Certain diets are known to be very restrictive and prevent you from enjoying some of your favorite foods. While few people talk about anti inflammatory desserts and while most diets exclude desserts, believe it or not, being on an anti-inflammatory diet does not mean you must give up sweet treats! Fruit-based, mineral-rich sweets are easy to find and fun to eat when you know where to look!
Here are the 7 Best Desserts To Eat on an Anti-inflammatory Diet:
- Dark chocolate
- Homemade peanut butter cups
- Yogurt with fruit, nuts, or granola
- Cherry cobbler
- Grilled peaches with cinnamon
- Ginger spice cookies
- Chickpea brownies
Now that we have the list, let us take a deeper look at the health benefits (and popular recipes) for each of our treats! After discussing the various desserts, we provide you with the most commonly asked questions and answers.
1. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is an all-around great dessert no matter what diet you are on! Medical News Today even suggests that eating dark chocolate will help reduce inflammation, stating that:
“In a small study from 2018, researchers found that eating 30 g (1.05 oz) of 84% dark chocolate each day for 8 weeks significantly reduced inflammatory biomarkers in people with type 2 diabetes.”
Do not be afraid to add dark chocolate to your list of tasty treats! As long as you are eating dark chocolate with a high cacao content and little added sugars, you should be good.
2. Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
Giving up Reese’s Cups does not necessarily mean giving up peanut butter and chocolate desserts! Here is a simple recipe for at-home peanut butter cups:
- Put a cup (128 g) of low-sugar peanut butter in a bowl.
- Mix in two tablespoons (29.57 ml) of honey.
- Roll into tablespoon-size balls and place on a baking sheet (or put individual dollops into a mini muffin pan).
- Place the baking sheet or muffin tin in the freezer until the peanut butter sets.
- Once set, dip peanut butter balls into melted dark chocolate.
- Place the peanut butter cups in the freezer to set.
- Once set, store in the fridge.
This recipe should make about 24 peanut butter cups; enough to snack on for many nights! Recipes such as these that contain few ingredients and contain little to no gluten or processed sugar are great for an anti-inflammatory diet.
3. Yogurt With Fruit, Nuts, or Granola
Yogurt with fruit is a very customizable dessert. You can use blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or even apple or banana slices if it fits your fancy! And adding nuts to your concoction is an excellent way to boost supplemental fats and proteins. Feel free to include granola, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon as well!
4. Cherry Cobbler
A cherry cobbler is a good option when trying to avoid inflammatory sweets. Nick Rose, a nutrition expert researching cherries, says
“One study found that simply enjoying 2 cups (290 g) each day of sweet bing cherries for 2 weeks reduced the primary blood marker of inflammation (CRP) by 10 percent, while 4 weeks of daily cherry consumption reduced CRP levels by 25 percent.”
With these impressive statistics, who can resist? With a crispy layer of oats on top, a cherry cobbler can be your new best friend!
5. Grilled Peaches With Cinnamon
If you do not have many of the ‘fancier’ ingredients necessary for these anti-inflammatory desserts, never fear! A grilled peach with cinnamon and a dash of honey will set you up for days. Simply follow the steps below:
- Put a tablespoon (17.07 g) or so of cinnamon in a bowl
- Cut a fresh peach in half
- Place the peach halves face down in the cinnamon until coated
- Wrap the peaches in tin foil
- Either grill or bake the peaches until soft
Once cooked, you can sweeten your peach with a little honey. Enjoy!
6. Ginger Spice Cookies
If you like ginger snaps, cookies, and health, look no further! This recipe from All The Nourishing Things blog is a great option for anyone on an anti-inflammatory diet. This innovative recipe is easy-to-follow and yields about 18 beautiful ginger snaps. You can also drizzle melted dark chocolate on top for a sweet finish!
7. Chickpea Brownies
Chickpea brownies may sound a little “out there,” but trust us, this recipe is a winner. These brownies are blonde, full of protein, and perfect for an at-home snack or a new party favorite! Get the recipe here from Candice Kumai, the first baker we have found online who does not need to give us her life story before writing up her baking instructions!
Most Commonly Asked Questions & Answers
Do I Need Special Ingredients for Anti Inflammatory Dessert Recipes?
No, you don’t need special ingredients for many anti-inflammatory dessert recipes. Many recipes contain common ingredients, spices, and fruits that are easy to obtain. Some recipes require things like turmeric and chickpeas, which aren’t always common.
Do I Need To Be a Good Baker To Make Anti Inflammatory Desserts?
No, you don’t need to be a good baker to make anti-inflammatory desserts. In fact, many desserts designed to fight inflammation are no-bake recipes. The ingredients don’t need to be cooked, so all you have to do is combine them and let them refrigerate.
Can I Substitute Certain Ingredients if I Don’t Like Them?
Yes, you can substitute ingredients in many anti-inflammatory dessert recipes. Many of these recipes are just combinations of fruit and spices, so they are fairly flexible. As long as you aren’t adding ingredients that are inflammatory, you should be fine.
The above recipes are here to give you ideas and options in the future. Just be mindful that you are not adding too much sugar to any given dessert when you make an ingredients swap! For instance, using milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate defeats the purpose of the recipe.
Where Can I Find the Specialty Ingredients for Ginger Cookies and Brownies?
You can often find specialty ingredients for things like ginger cookies or brownies at Trader Joe’s. They often carry rarer ingredients and spices. However, most components necessary for anti-inflammatory dessert recipes are sold at regular grocery stores.
Thanks for reading!
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- Everyday Health: RA-Friendly Foods – Inflammatory-Fighting Desserts
- Well and Good: 10 Anti-Inflammatory Dessert Recipes That Are Low In Sugar And High In Benefits
- Martha Stewart: Three Anti-Inflammatory Desserts Are Unbelievably Delicious
- Medical News Today: What are the health benefits of dark chocolate?
- All The Nourishing Things: Paleo Anti-Inflammatory Spice Cookies
- Candice Kumai: Golden Girl Chickpea Blondies
- PCC Markets: Can cherries help fight inflammation?
About The Author
M.D Mark D. is a Health and Wellness professional writer. Mark has authored many health articles around the following topics: Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Fitness, Nutrition, Pets Health, Mental Health, Medicine, and Supplements.