If you’re looking to strike a balance in your daily diet, there’s no better way to get started than by having a stash of lighter treats on hand to curb your sweet cravings without sabotaging your waistline.
From a virtuous twist to a classic chocolate lava cake and fudgy vegan gluten-free brownies, to avo lime cheesecakes and more – these recipes are so deliciously-decadent, you won’t believe they’re totally healthy, made without any refined sugar or flours. Not to mention, they’re oh-so- easy to whip up too!
Stirred together with cacao powder and your nut butter of choice, this “freezer fudge” luxuriates in the creaminess of coconut oil and honey! The bite-sized pieces are as addictive as it gets, melting in the mouth with an explosion of sweet-and-salty chocolatey goodness!
Low-Carb Dairy-Free Chocolate Fondant
A healthier spin on a classic molten chocolate lava cake, this recipe is gluten-free and baked without any refined sugar or dairy, swapping butter for avocado oil! The best part? It’s ridiculously easy to rustle up, rendering intensely-rich fondants that never fail to impress with their gloriously-gooey chocolatey centre. Bon apetit.
Fudgy Vegan Dark Chocolate Salted Brownies
Made entirely from plant-based ingredients, these fabulously-fudgy dark chocolate salted brownies from Copper + Cloves are vegan and gluten-free too! What’s more, baking a batch has the added bonus of learning a few new healthy baking skills, such as making flour out of oats and almonds; and whipping up an “egg” out of flaxseeds (one of the best substitutes for eggless baking!).
Avocado Lime Cheesecakes
Sarah of Copper + Cloves also has a virtuous spin on the ultimate creamy indulgence – cheesecake – using all vegan ingredients. Packed full of good fats and antioxidants, this no-bake, plant-based cheesecake stars creamy avocados and coconut oil (as a replacement for butter). The end result? It’s tangy yet sweet, with a slightly crunchy base and a hint of salt and spice – the contrast is so good!
Raw Coffee, Vanilla & Walnut Tart
Copper + Cloves’ hat-trick of healthy treats on TFD continues with this healthy yet decadent Tart. Spiked with freshly-brewed Blue Tokai coffee, this recipe is brimming with beautiful ingredients from toasted walnuts to soaked cashews (which mimic cream with a smooth intensity!).
Banana, PB & Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Bananary, peanut buttery and chocolatey, with a craveable crunch of roasted nuts. Made with just five simple ingredients, these deliciously-easy cookies are perfect for keeping your little ones occupied in the kitchen and nourished at the same time. You can also experiment with swapping in different nut butters or folding in other add-ins from raisins and dried cranberries to chopped walnuts!
Studded with fibre- and nutrient-rich chia seeds, this deliciously-healthy treat is a cross between a creamy pudding and a Reese’ Peanut Butter Cup, pairing two classic flavours in an unbeatable combination – chocolate and peanut butter!
Salted Date Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream
Featuring all natural ingredients, this vegan spin on salted caramel ice cream is swirling with cacao (for a chocolatey fix) and the creaminess of coconut!
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