Healthy Dessert Recipes

Healthy dessert recipes are somewhat of a savior for health fanatics like me.

With discipline and daily commitment to healthy eating and exercise, it’s easy to feel guilty if you slip in a piece of cheesecake or a muffin if you’re on the go during the day or catching up with a friend at a cafe.

But when you come across healthy dessert recipes that you know the ingredients that goes into them, you can quite literally, have your cake and eat it too!

The recipes I’ve listed below contain all natural ingredients, meaning there’s no refined sugar or other nasties that undermine your health.

You’ll only find ingredients straight from nature in these recipes so you get delicious tasting desserts without the after-guilt.

With five daughters, we’re always prioritising natural foods to give our kids healthy treats to enjoy, as well as getting them involved in the baking process to give them the gift of making healthy foods for themselves one day.

And we have a blast doing it too! …Ok, the cleanup isn’t as fun I admit 🙂

I hope you enjoy these healthy dessert recipes…

Dmitri Simons
Head Trainer at, Triathlete, Qualified Chef, Father of 5

Raw Key Lime Coconut Pie: The Ultimate Sweet Delight

Key Lime Pie

It can be challenging to stick to your healthy diet at social events so next time you’re asked to bring a dessert, whip up this raw key lime coconut pie.

Sitting on a bed of almond meal and coconut oil, this pie has a light and nutty flavour that’s full of heart healthy fats, vitamin E, iron and calcium.

Topped with a creamy mixture of cashew nuts, avocado and coconut milk, you’re also getting a good dose of nutrients, antioxidants and fibre making sure that even a small slice of this sweet satisfies your cravings for hours to come.

Gluten, grain and dairy free, this delicious pie will have everyone asking you to do dessert again.

Recipe Snapshot:
Sugar Free – No
Gluten Free – Yes
Dairy Free – Yes
Grain Free – Yes
Protein – Medium
Carbs – Medium
Fats – High

Raw Key Lime Coconut Pie Recipe

1 ½ cups almond meal
6 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
¼ tsp sea salt
1 cup raw cashews, soaked and drained
½ cup coconut milk
1 large avocado, peeled and pitted
½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp. coconut sugar
2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
Zest of 1 lime, optional

Makes 1 22cm pie to serve 8

  • In a bowl, combine coconut flour, coconut oil and sea salt and mix well.
  • Firmly pack mixture down in a pie dish to form the crust and place in the freezer while you make the filling.
  • For the filling, place the cashews, coconut milk, avocado, lime juice, coconut sugar, remaining 2 tbsp. coconut oil and lime zest into a blender or food processor and mix until smooth, thick and creamy.
  • Pour filling on top of crust, top with shredded coconut if desired and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or preferably, overnight.
  • Cut into slices and serve.

Orange And Almond Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

Orange and Poppy Seed Cake

Don’t let a healthy lifestyle get in the way of your social life.

This delectable orange and poppy seed cake is free from added sugar, gluten and dairy making it the perfect sweet treat to take along to birthdays, coffee dates and any other social event.

Make from almond flour, this cake is full of healthy fats and is naturally sweetened with oranges and honey for a delicately light taste isn’t full of empty calories.

Recipe Snapshot:
Sugar Free – No
Gluten Free – Yes
Dairy Free – Yes
Grain Free – Yes
Protein – Low
Carbs – Medium
Fats – Medium

Orange and Almond Poppy Seed Cake Recipe

2 oranges
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1½ cups almond flour
½ cup poppy seeds
1 tsp baking powder
6 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup honey

Makes 1, 8 inch cake

  • Wash the oranges thoroughly, pierce all over with a knife and then place in a large pot, covered with water.
  • Simmer for 1 hour.
  • Drain the water and cut oranges into quarters, discarding seeds and process in a blender until smooth.
  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease an 8 inch cake tin with coconut oil.
  • In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, poppy seeds and baking powder and set aside.
  • In a separate large bowl, mix the eggs into the orange mixture and thoroughly mix through the vanilla extract and honey.
  • Add the almond flour mixture to the orange mixture, stirring until smooth.
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour or until cooked through.
  • Once cooked, let the cake rest in the tin for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a rack.
  • Serve warm or enjoy cold!

Apple And Blueberry Coconut Crumble Recipe: Ummm… YUM

Dessert doesn’t need to be off your list just because you are trying to eat healthily!

This tasty apple and blueberry coconut crumble is dairy and gluten free and relies on the sweetness of the fruit to deliver natural flavour.

Apples and blueberries are both high in antioxidants and help to reduce free radicals in the body that can damage healthy cells leading to a host of diseases.

