Let’s face it, many of us want to get healthier, but when dessert rolls around it is hard to always pass it up.
So I wanted to bring you some of the internet’s best healthy cake recipes. For a balanced approach to healthy eating, allow yourself the indulgence of dessert and cake – just stick to healthy cake recipes!
This will help you to stay steadfast in your health efforts and not feel the guilt over indulging in a dessert.
Or you won’t have to feel depressed while everyone chows down on their dessert while you sit empty handed.
Here are some healthy cake recipes you can enjoy as a balanced part of a healthy lifestyle:
Healthy Cake Recipes
1. Easiest Pineapple Cake
This cake goes along with the Weight Watcher’s program. It is also said to be a very easy recipe which is great if you aren’t the best in the kitchen.
So if you love the idea of a pineapple cake with cream cheese frosting, then you should certainly check into this healthy cake recipe.
2. Healthier Hummingbird Cake
Hummingbird cake is a really amazing cake! If you’ve never had it, then you definitely need to indulge in it when you’re up for a treat.
However, this recipe takes all of the guilt out of the normal hummingbird cake. It even gives you a delicious cream cheese icing to go along with it.
3. Easy Yogurt Cake
This cake has very few ingredients, but one of the main ingredients is yogurt. Though it has sugar in it, it seems to be a lighter cake than most.
Plus, the recipe also teaches you how to make a delicious blueberry sauce to go over the top of it. It looks like a truly delicious cake.
4. Gluten-Free Vegan Coconut Cake
The title should tell you all that you need to know. If you try to avoid gluten, and you are trying to give up all animal products, then this cake could just be for you.
But don’t forget the delicious coconut that makes up this cake. It sounds like a delicious and healthy treat you are sure to try over and over.
5. Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
So you might think I’ve lost my mind a little here. The first time I heard of Zucchini going into baked goods it did not sound appetizing.
But then I tried it and was pleasantly surprised. Which means, if you want a healthy cake, then you should try out this option and see for yourself. It could become your new guilt-free favorite dessert.
6. Skinny Cherry Pie Monkey Bread
It is no secret that I love things cherry, especially cherry pie. Which is why I knew I had to share this recipe.
So it not only gives you the delicious cherry pie flavoring, but it comes in the form of monkey bread. The best part? It is the ‘skinny’ option so you don’t even have to feel guilty about indulging yourself with it.
7. Raw Vegan Passion Fruit Swirl Cake
Again, this title should let you know that you are in for a healthy treat. This cake is great for those who follow a raw food diet.
Plus, it does not contain any animal ingredients. But it is also filled with delicious passion fruit and looks absolutely gorgeous. Almost too gorgeous to eat…almost.
8. Skinny Pink Champagne Cupcakes
A cupcake counts as a smaller form of a cake, right? If you would count it, then you’ll want to check it out.
So if you want a cake that is guilt-free but also is really cute (who doesn’t love pink cupcakes?), then you’ll want to check out this recipe.
9. Vegan Key Lime Cake
Do you love key lime pie? Are you also a vegan or someone who is trying to embrace the vegan lifestyle?
Well, if so, then you’ll love this cake. It is filled with the key lime flavor, is a cool and exotic green color, and also has the recipe for a key lime frosting too.
10. Low-Carb Keto-Friendly Lemon Pound Cake
My husband is a big believer in a low-carb lifestyle, but he is also a huge believer in lemon pound cake too.
So this recipe is a win/win for anyone who wants to have their cake and eat it too (literally.) If you love a rich lemon flavor, then you’ll want to try this cake out.
11. Low-Carb Keto-Friendly Caramel Pumpkin Bundt Cake
Do you love pumpkin and caramel flavored desserts? But do you think those days are over because you’ve decided to go low-carb?
Well, think again because this recipe can give you those delicious flavors without all of the carbs. Go ahead, indulge yourself.
12. Orange Olive Oil Cake
You might think that olive oil is a weird ingredient for a cake but especially a healthy cake. Yet, if you are trying to make sure that you include enough healthy fats, then this cake could be great for you.
So if you’d like a delicious sponge cake that bursts with orange flavor, then you should consider trying this one.
