5 Plant-Based Desserts Every Health Enthusiast Needs to Try

While desserts are frequently viewed as unhealthy indulgences, it is possible to satisfy a sweet tooth in a whole foods, plant-based way. In this article, I will share 5 unique recipes that make use of seasonal fruits, nuts, and other nourishing ingredients for naturally sweet treats.

From creamy flavors to fruity varieties, there is something here for any taste preference. Incorporating more plants into desserts increases the micronutrient density and supports wellness goals. Best of all, these feel completely decadent but are actually good for you!

1) Chocolate Avocado Mousse


  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients until very smooth, adding a tablespoon of water if needed to reach a pudding-like consistency.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
  3. Enjoy chilled or at room temperature!

Avocado creates a rich, creamy texture similar to dairy but contains heart-healthy fats. Combined with cocoa powder, it delivers chocolate indulgence with added vitamins and fiber.

2) Berry Coconut Ice Cream


  • 2 cups frozen berries
  • 1 (13.5 oz) can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup


  1. Place ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy but still icy, stopping to scrape down the sides.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze for at least 2 hours before serving.
  3. Enjoy straight from the freezer!

Antioxidants abound in berries while coconut milk offers healthy fats. Simply blending provides an instant cool treat without ice cream maker or churning needed. Feel free to customize flavors using your favorite berries and mix-ins.

3) Bliss Balls


  • 1 cup peanut or almond butter
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. In a medium bowl, mix nut butter and honey until well combined. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
  2. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on a parchment lined plate.
  3. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Packed with plant-based protein and good fats to balance sweetness, these energizing bites travel well for an on-the-go snack. Feel free to experiment with add-ins like coconut or seeds.

4) Banana Ice Cream


  • 4 frozen bananas, sliced
  • 1/2 cup nut milk
  • Toppings of choice


  1. Place banana slices and nut milk in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container. Top and enjoy!

By simply blending frozen bananas, a delicious treat is produced. The natural sugars become amplified while potassium and vitamins fully satisfy. Have fun creating sundae combinations from there.

5) Fruit Crisp


  • 4 cups sliced fruit
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup nuts
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and place fruit in an 8×8 baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, toss oats, nuts and maple syrup until crumbly topping forms. Sprinkle over fruit.
  3. Bake 35-40 minutes, until fruit is tender and topping is golden brown.

Baking fruit with a wholesome oat and nut crumble brings out natural flavors. In fall, apple and cranberries shine while berries take center stage in warmer months. Enjoy warm with dairy-free ice cream for the ultimate treat!

When satisfying a craving, these healthier plant-based options provide antioxidants, fiber, and other key nutrients along with sweet indulgence. With fun flavors and easy recipes, hopefully, you are now inspired to get creative in the kitchen.

Nutrition Analysis

While naturally sweet, these desserts feature a nutrient-dense balance of polyphenols, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. A serving of Chocolate Avocado Mousse has just over 5 grams of fiber. Bliss Balls provide sustained energy from 5 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber each.

Banana Ice Cream contains over 450 milligrams of potassium in a 1/2 cup serving. And seasonal Fruit Crisps showcase the unique nutrients of whatever fruits are featured, with less added sugars than traditional pastries.

Customize further by swapping varieties like almond or oat milk, nuts, dried fruits and sweeteners. Feel confident satisfying your craving healthfully!

Tips and Adaptations

For optimal texture in mousses and ice creams, use ripe avocados and very ripe bananas that are freezer-solid. Nut butters like almond butter can replace peanuts in Bliss Balls.

Crunchy additions like toasted coconut or chopped nuts embellish Fruit Crisps. For variety, focus on 2-3 main flavors rather than overmixing ingredients.

Store creations in airtight containers in the fridge or freezer. Bliss Balls can join your lunchbox up to 5 days. Reheat individual servings of crisp topped with nut milk in the microwave for 30 seconds.

These recipes adapt globally as well. Mango or tamarind could replace berries. Jaggery or palm sugar offer alternatives to maple. Get creative using local seasonal foods!


From decadent chocolate to hearty energy bites, these plant-based dessert recipes offer guilt-free indulgence. Focusing on whole, natural ingredients allows the body to properly process sugars and provides nutrients alongside sweetness.

With little time required and easily accessible pantry staples, you have no excuse to avoid dessert! I hope you find an inspiring recipe to try this week. Be sure to let me know if you have any other questions. Now pass the Bliss Balls please!

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