Healthy Desserts for Older Adults

If you’re like most of us and have a sweet tooth, resisting the dessert menu is no easy task.  With so many decadent options like cakes, pies, tarts, puddings, and pastries, it makes it pretty easy to indulge.

While these treats taste great, and for most folks anything is fine in moderation, they’re obviously not the healthiest choices.  Keeping desserts high in sugar and unhealthy fats to a minimum can help prevent and manage certain conditions such as:

But fortunately there are lots of healthy desserts options for older adults to help satisfy your sweet tooth.  Here are some of our favorites!

Frozen fruit: some frozen fruits can be hard to eat, but grapes, mangos, and strawberries will remind you of eating a popsicle – without all the sugar!  You can even cover fruit in melted dark chocolate before freezing for an extra special treat. 


Smoothies: blended drinks like smoothies are great because you can pack a lot of nutrients into a 16 oz serving.  The base of most smoothies is fruit, yogurt (can also use dairy-free), and some kind of liquid (juice, milk, almond milk).  From there, you can really get creative by adding nut butters, protein powder, and even fresh spinach.  Starting off your day with a healthy smoothie will give you the energy boost you’re looking for. 


Banana ice cream: to make banana ice cream, peel and cut very ripe bananas into slices and freeze them.  Once frozen, add them to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.  You can also add other flavorings like cocoa powder, maple syrup, or peanut butter.


Yogurt parfait: yogurt is a great source of probiotics, which helps with digestion.  Also, try using whole milk yogurt instead of low-fat because lower-fat varieties are usually loaded with sugar.  Top the yogurt with fresh fruit for a delicious pop of color and granola for crunch. 


Banana split:  if you’re going to indulge in an ice cream sundae, a banana split is probably the healthiest choice.  If you want to avoid the ice cream, whipped cream, and other toppings, you could try your banana split with frozen yogurt or ricotta cheese instead. 


Dark chocolate: chocolate lovers rejoice!  High cocoa dark chocolate is high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and has much less sugar than milk chocolate.  Having a few squares after dinner makes for a heart-healthy dessert.