They also contain high levels of vitamin C to boost your immune system and can reduce the risk of developing type II diabetes by helping to regulate blood sugar levels.

Early research has also indicated that blueberries improve memory function and may even slow the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Oats are a great gluten-free, whole-grain option that lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.

Coupled with coconut, the fibre and healthy fat content of this dessert will keep you full and satisfied for longer.

Recipe Snapshot:
Sugar Free – No
Gluten Free – Yes
Dairy Free – Yes
Grain Free – No
Protein – Low
Carbs – High
Fats – Medium

Apple and Blueberry Coconut Crumble Recipe

2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
1 lemon, juice and zest of half
1 cup blueberries
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup oats
¼ cup coconut flour
½ cup shredded coconut
1 tbsp. coconut oil, melted
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Makes 2 servings

  • Place the diced apple in a saucepan with lemon juice and cook over medium heat until the apple has softened.
  • Add the vanilla and cinnamon and stir well to combine.
  • Take off the heat and gently fold through the blueberries and lemon zest.
  • Divide the mixture between two ramekins and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  • To prepare the crumble mixture, add the oats, coconut flour, desiccated coconut, coconut oil and cinnamon to a bowl and mix well to combine.
  • Sprinkle the topping over the fruit and bake for 30 minutes until golden.
  • Serve with sugar-free sorbet, yoghurt or coconut cream.

Healthy Brownie Recipe: (Without) The Nasty Sugar And Fat

Healthy Brownie Recipe

Brownies are a long-time favourite for many people however one food that often gets cut out of most diet plans.

They’re typically high in sugar, high in fat, and high in calories. All of which you want to avoid to achieve your ideal body shape.

Fortunately, this recipe changes that all. It uses chocolate protein powder to give the chocolate taste that you love while providing the amino acids that your body needs.

We’ve also replaced conventional highly refined flour with some coconut flour as well, which will give this recipe a great fibre boost at the same time.

The whole eggs have also been replaced with egg whites, lowering the fat content even further. Finally, to ice the brownies, you’ll be using natural peanut butter, which is an excellent source of healthy fats.

Whip a batch of these up next time you have a craving.

Recipe Snapshot:
Sugar Free – No
Gluten Free –Yes
Dairy Free – No
Grain Free – Yes
Protein – High
Carbs – Low
Fats – Moderate

Protein Peanut Butter Brownies Recipe

4 tbsp. of coconut flour
¼ cup of whey protein powder
¾ cup of liquid egg whites
3 tbsp. of cocoa powder
½ tbsp. of vanilla stevia (or your sweetener of choice)
½ cup of almond milk

½ cup peanut butter
1 scoop vanilla casein (or regular whey plus ½ tbsp. coconut flour will work as well)
almond milk (as needed to get icing to desired consistency)

  • Blend together all ingredients in the brownies and then bake at 170C for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Combine icing ingredients and then smear over top until ready to serve.

Blueberry Muffin Recipe: High Protein For A Quick, Tasty Snack

Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Looking for a healthy dessert or snack for your day? Try these blueberry muffins.

Rich in complex carbs, dietary fibre, and antioxidants, they’re the perfect way to enhance your health and enjoy a treat.

While traditional muffin recipes are very high in calories and fat, you won’t get that with these. Instead, they contain a very nice balance of lean protein, carbs, with just a touch of fat.

Feel free to substitute for any berry and change out the protein powder flavour to one of your preference if you prefer.

In addition to that, if you want to increase the healthy fat content of the recipe, simply add a few walnuts or almonds into each muffin before baking.

Recipe Snapshot:
Sugar Free – No
Gluten Free –No
Dairy Free – Yes
Grain Free – No
Protein – High
Carbs – Moderate
Fats – Low

Blueberry Muffins Recipe

½ scoop chocolate protein powder
1 cup oatmeal
5 large egg whites
1 whole egg
1 cup blueberries
Stevia to taste

  • Blend all of the ingredients except the blueberries together in a blender for about 30 seconds or so.
  • Next, spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray or add in liners.  Pour batter into muffin tins, add 2-3 berries per muffin and then bake at 190 degrees Celcius for 15 minutes.
  • Once finished, let cool before serving.  Note that if not eating these all at once, it’s best to store them in the fridge until ready to eat.

Baked Cheesecake Recipe: Sweetness Minus The Guilt

Baked Cheesecake Recipe

Cheesecake is a classic dish served for dessert that is a sure-pleaser for your taste buds, however doesn’t do the same for your waistline.

Unless of course, you try our made-over cheesecake recipe.

