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Healthy, No-Sugar-Added Dessert Recipes That Are Naturally Sweet

Glazed Baked Doughnuts

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These beauties are baked instead of fried and made with almond and whole-wheat flour in place of white, so enjoy them for breakfast or dessert (or both!). Their sweetness comes from dates and bananas, and the multicolor toppings are tinted with fruit juice. (Yes, healthy doughnuts do exist. So do sushi doughnuts.)

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Carrot, Apple, and Raisin Barley Pudding

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Barley and carrots combine for a sweet and complex flavor and hearty, satisfying texture. (If you aren't eating barley, you're missing out on some serious benefits.) Creative topping combos take it to the next level. Try:

  • Slivered almonds, pomegranate seeds, raspberries
  • Slice mango, toasted coconut, black sesame seeds
  • Plum wedges, walnuts, dried cherries
  • Cacao nibs, toasted chopped hazelnuts, sliced banana
  • Peanuts, dried cranberries, chopped strawberries
  • Diced pear, toasted pecans, chia seeds
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Sunset Runway Tart

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This extravagance is actually simple to make. Just overlap glazed slices of fruit and sweet vegetables (like pears, beets, and sweet potatoes or apple, parsnip, and butternut squash), chopped walnuts, and dried plums on a sheet of puff pastry, then pop it in the oven. (This isn't the only way to sneak veggies into your healthy dessert recipes.)

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Rye Crêpe Cake with Figs and Labneh

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Crêpes made with rye flour for extra flavor and texture are piled high and frosted (in this case, with a thick yogurt like labneh or Greek), then topped with fresh figs to create a gorgeous good-for-you pastry. Try:

  • Chocolate hazelnut butter as the filling, sliced banana on top
  • Alternating mascarpone and lemon curd between the layers
  • Chocolate ganache for the filling, chocolate glaze as the topper
  • Apple butter between the layers, finished with apple slices
  • Alternating almond butter and jam as the filling, topped with fresh raspberries
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