You May Also Like

Ginger Detox

7 surprising, health-boosting uses for fresh ginger

avocado digestive intolerances fodmaps allergies

Is your avocado habit behind your gut health issues?

Meat-free is now a WeWork sustainability policy

WeWork’s latest eco-friendly move is becoming a totally meat-free organization

Whole foods discount for Prime members Prime Day

Here’s *exactly* how to save big at Whole Foods during Amazon Prime Day

These vegan ground-beef tacos are gluten-free

Taco night just got a lot healthier thanks to a surprising gluten-free, vegan meat recipe

y7 food diary

This is exactly what Y7 yoga’s cofounder eats to power through a week of girlboss action

3 totally healthy desserts you should be eating tonight


Thumbnail for 3 totally healthy desserts you should be eating tonight
Pin It
All photos: Clare Winfield
1/4
Deliciously Ella cookbook
Photo: Scribner

Ella Woodward—AKA Deliciously Ella—is a name you might know from Instagram. The healthy London food phenom makes blending smoothies and whipping up wholesome, nutritious meals look like a piece of cake—but she also knows how to make actual cake that’s totally delicious and loaded with veggies.

Woodward, 23, became a household name when she started her healthy living blog and Instagram a few years ago—and now she has a new cookbook, Deliciously Ella, dedicated to making eating well even more delicious, including desserts that use avocado in place of bad-for-you oils, and sweet potatoes instead of tons of sugar. They’re genius swaps that taste amazing.

“I’m always just looking for ways to make a classic dish a little healthier,” says Woodward, whose roommates seriously benefit from her non-stop recipe testing. “Lots of veggies are so sweet, too, which is great for naturally sweetening your dessert.”

Be prepared for these recipes to rock your world. We bet your friends (and coworkers and roommates) won’t even notice…but they might thank you later.

Originally posted May 17, 2015. Updated August 18, 2017.

Keep reading for three healthy dessert recipes from Ella Woodward—AKA Deliciously Ella.

Get Started
2/4
healthy dessert recipes 2

Sweet Potato Brownies

Makes 10–12 brownies

Ingredients
2 medium–large sweet potatoes (about 10 ounces each)
14 Medjool dates, pitted
3/4 cup, plus 2 Tbsps ground almonds (about 3 ounces)
3/4 cup, plus 1 Tbsp buckwheat or brown rice flour (about 3 1/2 oz.)
4 Tbsp raw cacao powder
3 Tbsp maple syrup
Pinch of salt

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Peel the sweet potatoes. Cut them into chunks and place into a steamer for about 20 minutes, until they become really soft.

3. Once they are perfectly soft and beginning to fall apart, add them to a food processor with the dates. Blend until a smooth, creamy mix forms.

4. Put the remaining ingredients into a bowl before mixing in the sweet potato and date combination. Stir well.

5. Place the mix into a parchment paper-lined baking dish and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, until you can pierce the brownie cake with a fork and bring it out dry. Remove the dish from the oven and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes. This is really important, as the brownies need this time to stick together!

3/4
healthy dessert recipes

Easy Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Serves 4

Ingredients
2 ripe avocados
4 really ripe bananas, peeled
12 Medjool dates, pitted
4 Tbsp almond butter
5 heaped teaspoons raw cacao powder
Drizzle of maple syrup (optional)
Sprinkle of chia seeds (optional)

1. Slice the avocados in half, peel their skin away and remove their pits. Then place the flesh into a food processor.

2. Add all the remaining ingredients to the food processor with a splash of water and the maple syrup, if using, then blend until smooth. Divide the mixture among 4 ramekins or little glasses and sprinkle with the chia seeds, if desired.

3. Keep chilled in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.

4/4
healthy dessert recipes 3

Beet Chocolate Cake with Coconut Frosting

Makes 1 cake

Ingredients
For the cake
1 large beet (about 8 ounces)
1 1/2 cups apple purée
3 cups buckwheat flour (about 14 oz.)
1 1/4 cups maple syrup
6 Tbsp raw cacao powder
Pinch of salt
Coconut oil, for greasing

For the frosting
3 1/2 oz. coconut cream
1 Tbsp almond butter
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp raw cacao powder

For the cake
1. Using a steamer to steam the beet whole (with its skins on) for about an hour, until it’s very soft. If you don’t have a steamer, you can boil the beet. Then take it out of the steamer and allow it to cool. Once the beet is cool, peel its skin off and chop off the head.

2. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

3. Cut up the flesh of the beet, place it into a food processor, and blend until a smooth purée forms.

4. Add the purée to a mixing bowl with all the other cake ingredients and mix well until perfectly smooth and creamy.

5. Grease an 8 by 10-inch round cake pan with coconut oil, then pour in the mix and bake for about 20 minutes, until you can pull a knife out of the center totally clean.

For the frosting
1.  As the cake cools, make the icing. Place the coconut cream in a bowl or mug with three tablespoons of boiling water and stir until it’s totally melted. Add this to a blender with the almond butter, maple syrup, and cacao and blend until smooth.

2. Pour the icing over the cake and serve!

Now that dessert is taking care of, here are some 10-minute lunch recipes and 15-minute dinner ideas.

Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

zac efron diet

Zac Efron’s secret to cutting sugar cravings—for good

These vegan ground-beef tacos are gluten-free

Taco night just got a lot healthier thanks to a surprising gluten-free, vegan meat recipe

Avozilla avocados in Australia are 5x larger

Kettlebell-size avocados are here to prove that sometimes, size *totally* matters

y7 food diary

This is exactly what Y7 yoga’s cofounder eats to power through a week of girlboss action

avocado digestive intolerances fodmaps allergies

Is your avocado habit behind your gut health issues?

Kimchi farro salad recipe

The gorgeous grain bowl you’re going to want to eat all summer long