16 Healthy Easter Desserts for a Satisfying Finale
Celebrating Easter is synonymous with sitting down to a delicious meal, and no holiday brunch, lunch, or dinner is complete without a dessert. But if you're looking for a lightened-up option to serve after the traditional ham feast, you're in luck. Making a healthy Easter dessert isn't complicated, and the results are absolutely delicious. Simply swap out some of the ingredients that might give you pause (like processed sugars) for clever alternatives like coconut sugar, almond flour, and more. And while you're at it, incorporate seasonal fruits (like strawberries and rhubarb), whole grains, and seeds for an added dose of nutrients. Trust us, our health-conscious sweets look so good you'll have Easter guests doing a double-take.
Feel good about eating delicious treats when you make one of these healthy Easter desserts. A showstopping holiday sweet can be found in our Coconut-Sugar Hummingbird Cake, pictured here. Aptly named, this delight elects for coconut sugar instead of granulated for a more nutrient-rich option. If you prefer a treat with traditional warm-weather flavors like strawberries and citrus, try our unparalleled Meyer Lemon Upside-Down Cake. It's made with toasted whole almonds and honey for a healthier choice. For more seasonal flavors, concoct our flavorful Strawberry and Apricot Crisp with Pine-Nut Crumble. While the apricots hold their shape, the strawberries become sauce-like, making you almost forget that you're getting in a serving of fruits.
Wondering what to make for the chocolate-lover in your life this Easter? Create our Fudgy Chocolate Beet Cake for a mouthwatering recipe that features surprising ingredients like puréed beets and whole grain spelt flour. Both add nutritious elements to this chocolatey treat without sacrificing the classic cocoa flavor.
From fruit-filled concoctions to delectable cakes, finish off your Easter meal with one of these healthier (but still flavorful!) desserts.
Almond Custard Tart with Strawberries
No dairy here. Homemade almond milk is combined with fragrant vanilla bean and minimal sugar to make this creamy filling. It's surrounded by a crunchy oat crust made with coconut oil instead of butter and topped with plenty of fresh strawberries, making it perfect for an Easter gathering.
Hazelnut Carrot-Oat Cupcakes with Cream-Cheese Frosting
Oat flour not only ups the nutrition factor in these mini carrot cakes, but it also makes them extra tender. Hazelnuts (aka good fats) go into the batter and are also sprinkled on top of the frosted cupcakes.
Meyer Lemon Upside-Down Cake
Meyer lemons shine atop this sunny dessert. Peeking out from underneath is a gluten-free almond cake sweetened with honey.
Dark Chocolate-Walnut Date Bar
Vegan and gluten-free, this giant chocolate bar is filled with an irresistible mixture of walnuts, dates, and peanut butter. Bonus: You don't even have to turn on the oven as it all comes together in the fridge.
Whole-wheat flour and low-fat yogurt yield cupcakes with a moist, tender crumb. The bright lemon flavor goes nicely with the sweet-tart raspberry frosting.
Dairy-Free Chocolate-Raspberry Cake
Although this cake is undoubtedly decadent, it's made with coconut oil and almond milk, making it more protein-enriched and perfect for those avoiding milk products.
Carrot-Cake Thumbprint Cookies
Skip the grand carrot cake and make these petite cookies instead. A mixture of grated carrots, pecans, golden raisins, and oats serves as the base, and the tangy filling features fresh goat cheese rather than the typical cream cheese.
Lemon-Coconut Tofu Squares
Silken tofu is the game-changer in these light-as-a-feather lemon bars. It's puréed with lemon zest and juice for the filling and teamed with a whole wheat-and-coconut oil crust.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Fudgy Chocolate Beet Cake
Pureed beets and whole-grain spelt flour are the secrets to this better-for-you chocolate dessert that still tastes ultra-decadent. You can even skip the chocolate-ganache frosting if you want to go lighter—the cake can definitely stand on its own.
Blueberries are piled on top of this wholesome tart that pairs an almond-and-wheat germ crust with a creamy ricotta filling.
Poached Rhubarb with Elderflower Sabayon
In this light and sweet dessert, flour tortillas, part-skim ricotta cheese, berries, and jam combine for a fruit-focused treat. It's as easy to make as it is delicious, and it comes together in just 25 minutes.
Strawberry and Apricot Crisp with Pine-Nut Crumble
Fresh apricots and strawberries steal the show in this fruit-filled crumble. With only 10 minutes of prep work, the flavors of the season shine in this perfect end to your Easter dinner.
Almond-Coconut Chewy Chocolate Cookies
Coconut and fudgy dough combine in this delicious macaroon-inspired treat. They are gluten free and the perfect Easter dessert recipe.