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Lighter bakes, puddings and sweet treats

by Jessica Lockyer-Palmer

published on 4 January 2019

Eating should always bring joy as far as we’re concerned, but when January rolls around we can all feel the urge to eat a little more healthily and to consign some of our favourite foods to the banned list. Here to show you that you can still indulge in bakes, puddings and sweet treats, this collection of lighter recipes will prove that your favourite bakes need not be on the naughty step.

Rocky Road (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Rocky Road (gluten-free, dairy-free)

by Indy Power

Make a batch of these on a Sunday and you’ll be safe from the 3pm slump all week. These heavenly rocky road bars from The Little Green Spoon also happen to be dairy and gluten-free.

Melissa Hemsley’s Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Melissa Hemsley’s Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Flour-free and with an easy vegan swap, we love these gooey, nutty tahini cookies.

Beauty Bars

Beauty Bars

by Amelia Freer

Make up a batch of Amelia’s seed-studded beauty bars and take them with you for a healthy pick-me-up when you’re on-the-go.

My Tasty Energy Balls, Date, Cocoa and Pumpkin Seed

My Tasty Energy Balls, Date, Cocoa and Pumpkin Seed

Sweet, nutty and substantial enough to see you through the day, these delicious energy balls from Everyday Super Food are the perfect snack.

From the book

Little Chocolate Pots

Little Chocolate Pots

Chocolate lovers, we’ve got you. These heavenly little desserts from Eat Happy use just five ingredients and under thirty minutes of your time to make. Perfect as a lighter dinner party dessert.

Gluten-free Rhubarb Crumble

Gluten-free Rhubarb Crumble

by Wendy Rowe

With a delicious nutty topping atop a sweet and tart rhubarb base, this lighter twist on a comfort food classic from Eat Beautiful is perfect as a healthy winter dessert.

Crunchy Custard-Baked Apples

Crunchy Custard-Baked Apples

by Sara Buenfeld

These soft apples, steeped in custard, are topped with a crunchy crumble-like topping for a taste and texture sensation that will round off your Sunday lunch nicely.

Quinoa, Plum and Cardamom Frangipane Pudding

Quinoa, Plum and Cardamom Frangipane Pudding

by Alex Hely-Hutchinson

Soft, buttery and fragrant with cardamom and plum, this healthy pudding from 26 Grains uses quinoa flakes and ground almonds for a gluten-free bake.

BB Brownies

BB Brownies

The ultimate chocolate snack gets a lighter makeover in this recipe from The Art of Eating Well. Made using black beans to create that perfect gooey texture, they’ll soon become your new go-to.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding

by Saskia Gregson-Williams

Your eyes do not deceive you, that is a healthy sticky toffee pudding; the nation’s favourite pud, just a little bit lighter. Gluten and dairy-free, it’s also a great option for vegans or those with intolerances.

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

by Dr David Cavan, Emma Porter

Specially designed for sufferers of type 1 and 2 diabetes but irresistible to just about everyone, this apple pie is made using grain-free pastry and no refined sugar.

Raw Cheesecake

Raw Cheesecake

by Megan Gilmore

Dairy and refined sugar-free and with a hidden hit of courgette for added nutrients, you won’t believe how creamy and moreish this recipe from Everyday Detox is.

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