I don't know about you, but I definitely have a few New Year resolutions to eat a more balanced diet and maybe lose a few pounds along the way. Not an easy feat when your job is to bake the sweetest of desserts every day or when you have as many sweet teeth as I do! To help us with our goals, I wrangled up some delicious sweet treats that are healthier and won't ruin our goals!
Healthier Treats From A Cookie Named Desire
Healthy Cinnamon Bun Raisin Scones
Chewy Cherry Mango Granola Bars
Homemade Yogurt - Plus you can add in a ton of delicious healthy flavors such as berries, apples, stone fruits, honey, extracts, and cocoa powder for an unlimited number of flavor combinations. (To keep things healthy and keep out the sugar while keeping things sweet, try lightly roasting fruits to release their juices. You can coat them in stevia, agave or honey to make them sweeter.
Gluten-Free Single Serving Muffins - Two of these muffins are seriously delicious and better for you!
Banana Muesli Muffins - You can make these muffins even healthier by using light buttermilk or nonfat yogurt!
Chocolate Chai Muffins - They are also gluten-free!
Baked Gingerbread Latte Doughnuts
Healthy Treats From My Favorite Bloggers
Cacao Plantain Rice Balls with Pepitas - from Ali of Inspiralized
Vegan Strawberry Shortcakes with Coconut Whipped Cream - from Ali of Gimme Some Oven
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter - from Sally of Sally's Baking Addiction
Almond Joy Oatmeal Cookies - from Amy of Amy's Baking Addiction
Skinny Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies - from Jennie of The Messy Baker
Creamy Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream - from Jessica of Jessica in the Kitchen
Blueberry Almond Smoothie - from Nancy of The Butter Side of Sweet
Nutella Pistachio Truffles - from Sarah of Snixy Kitchen
Baked Apple Chips - from Sommer of A Spicy Perspective
Lightened Up Apple Crumble - from Aubrie of The Blonde Chef
What are some of your favorite lightened up desserts? (Share links if you have them!)
What are your resolutions for the New Year?
Tiff | TiffanyBee.com says
How nice of you to throw together such a great post of fantastic guilt-free-ish recipes! Definitely will be keeping this in mind for the new year. Think most of us need to shed some of that holiday weight hah!
Oh tell me about it! I gained about 15 pounds in December alone! haha
Traci | Vanilla And Bean says
Thank you for this round up post, Amanda! I'm eyen' your healthy Cinnamon Bun Raisin Scones and Detox Cactus Smoothie! The scones look like perfection and of course the cinnamon bun flavors throughout make me weak in the knees! For the cactus smoothie, did you use prickly pear cactus leaves? I've had them before in fajitas, but never in a smoothie. Love how you paired them with aloe juice! This is something I'd like to try!
Yes, that is the type i used. My produce shop carries them for a couple of months each year. The aloe was a last mintue decision that ended up being the best part of it for me! I hope you get to make it soon!!
Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking says
Thank you so much for including my almond joy oatmeal cookies! I absolutely love all of these healthier treats. January is going to be a lot easier with all of these recipes! 😉 Pinned!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
I'm going to be all about healthy come January 1st, so this round-up is fabulous!!! Some of my favorite lightened up sweet treats? granola and energy bites!! wishing you a fabulous 2015!!
Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says
Uh, I totally need this list. Between Christmas baking and having a baby, my figure has suffered a touch. Lol.
Christina @ The Beautiful Balance says
Sign me up for all of this! I can't look at another non-healthy thing until next holiday season.
Sarah | Broma Bakery says
Love this roundup! Especially those cactus smoothies. Pinned!
Have a fantastic rest of your 2014, Amanda <3