Welcome to Desserts With Benefits!
Welcome! I first wanted to say that I am SO happy you’re here. You’ve finally found the magical land of healthy desserts and guilt-free treats 😀
Whether it’s your first time here or you’ve peeked around already, pinned a few recipes you want to try, and gawked at some chocolatey treats, what matters most is that you’re here. And I’ve got the coolest things to show you!
Here are my readers’ top 5 favorite posts:
1. Healthy Peanut Butter Protein Balls
With just THREE simple ingredients, you’ll be snacking on this deliciousness in no time at all. These soft, sweet, and fudgy protein balls are easy to make, and even easier to eat. You’re gonna love ’em!
2. Healthy Single-Serving Vanilla Microwave Cake
3. Healthy Homemade Strawberry Gummy Bears
Once you try these, you’ll never go back to storebought! These have been pinned over 50k times, and have been made and loved my MANY.
4. Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes
These Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes are a reader favorite! So many people have tried them, loved them, and tagged me in pictures of them on social media. The entire batch of pancakes has only 240 calories and 4.5g fat, plus 12g of fiber and 11g protein!
5. Healthy Matcha Green Tea Chia Seed Pudding
This recipe has been pinned over 45k times… and for good reason!
Here are my 5 ALL TIME favorite recipes:
1. Healthy Peanut Butter-Swirled Fudge Brownies
If you love brownies, and if you love peanut butter, then this secretly healthy brownie recipe is for YOU! Certainly doesn’t taste sugar free, gluten free, and vegan in the slightest.
2. Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Dough
If you’re a cookie dough lover, then this is the answer to your prayers!
3. Healthy Cheesecake Dip
This 5-ingredient Healthy Cheesecake Dip is secretly refined sugar free, low fat, low carb and high protein. Plus, it’s a cinch to make!
4. Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Protein Brownies
Be happy, live fully, and eat protein brownies! These are fudgy, tasty, and secretly healthy too, but you’d never know it.
5. Healthy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sweet, soft, chewy, delicious… and totally guilt-free! Now that’s a cookie I’d like to eat every single day for the rest of my life.
The heart and soul of my blog…
What is the Desserts with Benefits Mission Statement?
To make dessert healthy in all aspects — free from the sticks of butter, void of the pounds of sugar, sans the refined ingredients. To make dessert using wholesome and natural ingredients that are beneficial to the body and human life, not ingredients that will deteriorate it. To take care and use certain ingredients (like certain fats, eggs, and sweeteners) in moderation. To allow desserts to become an everyday meal, rather than a once-in-a-while treat. By maintaining these goals and standards, we can all enjoy deliciously healthy food that will contribute to a joyous, satisfying, and balanced wellbeing!
What is Desserts with Benefits all about?
I am a Nutritional Sciences university graduate, with a chocolate addiction on the side. I want my desserts to be healthy in all aspects, like I state in my mission statement. Personally, I find it frustrating when I see a low fat recipe that is extremely high in sugar, or a low sugar recipe that is much too high in fat, or even a low fat and low sugar recipe that uses refined flours. I make my desserts so that they are nutritionally balanced (moderate in fat, carbohydrates and protein) with nutritional value (refined sugar free, rich in vitamins and minerals, and nutrient dense). I mean, why not have it all in one dish? Dessert doesn’t have to be extra empty calories!
I want my desserts to be enjoyed by as many people as possible, that way, vegans, people with allergies, and/or people watching their cholesterol/sodium/sugar/etc. intake can all enjoy their favorite sweet treats too! I want my desserts to look and taste like their unhealthy counterparts (a familiar appearance, flavor and texture won’t turn people away from a healthified dessert). We can all direct our dessert cravings to a tasty (and secretly healthy) dessert!
