Five Healthy Desserts for Your Quarantine Sweet Tooth

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been baking nonstop during the coronavirus self-isolation. It’s a great way to pass the time. The results are delicious. Tender banana bread, melt-in-your-mouth cookies, and fudgy brownies are a great coping mechanism. 

However, there’s only so much quarantine baking you can do without gaining the “quarantine fifteen” or the “COVID-19.” If you’re looking to have your cake (or brownies, or banana bread…) and eat it too, try these healthier dessert recipes! Although they incorporate ingredients like hidden avocados and blended-in beans, you’ll barely know the difference.

Black Bean Brownies

Recipe and Photo by Chocolate Covered Katie

During a particularly boring day in self-isolation, I baked a tray of these brownies. In my household of three people, they disappeared in 20 hours. Not even a day. I actually like these brownies more than their beanless counterparts. They’re super fudgy and rich. And I still haven’t told my family the secret ingredient.

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe by I Heart Vegetables, Image from Flickr

Chocolate chip cookies are delicious. They’re soft, sugary, and chocolaty. They smell like home. For a healthier version, try this chickpea-loaded recipe, which substitutes chickpeas for flour. Like the black bean brownies, no one in my family has guessed the secret ingredient yet.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Recipe and Image by Chocolate Covered Katie

Pudding was my childhood. You know what I’m talking about. The small containers of Jello-brand chocolaty-goodness that your class got as a reward. Bring that deliciousness to quarantine with an avocado version. This recipe is creamy, chocolaty, and comforting.

“Nice” Cream

Recipes by Yasmine Mezoury

Bananas are amazing. After a few hours in the freezer, you can blend them with a splash of milk into ice cream. Add in a bit of chocolate chips, peanut butter, or berries to take it to the next level. Top with your favorite ice cream toppings.

Healthier Banana Bread

Recipe by Cookie and Kate

Banana bread has turned into something of a quarantine classic. It’s tender, sweet, and satisfying. To make your banana bread healthier, try this recipe. It tastes like maple syrup. Use super overripe bananas to make it even sweeter.