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17 Healthier Desserts That Are Actually Delicious

For impressing everyone including yourself.

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Dessert is a beautiful thing. But it can be packed with sugar and processed crap.

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So, we rounded up recipes that are made mostly with whole (or minimally processed) ingredients, smart substitutes, and not a ton of added sugar. They also happen to be delicious and pretty damn good looking, which makes them the perfect thing to bring to a potluck or dinner party or simply make for yourself when you feel like creating a work of art you can eat.

1. Raw Chocolate Cherry Mousse Cake

This decadent cake is naturally flavored with fresh and dried fruit. Get the recipe here.
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This decadent cake is naturally flavored with fresh and dried fruit. Get the recipe here.

2. Healthy Banoffee Parfaits

Just go ahead and eat dessert for breakfast with this parfait. First you make three-ingredient granola on the stove and then layer it with yogurt. Then, if you're feeling frisky, drizzle some three-ingredient date caramel on top. Get the recipe here.
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Just go ahead and eat dessert for breakfast with this parfait. First you make three-ingredient granola on the stove and then layer it with yogurt. Then, if you're feeling frisky, drizzle some three-ingredient date caramel on top. Get the recipe here.

3. Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies

Make these gooey blondies with chickpeas, peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter), chocolate chips, and maple syrup. Get the recipe here.
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Make these gooey blondies with chickpeas, peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter), chocolate chips, and maple syrup. Get the recipe here.

4. Spicy Ginger Watermelon Popsicles

To make these watermelon pops you do need a popsicle mold. But from there all you need is a blender, strainer, and three ingredients (watermelon, sea salt, and ginger). Get the recipe here.
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To make these watermelon pops you do need a popsicle mold. But from there all you need is a blender, strainer, and three ingredients (watermelon, sea salt, and ginger). Get the recipe here.

5. Raspberry Ripple Coconut Ice Cream

If you have an ice cream maker, try making this tart, creamy dairy-free coconut delight. Get the recipe here.
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If you have an ice cream maker, try making this tart, creamy dairy-free coconut delight. Get the recipe here.

6. Sea Salt Pumpkin Butter Cups

Make these pumpkin butter cups with just dark chocolate, pumpkin puree, almond butter and pumpkin pie spice. Get the recipe here.
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Make these pumpkin butter cups with just dark chocolate, pumpkin puree, almond butter and pumpkin pie spice. Get the recipe here.

7. Mango Brulèe

This recipe is quick, flavorful, can be made with a broiler and five ingredients. Get the recipe here.
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This recipe is quick, flavorful, can be made with a broiler and five ingredients. Get the recipe here.

8. Breakfast Banana Bread Ice Cream Sundaes

Two words: Breakfast. Sundae. And all you need is a blender, a few ripe bananas, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and baking soda. Get the recipe here.
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Two words: Breakfast. Sundae. And all you need is a blender, a few ripe bananas, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and baking soda. Get the recipe here.

9. Almost Raw Cherry Cheesecake

This impressive dessert is not for the faint of heart — the pie filling calls for Kombucha. That said, the cherry topping is made with bourbon, so maybe it's all worth it? Get the recipe here.
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This impressive dessert is not for the faint of heart — the pie filling calls for Kombucha. That said, the cherry topping is made with bourbon, so maybe it's all worth it? Get the recipe here.

10. Almond & Chocolate Pots de Creme

Make these on the stove and then serve them with yogurt, fresh fruit, or your favorite chopped nuts. Get the recipe here.
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Make these on the stove and then serve them with yogurt, fresh fruit, or your favorite chopped nuts. Get the recipe here.

11. Red, White, and Blueberry Ice Cream Pie with Granola Crust

Make this pie with a granola (store-bought is fine) crust, frozen yogurt, fresh fruit, and agave. Get the recipe here.
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Make this pie with a granola (store-bought is fine) crust, frozen yogurt, fresh fruit, and agave. Get the recipe here.

12. Chocolate Chia Mousse

This mousse looks fancy but you basically just assemble it with chia seeds, cacao powder, coconut milk, and either honey or agave, and let it sit in the fridge. Get the recipe here.
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This mousse looks fancy but you basically just assemble it with chia seeds, cacao powder, coconut milk, and either honey or agave, and let it sit in the fridge. Get the recipe here.

13. Two-Bite Blackberry Jam Pies

After you mix the five-ingredient dough and let it rest in the fridge, stir together the three-ingredient filling. You need a ravioli stamp and a light touch to assemble each bite, but it'll be worth it once you taste these badboys. Get the recipe here.

14. Fresh Cranberry Crumb Bars

This is sort of a cranberry pie but in bar form. First you'll make the crust and then the filling in a blender, and bake the whole thing before letting it cool and cutting it into bars. Get the recipe here.
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This is sort of a cranberry pie but in bar form. First you'll make the crust and then the filling in a blender, and bake the whole thing before letting it cool and cutting it into bars. Get the recipe here.

15. Strawberry Shortcake Donuts with Basil Macerated Strawberries + Coconut Cream

Grab a donut pan to make these donuts. While they're baking, make the five-ingredient strawberries topping. Then whip chilled coconut milk for the topping. Get the recipe here.
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Grab a donut pan to make these donuts. While they're baking, make the five-ingredient strawberries topping. Then whip chilled coconut milk for the topping. Get the recipe here.

16. Raw Lime Tart with a Cacao Base

If you have a cake tin and blender, you can make this tangy tart which, btw, is sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan. Get the recipe here.
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If you have a cake tin and blender, you can make this tangy tart which, btw, is sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan. Get the recipe here.

17. No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie

You use a blender or food processor to make both the crust and the filling for pie which you then freeze and then serve cold. Get the recipe here.
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You use a blender or food processor to make both the crust and the filling for pie which you then freeze and then serve cold. Get the recipe here.