• Creamy raspberry and orange tart (Chris Middleton)
Embracing healthier desserts into your life doesn't have to be a bore. Here's 23 ways you can enjoy your treat without the white added sweet.
28 Jun 2016 - 10:09 AM  UPDATED 13 Jan 2020 - 4:57 PM

1. Peppermint cream pies

Taking your after-dinner mint to a happy place, these sweet hand-pies also work well as a minty slice. Don't forget the chocolate sauce topping!

2. Rice pudding with raw cacao chocolate sauce

Think zesty with this creamy pud - a perfect treat for when those days and nights get a little chilly.

3. Almond, rosewater & chocolate doughnut cakes 

These lovely little almond cakes look so much fun! They call for rosewater, but if you aren't a rose fan then the vanilla extract is just as delightful.

4. Angelique's lemon bars

Make a date at this bar! With an assortment of nuts, the sweetness of the dates and the texture of the coconut, Angelique's bars will not disappoint!

Carrot cake biscuits

These biscuits are perfect for when you don’t quite have the appetite for a slice of cake, but you still fancy a treat. They are slightly chewy around the edges and more cake-like and soft in the centre. The mixture is great to freeze in portions, and then bake on demand.

Thai peanut chia pudding

The nice thing about chia pudding is that the seeds benefit from hydrating overnight. They also pack a crazy amount of nutrients in a very small package, so you don’t need much to give you a kick start in the morning. If you don't have both coconut and almond milk, you can use one of the other. Without any coconut you'll miss the full Thai flavour. I like combining them because the coconut milk is great for a thick pudding, and the almond gives a nice splash of extra hydration for the seeds.

Raw multigrain pear ginger cakes with macadamia whipped cream

Here’s a hearty recipe for you. These cakes work equally well as dessert, breakfast, or sometimes even a whole meal. The warm, satisfying flavours keep us feeling cosy throughout the winter, and we continue coming back to these cakes all the way into spring. If you want to add a touch of decadence, top the cakes with a perfectly smooth and indulgent macadamia whipped cream.

Fig tart with maple yoghurt

This gorgeous dessert looks like more work that it is. Its base is one of dates, almonds and tahini, and the strained yoghurt sweetened with maple syrup forms a luscious stage for ripe torn figs.

9. Chilli chocolate mousse

Sometimes you just need a good hug and this is a hug in a cup! A decadent mousse that will satisfy your cravings and warm you on the inside-out. 

10. Creamy raspberry and orange tart

In need of something light to finish your banquet? The labneh filling is luscious and thick and this vibrant tart looks and tastes the part.  

Creamy raspberry and orange tart

11. Hemp tahini caramel bars

This easy no-bake slice gives dates and tahini the perfect place to show off their skills.

12. Rosemary hot white chocolate

A rich and creamy mug is not only comforting and delicious, but it also doubles up as a hand warmer - score!

Raw lemon cheesecake

Lemon cheesecake with no cheese? It's like hosting a Greek barbecue where everything is vegetarian. At first it seems nothing but down right insulting. There will be yelling and plenty of tantrums. However, as your guests sample your perfectly cooked haloumi with lemon, then perhaps dabble in some of your delicious spanakopita, suddenly their worlds are turned upside down. They can be somewhat satisfied without lamb! That's pretty much the experience I had with this dessert. I was skeptical, just as my Yia-yia was skeptical of our vegetarian babysitter, but like my grandma I gave it a go. And also like her I realised I actually really like Ruth  and the cheese-less cheesecake. It arrives with a creamy, lemony smoothness and leaves with a sweet, nutty crumble. We hope you enjoy.

Lime, coconut and mint balls

"These lime, coconut and mint balls are the perfect healthy treat and great in the summer time because they're a little bit tropical and such a yummy, satisfying snack." Lola Berry

Salted caramel chocolate bars

"This delicious chocolate bar is sure to bring a smile to your face and your tummy, with no butter or white flour in sight. Instead, metabolism-boosting coconut oil, natural sweeteners and low-GI puffed brown rice make for a delicious treat that can be enjoyed without the guilt." Sally O’Neil, The Fit Foodie

Maple nut "cheese" cake

This maple nut "cheese" cake is my favourite dessert at the moment and I wonder if I will ever tire of it. The ground soaked nuts provide texture for the base and creaminess for the filling, meaning this dessert is also gluten, lactose and egg free. The soaking liquid from the nuts is full of nutrients so don’t throw it away. Either drink it yourself or give your plants a little drink.

17. Strawberry kombucha cake

You may have heard of strawberry champagne cake; this cake is a riff on that concept. The 'genius cashew coconut frosting' requires no fancy whipping skills or gadgetry, so you can slather on how much you like!

18. Beetroot, quinoa and chocolate muffins

Super moist and gluten-free, these muffins will easily become a weekly staple - and are very lunchbox friendly, too!

18. Banoffee pie

A healthy banoffee, could it be? It's all in the final assemble as you take the crisp tart shells, generously spoon your toffee in, scoop your scream and then pile on your banana slices to your heart's content.

20. Choc-chip pancakes with nut butter and berry jam

A sweet treat or a sweet breakfast, these pancakes should be high on your to-make list. Stack them high and watch them fly... straight into your mouth!

21. Raw raspberry, ginger and chocolate tars

Gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free, these vibrant numbers are surprisingly fresh and light with a superb dark chocolate kicker.

Raw berry and chocolate torte

If you want to make friends, this tantalising torte is a sure-fire way to do it. Who could resist a rich, chocolate-y dessert that is completely guilt-free? You and your new best friends will be bursting with bliss after just one bite.

Superfood nut butter cups

You can turn the basic raw chocolate in this recipe into candies, bars, syrup, chocolate coating, whatever! Even if you just want to eat the chocolate all on its own you can do that too. It’s super simple to make.