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A balanced diet includes dessert. It just does. Otherwise what are we even doing here? But that doesn't mean dessert has to be a nutritionless indulgence. We've teamed up with to prove you can satisfy your sweet tooth and eat well too.
These recipes all sneak in a protein-packed secret weapon: beans. It might sound weird, but beans actually work really well in desserts—and add a punch of protein and fiber. Choose your favorite from the lineup below, prep a batch on Sunday, and enjoy throughout the week. Cravings, meet your match.
Whoever invented dessert hummus deserves a gold star. (a.k.a. chickpeas) are full of protein and other essential nutrients such as iron and magnesium. If you have a favorite flavor, odds are you can turn it into a sweet hummus—we've seen strawberry, cheesecake, red velvet, brownie, and pumpkin pie versions. Or try this cake batter option. Just remember to pace yourself because you might be tempted to eat a tub in one sitting.
In our opinion, the best superfood desserts don't taste healthy. That's why we L-O-V-E these brownie truffles that deliver all the fudgy, chocolatey goodness a dessert should have while hiding a whole can of , which adds 21 grams of protein and 18 grams of fiber. Go ahead—treat yo'self.
This is an in-office treat your coworkers won't be mad you brought in. Made with fiber- and protein-packed , these vegan, gluten-free cookies taste like fall minus the added sugar that usually comes with apple-cinnamon baked goods. PSL and knit scarf optional.
Whether you want your chocolate fix after dinner or after the gym, this rich mousse has you covered. Black beans, milk, and cacao nibs and powder up the protein level without taking away from the indulgence of a chocolatey dessert. Plus, a sprinkle of orange zest counts as a serving of fruit, right?
This tasty cake is hiding two full cups of white beans—that's . But it's the streusel topping (a crumbly combo of , coconut sugar, and cinnamon) that really takes this dessert to the next level.
You could argue muffins are a breakfast food, but honestly, they're more of a dessert (especially when they contain chocolate chips like these do). White beans, peanut butter, and quinoa flakes mean more protein for you in a cute, portable portion size.
If you're wondering what pitaya is, it's a fancy word for dragonfruit. These frozen "fudge" bites are about as simple as it gets: Blend frozen dragonfruit, white beans, and maple syrup. Scoop into a cupcake tin over an almond-flour crust and freeze until you're ready to eat.
Cookie dough goes dark in this vegan, sugar-free version. You get all the texture, chocolate, and buttery-sweet flavor that makes cookie dough so addictive, with a protein upgrade from black beans and almond butter. Half a cup of this dough delivers 23 grams of protein. A hit of activated charcoal powder also makes it super 'grammable, but feel free to leave out if you can't find it.
You know what makes these blondies really amazing (besides the full can of chickpeas)? Chocolate. chunks. Sure, there are other great things about this recipe, like the fact that you can make it in just 30 minutes, but let's not kid ourselves. If blondies don't have chocolate chunks, are they even dessert?
You've heard of caramel before, but how about date caramel? In addition to a can of black beans, this brownie recipe contains a gooey filling with no refined sugar but plenty of craving-satisfying sweetness.