7 Easter Dessert Recipes So Brunch Isn't Just Eggs and Waffles

When springtime hits, we hit the Easter candy aisles. We don't know about you, but we can't go without a few Cadbury Eggs (or five) and those chocolaty Mini-Eggs in purple packaging. But then it's time to get back to our we-want-to-feel-good-in-a-tank-top-this-summer #goals. And for us, that still includes dessert, just healthier than the usual. Whether you're planning an Easter brunch or a big ol' picnic to celebrate that fact that winter is almost over and summer is soclosewecantasteit, these healthier Easter desserts make it a little easier to avoid the basket of jelly beans.

1. Ultimate Healthy Carrot Cake

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Carrot cake is a dessert classic, but with tons of cream cheese, butter, and sugar, it can feel pretty heavy. This recipe uses whole-wheat flour, pure maple syrup, coconut oil, and Greek yogurt to lighten things up, without straying too far from the taste you know and love.

2. Greek Yogurt Fruit Tart

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Three ingredients plus fresh fruit-what could be easier? This one's perfect for the inevitable last-minute invite to a friends' brunch (or if you just don't feel like spending a ton of time in the kitchen). The crust is made from dates and cashews, and gets topped with Greek yogurt and a rainbow of fresh fruit, such as grapes, kiwi, and clementines. It's as easy way easier than pie.

3. Healthier Hummingbird Cake

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Pineapple, applesauce, and bananas make this cake super moist, and layers of frosting in-between cakes rather than all over cuts down on sugar while also looking hella fancy. Top with chopped pecans and get ready to impress your fam/in-laws/BFFs.

4. Cake Batter Crispy Treats

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Pastel colors are kind of a must during spring, so these pink-glazed, sprinkle-covered treats are a win in our book. Plus they're made with vanilla protein powder and peanut butter instead of oil or butter, and are no-bake. Cha-chinggg!

5. Dairy-Free Coconut Layer Cake

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Layer cakes can be daunting, and holidays are stressful enough, so this recipe makes things a tad easier with a boxed-mix base. And since it's gluten-free and dairy-free, it's great for any guests with allergies or dietary restrictions. Just make sure they're coconut fans-with coconut milk in the batter and a coconut buttercream frosting, this dessert is big on the sweet, tropical taste.

6. Vegan Black Cherry Trifle

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This dessert reminds us of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia but is secretly packed with tons of healthy ingredients. The sneaky recipe uses avocado, banana, and dates for the mousse; coconut milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup for the whipped cream; and chopped frozen dark cherries for the last layer.

7. Dairy-Free Crème Brûlée

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One simple swap-coconut cream instead of heavy cream-gives this crème brûlée a healthy twist, without sacrificing flavor. Just make sure to leave enough time for them to cool and set: Three hours in the fridge is the minimum, but overnight is preferred.