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Healthy Desserts

Healthy Desserts
Heather Nicholds

Eating healthy food doesn’t mean we can’t have treats! I’m going to show you some of my favorite ways to make totally healthy – and totally delicious treats.

Class Notes

Full Class Notes PDF
(including recipes)

Cheat Sheet

Tutorial Videos:

How to Make Cookies

When I make cookies, I like to think of it in terms of the basic steps so that I can make sure I’m making super duper cookies every single time. Watch the video to see the basic steps that I’m going to go through every single time.


Vegan Baking Substitutions

Swaps for butter, milk, eggs, and all the basics of baking.


Spectrum of Healthy Desserts

There are some key essentials to making healthy desserts, and one thing to keep in mind is where on the spectrum your desserts are going to lie – more on the decadent-yummy side, or more on the uber-healthy side.


Recipes & Class Videos

Class 1: Chocolate Brownie Cookies

These are my favorite cookies. They’re rich and moist, and like a single-serving brownie. We’re going to go through the key techniques for making delicious and nourishing vegan cookies.

Grocery List & Class Prep Notes
Class Video & Recipe

Class 2: Banana Walnut Muffins

I’m going to show you a special thing I like to do with my muffins – bake them using cooked whole grains. This makes them moist, delicious, and less dense than regular muffins so you don’t have to worry about packing in a ton of calories in every bite.

Grocery List & Class Prep Notes
Class Video & Recipe

Class 3: Apple Cranberry Crumble + Date Squares

This class, I’m going through 2 recipes in one class, so it’s jam-packed with tips on how to make amazing crumbles and squares using whole foods. I’ll be talking a lot about using the natural sweetness of fruit to make tasty desserts.

Grocery List & Class Prep Notes
Class Video & Recipe

Class 3, Recipe 2: Date Squares

This is a super healthy spin on date squares, using cooked steel cut oats as a base. No need for butter, or oil. You can also swap in rolled oats for a faster alternative.

Recipe Video


Oatmeal Cookies

The classic cookie, made vegan and healthy. Options for mix-ins, so you can make a different spin each time.


Quinoa Lavender Cookies

Made with a base of cooked quinoa, these cookies are full of protein and other nutrients – and have a great nubbly crunchy texture.

Recipe Video

Lemon Almond Cookies

These almond cookies have a citrus twist, full of flavor and calcium, with a shortbread-like texture.

Recipe Video

Pineapple Coconut Macaroons

No-bake macaroons, with a tropical twist.

Recipe Video

Chocolate Dipped Berries

Make your own healthy chocolate, to turn into a bar, dip berries into, or drizzle on anything you want to make special.

Recipe Video

Black Bean Chocolate Brownies

What is a healthy brownie recipe, you ask? Well, it’s one that’s made with less sugar and fat than most, and (like most of my recipes) highlights the natural deliciousness of whole foods…

Recipe Video


Live Q&A session


In making healthy desserts, I focused a lot on using whole foods for sweetness and texture. Your challenge this month is to make a dessert that’s as whole foods as you can make it! You can use one of the recipes here, and vary the ingredients (for example, take the date squares and replace the date filling with dried figs or apricot) – or you can come up with something of your own!

Then snap a shot and submit it to the Facebook group! You can also submit any of the desserts you made this month – I’d love to see what you’re up to!