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Cheap & Healthy Dessert Recipes

From baked apples and chocolate bark to popsicles and ice cream, we have a few tricks to get a little dose of sugar into our diets while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Here are our favorite Greatist-approved dessert recipes, all of which are sure to keep your healthy eating streak on track while still allowing a bit of indulgence. Scroll down for sections including our dessert recipe collections, baked and cooked options, and delicous frozen or cook-freehealthy desserts


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62 Healthier Gluten-Free Desserts
Going gluten-free doesn’t have to mean saying goodbye to the sweets and treats you once held dear. And satisfying a gluten-free sweet tooth doesn’t require sacrificing health, either. Just check out our list of 62 healthier gluten-free desserts, and get cooking!

Tis the season to head to the kitchen and whip up some traditional holiday treats. We've compiled a list of holiday cookie classics with (of course!) a healthy twist.
Never feel guilty about eating a little sweet stuff when choosing from this list!

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Healthier Rice Pudding
Coconut milk makes this classic dessert healthy and indulgent without breaking the calorie bank!

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Baked Stuffed Apples with Maple Cream
Try these elegant stuffed apples for dessert at any holiday get together.

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Cocoa Dusted Almonds
Need a quick, homemade holiday gift? Whip up a batch of these bad boys and never be stuck gift-less.

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Baked Oat-Stuffed Apples
Warm up with these hearty oat-filled baked apples on any cold fall day!

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Healthier Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
A less guilty version of the classic pumpkin-and-chocolate combo!

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Strawberry While Bean Blondies
Fit in a serving of protein and fiber while satisfying that sweet tooth with these strawberry white bean delights!

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Harvest Fruit Compote
Looking for a way to use up all that fall fruit? Try this simple, healthy compote for an all-natural sugar fix.

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Quinoa Apple Cake
With a whole quinoa and fresh apple base, this snack cake is perfect to satisfy any sweet tooth and filling enough to kill that dessert craving.

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Dark Chocolate Avocado Cookies
Try these Greatist-approved chocolate treats: Delicious, gluten-free, and vegan. A successful and easy baking recipe with no butter, eggs, gluten, or dairy!

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Healthier Coconut Macaroons
Tru these lightly sweet pure coconut macaroons for an easy way to satisfy that sweet tooth without going off to sugar-coma land.

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Peach-Rosemary Crisp
You’re in for a real treat with this dessert combining the natural sweetness of summery peaches with a savory twist.

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Grilled Pineapple with Greek Yogurt Sauce and Pistachios
This recipe is a great option for breakfast, brunch, or dessert, and is sure to satisfy even the strongest of sweet tooths' without breaking the sugar bank!

Greek Yogurt Cupcakes
For a cupcake that’s tasty, sweet, and healthier than most, this may just be your new favorite recipe.

S’more Brownies
Sweeten up by taking s’mores on the go with this awesome (and healthy-ish) recipe.

Oatmeal Banana Bread
This healthier oatmeal banana bread is the perfect solution for those overripe bananas looking sad in the corner.

Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
Peanut butter cookies never looked so yummy or tasted so good as in this whole-wheat recipe.

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls
This egg-and-butter-less dessert is enough to convince anyone to eat these. (They work for breakfast, too!)

Baked Apples
Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive… Well, not quite, but apples do have some pretty unbelievable superpowers. They could help improve heart health and reduce risk of certain cancers. But wait, there’s more!


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Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding
Want a delicious dessert you can dig in to for seconds, or maybe even thirds, without the guilt? This chia seed pudding is it!

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Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie
Try this healthier take on a chocolate milkshake as the perfect way to indulge after dinner (or even mid-afternoon).

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(Super Simple) Fresh Plum Sorbet
This four-ingredient fruit sorbet is sure to satisfy any summertime sweet tooth!

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A Healthier Ice Cream Sandwich
July is National Ice Cream — the perfect excuse to try a this take on a healthier ice cream sandwich! (Pssst, it’s dairy-free, too!)

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Chocolate Fruit Bark
This delicious fruit-filled dark chocolate bark is perfect for a small sweet treat mid-day.

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Watermelon-Lime Ice Pops
Say hello to summer with these refreshing watermelon pops. The best part? Only three ingredients!


Strawberries and Stripes Daiquiri
This fruity cocktail is perfect for any celebration barbeque. Plus, it packs in three Greatist superfoods.

Banana Ice Cream
Ice cream made only from frozen bananas? Yes, please!

No-Bake Pumpkin Custard
This pumpkin dessert is a must-make! With only five ingredients and no oven required, it’s a stress-free dessert that’ll taste just as good as grandma’s pumpkin pie.

What's your favorite way to satisfy that sweet tooth? Share with us in the comments below, and don't forget to check out our list of healthier ways to fulfill those sugar cravings.



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