15 Dessert Recipes That Will Make You Feel Better After A Breakup

If drowning yourself in a pint of ice cream after a breakup seems like a great idea, try leveling up instead. While a pint of ice cream might be convenient, it’s likely to leave you feeling worse than before you ate it. Instead, try one of these fifteen dessert recipes that not only taste great but will leave your tummy feeling better than the ice cream ever will. Getting into the kitchen can be therapeutic. It’s a practice of self-care because you are making something for yourself. Taking care of yourself, in a way. This collection of desserts uses healthier, whole-food ingredients. Nothing processed. So, while that breakup may have you feeling bad, at least the treats you enjoy won’t add to that.

1. Homemade Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

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Peanut butter and chocolate is one of the most popular combos among peanut butter lovers, which is why you simply have to dive into a pan of these homemade peanut butter swirl brownies. You can even serve these with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you really want to go all out, and the sweet, cakey, peanut buttery flavor will soothe your weary soul.

2. Easy Chocolate Mousse

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Chocolate is a classic breakup food. And while this one needs to be made the night before you eat it, it’s well worth the wait. It’s so easy to make and calls for just two ingredients. Chocolate chips and water. This easy chocolate mousse could arguably be the perfect breakup comfort food.

4. Brownie Batter Dip

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This easy brownie batter dip will make any fresh fruit far more decadent and soothing to a battered soul. Dip your way to feeling better with this simple dip that only needs five simple ingredients you probably already have at home. But if you need something crunchy, try dipping pretzels into this. The crunch is therapeutic, and the dip will satisfy your sweet tooth.

5. Crock Pot Cinnamon Apples

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For fruity dessert people, few things are as comforting as apples and cinnamon. These slow cooker cinnamon apples let you enjoy the delicious flavors of an apple pie without the calories. That said, if calories are out the window while you recuperate, these are phenomenal served over some vanilla ice cream. 

6. Chocolate Popcorn

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If something crunchy is what you’re craving, don’t skip this chocolate popcorn recipe. You can add as much or as little chocolate drizzle as you like to satisfy your sweet cravings while also getting that satisfying crunch from low-cal popcorn. This one is truly the best of both worlds.

7. Strawberry Ice Cream

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No-churn ice cream is the easiest ice cream you can make at home. This strawberry ice cream recipe uses only three ingredients, and no ice cream machine is needed. All you need is a blender and a container to freeze this in. It’s a healthy dessert you can totally afford to indulge in, and it will soothe your aching heart just as much as a pint from the store, maybe even more.

8. Cinnamon Apple Muffins

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Cinnamon and apples are a timeless combination. So, why change what’s working? This cinnamon apple muffin recipe showcases why this flavor combination is so popular. It’s a down-home flavor that comforts you to your core. A little scoop of ice cream with this wouldn’t be the worst thing, either.

9. Chocolate Pizza

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Pizza is a great food for many who are healing a broken heart. It checks all the comfort boxes with its cheesy goodness. Chocolate pizza is the best way to enjoy the easy-eating style of pizza while still getting your heavy dose of comfort from all the chocolate. Even Nutella would be good here.

10. Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

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Chocolate pumpkin bread is not just for fall. Canned pumpkin is available year-round, most often in the baking aisle, and it’s a great way to add healthy nutrition to something that is actually quite decadent. It’s filling, delicious and great served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a bit of chocolate drizzle. It’s a great way to drown your sorrows in chocolate and still do something kind and caring for yourself.

11. Gluten-Free Apple Crisp

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If you are more of a fruity dessert kind of person, this Gluten-Free Apple Crisp is for you. It delivers both in terms of texture and flavor. It also makes for a great leftover dessert that you can quickly warm up the next day. It’s super easy to make, sweet, delicious, comforting, and great by itself with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

12. Homemade Crunch Bars

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These homemade crunch bars deliver a double dose of comfort thanks to the chocolate and puffed rice that gives it a pleasant crunch. These bars are absolutely decadent, but the best part about making them at home is you can cut them any size you want, and there is nobody there to judge you for it.

13. Blueberry Pie

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Another fruity comfort food is pie. Believe it or not, pie isn’t hard to make and it does not take hours in the kitchen. A simple fruit pie can be made quickly and easily while still giving you that satisfying bit of dessert you’re looking for. This Blueberry pie recipe gives you the option of a whole wheat crust or a gluten-free crust (or you can use store-bought), and overflows with blueberry goodness in every bite. This pie alone could potentially put your heart on the road to breakup recovery.

14. German Chocolate Brownies

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Love the chocolate and coconut combo? These German chocolate brownies are soft, delicious, and covered in that incredible frosting that is cool when you first bite into it but melts in your mouth the moment you bite into it. This might just be chocolate-coconut perfections.

15. Homemade Chocolate Turtles

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If candy is what you turn to after a breakup, these homemade chocolate turtles have your back. You can add caramel if you want to, but these are incredible, just the way they are. They deliver chocolatey-nutty deliciousness in every bite and will comfort you through that entire box of tissues.

More From The Gracious Pantry

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Need more dessert ideas? The Gracious Pantry has you covered. With these recipes, you can enjoy your dessert without guilt because all of these recipes are made with healthy, whole-food ingredients. These are healthy comfort foods at their best.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

Author: Tiffany McCauley

Title: Food and Travel Journalist

Expertise: Food, cooking, travel


Tiffany McCauley is a nationally syndicated journalist and an award-winning cookbook author and food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. Her food specialty is healthy comfort food recipes.

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