Brown bag lunches don’t have to be boring. (Just check out @desklunches on Instagram for inspiration!) And they should always end on a sweet note. But skip the candy bars and pre-packaged snack cakes. Instead, opt for one of these nine delicious and healthy desserts: 

By F&W Editors
Updated May 30, 2017
Sweet-sticky dates and cooked beets are the base for these flourless chocolate cakes from bloggers Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley. The tangy yogurt frosting coupled with a little heat from cayenne and crushed red pepper makes them fun to eat.
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Brown bag lunches don’t have to be boring. (Just check out @desklunches on Instagram for inspiration!) And they should always end on a sweet note. But skip the candy bars and pre-packaged snack cakes. Instead, opt for one of these nine delicious and healthy desserts:

1. Pistachio-Apricot Biscotti
Fun fact: Pistachios are actually slightly lower in fat and calories than walnuts or pecans.

2. Gluten-Free Strawberry and Chia Seed Newton Cookies
These gluten-free cookies have a delicious filling of dried fruit, strawberry jam and chia seeds.

© Sarah Bolla

3. Healthy Coconut Flour Peanut Butter Balls
These healthy peanut butter and chocolate treats are naturally gluten-free. For a vegan version, swap in maple syrup for honey.

These healthy peanut butter-chocolate treats are naturally gluten-free. For a vegan version, swap in maple syrup in place of honey.

4. Sliced Fresh Guava with Shaved Coconut
Instead of apple slices, pack tropical guava with crunchy coconut shavings.

5. Maple Pumpkin-Pecan Snacking Cake
This maple-scented pumpkin cake is made with spelt flour and both freshly ground and chopped pecans; the batter is then sprinkled with demerara sugar just before baking for a wonderfully crispy top.

This maple-scented pumpkin cake is made with spelt flour and both freshly ground and chopped pecans; the batter is then sprinkled with demerara sugar just before baking for a wonderfully crispy top. It might just be the best portable treat to take with you while you trick-or-treat—because everyone needs a snack between candy bars.
© Sarah Bolla

This maple-scented pumpkin cake is made with spelt flour and both freshly ground and chopped pecans; the batter is then sprinkled with demerara sugar just before baking for a wonderfully crispy top. It might just be the best portable treat to take with you while you trick-or-treat—because everyone needs a snack between candy bars.

© Sarah Bolla © Sarah Bolla

6. Honey Tahini Cookies
These delicious, gluten-free cookies are both chewy and crisp. “They’re like elegant, interesting versions of peanut butter cookies,” one F&W editor says.

7. Sponge Cake with Lemon Zest and Raspberries
Toni Robertson uses fruity extra-virgin olive oil in place of butter, which cuts the cholesterol and produces a light and flavorful sponge cake.

8. Orange-Cardamom Date Bars with a Nutty Crust
The crunchy, almondy topping for these clever bars is loaded with vitamin E. The filling is chewy like caramel and full of vitamin C from the orange.

9. Gluten-Free Chocolate-Chile Cakes
The tangy yogurt frosting coupled with a little heat from cayenne and crushed red pepper make these fun to eat.

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