I don’t want my desserts to give off the same “repercussions” that typical unhealthy desserts do (aka bloating, guilt, headache, nausea, stomachache…). I hope to show that healthy ingredients can still make a delicious dessert. I mean, anyone can make something taste good using all the wrong ingredients — all purpose flour will give you the texture you want, but is it what your body wants? It is very difficult to make a successful recipe using all the right ingredients — whole grain flour can provide the texture you are looking for, you just might need to tweak the recipe a little bit (the same goes with using less sugar and omitting butter). Anyone can make cookies taste good with four sticks of butter and three cups of sugar! It takes some serious effort, motivation, dedication and knowledge to make healthy baking substitutions.
Well there ya have it folks! If you want to learn more, feel free to check out My Life Story and read the blog’s Food Philosophy 🙂
With love and good eats,
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I’m SUPER stoked! I just found, and signed up to, your website and can’t WAIT to start trying out your recipes!!! I too am a chocoholic and after several years of dieting have now lost 125 lbs. by healthy eating and exercise but still need to indulge. I’ve learned the hard way that when I deny myself I will go on binges and gain weight again which creates a vicious cycle of gaining and losing weight. After 30 years I’ve finally kept the weight off for almost two years straight, and reading your bio & mission statement I think THIS is finally the site I’ve been searching for! And a super plus, you make them vegan/allergy/cholesterol friendly! I’m always looking for these types of recipes as I bake often for people at work and we have several that fall into these categories! THANK YOU 🙂
It’s so great to “meet” you Cathy/fellow chocoholic!! 😀 Congrats on those 125lbs that’s AWESOME! And I applaud you on maintaining that… maintenance is so difficult to master, and you’ve done it! Thank you so much for sharing your story with me, I hope you and your coworkers like all the healthy treats. Let me know if you ever have any questions! 🙂
hi. I’m trying to print your Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats Recipe. but every time I hit print it goes to the black dogs picture. Why??
That was strange! That seemed to be the only post doing that, but I updated the code for the printing format so hopefully it’s fixed now 🙂
Thanks for bringing that to my attention!
I love your blog. I have recently found it. Maybe about a month ago? What can I say? what is better than healthy desserts!!! Specially for someone like me who knows sugar is not my friend 🙂 I am exploring your blog and learning from it, about to buy your protein bar book, and maybe some others 🙂 I do have a question, what brand of stevia do you find to have the least after taste? I’m lucky enough to be a person that doesn’t crave sweets too much (Black coffee kind of girl), and I have learned to avoid refined sugars due to health, but… I do have kids, AND love having dessert once in a while, and why not having something healthy in the process! Thank you for creating this amazing blog! Keep the hard work. Thanks for your time.
I’m so glad you found my blog!! Seriously though, there’s nothing better than healthy desserts 😉
I use SweetLeaf stevia (I find that the English toffee and vanilla creme flavors are the best, with little to no aftertaste). My second choice is NuNaturals because while it’s good, it’s not organic like SweetLef. If you’re sensitive to the bitterness in stevia, it helps to use it along with another sweetener (the erythritol + stevia combo is popular).
Thank you SO SO much for your support — it means the world to me. It’s comments like these that make me so happy to be doing what I’m doing 🙂 <3
HI, I also use the SweetLeaf Stevia, for my coffee, My question is; which form do you use? Liguid, powder, pure(strong), etc.? So many different ways. Thanks, thought I should ask before I attempt any of these yummy sounding recipes.
I exclusively use the liquid stevia (I almost always link to the exact one I use in my recipes) 🙂
Just found your site, and am interested in the DIY protein bars, but the brown rice protein powder you link to is no longer available from Amazon! Do you have another choice?
Don’t worry about SunWarrior, they just changed their packaging (they’ve done this about 3x over the last few years so I keep seeing my past purchases on Amazon as discontinued too).
This is their new listing 🙂
Ther only thing I wassnt to know is where can I buy vanilla bean paste OR A RECIPE FOR MAKING IT. i DONT WAS TO GET ALL INVOLVED IN YOUR COMPANY, ETC,., ETC. DOES ANYONE OUT THERE JUST HAVE SIMPLE DIRECTIONS TO MAKE IT WITHOUT MY JUMPING THROUGH HOOPS TO GET IT>>>l>>
I don’t want to join anything. I just was to know where I can get vanilla bean paste or a recipe for it!!!
