As a society we are addicted to sweets. We know they aren’t great for us, we know we should really avoid them, but its part of the culture. In this article I’m definitely not saying dessert is healthy, but I do have a few tasty options that are much better for you. On top of all that, all of the recipes are quick and easy.
You can’t go anywhere without seeing a frozen yogurt place. It’s all the rage these days. And of course it’s typically advertised as a healthy dessert. I think we can both agree that sugar filled yogurt with sugary toppings isn’t exactly “healthy.” Not to mention the price point isn’t so great either. Well if you have a food processor or blender at home, you can actually make some really great frozen yogurt. Perhaps it isn’t a traditional method, but I can assure you, no one will care. All you need is a vanilla yogurt. Any kind works. I like coconut milk yogurt because of lactose reasons, but you could do whatever you like. Add some frozen fruit and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (if you have it!). I also like to add a splash of almond extract. Blend together until smooth and you won’t believe the creamy goodness!
The next dessert on the docket is also fruit based but quite opposite in temperature. A fruit cobbler is a great way to get sweet, comforting dessert without a lot of refined or processed sugars. Start with a frozen or fresh fruit. Toss with a tablespoon or two of flour or cornstarch mixed with a tablespoon or two of sugar. You know how much sugar your fruit needs. Next make a crumb topping by mixing 2-3 tablespoons of soft butter, with a tablespoon of flour, 1 tablespoon of quick rolled oats, some chopped pecans and maybe a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon. The crumb topping should be in pea-sized chunks. Sprinkle the topping on the fruit and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown and bubbly. I like to bake mine during dinner so it’s ready to go when we’re all done eating.
Another great quick dessert is a pudding. You could make a bread pudding with old, stale bread, or perhaps a yummy chocolate pudding. Tapioca pudding is also a really nice, comfort food as well. The great thing about a pudding is that it can be served hot or cold, with or without fruit, in many different flavors, all relatively quickly. There are so many good pudding recipes out there to choose from. Just make sure its homemade, simple, and in a flavor everyone will enjoy. There’s nothing better that a nice, warm pudding and a dollop of fresh whip cream.
Hopefully you have a few more ideas for some quick, relatively healthy desserts. Just keep in mind that anytime you can make something yourself, without a processed, boxed mix you have a win for your health. Keep up the good work and take a few moments here and there to enjoy some dessert. Happy eating!