10 Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth While Sticking to Your Goals

10 Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth While Sticking to Your Goals

Sheela Prakash
Jan 29, 2018
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If you're trying to eat a wholesome diet, you might feel like dessert is off limits. As someone with a very strong sweet tooth, though, I'm here to tell you that's not true. Sure, nightly slices of that chocolate cake might not be the best option as you're trying to reach your health goals, but there are plenty of other satisfying sweets that won't deter you from getting to where you want to be. Here are 10 ideas.

1. 4-Ingredient Chocolate Banana Coconut Cookies

It's hard to believe these macaroon-like cookies are made with just bananas, shredded coconut, coconut oil, and mini chocolate chips. They're sweet and wholesome enough to enjoy two.

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2. Yogurt Pretzel Bark

Yogurt powder is the secret to this white chocolate bark. Not only does it add a nice tang to the bark, but it also gives it a protein boost.

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3. Brûléed Fruit with Mascarpone Yogurt Sauce

This simple recipe is infinitely adaptable. Try it with citrus and pineapple, as pictured here, but don't hesitate to swap in other fruit you have on hand.

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4. How To Make Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Banana Bites

These two-bite treats can be rolled in a whole slew of fun things. Nuts add crunch and some good protein and fiber, but shredded coconut is great too.

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5. Itty Bitty Brownie Bites

Yes, these are brownies, but know that they are bite-sized brownies that are so rich-tasting that you really only need one to feel satisfied. As a bonus, they're also made with almond flour, so they're gluten-free.

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6. 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fruit Dip

While this dip is the perfect sweet treat for a mid-afternoon snack fix, it's also nice enjoyed as a dessert. Sliced apples, pears, bananas, and strawberries all work well with it.

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7. How To Make Creamy, Vegan Chia Pudding

To really make chia pudding dessert-worthy and special, try topping individual ramekins of the pudding with chopped toasted nuts or coconut chips.

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8. One-Bowl Yogurt and Honey Olive Oil Cake

This super-easy cake is full of good-for-you ingredients that actually help make it more delicious — you won't miss the butter or white sugar one bit.

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9. How to Make Dark Chocolate Snack Bites

Top these bites with chopped nuts, dried fruit, candied ginger, coconut flakes, or anything else that sounds tasty to you. Then keep them in your freezer for whenever you need a chocolate fix.

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10. Sour Cream and Berries Brûlée

Top strawberries and raspberries with dollops of sour cream and a bit of brown sugar, toss it under the broiler, and in a few minutes you have a juicy dessert that's light and satisfying. The sour cream can even be swapped out for full-fat Greek yogurt.

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