DessertsAh, dessert. As children, we remember coming home to the aroma of freshly baked cookies and the pleasure of taking those first gooey bites. Today, we enjoy our own children’s company at the kitchen counter. For some parents, however, desserts (which are often loaded with butter, shortening, sugar, and cream) bring on the guilt instead of the nostalgia. To bring pleasure back to dessert time, we switch from butter and cream to healthy oils like canola and go easy on the added sugar (though we don’t use sugar substitutes). We also weave in lots of health-enhancing ingredients including whole wheat flour, ground flaxseed, omega-3 eggs, wheat germ, chopped nuts, fresh and dried fruit, and vegetables (shhh!). Our Apple Butterscotch Cake, Chocolaty Coconut Mini Tortes, and Carrot Camouflage Cupcakes prove that special treats can indeed be good for you.

For a complete listing of recipes from our main site and our blog, visit our RECIPE INDEX.

And for even more dessert recipes, check out the following:

> Brownies & Bars

Apple Butterscotch Squares
Chocolate Cranberry Bark
Chocolaty Pumpkin Bars
Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
Grab-and-Go Granola Bars
Incredibly Fudgy Brownies
Lightened-Up Seven Layer Bars
No-Cook Chewy Date Bites
Peanut Butter Raisin Bars
Truffle Baking Mix Makeover
White Bean Blondies

> Cakes & Crisps

Apple Blueberry Walnut Crisp
Apple Pie Deconstructed 
Apple Rhubarb Crisp
Apple, Rhubarb & Berry Crisp
Autumn Apple Pumpkin Bundt Cake
Better Blueberry Buckle
Berry Bisquit Burgers
Chocolate Souffle Cakes with Berries
I-Love-Chocolate Party Torte
Lemon Cakes with Blueberry Compote
Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Blueberry Compote
Mini Berry Cheesecakes
Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake
Rustic Pear & Grape Tart
Tea Party Pavlovas
Teddy’s Apple Cake
Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit Cake
Wild Blueberry Oat Cake with Greek Yogurt Frosting

> Cookies

Almond-Apricot Snowballs
Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

California Avocado, Cranberry, and Pistachio Biscotti
Carrot Cake Cookies
Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Chewy Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies
Chocolate Almond Cookies
Chocolate Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Chocolate Raisin Pecan Clusters
Ginger Drizzle Cookies
Monster Cookie Makeover
Peanut Butter Power Cookies
Peppermint Meringue Snowballs
The Best Cookie Ever
Walnut Sandwiches with Fig Filling

> Cupcakes

Berry Good Chocolate Cupcakes
Carrot Patch Cupcakes
Mini Peppermint Cupcakes
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

> Frozen Treats

Avocado & Banana Frosty
Blueberry Snow Cones
Frozen Chocolate and Hemp Smothered Banana Bites
Mango Snow Cones
Orange Creamsicle Pops
Super Sundae with Strawberries
Tropical Island Ice Pops
Watermelon Pomegranate Pops
Watermelon Sorbet Pie

> Puddings and Pies

Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate Caramel Tofu Pie
Chocolate Chia Pudding
Chocolate Pudding with Toppers

Cherry Banana Raisin Bread Pudding
Double Strawberry Smoothie Pie
Peanut Butter Cup Pie
Pumpkin Chia Pudding
Raspberry Creme Brulee
Strawberry Chia Pudding