Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend; no matter which team you are rooting for, I think we can all agree on “team dessert”. Studies have shown that more calories are consumed on Super Bowl Sunday than any other holiday (yes, even Thanksgiving!) As a registered dietitian, I encourage my clients to enjoy holidays to the fullest without depriving themselves – this means you can enjoy classic favorites with a healthy twist! It doesn’t matter if your guests are rooting for the Patriots or the Rams – they will all love with these delicious, guilt-free game day desserts:

Quickest: Dip It Low with Edible Cookie Dough Dip

Everyone loves a good dip – especially when it tastes like cookie dough! Dips are great for serving a crowd and a wonderful opportunity to get creative with different dippers. This cookie dough dip is vegan, gluten-free and made without an oven.

What makes this dessert healthy?

The first question I ask when I serve this dip is – “can you taste the secret ingredient?” Most can’t! I use cooked chickpeas, a good source of fiber and plant protein, as the base, and this helps tell your brain that you are full. Say goodbye to those post-dessert spikes and dips in energy. Peanut butter gives the cookie dough a creaminess, and rolled oats bump up the fiber.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Edible Cookie Dough Dip

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chickpeas, cooked and rinsed well
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients except chocolate chips to a food processor and process until your dough forms. ⁣
  2. Fold in chocolate chips by hand. ⁣
  3. Serve with apple slices, strawberries and whole grain crackers.

Most Traditional: Score Big with These 5-Ingredient Football Truffles

This festive and naturally sweetened dessert is perfect for your game day party. Prep them before the party and store them in the freezer before serving them up to your guests.

What makes this dessert healthy?

Medjool dates are a naturally sweet fruit that make up the base of this truffle batter so no added sugar is needed. Walnuts and cashews are both good sources of heart-healthy fats and plant protein. Opt for “dark” over “milk” when it comes to chocolate – this has lower sugar and more heart-healthy antioxidants.

Chocolate Truffles

Football Truffles

Serves: 6
Prep time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted, soaked
  • 10 oz. dark chocolate
  • 4 oz. white chocolate

Directions:

  1. Add walnuts, cashews and Medjool dates to a food processor and process until a crumbly batter forms.
  2. Using your hands, form the dough into oval-shaped footballs and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Place the baking sheet in the freezer to chill for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Melt dark chocolate using the double boiler method.
  5. Remove truffles from the freezer and dip them into the melted chocolate one at a time. Use a fork to remove excess chocolate.
  6. Transfer truffles back to the baking sheet and repeat with remaining truffles. Transfer the baking sheet back to the freezer and wait for chocolate to set.
  7. Melt white chocolate using the double boiler method. Spoon the chocolate into a piping bag with a small tip.
  8. Remove truffles from the freezer and pipe the stitching onto each football.
  9. Store truffles in the freezer until ready to serve.

Most Creative: Take Brownies to Another Level with Black Beans

Impress your game day guests with this healthy twist on a classic favorite – brownies! This high protein dessert can be made in one bowl with minimal cleanup, which means more time to watch the game!

What makes this dessert healthy?

Beans in brownies, yes please! Black beans add fiber, plant protein and an irresistible fudginess. Adding beans to your baked goods also allows you to cut back on the amount of oil used, resulting in lower fat content. The beans also replace the amount of flour used, meaning less carbohydrate and more protein. Sounds like a game day win!

Homemade Brownies

Black Bean Brownies

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 can black beans, cooked and rinsed well
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth.
  3. Pour batter into a greased 8 x 8 pan.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool before cutting and serving.

Most Practical: Make Cookies a Team Effort with a Game Day Cookie Skillet

Everything tastes better served out of a cast-iron skillet. This ooey, gooey dessert is a chocolate peanut butter lover’s dreams come true. Because cast iron skillets retain heat well, this cookie skillet will stay nice and warm through the half time show up until the final field goal.

What makes this dessert healthy?

Say goodbye to refined white flour and hello to rolled oats and whole-wheat flour. Higher in fiber, protein and B vitamins, these flours help bump up the nutrition of this crowd-pleasing game day dessert. Unlike refined sugar, coconut sugar has trace vitamins and minerals that make it a slightly nutritionally superior alternative.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet

Healthy Cookie Skillet

Serves: 6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease an 8-inch cast iron skillet.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together oats, flour, baking powder, salt and coconut sugar.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla extract, coconut oil and peanut butter.
  5. Pour dry ingredients into the wet mixture and stir until combined.
  6. Fold chocolate chips into the batter by hand.
  7. Pour the dough into the skillet and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Allow it to cool for 30 minutes before slicing.

Fewest Ingredients: Who Says Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries Are Only for Valentine’s Day?

Put a festive twist on strawberries two weeks before Valentine’s Day with chocolate dipped strawberry football minis! These may look fancy, but they are super easy to make. All you need is fresh berries, melted chocolate and a piping bag to bring this healthy Super Bowl dessert to life.

What makes this dessert healthy?

Berries may be small in size, but they have one of the highest levels of antioxidants among any fruit. In fact, one serving of strawberries has more vitamin C than an orange! A powerful antioxidant, vitamin C supports skin and immune health. Incorporating fruit into your desserts means you are getting a slew of vitamins, minerals and filling fiber. Fiber in particular is important for weight management, blood sugar control and even heart health.

Super Bowl Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Football Minis

Serves: 6
Prep time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups large strawberries
  • 10 oz. dark chocolate
  • 4 oz. white chocolate

Directions:

  1. Melt dark chocolate using the double boiler method.
  2. Dip strawberries into the melted chocolate one at a time. Use a fork to remove excess chocolate.
  3. Place strawberries on a lined baking sheet and transfer to the freezer.
  4. Melt white chocolate using the double boiler method. Spoon the chocolate into a piping bag with a small tip.
  5. Remove strawberries from the freezer and pipe the stitching onto each newly created football mini.
  6. Store strawberries in the freezer until ready to serve.

So just remember: you can win big this Super Bowl (regardless of who wins) by being mindful of what you put in your bowl! There is no need to deny yourself when you can enjoy desserts that are both tasty and good for you. Enjoy this very special day with at least one or a few of these healthy treats and be sure to share them with your family and friends – this way everybody wins!

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Mia Syn
Mia Syn is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, national on-air nutrition expert and host of Good Food Friday on ABC Charleston. She holds a Bachelor of Science in nutritional science physiology and Master of Science in human nutrition from two of the top universities in the country, Columbia and University of California, Berkeley. As one of the most recognized and trusted young dietitians in the media, her content serves as a healthy lifestyle resource for millions of television viewers and readers around the globe.