Healthier dessert recipes to make for Shavuot

    chocolate cheesecake muffins
    Photo: Jenny Lieberman

    When you think of Shavuot, the first word that likely comes to mind is “dairy.” The typical Shavuot dessert is usually laden with cream and cheese to create a mouth-watering tiramisu or a stellar cheesecake. While there is certainly nothing wrong with having some of those delectable desserts on Shavuot, a holiday full of these sweets might leave you feeling a little bleh. To lighten things up, quite literally, try pairing your favorite, classic Shavuot dessert with one of these healthier desserts. Better yet, make all three of them!

    The first two recipes are healthier takes on traditional desserts, using better-for-you ingredients like spelt flour, avocado oil, and silan. Don’t have spelt flour? Use whole wheat, regular flour, or a mixture of both. No avocado oil? Try another neutral-tasting oil like grapeseed or light olive oil (not extra virgin olive oil). Running low on silan? Substitute it with molasses or maple syrup. By making these slightly healthier adjustments, you can feel good having your cake and eating it, too!

    1. Chocolate chip cheesecake-filled muffins

    chocolate cheesecake muffins
    Photo: Jenny Lieberman

    2. Lemon cake

    lemon cake
    Photo: Jenny Lieberman

    3. Banana nice cream

    banana ice cream
    Photo: Jenny Lieberman
    Jenny Lieberman is a recipe developer, certified group fitness instructor, and recent high school graduate from Boca Raton, FL. She loves all things health and wellness, so you will probably find her looking up the newest food and fitness trends. She is currently on a gap year program at Midreshet Torah v’Avodah (MTVA) in Jerusalem, Israel. Jenny will be attending the University of Maryland, College Park, starting Fall 2021. You can follow Jenny on her Instagram healthy food account (@toomuchonmyplate_) to see more of her recipes!

    1 COMMENT