Can any of you answer that or do I have to find someone else.
HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOyOU HAVE JUST LOST A CUSTOMER!
Use the search bar and type “Vanilla Bean Paste” … the recipe is free, you don’t need to join anything lol.
What do you think of carrageenan powder
I’ve heard a lot about it on social media (mostly negative) but don’t consider that to be a credible source. Social media also used to say the fat in coconut and the cholesterol in eggs were dangerous… lol. I haven’t done any research on the ingredient so I can’t really be for/against it at the moment, however, I personally don’t avoid it.
Hey, this is the BEST healthy desserts website I’ve EVER been on! And believe me, I’ve been thru quite a few. I’ve only known about this blog for like a week, and I’ve already made about six or more of your recipes. I haven’t been disappointed once! I’m a dessert lover too! I could eat dessert everyday, all day, and be proud of it, as long as it’s healthy, (don’t worry though, I don’t. LOL) I just wish I knew about you sooner. Finally, I can stay on my diet, and stay sane at the same time! THANK YOU so much!! I’ll be scrolling thru your pages for another hour or two!! LOL
Awwww Chanceley! This means so much to me! You are so sweet and I am SO happy you liked the recipes you’ve tried <3 <3 <3
Happy to meet a fellow dessert-lover 🙂
Could you please put under all your recipes the nutrition information. I am a Diabetic II, I know that other people would like it also.
Do both of your cookbooks have the nutrition information under each recipe? I signed up for your web site. I love it!! Thank you for all your research and for your college degree that you did for this web site. I know I am very thankful for what you have done.
Hi Mary! I don’t know if you know this but I calculate the nutrition facts for my recipes myself, and it’s VERY time consuming. I don’t believe in those plugins that automatically fill in the info because they’re notorious for being incorrect. I’m a one-woman show (have been for the last 8 years) so I provide nutrition labels for MANY of my recipes, as many as I can, but not all.
However, both of my cookbooks have nutrition labels for every single recipe 🙂
please tell how to make cbd chocolate cake …..I tried it many times but never tried it to make it myself….Thanks In Advance
There are a ton of ways you can make a CBD cake! I would recommend simply making a CBD-infused frosting or drizzling CBD-infused honey or melted chocolate on top. I honestly haven’t done any research to find out if CBD can be “cooked out” (like THC), so I don’t know if I’d risk wasting the time (and money) by adding CBD to a cake batter that needs to go in the oven for an hour or something.
-make my CBD-infused Butter Mints and spread that mixture on top of the cake (it’s basically like frosting in bite form!)
-drizzle CBD honey on top (my favorite brand is BeeDelightful)
-melt some CBD chocolate on top (my favorite brand is TheraTreats)
Hi Jessica! Me and my wife have been trying to find some really healthy desserts to cook; then I saw your page and I quickly got hooked! What are some healthy desserts that you recommend us making for Thanksgiving?
I’m so glad to hear that! And I’m glad you found my blog too 🙂
I have so many Thanksgiving recipe recommendations for you!
1. Maple Pecan Pie – https://dessertswithbenefits.com/maple-pecan-pie/
2. Chocolate Chip Cookies – https://dessertswithbenefits.com/healthy-chocolate-chip-cookies/
3. Peanut Butter Cookies – https://dessertswithbenefits.com/chewy-peanut-butter-cookies/
4. Peanut Butter & Chocolate Krispy Treats – https://dessertswithbenefits.com/peanut-butter-chocolate-krispy-treats/
5. Grasshopper Pudding Cups – https://dessertswithbenefits.com/grasshopper-pudding-cups/
Hopefully you find some you like. If those don’t do it for you, check out my Recipe page – https://dessertswithbenefits.com/recipes/ 🙂
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