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Decadent Healthy Desserts with Good-For-You Body Benefits

Healthy Desserts That *Really* Are Good for You

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Matcha, seeds, veggies, and good fats bring creativity and cravability to these treats, but they also pack a ton of healthy perks. Genevieve Ko, the author of Better Baking, rethinks sweets so you don't have to consider them a guilty pleasure—just a pleasure you deserve to enjoy. (Craving something specific? Try these healthy swaps for the junk food you love.)

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Chocolate Lace Cookies with Sunflower Seeds and Oats

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These cookies may look fancy, but they're actually super simple to make. Plus, they're filling; a 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds has 7.5 g of protein and is a good source of magnesium (which helps keep bones strong), while rolled oats are full of fiber. (Wondering what to do with the rest of that rolled oats package? Check breakfast off the to-do list with easy overnight oats recipes.)

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Butternut Squash Tarte Tatin

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Tarte tatin is another way of saying, "This treat is served upside down" (and is delicious). By swapping out a sugary fruit (like cherries) for butternut squash, you'll skip the sugar crash and go right to satisfaction. Just one cup of butternut squash fulfills your daily intake of vitamin A, which helps keep skin healthy. (This is a perfect Thanksgiving dessert swap if you're bored of pumpkin pie—plus, it turns out canned pumpkin isn't actually made with pumpkin.)

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Roasted Fall Fruits and Vegetables with Maple-Vanilla Sabayon

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We know what you're thinking: veggies don't equal dessert. Just wait, because we're about to blow your sweet tooth mind. By roasting carrots, parsnips, and sweet potatoes, the veggies will caramelize for a softer and sweeter taste. Top it with a sabayon (a light, whipped custard) and you have a treat that packs a healthy punch, but sure doesn't taste like it. (Take advantage of adding fall fruits and veggies to all your meals before the weather changes.)

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Beet-Yogurt Panna Cotta

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If you've never tasted panna cotta before, you need to put this chilled Italian dessert at the top of your to-do list. Don't be nervous about the beest; they're a sweet veggie, so they fit right into a dessert dish. They're also loaded with iron (which can help maintain a healthy weight) and are considered to be a brain food, because of their ability to increase blood flow.

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Green Tea Chocolate Cake with Matcha Marshmallow Frosting

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From weight-loss products to lattes, green tea is popping up all over these days. Green tea has tons of benefits, like improving brain function and boosting metabolism. But matcha isn't just a healthy energy drink—turns out you can bake with it. This recipe is the definition of having your cake and eating it too. (Don't stop at cake, matcha brownies taste just as delicious.)

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