Healthy Dessert Recipes

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Who says desserts are off-limits for people who want to eat healthy? There are plenty of recipes that swap out high-fat, high-calorie ingredients and still result in decadent, delicious desserts for special occasions or weekday meals in a hurry.

Choosing skim milk or low-fat cream cheese or yogurt can dial down the caloric impact of coffee cakes, brownies and other baked goods. Using fruit-based add-ins such as bananas or applesauce can mean less need for oils and fats.

Fruits like cherries, pineapple, fresh mango and peaches, along with whole grains like oats, can work in puddings, pies, tarts, frappes and smoothies, ensuring that these sweet treats are also rich in vitamins and fiber, which can help avoid spikes in blood sugar.