The Very Best Winter Desserts (You Need These In Your Life!)


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When it comes to the very best winter desserts, these 10 sweet recipes have all your cravings sorted! With everything from gooey chocolate fondants to self-saucing puddings, sticky date puddings to lemon tart, apple pie to crumbles… winter has never been more delicious!

The Very Best Winter Desserts

Apple Pie

Perfect for a Sunday night family dessert… especially when served with a big scoop of vanilla ice-cream, a drizzle of custard or a dollop of cream (or all 3!!).

Sticky Date Puddings with Caramel Sauce

When it’s raining outside and you’re kicking back on the couch binge watching Netflix and need a caramel kick… this is your go-to!

Creamy Lemon Puddings

These sweet little puddings may look cute, but they pack a whole lotta deliciousness!

Butterscotch Self Saucing Pudding

Quick, easy, budget-friendly and a total crowd pleaser! This pudding is EVERYTHING this winter!

Raspberry & Apple Crumble Cake

This really is the ultimate winter cake… a yummy cake base, a fruit filling and crunchy crumble topping! Serve it warm or cold.

The Ultimate Rich & Fudgy Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding

There’s a very good reason this classic winter dessert has stood the test of time… It’s so freaking delicious! And perfect for all of the chocoholics out there.

Super Easy Apple Crumble

This is my go-to recipe when I need a quick, easy and foolproof dessert. Vanilla ice-cream on top is a MUST!

Molten Lava Chocolate Fondants

Picture this… gorgeous fondants with an oozy-gooey centre. Absolute perfection!!

Raspberry & Ricotta Cake

A simple ricotta cake with bursts of delicious raspberries! Serve it cold or warm for the perfect winter treat.

Classic Lemon Tart

A yummy lemon tart made with sweet shortcrust pastry and a delicious creamy filling. Grab a blanket and snuggle up on the couch with this sweet little thing!

Apple & Blueberry Crumble

A yummy twist on a classic fave… this apple & blueberry crumble is super simple and absolutely delicious!

Did your favourite winter dessert make the list? Do you have any others to add to the collection!?

These savvy bloggers have taken classic dessert recipes and made them healthier and smaller, without sacrificing taste. You CAN enjoy your favorite desserts while practicing portion control!

1. Single Serve Banana Cake from Fit Foodie Finds

This tasty cake is made with gluten free flour, almond milk, banana, and dark chocolate chips. It’s a mixture of all healthy and delicious flavors.

2. 3 Ingredient Banana Chocolate Soft Serve Ice Cream from Anytime Fitness

This “ice cream” is dairy-free and gluten-free yet it’s still very flavorful! It’s a variation of banana soft serve, with the addition of fine cocoa powder and some dark chocolate chips.

3. Skinny Cobbler from Something Swanky

An easy dessert that can be customized with your own favorite flavors!

4. Single Serve Microwave Carrot Cake Muffin from Desserts with Benefits

This healthy dessert uses whole grain flour, applesauce in place of oil, and amps up the nutrition with ground flaxseed. It will leave your carrot cake cravings well satisfied.

5. Giant Snickerdoodle Cookie from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Who needs a whole batch of snickerdoodle cookies, when you have a recipe for just one? Indulge away.

6. Single Serve Blueberry Muffin from Chocolate Covered Katie

Katie uses whole wheat flour and coconut oil for a healthier twist with this blueberry muffin! Enjoy with a glass of almond milk and banana for a perfect breakfast.

7. Single Serve Double Chocolate Cake from Nosh and Nourish

Chocolate on chocolate? Yes please! Nosh and Nourish uses whole wheat flour and a secret ingredient, CHICKPEAS, to amp up the nutrition of this dessert.

8. Banana Bread in a Mug from Pass the Sushi

Your favorite banana bread recipe made into a single serving!

9. Single Serve Healthy Raspberry Ice Cream from Heather’s French Press

Made with greek yogurt and and honey, this homemade ice cream is healthy enough to eat for breakfast. Yum!

10. Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup from Number 2 Pencil

Afraid you’ll eat the entire batch of warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies? No fear! Use this recipe to make a classic cookie for one!

We get it. Sometimes you just need a little sweet. But, we also know that baking a full batch of cookies can be crazy tempting. These single serve desserts allow you the perfectly portioned sweet for a healthier option.

Microwave Protein Blondie Cake // Food By Mars

With coconut flour, protein powder and maca powder, this nutritious blondie is made in a pinch in the microwave.

2 Minute Apple Pie Crunch // Dizzy Busy and Hungry

Apple is the star in this tasty microwave dish that is reminiscent of apple pie.

