About

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Welcome to Desserts With Benefits®!

My name is Jessica and I’m the girl behind this healthy dessert recipe blog.  I love baking, food photography, strength training (hate hate hate cardio, sorry not sorry), making DIY Protein Bars, and cuddling on the couch with my puppy, Cherry.  I am a sweet tooth at heart — always have been and always will, from childhood to today and this day forward — with a passion for nutrition, health, and wellness.

As a university graduate in the field of Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics, my main goal here on this blog is to make truly healthy desserts.  Here at DWB, we use good-for-you ingredients to make balanced treats we can feel good about eating!

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What does “Desserts With Benefits” mean?

Desserts with health benefits!  It’s just a fun play on the phrase, “friends with benefits,” but dessert snuck its way in there instead 😜

Let’s indulge…  no strings attached.

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Jessica - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Oops, I forgot to shave my stache!

Juuust kidding 😏

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With love and good eats,

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– Jess

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If you’re curious about the blog’s guiding principles, read the Food Philosophy page!

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115 comments on “About

  1. Aw thank you so much, glad you like my desserts!! What an uplifting comment 😀
    -Jess

  2. Wow, I don’t know how I haven’t come across your blog earlier!! I just stumbled upon it through foodgawker (your orange almond cake, in particular) and I absolutely love it! I, too, am a food crazy (healthy food crazy) gal who loves to bake with simple natural ingredients. We have some similar ideals which are refreshing to see on another blog! Anyways, I’m now a subscriber. 🙂 keep up the great work and I can’t wait to make that cake!!
    -Alex

  3. Thanks so much Alex! I’ve been to your blog quite a few times, I really liked your post about the health benefits of orange peels… how fitting for the Whole Orange Almond Cake, right?? Can’t wait to see more of your posts 🙂

  4. I was thinking the same thing! I love the idea of throwing the whole orange in a recipe! Don’t know why I didn’t think of that before! haha. Thanks! 😉
    Stay tuned, I plan on making your orange almond cake soon!

  5. Hi Jessica just found your blogg link on Facebook. your recipies are delicious and I can’t wait to have a go to try some out. Your are amazing. Hope I hear a lot from you. Have a great day.
    Claudia

  6. Thanks! Hope you like the recipes 🙂
    -Jess

  7. Are you my long lost twin? I too want to become an RD and start my own bakery!

  8. Hey! I will mention your blog on my blog because I really liked some of your recipes. xx

  9. super cute “about me” page!!! 🙂 the polar dip is amazing!!! wow. (And thanks for submitting all your yummies to findingvegan. love seeing them in the queue!) 🙂
    ~ kathy healthy-happy-life.com & findingvegan.com

  10. You and your blog are inspiring, so I nominated you for an award! http://wp.me/p18CG9-FU (I love all of your sweet and healthy recipes; they make me drool every time!)

  11. Okay…just discovered your blog. Every recipe looks fantastic (my list of ones to make asap is becoming quite extensive). Thank you so much for sharing, Jessica. Please keep posting! 🙂

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  15. I love your blog! It makes me super hungry to see all the delicious food, but the recipes are great for someone going low carb like me. Thank you!

  16. Hi! I came across your blog on Pinterest and really like some of the recipes. After reading about you, I wanted to ask you a question. I too am trying to avoid processed foods and find it really easy to do at home.
    But what do you do when you go over to someone’s house or eat with people who don’t eat the same way you do?

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Alyssa- You can always bring some homemade snacks/desserts to share with people so you can have something healthy to eat while you share the health with others! It’s a kind gesture and nobody minds some extra food 😉 You can also help out in the kitchen and cook a dish for a dinner/party as well.
      I have friends who eat unhealthy and it is their choice on what to eat, you can only be a good example and a good influence. Personally, a lot of my friends now choose to eat healthier options because now they are aware of what is good and what is bad 🙂

  17. hi jess. a big well done to you. your website is so so amazing. Good recipes.
    Thank you for sharing with us

  18. I love your blog! Just found it and I think it’s super inspiring. Loved reading your story, thanks!
    jess:)

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  20. We have the same dream…let’s hope it comes true.

  21. Thanks for the advice, I really like your idea. I definitely don’t know anyone who would mind extra food. 🙂

  22. Hi,

    Just wanted to say I love your blog! I’m always looking for healthy alternatives to recipes yet like you’ve found they always contain massive quantities of sugar or only substitute half of the butter with a healthier alternative. I also want to avoid using very sugary natural sweeteners such as honey and prefer using date puree. I’m definitely going to have to try out some of your recipes!

