Healthy desserts are just as delicious as their more fattening, calorie packed counterparts – if not more so. Trust me, as a girl who shamelessly loves pastries and sweet things, I've really researched this topic to dessert heaven and back. The result? So many healthy treats that you won't know what to make first! If you have a favorite dessert, I promise you that there's a healthier alternative that will taste just as scrumptious. Start out by drooling over these healthy dessert recipes and see what you think.
1. Decadent Chocolate Cake
You'd be surprised at the number of healthy desserts that incorporate chocolate. Dark chocolate is actually a forerunner in the health food world, thanks to all its amazing antioxidants. This recipe features a lighter take on a classic chocolate cake, but trust me, the results really are decadent. The addition of luscious chocolate powder and cardamom, of all things, gives it a really incredible taste that you have to try to believe.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
3/4 teaspoon fine salt
2/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1/2 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup lowfat (2 percent) Greek-style yogurt
1/2 cup 1 percent lowfat milk
1/3 cup canola oil
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1/3 cup currants, soaked in hot water for 1 minute, drained
1/2 cup chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
Confectioners' sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Generously spray a 10-inch Bundt pan with cooking spray.
Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom, and salt in a medium bowl. Combine the cocoa and espresso powder in a small bowl. Pour the boiling water over the cocoa mixture, whisking until smooth. Stir in the vanilla.
Whisk together the yogurt, milk, oil, egg, and egg white in a large bowl; stir in the cocoa mixture until blended. Gradually add the flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Stir in the currants and chopped chocolate.
Pour the batter into the pan. Bake in the center of the oven until a cake tester inserted in the cake comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Cool on a baking rack for 10 minutes, then turn the cake out onto a baking rack to cool completely. Dust generously with confectioners' sugar just before serving.