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Top 10 Healthy Desserts for Weight Loss

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Sticking to your diet and losing weight can become even more tricky when those dessert cravings kick in. Luckily, there are delicious and decadent desserts out there that won't cause your calorie intake to skyrocket. With the healthy dessert ideas in this post, you can have your cake (or keto brownies) and eat it!

When it comes to weight loss, a keto diet is best. This is because your body burns fat as fuel when it gets into ketosis (1). Therefore, desserts that are high in healthy fats and fiber while being very low in carbs are the right choice for losing weight.

No matter what diet you follow, meal delivery services can make sticking to your diet that much easier. In fact, there are some great weight loss meal delivery plans out there, such as Nutrisystem and Diet-to-Go. Many of them even offer desserts and snacks that are limited in calories and have greater nutritional value than your average dessert.

However, if you want to give it a shot yourself, here are 10 healthy and delicious desserts that are great for weight loss. Some of these will keep in your fridge or pantry for a while, so you can incorporate them into your meal planning and make them ahead of time.

1. Berries and Cream

Berries are a keto-friendly and highly recommended nutrient-dense superfood. They are high in anthocyanin, fiber, and micronutrients. Combined with mascarpone cheese and heavy cream, it is a dessert made in heaven.

Just one serving of this decadent dessert gives you 3 g of net carb, 19 g of fat, and 2 g of protein.

Ingredients

Fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, vanilla extract, and liquid stevia.

Method

Beat the mascarpone cheese. Add in heavy cream, vanilla, and stevia. Whisk until smooth. Add berries and serve with a fresh dollop of cream.

2. Shortbread Keto Butter Cookies

These decadent cookies are made using only five ingredients and have only 2 g of net carbs per cookie. It contains 5 g of protein, 14 g of fat, 12 mg of potassium, and 45 mg of calcium.

Ingredients

Butter, granulated sweetener (monk fruit sweetener or erythritol), eggs, vanilla extract, and almond flour.

Method

Soften butter, add sweetener, and mix until smooth and creamy. Add eggs and whisk until combined. Add vanilla extract and almond flour. After mixing until a dough is formed, scoop out portions of the dough, place it on a baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes or until the edges become golden brown.

That's it! Your delicious cookies are ready to eat.

3. Keto Brownies

Everyone loves chocolate, and these keto brownies are an excellent choice for a dessert that is very low in carbs. Each piece contains just 3 g of net carbs. It has zero sugar, zero grains, and is gluten-free.

Ingredients

Butter, eggs, blanched almond flour, baking powder, and granulated monk fruit sweetener.

Method

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Melt the butter and chocolate in a double-layered steamer and keep whisking until glossy and combined. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs until frothy. Add the chocolate and butter mixture to the eggs and continue mixing. Add the dry ingredients and bake the batter for 14-18 minutes.

4. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

These have sugar-free chocolate shells and a rich, creamy peanut butter center. Who can resist this decadent deliciousness? To top it all, it's gluten-free, vegan, and clean. One ounce of dark chocolate can fit into a keto diet, but make sure that it is made with at least 70% cocoa to avoid exceeding your carb limit.

The net carb of one piece of this dessert is only 3 g. It has 187 calories, 18 g of fat, and 3 g of protein.

Ingredients

Dark chocolate compound, coconut oil, vanilla extract, peanut flour, sea salt, and peanut butter.

Method

Heat the chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler. Once melted, evenly fill the bottoms of some parchment cups with half of this chocolate mixture. Freeze for 10 minutes. Mix peanut butter and coconut oil in a double boiler and add peanut flour, vanilla extract, and sea salt.

Once the chocolate layer is firm, add the peanut butter mixture. Freeze again for 10 minutes. Now, pour the rest of the chocolate mixture on top to make the final chocolate layer. Freeze for 20-30 minutes or until firm, and they are ready to enjoy.

5. Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites

These bites are irresistible. Each bite has 38 calories, 1 g of carbs, and 3 g of fat.

Ingredients

Desiccated coconut flakes, cinnamon or vanilla extract, unsweetened condensed milk, coconut oil, and dark chocolate.

Method

Pulse coconut flakes in a blender to form a thick, sticky powder. Add a pinch of cinnamon or vanilla extract and condensed milk. Then, add coconut oil and roll the mixture into small balls.