13. No-Bake Avocado Raw Cake
If you are leading a raw food lifestyle and are also focusing on getting in healthy fats, then you’ll be glad to know about this recipe.
Basically, they are small no-bake cakes that are filled with an avocado mixture and topped with dark chocolate.
14. Carrot Beetroot Cake
Beetroots are becoming all the rage in the health food world. It has so many wonderful nutrients and vitamins that our bodies need.
But this cake also adds carrot to the mixture as well for a delicious and healthy cake option that also happens to be raw and gluten-free.
15. Sugar-Free Pineapple Lush Cake
Did you know that some people simply cut out sugar to get to a healthier weight? If this is you, then you’ll want to tune into this recipe.
So a pineapple lush cake sounds easy and delicious since it is just a cake mix created with pineapple and a topping of whipped cream and Jell-O. This one is even better though because they cut the sugar to make it a little healthier.
16. Healthy Swedish Sticky Cake
If you have a grain or gluten-allergy, then you’ll want to tune into this version of this cake. Apparently, the original Swedish sticky cake has those ingredients in it.
But this one has been given a make-over and looks like an extremely moist chocolate cake. If you love chocolate, then you’ll want to check this recipe out.
17. Healthy Quinoa Apple Skillet
This skillet recipe is another gluten-free option, but it is also high protein. This is great news if you are someone that is trying to watch carbs.
Basically, the higher the protein the lower the net carb count. So if you love apple crisps, then you’ll want to see what you think of this one.
18. Secretly Healthy Red Velvet Cake
I love the words “secretly healthy.” In laymen’s terms that equates to “it still tastes good.” Which is a great thing considering the first ingredient listed is roasted beet puree. That may not be what you are used to seeing in a red velvet cake.
But when you whip it up with the other ingredients and top it off with a chocolate mousse frosting, it has got to be delicious.
19. Skinny Old Fashioned Cake Doughnuts
I realize a doughnut isn’t an actual cake, but these are cake doughnuts, so I thought they needed to be shared in this post.
So you get the delicious taste of an old-fashioned cake doughnut, but they are healthy because they are baked instead of fried in the traditional format. Still sounds yummy to me!
20. Skinny Pumpkin Crunch Cake
I always share all things pumpkin because it seems as the years go by everyone seems to really dig pumpkin everything!
So why wouldn’t you love a pumpkin crunch cake that gives you that famous flavor, subtle crunchiness that we all crave from time to time, but it is created in such a way that you don’t have to feel guilty for indulging?
21. Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Remember earlier when I told you about putting zucchini in baked goods? Well, this is another option that you can try out that is both chocolate and healthy.
So the next time you want a chocolate cake, but don’t want to carry the guilt of eating one, then pull out this recipe and feel good about eating your greens with your chocolate. Did I mention it is vegan, gluten, and oil-free too?
22. Skinny Slow Cooker Chocolate Fudge Cake
Before we dive in, I want you to just let the title of this cake soak in with you for a minute. It is a chocolate fudge cake which is right up most people’s alley.
Then it comes together easily in your crockpot. And did you pick up on the part that it is also a ‘skinny’ cake? It sounds like a dieting choc-a-holics dream come true!
23. Eggless Date Cake
Some people really enjoy a simple date cake. I’ve had them and think they are quite delicious myself. This recipe is healthy too as it uses whole wheat flour.
But so many people have food allergies today that it makes it hard to enjoy this healthy treat. However, this recipe is eggless so it should work for people who suffer from that food allergy.
24. Skinny Banana Pudding Poke Cake
I have a confession to make. I love banana pudding, banana cream pies, and basically any type of banana bread or cake.
But they are usually loaded with sugar and calories. So when I saw this recipe for a banana pudding poke cake that is a skinny version of the original I was instantly intrigued.
25. The Best Scratch Made Angel Food Cake
We all know if you are going to indulge in a scratch made cake that one of the healthiest options used to be the angel food cake.
So why not go back to the traditional cake with this healthy recipe? It requires very few ingredients and can be topped with healthy fruit for a great tasting dessert.
26. Weight Watcher’s Skinny Apple Cake
Apple cakes are so delicious. I love them because of the fresh fruit ingredients that have a familiar and warm flavor.
