40 desserts you won’t feel guilty about eating

by purelytwins

40 healthy dessert recipes that you won’t feel guilty about eating.

Are you ready for the ultimate dessert collection?

Who are we kidding?!? Yeah you are 🙂

We love desserts and are always creating new ones, but there are times when old classic recipes just do the trick. And today we are highlighting some of our favorite “healthy” dessert recipes.

In order for us to create this ultimate dessert recipe collection we needed help. So we reached out to our amazing fitfluential family! We are so honored to be a part of this amazing community where health and fitness minded individuals are out there making a difference in people’s lives! Thank you for everyone who contributed a recipe 🙂

Here are 40 dessert recipes you won’t feel guilty about eating.

Here were the requirements for the recipes that we were looking for:

  • Gluten-free
  • Made from few ingredients
  • No sugar or low sugar
  • Mostly real foods

Every recipe here is gluten-free with some being grain-free, dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free and nut-free.

Please have fun browsing all these amazing recipes.

plantain brownies

cinnamon sugar yogurt with apples

pumpkin marshmallow recipe

sugar-free marshmallows

pumpkin marshmallows

beet marshmallows

birthday cake balls

frozen bites

frozen banana bites from runwiki

mexican chocolate walnut balls

cake batter dough balls

vanilla cupcakes

honey bourbon peanut butter ice cream

2 quick minute fudge

frozen banana bites

chocolate avocado cookies

raw peppermint cheesecake

pumpkin pie fudge

avocado mint ice cream


homemade crunch bars from slimsanity

chocolate banana soft serve

chocolate peanut butter soft serve

chocolate kefir pudding

andes mint cheesecake

sugar free vanilla plantain cake

oreo cake

wannbe ice cream

strawberry shortcake for one

healthier crunch bars

chocolate zucchini muffins

chocolate chip cookie dough dip

4 ingredient fudge

chocolate plantain beet brownies purelytwins grain free gluten free

high protein fudgsicles

beet brownies

chia spiced protein bites

chocolate dipped figs

raw smores

frosted flourless cake

vegan peanut butter blondies

lemon shortbread pie

soft spiced cocoa pumpkin cookies

broiled grapefruit with feta

There you have it purely fit friend 40 dessert recipes that we hope will inspire you to try something new in the kitchen!

If you have a healthy dessert recipe please share it in the comments below! We love to spread the word with more sweet treat love!

What is your favorite dessert recipe that you make over and over again?


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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! September 4, 2014 - 8:21 am

Thank you for featuring my muffins!! Great round up!!

purelytwins September 4, 2014 - 10:42 am

Thank you Kaila for the recipe!

Jennifer F September 4, 2014 - 8:24 am

What a great list — me new go-to! Thanks for including my broiled grapefruit with feta!

purelytwins September 4, 2014 - 10:42 am

Thank you Jennifer the recipe.

Lisa September 4, 2014 - 8:49 am

I think you mentioned in the past that you have had eating disorders (or one of you has? But if I am wrong, I am sorry — I haven’t read everything in the archives), but shouldn’t you not feel guilty about any foods? I totally get the idea of healthier desserts, but I am not sure I would ever classify dessert or anything else as something that would cause me guilt-ridden. What are your feelings on that, especially from the eating disorder standpoint?

purelytwins September 4, 2014 - 10:43 am

Lisa we were just trying to be more playful with the title.

Alysia @ Slim Sanity September 4, 2014 - 8:55 am

Great round-up! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

purelytwins September 4, 2014 - 10:43 am

Thanks Alysia!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 4, 2014 - 9:01 am

I just pinned this post… must try everything!!! Thanks for including my avocado cookies!

purelytwins September 4, 2014 - 10:43 am

Thanks Laura your cookies are on our list to make.

Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat September 4, 2014 - 9:19 am

Great round-up! I want it all! Ha!

purelytwins September 4, 2014 - 10:43 am

Same here Holly

Kezia @Super Naturally Healthy September 4, 2014 - 10:35 am

I always make beetroot chocolate fudge cake and I love anything peanut butter based! Such a good list – although its now making me very hungry….

purelytwins September 4, 2014 - 10:44 am

Thank you Kezia

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist September 4, 2014 - 11:11 am

What an AWESOME list!! Thanks for featuring mine!!

purelytwins September 4, 2014 - 11:24 am

thanks for sharing your recipe!

clare @ fitting it all in September 4, 2014 - 1:36 pm

thanks for including me ladies!! what a great list to keep on hand (aka on pinterest!)

purelytwins September 4, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Thank you for your recipe Clare

GiGi Eats September 4, 2014 - 1:57 pm

GET IN MY MOUTHHHHH! Yep, I am pinning this – FO SHO!!! You ladies know how to rock my world! 😀 😀

purelytwins September 4, 2014 - 2:43 pm


Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy September 4, 2014 - 4:19 pm

This is a fantastic list! Especially with the holidays and back to school season. 🙂

Gillian September 4, 2014 - 4:59 pm

I feel like you girls are my food soul sisters. Just made a variation of the tahini dough batter bites and am praising you from here. Yowza, so good!

lindsay September 4, 2014 - 8:19 pm

um, yes, what gillian said! tahini lover

nichole @2healthnuts September 4, 2014 - 5:08 pm

They all look amazing! Need to get in the kitchen and get baking 🙂

Am September 4, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Very cool list!! I can’t wait to click through and discover new recipes when I have good internet! One of my favorite desserts is Chocolate Covered Katie’s Mocha cookies. Yum! Also love your fried plantains! Oh so tasty, they remind me of fried bananas, one of my favorite dishes!

Zornitsa September 5, 2014 - 12:44 am

Hi girls, i really love your blog, there is always so much to learn from you and your experience about healthy and happy life! And your recipes are just… oh my god… mouth watering! They seem to be perfect for me, since i struggle with crohn’s disease and i need to find a way to eat healthy without losing my mind from the pain after each meal. I “felt in love” with your site as soon as i saw it for the first time and i also thought of buying your cookbook but then i noticed that you use a lot of plantains in your recipes. Now, the problem with that is that i’m a bulgarian girl who lives in south Italy and there is no such thing as Plantains here. Italians don’t know about it and i also first heard about its existence after reading one of your recipes. Is there any possible way i can substitute plantains? Is there something else i can use instead? Sweet potatoes may be? A butternut squash? I see they look pretty much like bananas, is it the same consistency?

purelytwins September 5, 2014 - 7:12 am

Zornitsa glad you enjoy our site and recipes that means a lot to us!! The only cookbook that uses plantains is our 50 grain-free recipe one that is available off Amazon. Our other 3 cookbooks (Purely Classic recipes, Smores and No flour) do not use plantains but gluten-free flours. Sometimes green bananas can work in some of the recipes for plantains.

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Laure @ Sweat The Sweet Stuff September 8, 2014 - 11:12 pm

Holy delicious healthy dessert porn!

Jazmin September 11, 2014 - 9:13 pm

I have tried some of your recipes and they are amazing! I enjoy eating healthy and your recipes show just how delicious it can be. I started my own blog about health and fitness. It’s a work in progress but hope it will one day be as helpful and enjoyable as yours! my link:


Moni Meals Fitness September 20, 2014 - 2:01 pm

Wow! I am so hungry right now looking at this. What a great recipe round up and I look forward to trying some of these awesome recipes. Thanks for sharing my recipe too!

Much xx

Ann March 31, 2015 - 7:30 pm

HI ! what is that lovely looking light colored cheesecake kind of cake in the upper left had side of this page…… i cant find it in the 40 recipe section here. it looks SOOOOO good ! WHAT IS IT ?
please tell me where to find the recipe….


purelytwins March 31, 2015 - 8:34 pm

that is our pumpkin fudge http://bit.ly/179LmLp


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