Single Serving Chocolate Banana Protein Mug Cake // Jill Conyers

This tasty and impressive mug cake is loaded with protein!

Healthy High Protein Cake Batter Mousse // The Fit Blog

This super creamy mousse is high in protein and has the perfect mix of vanilla and chocolate.

Cacao Nib Banana Bread Muffin // Clean Eating Veggie Girl

Banana bread for one! This tasty option is studded with antioxidant-rich cacao nibs for a healthy treat.

Healthier S’mores Mug Cake // Athletic Avocado

Enjoy S’mores even during the off season with this healthy mug cake featuring the graham cracker, marshmallow and chocolate combination you love.

Healthy Almond Joy “Cheesecake” // Food Faith FItness

This high-protein dessert option combines coconut and almond to taste just like an almond joy cheesecake!

Frozen Banana Bites // Fooduzzi

If you often find yourself reaching into the freezer for a dessert bar, these frozen banana bites are a healthy but tasty option. The frozen banana has the perfect ice cream texture, with no guilt!

Easy Protein Ice Cream // Healthy Helper

While this looks like ice cream, it’s actually a high-protein blend that is perfect post-workout.

Single Serving Blueberry Crumble // Baking Magique

Naturally sweetened with maple syrup, this crumble is topped with a healthy blend of almond flour and oats.

Microwave Sweet Potato Mug Cake // The Lean Green Bean

Sweet potato and maple syrup adds natural sweetness to this mug cake featuring your favorite nut butter.

Single Serve Peach Crumble // Recreating Happiness

Enjoy a delicious and gluten-free peach crumble for only 250 calories!

Healthy Single-Serving Red Velvet Cake // Desserts with Benefits

It’s hard to believe, but this red velvet cake is high protein, high fiber, gluten-free and vegan!

Single Serve Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie // Pancake Warriors

Made with peanut butter and topped with a peanut butter drizzle, these single serve brownies are delicious – but healthy, too!

Birthday Cake Protein Mug Cake // A Fit Philosophy

Enjoy a healthy birthday cake in a mug! Made with birthday cake protein powder and gluten-free sprinkles.

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This healthy peanut butter mug cake is the perfect solution to those pesky after dinner sweet cravings. It’s vegan, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, and egg free. The best part? It’s hassle free, taking just 2 minutes to make!

My go-to ‘emergency’ healthy dessert!

Please tell me I’m not the only one who needs ‘emergency’ desserts sometimes?

Usually the ‘need’ strikes on random evenings when the day’s jobs are done and I finally get to sit down and chill.

I have my cup of tea and Netflix controller in hand, but there’s something missing…

I need something sweet, and I need it now!

That’s where this wonderful invention called a mug cake comes in.

Like many of us these days I try not to eat too much sugar. So one day I literally threw some peanut butter into a mug with a little coconut flour, date syrup and almond milk and microwaved it. The result was a gooey peanut buttery dessert for one that I’ve since stank out the kitchen (!) with on more occasions than I’d like to admit!

But it’s been worth all the moaning from Mr. Scrummy – who thinks it’s a disgusting idea! This healthy peanut butter mug cake recipe has come to my rescue time after time.

I sincerely hope it becomes one of your go-to ‘emergency’ desserts too, oh fellow peanut butter lovers.

Ingredients for this healthy mug cake:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter (I like to use natural and organic)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup OR date syrup OR honey (my favourite is date syrup!)
  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk (I use almond)
  • a sprinkle of 70% cocoa or higher chocolate chips

Yep, just 5 ingredients, and that’s including the chocolate chips which strictly speaking you could leave out. Although I don’t recommend it!

And not only does this healthy peanut butter mug contain NO REFINED SUGAR, it’s also accidentally GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE, EGG FREE, AND VEGAN!

How to make a healthy mug cake (peanut butter flavour!)

Grab your favourite mug and add a tablespoon of coconut flour, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, a tablespoon of your favourite healthy sweetener (date syrup, maple syrup, honey…), and 2 tablespoons of almond milk (or other non dairy milk). (photos 1-4)

Give it all a really good stir (make sure you mix in all the sneaky bits of coconut flour at the bottom). (photo 5)

Press a few chocolate chips (or small pieces of chocolate from a bar) into the top. (photo 6)

Microwave for 1 minute. Your cake won’t look like it’s changed or risen very much, but don’t worry – plunge in your spoon and you’ll soon see that it’s cakey, gooey, and totally yummy! (photos 7-8)

Either eat just by itself, or – my favourite – plop a scoop of ice cream, or healthy nice cream (instructions below!) on top!

