Recipe Wishlist

Here are some recipes that I desperately want to healthify, along with the recipes that I have already healthified:

1.  Pound Cake

Healthy Pound Cake  Citrus Pound Cake

Healthy Pound Cake  Vanilla Bean Pound Cake

2.  Jelly Bars

Healthy Jelly Bars  Gluten-Free No-Bake Jelly Bars

3.  Key Lime Pie

Healthy Key Lime Pie  Key Lime Pie

4.  Chocolate Tart

Healthy Chocolate Tart  Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Peppermint Tart

Healthy Chocolate Tart  Gluten-Free Quintuple Chocolate Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart

5.  Nanaimo Bars

Healthy Nanaimo Bars  Gluten-Free Nanaimo Bars

healthy nanaimo bars  Vegan and Gluten-Free Nanaimo Bars

6.  Fudgy Brownies

Healthy Brownies  Vegan and Gluten-Free Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

Healthy Brownies  Gluten-Free Cocoa Brownies

7.  Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies  Thin & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookies

8. Cinnamon Rolls

wishlist cinnamon2  Gluten-Free Cinnamon Rolls [two ways]

healthy dessert recipes at Desserts with Benefits  Low Carb & Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls

9.  Angel Food Cake

Healthy Angel Food Cake  Gluten-Free Angel Food Cake

10.  Samoas

Healthy Girl Scouts Samoas  Gluten-Free Samoas

11. Yellow Cake

Healthy Dessert Blog  Gluten-Free Yellow Cake

12. Creme Brulee

Homemade Creme Brulee  Creme Brulee

13. Lemon Curd

Homemade Lemon Curd  Lemon Curd

14. Lemon Bars

healthy lemon squares  Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

15. Snickerdoodles

healthy snickerdoodles - healthy dessert blog  Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles

16.  Gingersnaps

healthy gingersnaps recipe  Gluten-Free Gingersnaps

17.  Crescents

Healthy Homemade Low Carb and Gluten Free Crescents  Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Crescent Rolls

18.  Lemon Meringue Pie

lemon meringue pie

19. German Chocolate Cake

german chocolate cake

20. Candy Apples

21. Macarons


22.  Red Velvet “Cinnamon” Roll Hearts

red velvet

23.  Coconut Cream Pie

24. Banana Cream Pie

banana cream pie

25.  Boston Cream Pie

boston cream pie

26.  Molten Lava Cake

molten lava cake

27.  Fruit Cake

Fruit Cake

28.  Speculoos Cookie Butter

Cookie Butter

29.  Roll-Out Sugar Cookies

Roll Out Sugar Cookies

30.  Welsh Cakes

Welsh Cakes

31.  Vanilla Wafer Cookies

Vanilla Wafer Cookies

32.  Cannoli Shells

Cannoli Shells

77 comments on “Recipe Wishlist

  1. I just came across your blog- I am obsessed! As a university student myself (and attempting to be health conscious), this is a new go-to place. Thanks so much for the great recipes. As for your wish-list, try greek yogurt! There are a few recipes circulating the blog world with this, but I’m sure you can tweak your own and make it wonderful.
    Cheers, Sara

  2. In a recipe preview you talked about reeses cups, but i can’t find it :( is it still “in the making”? I’m so excited thank you still for all those awesome recipes!

  3. Marina- yes, they are still in the making, the filling just needs to be tweaked a little. I’ll be sure to make those soon 😉

  4. Hi Jessica: Can you contact me at I would love to share your recipe for coconut mousse bars on my website. I couldnt find your direct email so Im posting my request here. Thanks!

  5. Wow, thanks! I checked out your website, it’s beautiful :) You can definitely share my recipe on your site. I appreciate your interest.

  6. How about a Healthy Chocolate Croissant?

  7. That is a great idea! Definitely a challenge though (lots of butter, refined flour and cream)… it deserves a spot on the list! :)

  8. Can’t wait for the healthy cinnamon rolls! I recently made a “healthy” version for my boyfriend and they were more like a sweet biscuit with butter sauce :/

  9. Bridget-
    I’ll make the cinnamon rolls a priority on my to-bake list :) And I’m sure your boyfriend loved what you made, cinnamon roll OR biscuit! I mean, food is food to a guy 😉

  10. Awesome. Haha so true!

  11. How about a healthy coconut creme pie?

  12. Mmmm delicious, what a great addition! That has actually been on my personal wishlist for some time now, I’ve just never been successful at it :( Hopefully I will soon, though!

  13. I vaguely recall you saying that you wanted to make fruit curd healthy. I saw a website that has a vegan recipe and maybe you can use that as a starting point?

  14. Thank you so much, that recipe looks like a winner! Now I can finally make lemon curd and maybe even a lemon meringue pie? Who knows… 😉

  15. Hey there!
    Check out my healthy coconut cream pie recipe here: Maybe it’ll give you ideas? Can’t to see when you make yours! I love your blog.

  16. Wow those look great! I love the use of coconut oil instead of butter, but I would still have to try and make them whole grain. I’ll definitely try these out, hopefully soon, thanks :)

  17. Can you please try to make a healthy high protein fondant!!!!!!!!

  18. Hi Amelia,
    I’ve made a few different protein fondants (vanilla, reduced fat vanilla and mint… so far…).
    All can be found in the “Recipes” section :)

  19. I tried whole grain croissants at D’Azeglio, *the* breakfast place in Bologna, so can testify it’s doable and tastes heavenly!

  20. These are a different texture from conventional cinnamon rolls but meet your nutrition criteria.. maybe you could play around with the recipe?

