By Samantha Schwab
Sometimes you feel like project baking. Other times? You want a recipe that doesn’t take half a day to make. Look no further! These easy, healthy desserts require minimal effort and call for just 5 ingredients — or even fewer! From pudding to popsicles, we’ve got chocolate lovers and fruit fanatics covered.
1. Flourless Brownies from Running On Real Food
In terms of easy, healthy desserts, it’s hard to beat these better-for-you brownies. Even though they’re sweetened with bananas and applesauce, they’re still extra rich and fudgy.
2. Salted Caramel Bliss Balls from Sam Schwab
These salted caramel energy bites are ridiculously easy to make! With just five ingredients and about 10 minutes of your time, you can have this feel-good dessert prepped and ready for the week.
3. Blueberry Crumble from Peanut Butter & Jilly
What’s great about this recipe is that it’s so versatile: You can use any excess berries you might have on hand; butter or coconut oil; regular AP flour or gluten-free flour; and your favorite sweetener.
4. Peanut Butter Cookies from Ambitious Kitchen
This one-bowl recipe also happens to be vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free. Make the base recipe when you’re in a hurry or add chocolate, pretzels, or jam to mix it up on slower days.
5. Mango Popsicles from Laura Fuentes
With coconut milk, maple syrup, and mango chunks, you can easily make these insanely delicious (and healthy) mango popsicles. Blend all of the ingredients together, freeze until solid, and enjoy all summer long!
6. Berry Chia Pudding from Shivani Loves Food
This make-ahead chia pudding recipe is packed with fiber, plant-based protein, and antioxidants. Make with any berry of choice, but we are seriously crushing on that vibrant purple from blueberries and blackberries.
7. Crustless Apple Pie from Amy’s Healthy Baking
This apple pie is almost too good to be true: It’s naturally sweetened, just five ingredients, and can be made in the slow cooker. Enjoy it warm with a big scoop of ice cream (scroll down for a vanilla coconut recipe you’ll want to put on everything).
8. Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream fromMinimalist Baker
If you have an ice cream maker, this vanilla coconut ice cream recipe is an absolute breeze. (If you don’t have an ice cream maker, we like this one from Cuisinart.)