This baked cheesecake recipe substitutes some of the typical high fat, high sugar ingredients for healthier options rich in protein. This means you can now make a dessert that you feel great about.

While this particular variety calls for strawberries and chocolate, feel free to use any of your own preferred add-ons depending on your taste preference.

Recipe Snapshot:
Sugar Free – No
Gluten Free –Yes
Dairy Free – No
Grain Free – Yes
Protein – High
Carbs – Medium
Fats – Medium

Baked Cheesecake Recipe

340g. Fat free cream cheese
280g. fat-free plain Greek yogurt (can use vanilla flavoured provided it doesn’t contain sugar)
2 whole eggs
2 tbsp. Stevia/Splenda
¼ cup almond milk
1.5 scoops Whey Elite vanilla whey protein powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. low sugar strawberry jam
1 cup freshly sliced strawberries
1 square dark chocolate, melted
¾ cup ground almonds
¼ cup powdered Stevia
2 tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
unsweetened almond milk (as necessary)

  • Preheat the oven to 165C. In a bowl, combine together the ground almonds, stevia, applesauce, and just a bit of milk to make it crumbly.  Press into the bottom of a pie pan and set aside.
  • Next, soften the cream cheese slightly with a spoon. Add in the eggs, stevia/Splenda and mix using an electric mixer.
  • Stir in the almond milk, whey protein powder, and vanilla extract until well blended and then pour into the pie plate.
  • Using a knife, swirl strawberry jam into the top of the cheesecake.
  • Bake for 25 minutes and then reduce heat to 100 degrees and bake for another hour.
  • Once finished, remove and let stand for 15-20 minutes to cool. Top with drizzled dark chocolate along with sliced strawberries.

Chocolate Cake Recipe: Finally… a Guilt-Free Healthy Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Cake is one food that many have come to love and enjoy, but sadly, can’t be part of a healthy eating plan. Until now.

With a few substitutions to the regular unhealthy chocolate cake recipe, you can indulge without guilt.

The following recipe is made with protein powder, making it a higher protein option that’ll help you recover from your exercise sessions.

The coconut oil included in the recipe will also provide an instant source of energy and help to boost your immune system while improving heart health.

Finally, the coconut flour is great for adding a bit of dietary fibre, helping ensure this cake satisfies you and keeps hunger down.

Try smearing it with some natural peanut butter as an icing or preparing your own icing by combining together two tablespoons of coconut oil with a half scoop of whey protein powder.

While it may not taste just like the real thing, it’s very close to it and for the difference in nutrition these substitutes make, you’ll find it’s well worth the trade-off.

Best of all, this cake is quite to make as it’s prepared right in the microwave.  Nothing is simpler than this when you have a craving to combat.

Recipe Snapshot:
Sugar Free – Yes
Gluten Free –Yes
Dairy Free – No
Grain Free – Yes
Protein – High
Carbs – Low
Fats – Medium

Healthy Chocolate Cake Recipe

1 tbsp. coconut flour
1 tsp. cocoa powder
1 tbsp. chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp. Splenda/Stevia
¼ tsp. baking powder
3/8 cup egg whites
½ tbsp. coconut oil

  • Begin by heating the coconut oil in the microwave until fully melted. Next, add the coconut flour cocoa powder, Splenda, baking powder, and egg whites. Mix well until a thick cake-like batter is formed.
  • Pour into a microwave safe bowl and then microwave for 2-3 minutes. Remove from microwave and let stand for 1-2 minutes prior to icing (if desired).

Healthy Cheesecake? Yup! And Packed With Protein

Raspberry Cheesecake

Cheesecake… the dessert that you may love but sadly, hasn’t been able to cross your lips since you started your diet plan.

It’s no secret that when it comes to eating healthy, there’s just no room in your diet for dessert.

Most conventional desserts are filled with calories, sugar, and unhealthy fat varieties that will surely do even the best of diets in.

Fortunately, with a few modifications, you can change this.

If you’ve been craving cheesecake since day one when you first started your diet, we’ve revamped the classic recipe and are now bringing you a recipe that you can feel good about eating.

Let’s go over the modifications made and the recipe itself.

Cheesecake Modifications

With the right ingredients, you can definitely cut down on the number of calories, carbs, and fats found in cheesecake. In fact, you can create a dessert that’s very high in protein, making it a perfect choice for any fat loss plan.

What’s the secret?  First, you want to swap out high fat cream cheese for some fat free cream cheese instead. This style of cream cheese is almost all protein and will make for a far better addition to the recipe.

Likewise, rather than using high fat sour cream, you’ll substitute in some Greek yogurt, which packs more protein and far less fat.

