Just because you’re eating clean doesn’t mean you have to leave desserts in your past. Learn how to adjust and tweak your recipes into better, healthier versions. Try these 5 tips to enjoy healthier desserts…

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1. Substitute dark chocolate for milk or white chocolate.

Dark chocolate offers antioxidants and benefits that you can’t get from milk or sugar-filled white chocolate.

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2. Reduce the amount of sugar in baked recipes.

Reducing sugar to 1/2 or 1/3 what the recipe calls for won’t ruin the quality. Try substituting white sugar for a more natural sugar, such as coconut sugar or brown sugar.

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3. Choose baked whole-grain chips instead of the fried or processed varieties.

Baked whole-grain chips have 114% fewer calories, 50% less fat, and 67% less saturated fat than traditional potato chips. You can take it a step further and make your own baked chips.

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4. Add fruit purees to baked recipes to take the place of fat.

Fruit purees won’t be able to completely substitute fat, but they can replace up to about 30%. Making your food a little bit healthier and a little bit tastier.

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5. Choose dessert recipes that call for a lot of fruits (or try a vegetable dessert).

Searching for holiday desserts? When googling your new, delicious idea – see if they have a recipe that contains more fruit or vegetables. A fruit salad with nuts is a great dessert. Double chocolate zucchini brownies can also turn out delightful.

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