  21. Mila-
    That recipe sounds awesome, and I love how it’s yeast-free since I’m allergic. I need to make those ASAP! That site looks awesome too btw. Thanks Mila! :)

  22. Please do a protein pancake or waffle recipe!! Any and all flavors! Love your recipes!!

  23. I love all your recipes and I can’t wait to try them all.could you please try a chocolate toffee recipe :)

  24. Uh oh, toffee sounds hard D: I bet I can do it though, thanks for the request!

  25. I can completely relate to your sweets addiction! When I was younger, I loved to eat store bought cupcakes and cakes with buttercream at least once a day. Now, I can’t do that without gaining lbs, but I still have my sweet tooth :( I recently started eating ‘clean’ and eliminated refined sugars and only consume organic desserts and sugars. Therefore, I AM IN LOVE WITH YOUR BLOG :) I can’t wait to try some recipes to satisfy the sweet tooth that I still have! (although now its more controlled) My weakness are COOKIES. Have you tried making a sugar cookie recipe or a lemon sugar cookie recipe? What about plain/traditional chocolate chip cookies?
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes!

  26. Thanks Melissa!
    You are like my long lost sister, I used to eat cookies, cakes and frosting ALLLL the time… and still can 😉 I’ve made chocolate chip cookies numerous times but I was never 100% satisfied with the results. It’s either too dry or too poofy or the flavor isn’t quite right. I could easily solve most of the problems by adding more oil but I want the recipe to be moderate in fat, unlike the storebought kinds that are 90% butter :/ You will laugh, but I attempted shortbread cookies once and it tasted like cornbread. How? I don’t know, but once I find the right recipe, I will post it ASAP!

  27. Sounds good! Thanks for the references :) I plan on making some of your recipes tomorrow, can’t wait!

  28. I just recently healthified cinnamon rolls!! (I plan on healthifying them even more soon… but start slow, right?) I used sweet potato in the dough, which made them super fluffy and gooey and delicious.
    Also, I recently healthified creme brulee! :) Super yum.

  29. Thanks for pointing me toward the recipe, and I CANNOT wait for the creme brulee recipe! I’ve never been a fan of it but my entire family begs me to make creme brulee just about every other month 😉

  30. Hi, i seriously love all your recipes. I was wondering if you could do a banoffee healthy? I don’t know if you heard about the ”Gü’Desserts” They’re absolutely delicious, but when i look the nutrition facts, well this is not very healthy… Thank you, have a great day!

  31. Thanks Anne!
    I’ve never had Banoffee Pie but from what I see online, it looks amaaazing!! I’ll try to make it soon and if the results are good enough I’ll post the recipe :)

  32. Wow I’d love cinnamon rolls healthified lol~

  33. Baked Shortbread Protein bars with a real dense consistency, seems like it would be right up your alley.

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  35. I am in love with your blog! I mean… really!

  36. Ever try for a healthy version of the Girl Scouts’ Thin Mint cookies? I could use a healthy recipe because I can eat them by the sleeve sometimes.

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Trust me, I know what you mean! I haven’t made Thin Mints yet, but I have made Oreos (I’m posting the recipe on Saturday!). You can just make the cookies without the cream filling/frosting and coat the cookies in 3-4oz dark chocolate with about 1 tsp of peppermint oil.

  37. Hey! I LOVE your blog-so creative! I want to try ALL your recipes. Have you ever thought about health-ifying a cobbler or crisp recipe?? It would be a yummy spring/summertime treat!

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Hi Everette! I actually tried making a cobbler last summer but I overbaked it and the top turned rock hard and was impossible to break through! It was kind of horrible haha, but I will definitely give it another try soon. Thanks for your input :)

  38. If you could recreate this: you would be my hero! It is soooo good!

  39. Hi Jessica! I just wanted to congratulate you on all your hard work and beautiful results! I’m so grateful that your posts are almost daily, every day I look forward to reading one! And I love the photos, they come out incredible :) Oh, and you can tick macarons from your wishlist 😉

  40. Hey Jessica! I LOVE your blog! I’ve made so many recipes off of it and none of them have ever failed to satisfy! Thank you so much!!! One item I would love to health-ify would be chocolate eclairs! I just don’t know how with the custard filling being made up of butter, eggs, and sugar in the standard recipe. :( Also, could the pumpkin and maple mousse pudding be used as filling for pumpkin pie? Do you think it would hold up in the oven? Thanks girl and keep doing what you’re doing!

  41. Oooh…and what about healthy freezer pops or healthy oreo-flavored cookie dough? OOOH! Or healthy oreo-flavored cookie dough freezer pops?!? lol. Now I’m dreaming… :)

  42. Another recipe I’d love for you to healthy-ify would be gold bars! The original recipes: or

  43. I love your recipes!. Can you make a low carb/sugar free or very low sugar version of candied yams with marshmallows recipe and a totally naturally sugar free jello recipe, Most naturally sugar free jello recipes still have a lot of natural sugar in it like – fruit or juice. I was thinking of putting in a Stevia or Xylitol drink in place of the fruit or juice – any ideas?.

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Kelly- I have always wanted to make a sugar free jello, kind of like the storebought stuff but without the artificial colors/flavors. I currently use Simply Delish brand and I’m happy with it. I don’t think it’s high in sugar at all, maybe that will be a good choice for you?

  44. Not sure if you are still located in Calgary, but Cucina on 8th Ave and 5th Street has an excellent lemon loaf… the lemon-y-est I’ve ever had! Would be amazing if it could be made healthy!

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Thanks so much for thinking about me :)
      Too bad I’m not in Calgary anymore by if I visit I will definitely check out that restaurant!

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  46. PLZ REEEADDD !!!




  47. Hello Jessica!

    Just recently discovered your page! Please add peach pie to your wish list! :) I’ve been trying to find a healthy peach pie and no such luck so far.

    Thank you for all your amazing recipes!

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