If you’re anything like me and picky over your food, then I know for sure that dessert needs to be extra special. When you’re trying to be healthy, it’s even harder! Satisfying your sweet tooth while still maintain that figure is always a challenge. With our 6 Healthy After-Dinner Desserts you can do no wrong for yourself and the family.

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POPSICLES

All of us are always scooping bowls full of ice-cream year round, so why not do it a healthy way? Fruit popsicles are the perfect way to up your fruit intake for the day while providing a delicious dessert for you and the whole family. Try blending berries together along with soy or buttermilk to ensure you get the most out of your nutritious dessert. And if its your cheat day, why not throw in a spoonful of melted chocolate into the blender along with the berries. I once tasted gelato like that – AMAZING. Just don’t put too much! Bananas, apples and mangoes along with almond milk and a spoonful of honey will ensure you get a dose of multiple fruits in one go, or why not try a mix of carrots, apples and mangoes blended together and then frozen in a popsicle mold.

If you want to be really healthy, throw a handful of oats into blender when blending your fruits. I do this all the time with my smoothies since I don’t really enjoy the taste of oats. You can’t even taste it when its all mixed in! Keep it interesting by trying out different flavours every week. Make a batch on the weekend and if you can stop yourself from eating all of it at once, it should be enough to last you the entire week.

 

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DARK-CHOCOLATE ALMOND CLUSTERS

Here’s an interesting way to get your daily does of nuts by whipping it up into a great dessert. Now we all know dark-chocolate is a great source of antioxidants, so why not melt some and pour it over a tray of almonds. Refrigerate, and break into piece to form almond clusters. It’s really a two-in-one. You reek the benefits from the almonds and the dark-chocolate! Try to ensure you use dark-chocolate that is over 65% in order to make sure it’s actually good for you.
Bonus Idea: These make great gifts if you wrap them up in some cellophane along with a pretty ribbon to match.

 

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EXTRA HEALTHY CHOC COOKIES

If there was any way to combine every healthy thing into one dessert, this would be it. Use your usual homemade cookie recipe (stay away from the cookie-mix boxes, they’re full of artificial stuff). But here’s the trick. Instead of the usual amount of chocolate chips, reduce it to quarter of what you usually use. Replace the rest of  the chocolate chips with equal amounts of oats, chopped up nuts of your choice and dried cranberries. Dried cranberries are full of antioxidants and they have just the right amount of sweetness to them to make for a great dessert! And here’s another great tip: I always like my cookies hot and fresh out the oven when I eat them, so here’s what you do. Make the cookie dough in advance along with all the extras that go in, and freeze it in a zip lock bag and an airtight container. When you’re ready to eat it, pull the already made cookie dough out of the freezer just before you start dinner and by the time you are done it should be thawed! Put how many cookies you plan to eat in the oven and they should be all ready for you to eat by the time you are done with the dishes. Hey, that’s an incentive to get some work done while you wait for yummy dessert to get ready.

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CHOCOLATE & BEETROOT CAKE

This one might sound crazy weird but believe me, it actually tastes good! I promise. When I first heard about this one I thought it was going to be one of those healthy desserts that people try to make sound good but in reality tastes awful. Boy was I wrong. This one has actually been tried and tested by me. It’s funny how the chocolate really overpowers the taste of the beetroot and so you’re left with a dessert that not only tastes good but includes healthy stuff that’s doing a favour for your body. You could probably even fool the family into thinking its red-velvet cake, ha! You’ll probably find a few recipes of this chocolate and beetroot cake but I’ve added one in hear for your convenience. Click on the link below.
http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chocolate-recipes/chocolate-and-beetroot-cake

 

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FROZEN YOGHURT STRAWBERRY BITES

So I was actually going to tell you about freezing some greek yoghurt and topping it with homemade strawberry puree when I came across this much easier idea instead! Fill up an ice cube tray with a little yoghurt in each compartment (Greek yoghurt – you want to stay as healthy as possible) and then place strawberries in each one. You might have to cut up the strawberries in half if they don’t fit. Or else, try dipping the strawberries in the yoghurt, place it on some baking paper so it doesn’t stick and put it in the freezer with some plastic wrap over it until frozen. This is a great way to use up any extra fruit that no one has eaten yet, because freezing it means it can be kept for days! Don’t forget, it’s also a great way to get your daily intake of yoghurt and fruit in one. It’s really a win-win situation.

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MUESLI DESSERT CUPS

Sticking with the theme of berries and yoghurt, this super easy, delicious looking dessert will have the whole family asking for more. The best part, there’s almost no preparation time needed to create these little cups of joy. Just spoon layers of Greek yoghurt, chopped up berries and muesli – layer by layer – until the entire cup is filled cup. The combination of all three together is going to be so loved by the entire family, they won’t even realise they’re eating something that healthy! You can always make a few extra cups and have them from breakfast the next day or put it in the kids lunch boxes to take to school. They’ll sure be the envy of all the other kids at lunch time!

 

P.S. THE KIDS WILL LOVE ALL THESE DESSERTS TOO.