3 Healthy Dessert Recipes That Contain Natural Skin Brightening Ingredients

January 19, 2018

3 Healthy Dessert Recipes That Contain Natural Skin Brightening Ingredients

At this point in the New Year you may feel a little sluggish thanks to the gloomy weather, getting back into a work routine, you name it.

Well what would you say if we told you that you can improve your mood, brighten your day and feel good all from enjoying some decadent desserts? We bet you’d want to know more! And the best part? Your skin will benefit too!

By incorporating just a few skin brightening ingredients into your desserts, along with using natural skin products, you’ll start to reap the glowing skin benefits.

These are our top picks for healthy desserts you’ll love!

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Decadent, easy to make, and very healthy for you, this pumpkin chia pudding is a tasty treat even kids will love according to recipe creator, Adrienne of Whole New Mom.

Why is pumpkin so good for skin brightening?

Pumpkin is one of the best brightening ingredients as it contains high levels of Vitamins A and C which go a long way in “turning back the clock” and providing you with a smooth skin. When used topically, the amazing enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids penetrate the skin and provide intense exfoliation.  


  • 1 cup dairy-free milk
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 T low-carb sweetener.
  • 3/16 tsp stevia extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt (I use Real Salt)


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender
  2. Blend all until smooth.
  3. Place in serving containers, topping with desired toppings (like whipped cream, crushed nuts, or cookies), or alternating toppings with pudding for a parfait.
  4. Store any remaining chia pumpkin pudding (if you have any left!) in the refrigerator.

Ginger Turmeric Vanilla Cookies

Who doesn’t love a tasty cookie, especially when they’re low sugar and entirely plant based! It’s a good thing this ginger turmeric cookie recipe makes 16 cookies because just one look at the photo you can tell you won’t just be having one. Recipe creator, Nest & Glow also mention that these cookies are great for those who don’t normally like the taste of turmeric!

Why is turmeric so good for brightening the skin?

You’re probably most used to using this vibrant spice in exotic foods, but turmeric has a whole of benefits for skin alone. Turmeric not only works wonder for dark circles around the eyes, the antioxidants in this spice help slow cell damage, reduce skin inflammation, and even out skin pigmentation.


Cookie ingredients

  • 3 Bananas
  • 1½ cups / 200g ground Oats
  • 2 tbsp ground Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Turmeric
  • pinch of Salt

Cashew Vanilla Icing

  • 3/4 cup / 115 g Cashew nuts
  • 2 tbsp Sweetener such as Maple syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 tbsp Coconut oil, optional – sub with extra water
  • a splash of Water for blending
  • a sprinkle of Turmeric or Ginger to top with


  1. Mix all of the dry cookie ingredients together.
  2. Mash the bananas with a fork and then mix with the dry ingredients.
  3. Spoon onto a baking tray, try to make them the same size and a roughly round shape.
  4. Bake at 180 C / 350F for 12 / 15 mins until they start to get a bit of colour. You will smell a banana caramely smell when they are cooked.
  5. Blend all of the cashew vanilla icing ingredients together.
  6. Place in the freezer for 5 mins to firm up.
  7. Ice the cookies and then sprinkle with a pinch turmeric or ginger.
  8. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy within three days.

Chocolate Avocado Cream Pie

Pies are the ultimate in delicious desserts, and what’s better than a pie you don’t even have to bake! Raw pies are all the rage and when they’ve got that creamy, chocolatey taste who can resist. This chocolate avocado cream pie from Amanda Nicole Smith’s blog will hit your taste buds in all the right spots.

Why is avocado so good for brightening the skin?

Rich in antioxidants and naturally moisturizing, avocado is known to help give you that sun kissed glow you’d like all year ‘round.


Brownie Crust

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • pinch of sea salt

Cream Filling

  • 2 cups cashews; soaked
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 cup coconut milk*
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut nectar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


  • Soak cashews for at least 30 minutes.

Brownie Crust

  • Add walnuts to food processor and process until the big chunks are gone.
  • Add in the rest of the brownie crust ingredients and process until it becomes one big ball of dough.
  • Pat the crust down with your hands or a spoon into a 9in glass pie dish.

Cream Filling

  • Drain and rinse cashews.
  • If you have a vitamix add all the ingredients together and blend until smooth.
  • If you have a regular blender or food processor, blend the cashews separately, adding a little bit of milk at a time until you have a smooth cashew cream.
  • Then add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • Add the filling to the crust, smooth it with a spoon, and wiggle the dish to release any air bubbles.
  • Freeze for 1 hour.
  • Refrigerate for the remainder of the pie's life.


  • Coconut milk may be substituted for water or any other nut milk.
  • Walnuts may be substituted for pecans.

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