I try my best to avoid refined sugar, and being gluten-free helps for the most part since most sweet treats are off-limits anyways, but sometimes I just crave a rich fudgy brownie or a gooey chocolate chip cookie. Finding ways to make desserts that taste indulgent but are actually (gasp!) healthy has become a fun culinary challenge for me. Last week I made a chocolate-avocado mousse (pictured above) that my husband couldn't get enough of (he didn't even realize there was avocado in it even though I told him so) and it was a win for both of us - sugar-free, gluten-free, and also dairy-free. When you can incorporate veggies or superfoods into your dessert (without compromising the flavor of course), it's like hitting the jackpot! If like me you crave a sweet treat every now and then (ok, most of the time!) but don't want to fill your body with junk, scroll down for some amazing recipes that you won't believe aren't the "real thing"! Or, if you aren't much of a cook or just don't have the time and energy, do yourself a solid and order Karlie's Perfect 10 Kookies for the next best thing to homemade!
Chocolate chip cookies are a classic and one of my favorites. These are just as good (if not better) than the real thing, sans the wheat flour and cane sugar. I use ghee in mine and they turn out perfect. Also, the coconut sugar caramelizes as they bake, taking them to the next level. Get the recipe here!
You had me at salted banana... This recipe couldn't be easier - just pop all ingredients into your food processor/blender and then into the fridge to chill for a couple hours before you dig into the creamy goodness. Get the recipe here!
Cupcakes used to be my kryptonite, but now I can enjoy them free of harmful ingredients with these wholesome chocolate ones. They even contain Omega-3 rich chia seeds, which lend them moisture and lightness. Get the recipe here!