Pro tips

  • You can take this healthy dessert to next-level delicious by throwing a scoop of ice cream on top. But you thought this was supposed to be a healthy dessert, right? No worries, freeze a chopped banana, throw it in a food processor with a tablespoon of cacao/cocoa and a tablespoon of nut butter, and make some healthy ‘nice cream’! (full recipe for nice cream here)
  • Try substituting the coconut flour with cacao – or a half-and-half coconut flour and cacao mix. This gives you a deliciously gooey, splodgy chocolate mug cake. Don’t skip adding a scoop of ice cream (nice cream!) on top of this one!
  • If you don’t mind de-healthifying (did I just make up a new word?) your mug cake a bit, you can make it with ordinary plain flour and a tablespoon of brown sugar. It’s still a fairly innocent dessert!

More healthier desserts

  • 30-minute healthy chocolate cake
  • 5-minute chocolate banana ice cream (nice cream!)
  • Greek yoghurt blueberry muffins (low sugar recipe)
  • Greek yoghurt chocolate chip muffins (low sugar recipe)
  • 5-ingredient raw chocolate orange truffles
  • Rhubarb and ginger oaty slices



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2-minute peanut butter healthy mug cake

Sweet craving? I’ve got you covered with this peanut butter mug cake. Throw peanut butter in a mug with coconut flour, date or maple syrup and almond milk, and you’ve got yourself a delicious healthy dessert for one. Course Dessert Cuisine American Keyword mug cake, peanut butter, vegan dessert Prep Time 1 minute Cook Time 1 minute Total Time 2 minutes Servings 1 Calories 276kcal Author Helen

Ingredients (UK/Australia? Click button below for grams & ml)

  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or date syrup, or honey
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk or other non-dairy milk – or ordinary milk
  • a few dark chocolate chips or a 10 gram piece of 70% dark chocolate


  • Put all the ingredients apart from the chocolate chips in a small mug and mix really well with a spoon.
  • Press the chocolate into the top of the mixture. Microwave for 1 minute.
  • Enjoy immediately either by itself or with a small scoop of ice cream/nice cream on top!


A note on the coconut flour

Make sure you only add a level tablespoon of coconut flour. Coconut flour absorbs a lot of moisture so adding more might make your mug cake too dry. If you don’t have any coconut flour you can use almond flour instead. If you decide to use ordinary plain flour I’d use brown sugar as the sweetener. I didn’t like the texture when I made this mug cake with plain flour and date/maple syrup. You can also make a gooey chocolate version of this by using cacao or cocoa powder instead of the coconut flour!

A note on the cooking time

I find that 1 minute in my high-power microwave is just about right. Not too runny, not too dry. If your microwave is a lower power one, simply check your mug cake after one minute. Scoop out a spoonful of pudding. Too gooey for you? Microwave for another 20 seconds!

Can you make this as a ‘proper’ dessert for more than 1?

There is no reason why you can’t make this in separate ramekins (or mugs!) for more than 1 person. I would recommend mixing up the ingredients just before eating, however, so that the coconut flour (which is very absorbent!) doesn’t soak up too much moisture.


Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 253mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg Follow me on Pinterest!Follow @scrummylane to pin more quick and easy recipes for later

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There’s no need to make an entire pie or a dozen cookies. You don’t have to worry about desserts going stale or having to throw leftovers away. These easy dessert recipes are just the right size.

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Watermelon Strawberry Sorbet – this refreshing dessert is made with just 3 ingredients; watermelon, strawberries, and honey. No ice cream maker needed! A healthy, and delicious single serving recipe!

Mango Sorbet – this creamy sorbet is made with 1 fresh mango or frozen mango chunks, honey and lemon juice. This healthy, single serving dessert recipe can be made in the blender and no ice cream maker needed!

Small Batch Peanut Butter Bars – just 4 ingredients needed to make these healthy Peanut Butter Bars; natural peanut butter, oats and honey. These no bake bars are topped with a light cream cheese and honey frosting. They’re a healthier version of traditional peanut butter bars and this small batch recipe can be ready in minutes!

Chocolate Avocado Tart – a simple recipe for a Chocolate Avocado Tart made with a gluten-free crust. A rich, creamy, guilt free dessert that can be ready in minutes. Made with an avocado and cocoa powder and sweetened with a touch of melted chocolate and honey. Vegan option too!

Vegan Chocolate Truffles – these sweet treats are just like candy but so much healthier. They’re made with dates, almonds, cashews, coconut and unsweetened cocoa powder all added to a food processor and blended. So easy to make and no added sugar!

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