Craving a quick and easy sweet to enjoy? We’ve rounded up 40+ single serving, healthy desserts for one! These desserts allow you to satisfy your sweet tooth without surrounding yourself with tempting sweets that stick around for days.
(This post is written by Cheerful Choices contributors, Corrin Coons and Sydney Coons.)
Is dessert healthy?
Ever felt like sweets were off limits because they weren’t “healthy”? What if I told you that was all wrong? In fact, enjoying the desserts you know and love in moderation is one of the best ways to develop a sustainable and enjoyable eating pattern.
Desserts are a key part of many cultures, holidays, and gatherings. It’s really just all about balance. So go ahead and enjoy a slice of grandma’s famous blueberry cobbler.
Simple Swaps to Try
While it’s completely okay to eat the desserts you already know and love in their full-fledged, original, fatty, and sugary goodness— there are many simple swaps you can make when preparing desserts to pump up the nutritional value while still satisfying your dessert cravings!
Here are some ways to modify dessert recipes to make more healthful alternatives:
Pump up the Protein: Add a scoop of protein powder or collagen peptides into baked goods like pancakes or banana bread.
Fill with Fiber: Replace all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour or other fiber-rich flours like chickpea or almond flour.
Swap out the Saturated Fat: Swap butter for applesauce or a heart-healthy oil. Applesauce can replace butter in a 1:1 ratio and you can typically replace 1 cup of butter with 3/4 cup of oil.
Add Value through Vegetables: Add vitamins and minerals to your desserts by sneaking in shredded vegetables like zucchini or carrot into your favorite baked goods, You can also blend frozen cauliflower into flavorful smoothies without even knowing!
40+ Healthy Desserts for One
Now let’s get to the good stuff! The following healthy desserts for one are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth while boosting the nutrients in your diet!
Want a moist and decadent chocolate chip cookie without having to wait for the oven? Try this chocolate chip mug cookie that can be made in the microwave in just a few minutes! Plus, this recipe is made without eggs or dairy, so it’s allergen friendly!
Calling all pumpkin-spice lovers! This refreshing, simple nice-cream recipe combines all the flavors of fall and is naturally sweetened with bananas and maple syrup for a healthy-spin on a classic fall treat!
For those who prefer the dough over the cookies, this one’s for you! Plus, this recipe has completely edible ingredients and added protein, fiber, and nutrients!
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Bio: Corrin and Sydney are both Registered-Dietitians-to-be from Westminster, Colorado who are passionate about helping others through food and nutrition. They are both currently Food Science and Human Nutrition majors at Colorado State University looking to graduate in 2023 and pursue their Masters in Dietetics. In their free time, Sydney and Corrin enjoy backpacking in the Colorado mountains, doing yoga, and cooking new recipes. They love sharing their passion for food with others and providing food inspiration on their Instagram page. You can connect with them on Instagram @nutri.liciouseats!
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