Dessert is a weak spot for many people. And most of the time, gorging on desserts is quickly followed by guilt. But it doesn't always have to be!
Here are dessert recipes that are a lot less sinful than most sweets. They're also teeming with vitamins and fat-flushing fiber, thanks to the power of oatmeal. These recipes are guaranteed to satisfy foodies with sweet tooth without having to cause a reason to spend extra hours on the treadmill.
For an added dose of healthiness, substitute Stevia or low-calorie sweetener for sugar. Throw in a handful of flax seeds, chia seeds or hemp seeds to up your intake of antioxidants. Go on, whip up these recipes and indulge. Healthy eating has never been this healthy!
Healthy Apple Pie Overnight Dessert Oats (Dessert With Benefits)
This overnight dessert oats recipe is a perfect treat to make ahead of time. If you love apple pie, you'll surely adore this dessert because it tastes like it - minus the empty calorie-filled crust and the sugar-loaded filling. Just mix all the ingredients in a bowl, pop in the fridge, relax, and dream about the great dessert you'll be having the next day!
"Skip those heavily processed, flavorless packets of oatmeal from the grocery store that lack flavor, texture and nutrients, and make your oatmeal at home. It’s just as fast and easy!"
- 2 cups Unsweetened Applesauce
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
- 64g (1/4 cup) Homemade Cinnamon Roll Almond Butter
- 1/2 tsp English Toffee Flavored Stevia Extract
- 1/2 tsp Maple Flavor
- 96g (1 cup) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
Healthy Chewy Apple Cinnamon Granola Bars (Lovely Little Kitchen)
Making your own granola bars at home is awesome. You can be sure of what's actually in it, and you can even throw in additional ingredients depending on your taste (dried apricots or craisins, anyone?) and your health needs (chia seeds and sunflower seeds for antioxidants, healthy nuts for protein).
"Just know that when you need a treat, I’ll be here waiting for you with open arms. In the meantime, here’s something I think everyone will enjoy without any guilt!"
- 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)
- 1/4 cup flax seeds
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups puffed rice cereal
- 1/2 cup dried apples, diced
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies (Amy'ss Healthy Baking)
This is a great cookie recipe perfect for those who love the flavors of apple and cinnamon. This is a perfect treat for those who are trying to watch their weight. This cookie is sooooo good, you'll be satisfied enough to fight the urge to reach for a more sinful treat like a candy bar or a slice of cheesecake.
"These oatmeal cookies are full of fruit and cinnamon, and they’re incredibly soft and chewy. They’ll stay that way for an entire week if stored in an airtight container—if they last that long!"
- 1 cup (100g) instant oats (measured correctly & gluten-free if necessary)
- ¾ cup (90g) whole wheat or gluten-free* flour (measured correctly)
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp (28g) coconut oil or unsalted butter, melted
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup (120mL) agave
- 1 cup (125g) finely diced red apple (about 1 medium)
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