7 Healthy Dessert Topping Alternatives

Sweet toppings for your sweet tooth.

berries with pomegranate syrup

When your sweet tooth calls, you can still treat it even though you’re committed to living a healthier lifestyle. Savor these 7 healthy dessert topping alternatives.

We love these smart substitutions for store-bought toppings, which are often loaded with excess fat, calories, and refined sugar. What’s more, brands containing artificial sweeteners aren’t necessarily healthier than those with refined sugar. Artificial sweeteners have been linked to metabolism disruption and may make it harder to lose weight and keep it off for good.

Enjoy the toppings below with clean eating desserts you can feel good about, like Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream, Banana Ice Cream, and Creamy Vanilla Frozen Yogurt.

1. Easy Clean-Eating Chocolate Syrup

Nothing finishes off ice cream like chocolate syrup. This version uses canned coconut milk plus several other ingredients you probably have at home.

2. Clean Eating Whipped Topping

Coconut milk makes this dessert topping  oh so healthy. It contains healthy fats that help satisfy the appetite and burn belly fat.

3. 10-Minute Stovetop Granola

Granola adds a satisfying crunch to ice cream and other desserts. This super-easy, super-quick granola recipe includes just six ingredients, plus you have the option to mix in dried fruit or chocolate chips.

4. Superfood Chocolate Bark

Break up the bark into crumbles for a delish chocolate topping you can feel fab about. Dark chocolate makes a perfect healthy alternative, since it’s loaded with good-for-you antioxidants.

5. Honey Orange Marmalade

Mandarin Marmalade

Add a tasty twist to dessert with this sweet three-ingredient topping. Best of all, it adds only three grams of sugar to your dish–and the sugar is all natural so you can enjoy it guilt-free.

6. Homemade Pomegranate Syrup

In this recipe, the syrup tops blueberries, but you can also use it to satisfy your clean eating ice cream sweet tooth. Plus, since the recipe uses pomegranate juice (not the fresh fruit) it’s easier to prep than you might think!

7. Slow Cooker Pumpkin and Cranberry Topping

Healthy dessert toppings alternatives like this go great with clean-eating ice cream and frozen Greek yogurt.


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Amy Wagner

Amy is a writer specializing in health & wellness, business, and entrepreneurship. She's a long-time martial arts teacher who has earned a 4th degree black belt in tae kwon do. When Amy's not writing or kicking, she's wrangling sons, reading fiction, or crushing on BBC actors.

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