5 Decadent Desserts Under 300 Calories


Let’s be honest, we all have a sweet tooth sometimes! However, when we hear the words decadent desserts we often think of indulgent and guilty pleasures which surely can’t be entertained to fit into our healthy eating plan. The great news is that this definitely is not the case!

12WBT is all about creating a healthy and sustainably way of living… starting with a healthy relationship with all foods. So that means it is absolutely OK to include some deliciously crafted soul satisfying desserts into our lives.

These 5 decadent (and chocolatey!) desserts will make you feel like you’re totally treating yourself to a naughty indulgence, but without the overload of calories. That’s a win, win!

12WBT’s Mini Chocolate Fudge Cakes

(Serves 10)

  • Sift together 70g self-raising flour, 40g plain flour and 35g cocoa powder in a bowl. Stir in 80g of brown sugar
  • In a separate bowl, whisk 140g of apple puree, 130g of yoghurt and two small eggs. Add to the flour mixture and stir until combined
  • Spoon mixture evenly into 10 muffin moulds and bake in a 150-degree oven for 15 minutes
  • Dust with cocoa and serve with fresh raspberries

Silky Chocolate banana ice-cream

(Serves 2)

  • Blend together 4 peeled frozen bananas, ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of nut butter, and a splash of milk in your food processor
  • Keep scraping down the mixture until the ice-cream is super creamy in texture – this may require a splash more milk
  • Serve immediately and enjoy the velvety goodness!

12WBT ‘s Famous Fudge Bites

(Makes 21 individual bites ~4 per dessert serve)

A little like a brownie these fudge bites a guaranteed to delight

  • Put 1 ¼ cups of fresh pitted dates, 1 cup of walnuts and ½ cup of cacao into a food processor and blend until finely ground. The mixture should resemble cake crumbs but when pressed will easily stick together
  • Firmly press into 21 single ice cube moulds and place into the fridge until ready to eat

Luscious Chocolate Smoothie

(Serves 1)

  • Add 1/3 cup of quick oats to your food processor and blend until it resembles a fine powder
  • Add into the mix 1 cup of milk, 1 tablespoon of nut butter, 2 tablespoons of cocoa, ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
  • Blend on high until the mix is a smooth and creamy consistency
  • Garnish with toppings of choice, and enjoy!

Hot chocolate

(Serves 1)

  • Combine 1 cup of milk, 1 ½ tablespoons of cocoa powder, 4 dates and a pinch of salt in a blender and blend on the highest speed until velvety smooth (takes about 30 seconds)
  • Place mixture into a small saucepan and heat until steaming on a medium temperature
  • Once removed from heat stir in ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • For further eye-popping lusciousness garnish your dessert with a sprinkle of desiccated coconut, shaved dark chocolate or slivered almonds

Tip: For some varied flavours on all of the above recipes try: Mexican delight (with some chili powder, cayenne and cinnamon), Mint Chocolate (with peppermint extract instead of vanilla), Choc-orange (with orange oil extract instead of vanilla, Mocha- Chocolate (with a tablespoon of dissolved instant espresso powder).

Also read: 7 Cafe Breakfast Choices Under 400 Calories

Amanda Turbill, APD, MNutr&Diet, BSc (Molecular Genetics)
A self confessed foodie, nutrition nut and fitness advocate. Amanda gets to live her passions daily as a Dietitian with 12WBT. Having been a high level gymnast until her late teens she still tumbles to this day and believes to maintain life balance it's important to find ways to incorporate 'play' to daily life . A Bachelor of Science (Molecular Genetics) and Masters in Nutrition & Dietetics she has over 20 years working across all clinical nutritional specialties with a particular interest in Nutrigenomics, food allergy and food intolerance. Amanda is a proud mum and is always keen to help other parents nourish, and stay active together with, their own families.

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