Sometimes, a delicious dessert is the perfect ending to a long day. The temptation of a fat slice of chocolate cake at 5 p.m. is often strong; however, there are better ways to get your sugar-filled comfort food fix. Check out these desserts that will make your day better but won’t devastate your diet. The food formulas will yield single-serving treats that help sweeten an otherwise stressful day, and you’ll be able to make them homemade. Thanks to the serving size of the treats, you won’t even need to worry about resisting leftovers.
1. Single-Serving Chocolate Mug Cake
Some days just call for chocolate cake, but you can avoid the oven and the extra calories if you make this chocolate mug cake from Amy’s Healthy Baking. It’s a single-serving sweet treat you can master in the microwave, and because it’s made with whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt, and nonfat milk, it has significantly fewer calories than most other chocolate desserts. Grab a ramekin or a coffee mug and make this chocolate mug cake the next time you have a stressful day.
- 2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour or gluten-free flour
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
- 1/16 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon coconut oil or unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon nonfat milk
- 2½ teaspoons pure maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions: Coat a 1-cup ramekin or coffee mug with nonstick cooking spray.
Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Separately, whisk together coconut oil, Greek yogurt, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. Add in the flour mixture, stirring until just incorporated.
Transfer the batter to the prepared ramekin or mug. Microwave on 30% power for 2 minutes 30 seconds. Allow cake to cool for at least 2 minutes before eating.
2. Single Serving Deep Dish Cookie a la Mode
There are few things better than a warm chocolate chip cookie topped with ice cream, but you don’t always need a dozen cookies lying around. This recipe from Love From The Oven makes a single-serving deep dish cookie your tastebuds will love. Cook your cookie in the microwave and top it with an ice cream of your choice. The homemade deep dish cookie will help you crush your craving while helping you avoid the temptation of going back for more.
- 1.5 to 2 tablespoons melted mutter
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup flour
- Sprinkle Of salt if desired
- 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- Chocolate chips to taste
Directions: Melt your butter in the microwave. After melting the butter, add in both sugars and vanilla and stir well.
Next add flour, salt, baking powder. Stir to combine, adding chocolate chips as you go.
Cook in microwave for about 40 to 60 seconds, depending on microwave power. Check every 20 seconds as you go. Top cookie with ice cream.
3. Skinny Strawberry Banana Milkshake
If you want to enjoy a naturally sweetened treat, try this strawberry banana milkshake from Sally’s Baking Addiction. The recipe serves two so you can make a milkshake for you and a friend, or help yourselves to a double serving. All you’ll need to do to master the milkshake is blend bananas, strawberries, and almond milk. It doesn’t get fresher (or healthier) than that.
- 3 large bananas, peeled, cut into chunks, & frozen
- ¼ cup vanilla almond milk (or regular milk)
- 8 medium strawberries, sliced in half
Directions: Blend frozen banana chunks and milk together in a powerful blender until smooth. This will take about 4 minutes. Add the strawberries and continue to blend until creamy.
4. Healthy Chocolate Mousse
Our next recipe is from iFoodReal, and it’s for healthy chocolate mousse. Mousse is typically rich and calorie-laden, but this variety enlists natural ingredients such as cacao powder, chia seeds, and Medjool dates that keep the seemingly decadent dessert good for you. The single serving mousse is full of fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats, and it clocks in at fewer than 300 calories. Next time you need to unwind with a treat, this chocolate mousse is the ticket.
- ½ cup any milk
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 large Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 tablespoon chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon any nuts
- Any fresh or frozen fruit and berries, for topping (optional)
Directions: Add milk, cacao powder and chia seeds to a container with a tight lid. Whisk until well mixed. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Add soaked chia mixture along with dates to a small food processor or blender. Process until smooth, taking about 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving glass or dish.
In a small bowl, add chocolate chips and microwave in 30 seconds intervals, until melted. Drizzle chocolate on top of the mousse, sprinkle with nuts and top with fruit or berries of choice. Serve chilled.
5. Apple Pie for One
You probably didn’t realize you can make a simple apple pie for one, but with this recipe from Eat Live Run, the impossible is made possible. All you need to do is slice an apple and then toss it with lemon juice, cinnamon, and sugar. You’ll then tuck your filling into a pre-made crust that will bake in the oven for only 20 minutes. After that you have a healthy treat on your hands that is made with only one tablespoon of sugar. No need to feel guilty about diving into pie when it’s this plate of goodness you’re serving. It’ll help take away all of your work woes.
- 1 apple
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- pie dough (preferably homemade)
Directions: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Peel, core and slice the apple into thin slices. Toss in a bowl with the lemon juice, cinnamon and sugar.
Fit the crust into a miniature tart pan. Pour in apples and dot with butter. Bake for 20 minutes.