With all of the running I’ve been doing (OK, it hasn’t been that much yet, but go with me here!), it’s time for a treat. But as many experts tell you, exercising isn’t a free pass to go off the deep end. With that in mind, I tried out two different desserts that taste decadent but won’t blow your calorie budget. Bonus: They would both be a sweet way to please your Valentine!
Low-Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies from Skinny Taste
What makes these top the Tollhouse recipe standby? Three key swaps:
- Instead of half of the fat, use unsweetened applesauce (which makes for a super-moist cookie!).
- Use whole-wheat pastry flour in place of all purpose to boost the fiber and whole grain content without making the baked goods hard and heavy.
- Opt for mini-chocolate chips over regular-sized to spread the joy around the batter more.
Note: The mixture will be thinner than a typical batter before baking. But fear not! After exiting the oven (see picture below on right, yes, I’m classy and cool my cookies on a paper towel ) they will very much resemble the cookie you’re used to. And they taste fantastic!
One-Minute Chocolate Cake from Chocolate-Covered Katie
A single-serving baked dessert that you can make in a flash and without using your oven? Yes, please! I have no idea why, but something about watching this puff up and solidify in the microwave seems much more magical than an oven-baked cake. Cocoa powder adds amazing chocolate flavor without the fat that comes with chocolate pieces or bars—and makes this recipe vegan-friendly. Applesauce or mashed banana can sub for the oil in this recipe as well, and Katie’s smart recipe utilizes a half-and-half mix of sugar and stevia for great taste and nutrition facts.
I’m so happy that I stumbled upon these two recipes, and highly recommend that you give them a shot! What is your favorite dessert lately?