Baking can feel like such a chore! For people trying to get (and stay!) in shape, staying away from high-calorie dessert can be a battle. Not anymore: That’s where no-bake desserts come in; they easily satisfy a sweet tooth, no oven required. These desserts are deceptively high in protein and/or fiber, and some are even gluten-free. Whether you follow a raw, vegan, or gluten-free diet, one of these desserts will surely satisfy. And many of these treats are healthy to boot!
1. Mango-Berry Chia Parfait
Load up on muscle-building protein and fresh, antioxidant-rich fruits in this simple and satisfying dessert. Plain Greek yogurt has a whopping 20 grams of protein per cup and very little sugar compared with traditional yogurt. Sweet, juicy mango adds a dose of vitamin A, and strawberries are full of vitamin C and potassium. These high-fiber fruits pair beautifully with the tart yogurt. Chia seeds pack a nutritional punch — they’re high in protein, fiber, and omega-3 heart-healthy fats. While chia seeds soften and swell when added to yogurt and left overnight, they add the perfect amount of texture when mixed with yogurt and eaten right away. CALORIES: 294
2. Banana-Berry Protein Ice Cream
This ice cream is sweet, fruity and has a great balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat to stabilize your blood sugar levels and help you to naturally burn fat and boost your metabolism. Frozen whipped bananas add a nutritious dose of potassium and fiber. Raspberries lend this creamy treat fiber, potassium and powerful anti-aging antioxidants like vitamin C, carotenoids, ellagic acid and quercetin to neutralize free radicals and help prevent aging and disease. Hydrolyzed whey protein powder helps to balance the natural carbohydrates from the fruit and makes this an ideal pre- or post-workout snack too. Top with fresh berries right before serving. CALORIES: 184
3. Raw Oat and Cacao Cookie Bites
Rich in fiber, these cookie bites are a nutritious substitute for traditional cookie dough. They have just the right amount of sweetness and will satisfy your craving for the real thing. Cacao nibs provide a rich chocolate crunch and antioxidants. Enjoy these energizing bites following a lighter meal that includes protein to help stabilize blood sugar, or enjoy with a quick protein shake on the side for a balanced breakfast. CALORIES: 135
4. Chocolate Chip Banana Ice Cream Bites
You’ll love these adorable chocolate chip banana “nice” cream bites. All you need are two ingredients — bananas and chocolate chips.
5. Chocolate Raspberry Protein Balls
They may look like chocolate truffles, but these rose-colored balls are actually made of healthy ingredients such as oats, cashews, protein powder, and banana. The taste is just as superb, with a sweet and fruity finish.