Healthy Dessert Face Off

Healthy Dessert Face Off

Blueberry Cheesecake Yogurt Cupcakes v. Skinny Banana Cookies


I have been so totally stressed lately that I can't even sit down and pick one subject to blog about. 

So in times of stress what's a girl to do???

BAKE SOMETHING!!!

But I'm trying to be all healthy and stuff, or at least healthier, so I found a recipe around Memorial Day that I wanted to try. It had previously been one of those things where I didn't have this ingredient or that ingredient. All the stars aligned and I finally was ready to get my healthy bake on.

But wait! I had these two really ripe bananas and surely I could make something with those. As much as I love banana bread, (and really any kind of bread, amiright?), sweet breads are better for fall and winter, I think. That, and I'm 100% sure I would finish 100% of ALL THE BREAD I BAKE. And I ain't baking no healthy bread. Is there such a thing, anyway? Never mind. I don't want to know about it.

So I had seen a few recipes for the banana chocolate chip oatmeal cookies around Pinterest. Only three ingredients - bananas, oatmeal, chocolate chips - just like the name says. I could handle that.

And then it was written...

HEALTHY DESSERT FACE OFF!!!



The original healthy-ish dessert I chose is the Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake Yogurt Cupcakes from my favorite healthy, lighter fair website, Skinnytaste.com. They seriously have the best healthy options that still taste good. Skinnytaste is all over Pinterest and they have SO MUCH to choose from. I'm not affiliated with them in any way, I've just made a bunch of their recipes and I've always been impressed.

Skinnytaste

My second recipe - Skinny Banana Cookies - are from the Six Sisters' Stuff. They're famous, ya'll. I think they're about to come out with a cookbook.

Six Sisters' Stuff

So I made the cheesecake cups. And I'm calling them cheesecake cups because they're a mini-cheesecake more than a traditional cupcake. They were really easy and simple to make. I liked that they had way less sugar than traditional cheesecake. Normally I wouldn't be a fan of this but it's cheesecake and I like cheese and cream cheese and everything cheesy so I really didn't mind. The yogurt keeps it creamy, too. And the fact that it isn't too sweet brings out the flavor of the berries on top.


Confessions: I didn't have strawberries, and this would have been even better with strawberries. Blueberries are pretty rad so it worked out. Also, and this is a big ALSO, I didn't use low fat anything. I didn't even know there was such a thing as low fat Nilla Wafers for the crust. I used full fat cream cheese and 2% Chobani Vanilla Greek Yogurt. I also used one whole egg instead of two egg whites. Low fat isn't my scene. I'm more into low sugar without nasty sugar substitutes. So that was my goal here.

The next recipe was the Skinny Banana Cookie. Just three ingredients. No strings attached.


I have no confessions here. This recipe was pretty much foolproof and super easy to make. I did bake it about five minutes longer than recommended because after the recommended time they came out a little mushy.

AND THE WINNER IS...

Definitely the Mini Cheesecakes made with Greek yogurt. They felt filling actually, probably because the protein filled Greek yogurt. They were low sugar, kind of guilt-free, and, as my friend, Lupita so astutely pointed out, hellooo, it's cheesecake.

The cookies were okay. They definitely tasted more breakfasty. These might even work for a post workout or a for snack time for the munchkins. I'm going off of personal taste here and I've determined that I'm just not a fan of warm banana.  If it's baked in a bread or a muffin (same thing?) I'm all over it. But the actual banana that's baked, I'm not the biggest fan.

Both recipes were really easy and healthy alternatives to the full fat and sugar options. But the cheesecakes definitely took the cake. Pun intended.

And, hello...it's cheesecake.








4 comments:

  1. Ironically, today is National Repeat Day.

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  2. That, and I'm 100% sure I would finish 100% of ALL THE BREAD I BAKE. And I ain't baking no healthy bread. Is there such a thing, anyway? Never mind. I don't want to know about it.healthy desserts

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