But this recipe steps it up a notch since it is the skinny version of a traditional apple cake. It is also great for those using Weight Watchers, so they can keep up with points much easier while enjoying dessert.
27. Chocolate Orange Cake
Some people really love the flavor of fruits with chocolate. For me, I love the flavors of strawberries or cherries with rich chocolate.
But this cake would be a great fit for anyone that loves the flavor profile of oranges with chocolate. Not to mention, the cake looks so rich and creamy! It is vegan and gluten-free as well.
28. Healthy Chocolate Brownies
Excuse me? Isn’t healthy chocolate brownies kind of an oxymoron? In most cases, I’d say probably. This case is a little different though.
But this recipe is a vegan recipe, so it cuts a lot of the calories from the brownies. They even show you how to make a vegan chocolate ganache. Again, I realize brownies aren’t cake, but who doesn’t love brownies?
29. Healthy Snickers Pie
Again, I know I’m sneaking another ‘non-cake’ into the mix, but this recipe looked absolutely delicious so I wanted to pass it along.
So if you are someone who practices a raw food, vegan, gluten, grain, or refined sugar-free diet, then this pie is for you!
30. Chocolate Avocado Frosting
Have you ever found the perfect healthy cake recipe but wondered how you could frost it without ruining the whole ‘healthy’ aspect?
Well, look no further. This recipe is an avocado-based frosting that also has lots of rich chocolate flavor and could be the perfect finish for that healthy cake you are making.
31. Skinny Strawberry Cake
You want some cake, but you are trying to be good at what you are consuming. Also, you don’t feel like making a scratch made cake either.
Well, this recipe is for you. It is so simple yet still healthier than regular cakes. You buy a boxed strawberry cake mix and mix it with Greek yogurt. It is that simple and produces a moist and delicious strawberry cake.
32. Low Fat Apple Cake
I’m going to be honest, I don’t get into the low-fat side of healthy. I personally believe that fats are good for our bodies.
But if you are focusing on low-fat options, then this cake is it. It uses no butter and no oil. But it does produce a nice looking apple cake.
33. Healthier Birthday Smash Cake
When your baby turns one, a lot of people do what they call a ‘smash cake.’ This cake is meant only for the baby, so they can eat and smash their little hands all into the cake.
But who says this cake has to be unhealthy? Thanks to this recipe, you can have a healthier smash cake option for your little one.
34. Clean Eating Classic Carrot Cake
This recipe sounds really good. All of the ingredients are natural and nothing processed which is very appetizing.
Plus, it gives you a recipe to make a whole foods frosting. It includes ricotta cheese and Greek yogurt. It sounds amazing!
35. Healthier Chocolate Cake
This chocolate cake sounds absolutely delicious, just from reading the ingredients list. It includes items like fresh bananas, peanut butter, Greek yogurt, honey, and so much more.
So the next time you are in the mood for chocolate cake but want to use healthier ingredients, then remember this recipe.
36. Miracle Skinny Chocolate Cake
This cake is known for having no butter in the ingredients and only being 190 calories! That is very few calories for a chocolate cake!
So the next time you desire a rich and gooey chocolate cake for dessert, then you need to pull out this recipe.
37. Healthy Banana Cake
Wow! This cake is so healthy yet sounds so amazing! It has ingredients like whole wheat flour, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, and oats.
Then it has a recipe to make a delicious and healthy frosting that will add a sweet finish to this delicious dessert.
38. Vanilla Poppy Seed Cake
When I see the word poppy seed I automatically think of my grandmother. She loved poppy seeds. Poppy seed dressing was her absolute favorite.
So when I saw this healthier cake option, I knew it had to be shared because poppy seeds are a unique addition to any recipe but especially a vanilla cake.
39. Healthy Raspberry Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Banana bread is a personal favorite of mine, but it isn’t always known for being the healthiest option. This recipe is different, however.
So in this recipe, you use really ripe bananas in the place of the sugar. Then you also add delicious ingredients like dark chocolate chips and raspberries. Yummy!
Well, there you have it. You now have almost 40 different options for healthy cake recipes to carry you through your sweet-tooth craving without breaking your healthy lifestyle.
But I’d like to hear from you. What are some of your favorite healthy cake (or dessert) recipes?
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