When senior food and health editor Jessie Van Amburg posted in Well+Good’s Cook With Us group that she had a bunch of fresh blackberries she wasn’t sure what to do with, one dish came to my mind immediately: cobbler. (And many other group members chimed in with the same suggestion, too.)
Even if you’re not a “fruit for dessert” person (*raises hand*), cobbler may change your mind. What’s better than warmed fruit folded into crispy dough that practically melts in your mouth—especially when topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream? The proverbial cherry on top is that there are so many fruits in season right now: peaches, plums, strawberries, all ensuring a variety of cobbler fillings to ensure you never get bored with the dessert.
The best part: You actually don’t need a ton of sugar in your cobbler for it to taste good, especially since the fruit already adds a lot of sweetness au natural. There are so many healthy cobbler recipes that have very little or absolutely no added sugar. Here are some of our favorite healthy cobbler recipes.
Crowd-pleasing desserts are hard to come by when your crowd consists of a wide range of healthy eaters, but this cobbler recipe checks a heck of a lot of boxes: it’s keto, gluten-free, and Paleo. At the center of this dish are blueberries, which give enough tartness that you don’t need any sugar at all. Using lemon zest adds extra flavor, too.
Get the recipe: Paleo blueberry cobbler
This cobbler recipe is also gluten-free; it calls for oat flour instead of all-purpose. The filling is made with peaches and mixed berries, and if you don’t have fresh ones on hand, frozen ones work just as well. Vanilla, cinnamon, and a touch of coconut sugar take the place of white sugar.
Get the recipe: Gluten-free peach and berry cobbler
Another way to sweeten your cobbler without adding sugar is choosing a flour blend that’s naturally a little sweeter, like the coconut flour used in this recipe. A berry blend filling gives it a more robust flavor profile than using just one type of fruit, while warming spices cinnamon and nutmeg tie all of the flavors together.
Get the recipe: Triple berry cobbler
A lot of cobbler recipes call for non-vegan friendly ingredients, like butter, but this one is 100 percent vegan *and* gluten-free. The peaches add plenty of sweetness on their own, but a touch of maple syrup amps it up just enough.
Get the recipe: Vegan peach cobbler
If you have some fresh strawberries just waiting to be eaten, it should be mandatory to give this recipe a try. It’s straight-forward, simple, and, of course, scrumptious. The secret ingredient to making the texture super creamy: Greek yogurt.
Get the recipe: Strawberry cobbler
You can make pretty much anything with the Instant Pot, including cobbler. All it takes is 15 minutes of active prep time to whip this one up. (It cooks for about 30.) When it’s done, you’re left with a perfectly moist, melt-in-your-mouth peach cobbler.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot peach cobbler
If you like your dessert a bit more tart than sweet, you’ll love this cobbler, which is 100 percent vegan, gluten-free, and has no added refined sugar. (Honey is used for added sweetness instead.) Tip: Use orange zest and lemon juice to add extra layers to the flavor profile.
Get the recipe: Vegan cherry cobbler
Since both strawberries and blueberries are used to make this cobbler, it’s equal parts sweet and tart. It’s also Paleo and gluten-free, making it another crowd-pleasing dessert for your entire wellness-minded crew.
Get the recipe: Paleo strawberry blueberry cobbler
This cobbler doubles as a healthy breakfast you can eat on-the-go. All the amazing goodness of a traditional peach cobbler is still there, but baking the mixture using a muffin tin turns the end result into a portable treat. They’re also Paleo, gluten-free, and void of any added sugar. Knowing you can have cobbler for breakfast just might take the place of hitting snooze!
Get the recipe: Peach cobbler muffins