Craving something a little sweet? Love baking but are looking for a healthier twist on your favorite recipes? Need to take something to a party that’s food-allergy friendly? Well, get out your mixing bowls and reading glasses because we’ve got three healthy dessert cookbooks worth turning your oven on for! (Which sounds kind of dirty, no? We swear it’s not! Just good, sweet fun!)
3 Healthy Dessert Cookbooks
1. The Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook: More than 80 Healthy Treats That Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth without Breaking Your Calorie Budget. We love the show The Biggest Loser, so it’s no surprise that we also love The Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook. With yummy recipes and healthy tips and tidbits from Chef Devin Alexander, past contestants and experts (Bob Harper!), this book shows you how to satisfy sweet cravings — while not feeling deprived in the least. From the Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich to Strawberry Cloud Soufflés and Pecan Praline Cookie Thins, there’s a lot to crush on.
2. Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 Just Desserts: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories. We love Hungry Girl. (She was actually one of the first people who granted us an interview over on FBG, and we’ve been forever grateful!) She is the ultimate at making better-for-you versions of unhealthy stuff that actually taste like the real thing. Yes, it’s still processed and not organic … but sometimes you just need a Snickers Cake Mug for crying out loud! And her new healthy dessert cookbook, Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 Just Desserts: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories, delivers. From Red Velvet Cake Pops to Whoopie Pies and Cannoli, it’s the ultimate for whipping up a dessert that satisfies without a lot of extra calories. And so many options — 200, in fact!
3. The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Cakes & Cookies. Do you guys remember this Orange-Olive Oil Cake recipe? It was life-changing. And it came from The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Cakes & Cookies, which is a healthy dessert cookbook we adore for those looking to avoid gluten, dairy or animal products, and other common food allergens without feeling deprived. With advice on how to read food labels, prevent cross-contamination and make ingredient substitutions, and even navigate all of the gluten-free flours out there (there are sooo many!), this book not only has awesome recipes, but it also is just a great resource. From cakes, cupcakes, cookies, bars and biscotti, this is a go-to cookbook of ours! (We highly recommend the Peanut Butter and Jam Blondies on page 116 — in fact, we’re craving them now…)
Have any dessert-specific cookbooks that you adore? What should we add to our baking bookshelf? —Jenn