MONSTER but trust me. This. Tastes. Like. Candy. A fresh butternut squash is best, but peeling and chopping that can be a pain (thanks, Dad for doing mine hehe), so the pre-cubed ones you can find in Stop and Shop or your local grocery store will do just fine.
After you chop it into small cubes, simply douse with cooking spray or toss in olive oil. Put it onto a greased cookie sheet and sprinkle generous amounts of brown sugar + cinnamon on top. Roast in the oven at 450 degrees for ________ or until tender.
And then, of course, DEVOUR THEM because they are so damn delicious.
If you think I’m crazy after reading this, I don’t blame you. Believe me I, too, would rather have ice cream from the local creamery with a homemade waffle cone the size of my head. But distance makes the heart grow fonder, so aside from the occasional ice cream binge, I’ll be filling my tummy with these creations when it’s craving something sweet and decadent.
What are your favorite healthy desserts? Comment below.
With love, donuts, and something-healthier-than-a-donut-but-hopefully-still-yummy, Bean