Melt dark chocolate. With a fork, take each coconut ball and dip it in the melted chocolate. Allow the excess chocolate to drip off of the balls and place them on the wax paper to cool. Keep them in the fridge and enjoy them whenever you like.

6. Yogurt Parfait

When you're craving a dessert while trying to lose weight, this yogurt parfait is sure to brighten your day. This recipe has 33 g of fat, 9 g of net carbs, and 14 g of protein.

Ingredients

Greek yogurt, heavy whipping cream, almond butter, vanilla extract, coconut flakes, pecans, berries, and fresh mint leaves.

Method

Whisk yogurt in a bowl and add heavy cream and vanilla extract. Spoon the yogurt mixture into three or four glasses or jars. Layer almond butter and berries. Top with sliced pecans, coconut flakes, and fresh mint.

7. Paleo 7-Layer Magic Bar

As the name suggests, this dessert consists of seven layers of rich sweet treats that can help you lose weight in a delicious way. It is grain-free and totally vegan.

Ingredients

Almond flour, coconut oil, sea salt, vegan unsweetened dark chocolate chips, full fat canned coconut milk, chopped walnuts, butter or ghee, maple syrup, and ground cinnamon.

Method

Add almond flour, coconut oil, and a pinch of salt and stir together. If you'd like, you can add artificial sweeteners such as monk fruit sweetener or erythritol at this stage. Pour the sticky dough into a parchment-lined pan and bake for 10-15 minutes.

Mix melted chocolate chips and coconut milk over a double boiler and spread over cooled crust. (Don't forget to save some chocolate chips for the top of the bars.) Sprinkle chopped walnuts over the warm chocolate ganache and let it cool.

Next, mix butter or ghee, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Pour this mixture on top. Finally, top it all off with chocolate chips and sea salt and allow to cool.

Bake your 7-layer bars for 20 minutes and let them cool down before cutting into equal squares. Let the magic begin!

8. Banana Chia Pudding

This is a creamy, delicious dessert full of fiber and with only 1 g of net carbs per serving. Chia seeds can absorb ten times their weight in water, making them very filling. They are high in antioxidants and are known to lower high blood pressure (2).

Ingredients

Bananas, chia seeds, unsweetened almond milk, heavy whipping cream, and shredded almonds to garnish.

Method

Mash the bananas, place them in a glass jar, and add chia seeds and almond milk. Mix well, give it a shake, and put it in the refrigerator or keep it aside overnight. It'll be ready to eat the next morning. Add a dollop of whipped heavy cream and shredded almonds.

9. Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

With only three ingredients, these peanut butter cookies are a joy in every mouthful. They are keto-friendly, sugar-free, low carb, and gluten-free. One cookie contains 50 calories, 3 g of fat, and 5 g of net carbs.

Ingredients

Peanut butter, monk fruit sweetener, and egg.

Method

In a large bowl, combine all three ingredients. Drop spoonfuls of cookie dough on a baking sheet and bake them.

10. Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are crispy on the outside and chewy inside. They are filled with dark chocolate, making them irresistible. They are dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, and vegan. It is made of chickpea flour, which is high in protein and fiber and naturally sweet. Each cookie has only 2 g of net carbs.

Ingredients

Chickpea flour, coconut oil, artificial sweetener, eggs, vanilla extract, baking soda, salt, and unsweetened chocolate chips.

Method

Mix all the wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry ingredients in another. Then, mix the wet and dry ingredients until a nice dough is formed. Bake them and enjoy.

Conclusion

All in all, a dessert that helps you lose weight should be high in fat, have a moderate amount of protein, and have very few net carbs. This can promote ketosis, wherein you are burning fat as fuel. The above desserts meet these criteria and are absolutely delicious.

If you're looking for some more inspiration or need some extra guidance in the kitchen, you could try using a cooking app.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK499830/
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33530854/
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Anju Mobin is a certified nutritionist and has worked in numerous medical clinics. She specializes in nutrition and fitness content with over a decade of experience as a writer and editor.

*The information on this site is based on research, but should not be treated as medical advice. Before beginning any new diet plan, we recommend consulting with a physician or other professional healthcare provider. Results may vary based on various health factors, individual weight loss plans and adherence to the meal plan.