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Date puree sounds great! I really need to start using that in my recipes. I don’t have a problem with honey or maple syrup, but I tend to over use it when I do use it, so that’s why I like stevia and erythritol. I want to start using coconut crystals more too because it is packed with vitamins and minerals. But I like how dates will give you a serving or two of fruit 😉
      I hope you like my recipes!

  23. This was so inspirational!! I love your recipes & how you strive for healthy eating not just to lose weight but to stay fit & happy! Keep up the good work – YOU LOOK GREAT (:

  24. Your website is incredible!! 😀 I’m a sophomore in high school and I’ve been thinking about possibly majoring in dietetics or nutritional science in college. Do you have any suggestions for me as to what classes I should take now as a high schooler? Also, what college do you attend and is the major super difficult? Thank you so much for any info you can share!

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Joannie-
      Thanks so much! Congrats on thinking about college so early, I didn’t think about it until late junior year lol
      I would definitely recommend taking biology, chemistry and some math courses. Math and science are very prevalent in the dietetics major. In the dietetics curriculum you must take biology, microbiology, nutritional biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, human anatomy and physiology, etc. Labs are also included in those classes. It is a very tough major that requires lots of studying but it is also very rewarding. If you are looking for a good college with a nutrition/dietetics program I would recommend checking out http://www.collegeboard.com!
      I hope this helped 🙂
      -Jess

  25. Hi Jessica! I just wanted to say I absolutely love your blog after just recently coming upon it. I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award 🙂 I know you’re busy so you don’t have to feel the need to participate, but I just wanted to let you know that I did 🙂

    xoxo,
    Sarah Grace

    http://freshfitnhealthy.com/2013/11/16/versatile-blogger-award/

  26. You have an amazing blog!! I look at all your posts starry-eyed! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please collect it here.
    http://bandragirl.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/chocolate-cake-and-my-first-award/

  27. Hi Jessica! I’ve been a fan of your blog for a while, and having recently switched to a new, healthier lifestyle, I’ve tried out a few (*cough*morelike20*cough*) of your recipes with great results each time. Since I’m still a health food pioneer, I’m still learning about what to avoid and such. Anyway, I had one question- why don’t you use butter? I know it’s definitely not a health food, but is it as bad as refined sugar and flour in its effect on your system? The reason I’m asking is because I’ve put it on my list of “foods in moderation” and tend to cook with it fairly often (not a lot, though) because it withstands heat so well.

    • Lexie-
      Awww thank you so much!! 😀
      Quite honestly, I don’t have a problem with butter as long as it’s organic and produced from grass-fed cows. This kind of butter has more of the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than omega-6 fatty acids (which we already get plenty of from most other foods), which will help decrease inflammation levels within the body (inflammation has a strong correlation to disease/cancer) and provide many other health benefits.
      The main reason I don’t use butter in my recipes is because most people do not buy organic/grass-fed. Non-organic butter is made from cows administered with antibiotics, cows fed genetically modified corn (cows’ digestive systems are not made to digest corn, this causes gastrointestinal distress, among other things) and generally sickly cows. Butter is high in saturated fat as well as cholesterol, so I would not recommend it to people who are at risk for heart disease, people with heart disease, and people with high cholesterol. However, I don’t think that everyone should avoid butter. Personally, I use (organic/non-GMO/grass-fed) butter from time to time because I have good cholesterol levels (low LDL and high HDL). If you are unsure of whether or not to use butter I would recommend meeting with a registered dietician and see what he/she recommends. They will most likely request that you get some bloodwork done (a lipid panel) and you can go on to make your decision from there. Overall, I believe that butter should be consumed in moderation, just like most other foods. If you decide butter is not for you, then I would recommend non-GMO grapeseed oil, organic/non-GMO coconut oil, non-hydrogenated shortening and extra virgin olive oil 🙂
      I hope this helps. I wish you all the best in your new healthy lifestyle, GO YOU!!!
      -Jess

  28. I love your story and journey! Awesome! So glad I stumbled across your blog today, looking forward to reading more. xo. 🙂

  29. I just came across your website by pure luck. THANK GOODNESS. Everything you have on here is seriously a miracle. My roommate and I are major health buffs and your recipes have changed our lives!!!!!!!! So much love to you. (When we become famous fitness spokesmodels, we are going to promote you big time! No promises to when that’ll be though :))

  30. Your desserts look so amazing that I want to nominate you the Liebster Award. You can read more about it here http://beangoesgreen.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/the-liebster-award/

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