pina colada parfait

Have you adopted a healthier lifestyle in 2017? We commend you for sticking it through this far! As we all know, deciding to choose healthy doesn’t come without its challenges, especially when temptation is at every corner and you have a nagging sweet tooth that just won’t quit. But a healthier lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to give up on all of your favorite indulgences, either. In fact, these healthy dessert recipes will inspire you to keep your resolutions because they’ll meet both cravings–letting you have something sweet that you can actually enjoy, and allowing you to maintain a healthy diet. These six single serving desserts are minimal, healthy, full of flavor, and are sure to keep you happily on track. Who said you can’t eat good and feel good, too?

 

Dairy-free Strawberry-Banana Ice Cream

strawberry banana

Ingredients

2 bananas, frozen

½ cup strawberries, frozen

½ teaspoon vanilla

optional: 2 tablespoons of your favorite non-dairy creamer

Instructions

Place ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth (the consistency should be like soft serve ice cream). Freeze for one hour and serve cold.

 

Brown Rice pudding

 

rice pudding

Ingredients

1 cup short grain brown rice

4 cups almond milk (or your milk of choice)

½ teaspoon cinnamon

2 tbsp organic cane sugar/coconut palm sugar

1 tsp vanilla

 

Instructions 

Combine all ingredients, leaving 1 cup of milk set to the side, in a rice cooker under the “Brown Rice” setting. Don’t have a rice cooker? Put ingredients on a saucepan on low-medium heat and cook for 35 minutes (or until rice is no longer tough). Once finished and the liquid has evaporated, add 1 cup of milk and mix together. Enjoy hot.

 

Peanut Butter Mug Cake

 

peanut butter mug cake

 Ingredients

2 tbsp brown rice flour

½, tsp baking powder

1 egg/flax egg

1 ½ tbsp melted coconut oil

2 tbsp almond milk

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp honey/agave, melted

2 tbsp peanut butter

dark chocolate chips (your desired amount)

Instructions

Combine flour and baking powder in a bowl and whisk together. Whisk in the rest of the ingredients (minus the chocolate chips) and combine well. Grab your favorite mug (a larger one works best) and pour in the batter. Top with chocolate chips. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes and allow to cool for one minute before enjoying. (Original recipe here.)

 

3-Minute Banana Bread

 banana bread 

Ingredients

⅓ cup very ripe mashed banana (1 small banana)

3 tbsp coconut sugar

2 tbsp coconut oil

¼ tsp pure vanilla extract

4 tbsp brown rice flour

¼ tsp cinnamon

⅛ teaspoon baking soda

pinch salt

2 tbsp dark chocolate chips or chopped nuts, optional

 

Instructions

Place ingredients into a mug and microwave on 50% for one minute. Cook for additional 30 second intervals at half power until fully cooked, being careful not to overcook the bread. To check if done, place a toothpick into the center of the bread and wait until it comes out clean.

Recipe modified from lindsayannbakes.com. Find the original recipe and instructions here.

 

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse

 chocolate mousse

Ingredients

¾ cup almond milk

3 ½ oz dark chocolate

2 cups greek yogurt

1 tbsp honey/maple syrup

½ tsp vanilla extract

 

Instructions

In a saucepan, place milk and chocolate over medium heat until chocolate has melted completed. Add in honey and vanilla extract. In a bowl, spoon in greek yogurt and add chocolate milk mixture on top. Combine well and transfer to a glass and chill before enjoying. Add fresh raspberries and mint on top for more flavor. (Original recipe here.)

 

Piña Colada Chia Parfait

 

pina colada parfait

Ingredients

¼ cup chia seeds
1 ½ cups coconut milk

drizzle of honey
1 cup chopped fresh ripe pineapple
handful coconut flakes

Instructions

Before bed, grab a mason jar and mix chia seeds with coconut milk and place in fridge overnight. In the morning, mix thoroughly to ensure chia seeds aren’t sticking to the bottom of the jar. Blend pineapple in a blender or chop/mash finely. Place on top of chia pudding. Drizzle honey and sprinkle coconut flakes on top.