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13 Easy and Delicious Anti-Inflammatory Desserts

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

While we can’t speak for everyone, one of the biggest reasons why we personally have fallen off the diet bandwagon in the past is because certain plans just don’t allow us to enjoy the good things in life—like cheese, pasta and dessert. Fortunately, an anti-inflammatory diet is pretty flexible, and dessert is totally on the menu. Instead of following strict guidelines, cut back on sugar and processed foods, and load up on good-for-you ingredients like fruits, whole grains, spices and healthy fats. Here, 13 desserts that could help fight inflammation.

Joy the Baker

1.

Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas

Did you know that dark chocolate and cocoa powder can help reduce inflammation? Yep, it’s true.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

2.

One-Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet

A sugar-free treat that tastes like summer.

Pure Ella

3.

Chocolate Cherry Chia Pudding

Tart cherries are powerful inflammation fighters. (They’re also delicious.)

Well Plated

4.

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Refined cooking oils (which are found in most store-bought chips) are some of the worst inflammation culprits. Munch on these healthy bites instead. 

Vitamin Sunshine

5.

Gluten-Free Date Bars

Whole grains like oats and flaxseeds are staples of an anti-inflammatory diet

The Healthy Maven

6.

Avocado Brownies

Our favorite green fruit is a well-known inflammation buster and adds a delicious creaminess to desserts. (It tastes nothing like guac, promise.)

Sweet Treats

7.

Panna Cotta with Roasted Rhubarb

Gelatin contains collagen which can reduce joint pain and inflammation, according to some studies. 

The Healthy Maven

8.

Superfood Hot Chocolate

Nice and spicy.  

LAURA WING AND JIM KAMOOSI

9.

Frozen Blueberry Bites

Use low-fat yogurt for this tasty, antioxidant-rich snack. 

In Sonnet’s Kitchen

10.

Anti-Inflammatory Ginger Gummies

Like it’s peppery cousin turmeric, ginger boasts some pretty impressive inflammation-fighting powers.

A Squirrel in the Kitchen

11.

Strawberry-Orange Soft Serve

Juicy berries, all day, every day.

Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

12.

Gluten-Free, Vegan Lemon Cake

Cruciferous veggies (this dessert’s secret ingredient) are loaded with anti-inflammatory phytochemicals

Paelo Grubs

13.

Paleo Pineapple Upside Down Cake

This tropical fruit contains bromelain, a powerful enzyme that can help the body fight inflammation.