Eat the whole thing: These warm desserts are sweet but healthy and low-calorie, to boot.
Peanut Butter Cake
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All you need are a few ingredients and a microwave to whip up this chewy PB dessert. Good thing it’s meant for one—it’s too delicious to share!
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon peanut butter
3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
2 egg whites (for vegans, use 1 tablespoon egg replacer mixed with 4 tablespoons water)
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
Sweetener to taste
1. Place 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 2 tablespoons almond milk in a small microwaveable bowl or mug. Microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute, stir, and let sit for a few minutes. Add remaining ingredients and stir until everything is evenly incorporated. Spoon batter into a greased mug and smooth out the top. Microwave for about 2 minutes, keeping a close eye on it since microwave cooking times vary so greatly. Let cool for a few minutes.
2. Meanwhile combine remaining 1 teaspoon peanut butter and 1 tablespoon almond milk in a small bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir. If too thin, microwave another 15 seconds. Drizzle over cake.
Nutrition score per serving: 277 calories, 13g fat, 28g carbs, 15g protein
Recipe provided by Foodie Fiasco
Blueberry Pie Breakfast Cookie
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Who says you can’t have dessert for breakfast? This mildly sweet cookie, fortified with fiber-rich oats and ground flax, is easy to prepare and take with you on the go (BTW these slow cooker dessert recipes require minimal effort, too).
1/4 cup oats
2 tablespoons buckwheat or all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds or chia seeds
Ground cinnamon to taste
Vanilla extract to taste
1 tablespoon maple syrup
3 tablespoons soy or regular yogurt
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon sliced almonds (or nuts of your choice)
Combine oats, flour, baking powder, flaxseeds, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup, and yogurt, mixing and mashing well to form a thick, sticky ball of dough. Roughly flatten with palms and place on a small microwaveable plate. Push blueberries into dough evenly across the top, sprinkle with almonds, and dust with additional cinnamon, if desired. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Press surface with your finger: Cookie is ready when it springs back, there are no visibly sticky parts, and berries are fully cooked.
Nutrition score per serving: 310 calories, 7.5g fat, 52.5g carbs, 10g protein
Recipe provided by Including Cake
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Crunchy oats, pecans, and cinnamon replace the typical buttery crumb topping in this microwavable treat.
1 small apple, cored and diced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
1 teaspoon brown sugar, divided
Juice of 1/4 lemon
2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
1 tablespoon pecans (or nuts of your choice)
1 teaspoon butter
1. In a small microwaveable baking dish, combine apple, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar. Add lemon juice and stir together.
2. In a small bowl, stir together remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar, oats, and nuts. Using a fork or fingers, stir in butter, coating as much oat-nut mixture as possible. (It should feel like wet sand.) Sprinkle crumb topping over apples and microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes until apples are softened. Let cool for 1 minute.
Nutrition score per serving: 210 calories, 9g fat, 34g carbs, 2g protein
Recipe provided by Living Well Kitchen
Honey Walnut Cupcake
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A sprinkle of walnuts gives this gluten-free cupcake a little crunch, while a trace of honey satisfies your sweet tooth.
2 tablespoons almond flour
1 teaspoon coconut flour
1 pinch salt
1 pinch baking soda
1 egg white
2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line one muffin cup with a paper liner. In a small bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, salt, and baking soda. In a ramekin, stir together egg white and honey. Mix wet ingredients into flour mixture with a spoon, then stir in walnuts. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cup. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes until a toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached. Let cupcake cool in pan for 30 minutes.
Nutrition score per serving: 263 calories, 18.5g fat, 19g carbs, 10g protein
Recipe provided by Elana Amsterdam of Elana’s Pantry
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Satisfy your chocolate craving with this healthy brownie recipe. Naturally sweet dates eliminate the need for added sugar and ground flaxseed adds filling fiber. Related: Healthy Dessert Recipes with No Added Sugar and Tons of Flavor.
Vegan Pumpkin Microwave Cake
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This rich, moist cake is actually fairly wholesome and has 5.5 grams of fiber thanks to flaxseed and oat flour.
2 teaspoons ground flaxseed
3 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
3 1/2 tablespoons 100% pure pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice or cinnamon
2 to 4 teaspoons sugar to taste
1 dash teaspoon salt
1/3 cup oat flour or all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Line a ramekin with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together flaxseed and almond milk. Stir in pumpkin, apple pie spice, sugar, and salt. Stir in oat flour, then mix in baking powder (batter should be thick). Scoop into prepared baking dish and microwave for about 4 minutes or until surface springs back when tapped. Let cool slightly. Related: These Vegan Dessert Recipes Will Make You Forget All About Dairy and Eggs.
Nutrition score per serving: 289 calories, 3g fat, 59.5g carbs, 7g protein
Recipe provided by Desserts with Benefits
Healthy Pear and Apple Quinoa Crisp
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Love warm apple crisp or pie à la mode? Then you'll love its healthy cousin. Start with protein-packed quinoa, add pears, and top it all off with maple syrup. With no refined sugar or butter, this low-calorie warm dessert is a must-make this season. Related: These Mediterranean Diet Desserts Taste So Good You'll Forget They're Good for You.
Simple Oat and Pecan Blueberry Crisp
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While you might think of blueberries as a summer fruit, frozen berries are available year round (and are just as nutritious as the fresh variety). That's good news because this low-calorie warm dessert recipe calls for four cups! The nearly six grams of fiber will fill you up.
Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding
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Protein powder and Greek yogurt give this bread pudding a whopping 39.6 grams of protein.
Low-Carb Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
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This low-calorie warm dessert recipe is also low-carb, dairy-free, gluten-free, and it has optional vegan substitutions—talk about a crowd-pleaser. And come on, it's a giant cookie!
Fresh Orange Scones
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Did you know that winter is actually when most citrus fruits reach peak freshness? Yep! As if you needed another excuse to try these orange scones. Fresh juice and zest provide a zing of bright citrus flavor.
Caramel Apple Trifles
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Layers of apples, granola, and whipped cream, plus homemade caramel sauce—sold! Try the homemade granola, too, and you'll have leftovers to sprinkle on smoothie bowls and on top of yogurt.
Bourbon Bananas Foster
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The bourbon in this Bananas Foster is sure to keep you warm on a cold winter night. Bananas offer a nice dose of potassium (great for lowering blood pressure), and the caramelization process makes them irresistible.
Coconut Honey Crepes with Whipped Mascarpone & Blood Orange Compote
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Creamy mascarpone is just right for stuffing in crepes. The Italian cheese is a good source of calcium and Vitamin A, just be mindful of the serving size. The blood oranges add a beautiful deep color that gives this dessert a festive look, too.