You should never feel guilty about indulging (Rach herself always says she doesn't have guilty pleasures, because she has "no guilt about pleasure whatsoever") — but sometimes you crave the best of both worlds. And yes, say it with us — eating healthy CAN be delish.
Our best healthy dessert recipes are here to prove it.
From healthy brownie batter (YEP, brownie batter) and a metabolism-boosting mug cake to pistachio "nice" cream and avocado chocolate mousse, we're confident we'll make you a believer if you're not totally on board yet.
Wellness guru Keri Glassman shares a healthy, protein-packed alternative to cookie dough. Watch her make it in the video above!
2. Apple Nachos
An apple a day is best eaten with drizzles of chocolate and caramel sauces, right?
GET THE RECIPE: Apple Nachos
A dairy-free cookie dough? Count us in!
GET THE RECIPE: Healthy, Raw, Protein Cookie Dough
Senior Culinary Producer Jeanette Donnarumma uses a food processor to churn out a healthy and dairy-free sub for ice cream.
GET THE RECIPE: Pistachio Nice Cream
Black beans are the unsung hero of these extra fudgy brownies, and they happen to be good for you while replacing the need for all-purpose flour entirely.
GET THE RECIPE: Better-For-You Brownie Bites With Black Beans & Sweet Potato
When the "cream" is coconut milk and it still tastes delicious, you know you're doing something right.
GET THE RECIPE: 2-Ingredient Piña Colada Ice Cream
These sweet bites also have some fat, so they are satisfying to every part of the brain.
GET THE RECIPE: Chocolate Walnut Drops
"When you're eating this, you want to think about what it's doing for your hormones," celebrity nutritionist and Metabolism Revolution author Haylie Pomroy says. "This lowers stress hormones [and] burns belly fat."
GET THE RECIPE: Metabolism-Boosting Mug Cake With Cacao
With coconut sugar, buckwheat flour and almond flour as substitutions, this healthy banana bread is sure to be a favorite of even the most disciplined of healthy eaters.
GET THE RECIPE: Healthy Banana Bread
A perfect fruit-based dessert that can double as breakfast the next day.
GET THE RECIPE: Maple Roasted Pears
Your favorite fall dessert AND a protein boost all in one.
GET THE RECIPE: Pumpkin Pie Protein Bites
Why have watermelon on its own when you can top it with cucumber granita and call it dessert?
GET THE RECIPE: Cucumber Granita With Watermelon
The good fat from avocados makes this twist on the frozen treat better for you — and you don't even need an ice cream maker!
GET THE RECIPE: Avocado Ice Cream
The filling has all the good stuff anyway, right?
GET THE RECIPE: Crustless Pumpkin Pie
Chef Richard Blais says First Lady Michelle Obama is a big fan of this spin on chocolate mousse. Enough said.
GET THE RECIPE: Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Fruit, nuts and whole grain cereal — that's literally all this recipe takes. And yet it tastes like a treat.
GET THE RECIPE: Banana Boats With Whole Grain Cereal
We don't know about you, but if you turn anything into a chip, we'll eat it. And you can even dip these in peanut butter or almond butter for your healthy fat fill.
GET THE RECIPE: Cinnamon-Dusted Apple Chips
Call us crazy, but: this baked stuffed apple > ice cream cone.
GET THE RECIPE: Baked Stuffed Apples
We have Culinary Producer Grant Melton to thank for this healthier take on a banana split.
GET THE RECIPE: Bruleed Bananas with Frozen Yogurt
There's no worrying about portion control with a single-portion mug cake.
GET THE RECIPE: Chocolate-Caramel Microwave Mug Cake
You'd never, ever guess that these lightened-up pumpkin cupcakes only have 108 calories and only 2 grams of fat.
GET THE RECIPE: Pumpkin Pudding Cupcakes
Aside from the protein boost, celeb trainer Bob Harper says oats are good for your cholesterol and chia seeds are really high in fiber — so, yep, we're making a big batch of these.
GET THE RECIPE: Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Protein Bars
Senior Culinary Producer Jeanette Donnarumma's "skinny" take on her favorite candy bar disappeared before our very eyes.
GET THE RECIPE: Chocolate-Coconut-Almond Protein Bites
This angel food cake is made without flour or sugar (no, really) — and yet, it's still really tasty.