With this, you’ll also replace all sugar called for in the recipe with some stevia and mashed bananas instead.

This lowers the simple sugar content and adds a dose of healthy nutrients including fibre and potassium instead. Rather than use raspberry jam, which again is high in sugar, you’ll use sugar-free raspberry fruit preserves with some fresh berries as well.

Finally, protein powder is added to the cheesecake to make it even higher in protein than it already is.

With all of these ingredients working together, you have the perfect recipe to tempt your taste buds and keep your body healthy.

Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe

500 grams fat free cream cheese
¾ cup low fat, low sugar Greek yogurt
½ cup egg whites
½ cup Stevia powder
1 large ripe banana
½ tbsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup vanilla protein powder (or chocolate if you prefer)
¼ cup sugar free raspberry preserves
½ cup fresh raspberries

  • Begin by letting the cream cheese, yogurt, and egg whites sit on the counter for one hour.  Next, preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and spray your cheesecake pan with non-stick spray.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and yogurt until well mixed.  Add in the stevia, the protein powder, and the egg whites.  Continue beating until blended.
  • Next, mash the banana in a separate bowl and then add it to the mixture. Once all blended together, pour into the pan.
  • Spoon the fruit spread onto the center of the cheesecake and then use a knife to swirl it into the mixture.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 40-48 minutes or until the edges are brown.
  • Remove and let stand for 30 minutes and then top with raspberries before serving.
  • So don’t let that craving for cheesecake go unsatisfied any longer. Use this recipe and you no longer need to feel guilty about indulging.

Healthy Ice Cream Recipe: Feed Your Cravings With Healthy Ice Cream

Ice Cream Recipe

If you’re like many, ice cream is one food that you crave time and time again, but yet, you know that if you want to maintain a slim waistline, it’s one food that also needs to get the boot from your diet plan.

Ice cream is loaded with sugar, fat, and calories – clearly all things that do not make for a lean body composition.

Of course you could opt for some low fat frozen yogurt, but are you really better off?

Sure, the fat content of this variety may be very low, but the sugar content is usually twice as high. Does this mean you need to write-off all frozen yummy goodness for as long as you hope to maintain a healthy body weight?

Not a chance.

All you need to do is know how to create your very own healthier version. This healthy ice cream recipe will do the trick perfectly.

The Ingredient Exchanges

This healthy ice cream recipe takes the sugar and fat out of typical ice cream and replaces it with protein and fibre – perfect for those looking to get and stay lean.

With so many different varieties of protein powder available now on today’s market, there’s no reason you can’t find one that you love. And, given all this variety, there’s no reason you can’t create an ice cream version that you love.

Banana nut ice cream? You bet!  Strawberry swirl?  Not a problem! Chocolate mint?  Easy!

Whatever your particular craving happens to be, you can satisfy it with one of the many protein powders out on the market.

The real secret in this recipe however comes with the addition of xanthan gum.  This is going to really help to increase the overall creamy and thick taste of the recipe, ensuring that you get the maximum ‘ice-cream’ feel.

Don’t skip over it – while you will need to visit a health foods store in most cases to purchase it, it’s well worth the investment.  Just a tiny bit will make a world of difference. Then to boost the fibre content up, you can add any frozen fruit that you desire, giving it the sweet, icy taste that you enjoy.

Adding Variations

Having plenty of variety in your diet is important and this recipe won’t fail to deliver. In addition to using different protein powder variations, you can also use different types of fruit, add in nut butters, nuts, seeds, as well as unsweetened shredded coconut.

Likewise, you can stir in some dark chocolate chips, or drizzle over some melted nut butter if you want a totally different feel. Get creative and see what you can come up with.

The Recipe

To help get you started, here’s the basic ice cream recipe that you can try out. Give this a try first and then start experimenting with your own unique creation.

Strawberries And Cream Ice Cream

1 scoop strawberry flavored protein powder
¼ cup strawberry yogurt (low sugar, low fat)
½ cup frozen strawberries
2 ice cubes
¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
¼ tsp. xanthan gum

Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse blend until ice cream consistency is reached.  Serve immediately.

So next time you’re craving ice cream, don’t deny yourself any longer. Simply whip up a batch of this high protein ice cream and you can feel good about indulging in your favorite treat.

Final Thoughts…

Dmitri Simons Fitness Blogger Australia

I hope you enjoy making these healthy desserts as much as I like sharing the recipes with you.

While the minority of your diet, enjoying sweet, healthy treats like these actually help you stay on track because if you build these desserts into your meals once a week, it will help reduce cravings for the unhealthy desserts.

If you’ve got some feedback or would like to share your own healthy dessert recipe with me, please get in touch!