We all know we should eat more fruits and veggies but sometimes other foods (ahem, fries and ice cream) seem to be calling our name. But naturally sweet fruits are a great and healthy replacement for dessert and can satisfy even the biggest chocoholic’s sweet tooth. Not to mention a diet filled with fruits (and veggies) can help to ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure, prevent some types of cancer, and reduce likelihood of vision loss.
Check below for five recipes to replace that piece of chocolate cake. Your body — and your taste buds — will thank you.
Strawberry Banana Popsicles via Sally’s Baking Addiction
These healthy strawberry banana popsicles are the perfect summer treat. Consisting of only 3 ingredients, these popsicles taste indulgent — without breaking the calorie bank. Plus, strawberries are loaded with antioxidants while bananas pack a potassium punch. This is a dessert you can definitely feel good about.
Paleo Watermelon Cake via Paleo Cupboard
This inventive cake is created by icing a watermelon with coconut milk, then topping with sliced almonds and fresh fruit. As beautiful as it is delicious, this cake is chock full of good-for-you nutrients, fats, and antioxidants.
Fried Honey Bananas via Rachel Schultz
Pan-frying bananas is a great way to bring out their sweet flavor. This recipe features a honey drizzle and a cinnamon sprinkle creating an absolutely delectable dessert that will satisfy even the biggest dessert fan’s sweet tooth.
Dark Chocolate Greek Yogurt with Cinnamon and Spice via Cook the Story
This tasty fruit dip is easy to make, healthy, AND is still decadent enough to taste like dessert. Greek yogurt is mixed with cocoa powder and other healthy ingredients to create this creamy dip. It’s secret ingredient? A hint of cayenne pepper to give it an extra kick!
Healthy Homemade Mango Fruit Roll Ups via Just a Taste
As any 90s kid knows, fruit roll-ups (and gushers, Fruit by the Foot, etc.) were a popular playground snack. Unfortunately (aside from getting them stuck in your teeth), these fruit snacks came with a long list of not-so-natural ingredients. Enter these healthy homemade mango fruit roll-ups. All you need to create these delicious (and one ingredient!) fruit roll-ups are mangoes and an oven.