The 11 Healthiest Desserts (That Aren't Fruit)

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Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Sometimes you want to be a little virtuous. And sometimes you just don’t want to eat frozen grapes for dessert (again). Here are 11 healthy swaps so you don’t have to sacrifice. For more inspiration, head to our Healthy Desserts board on Pinterest.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell


No-Bake, Gluten-Free Rose Petal Brownies

But it tastes so sinful, you say. It’s sin-free, we promise.

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The Healthy Foodie


Dark Chocolate Mousse

A secret ingredient makes it silky and rich. (Shh, it’s avocado.)

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Chelsea's Messy Apron


Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

A classic, cleaned up.

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Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind


Salted Caramel Cheesecake Bites

Sweet and salty is always a win.

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Minimalist Baker


Vegan Almond Pistachio Ice Cream

Creamy, crunchy and dairy-free.

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Ambitious Kitchen


Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Avocado Frosting

Give us allllll the icing.

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Chocolate Covered Katie


Healthy Cookie Dough Dip

Go ahead, sneak a few extra spoonfuls.

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Happy Healthy Mama


4-Ingredient Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Good luck eating just one.                  

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Bigger Bolder Baking


Cake Batter Frozen Yogurt

Bonus: No ice-cream machine required.

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Unconventional Baker


Vegan Meringue Cookies

Yep, you read that right. (And they’re magical.)

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Feeding My Addiction


Healthy Shortbread Cookies

You won’t even miss the butter.


Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...