Craving a sweet treat? Try these healthy, low-cal dessert options to satisfy your sweet tooth while maintaining a healthy diet and getting important nutritional value.
1. Carmel Apple Oatmeal Cookies
With dried apples and caramel candies in every bite, our less-than-100-calorie oatmeal cookies give you the flavors of fall year-round. The recipe makes 4-dozen cookies, so freeze the dough or make them all for a smart bake-sale addition.
2. Cappuccino Cream Dessert
Fat-free, sugar-free instant vanilla pudding is the perfect palette for quick, flavorful desserts. Here it's blended with instant coffee for a delicious cappuccino flavor. Change it up by replacing the coffee with almond extract for a nutty dessert or mint extract and a sprinkle of mini chocolate chips for mint chocolate chip pudding.
3. Fig-Pecan Macaroons
Because macaroons are made with egg whites and no fat, they are naturally low-calorie without having to add any artificial ingredients (2 of our macaroons have only 86 calories!). This rendition also features intensely sweet dried figs. Be sure to remove and discard the hard stems of the figs before chopping them.
4. Fruit "Sherbet"
This delicious fruity dessert provides nutrients and a fresh sweet taste. Try different fruits for different flavors to spice up the recipe.
5. Deep Dark Chocolate Biscotti
Whole-wheat flour, flaxseed, and almonds add fiber and antioxidants to these delicious biscotti. At under 100 calories each, one biscotti dunked in a cup of hot coffee sounds like the perfect afternoon treat.
6. Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes
These mouthwatering mini cupcakes are great for entertaining guests, or dessert just for the family. At only 93 calories, these delicious treats are a healthy dessert option too.
7. Lavender-Scented Strawberries with Honey Cream
Showcase fresh berries in this rich, not-too-sweet dessert. Be sure to use Greek yogurt, which has been strained and is very thick and creamy. Serve in a pretty stemmed dish for a special touch.
8. Fudge Brownies
We give you fudgy, decadent brownies at less than 150 calories by replacing the typical ton of butter with a combo of low-fat baking tricks. Two kinds of chocolate—cocoa and melted dark chocolate—add deep chocolate flavor.
9. Frozen Chocolate-Ricotta Sandwiches
Enjoy this healthy, low-cal alternative to the traditional ice cream sandwich.
10. Pink Grapefruit Sorbet
Two ingredients—freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice and sugar—prove that simple, natural ingredients offer great results. A serving delivers about two-thirds of your RDA for vitamin C, and at only 145 calories you can enjoy every bite.
11. Butterscotch Bars
A small square of these rich bars is enough to satisfy a dessert craving. The flour and oats mixture is somewhat dry after combining, but it serves as both a solid base for the soft butterscotch chip layer and a crumbly, streusel-like topping.
12. Honey-Lime Fruit Cup
Experiment with your favorite fruits to create this savory dish. Try various combinations of fruits then top off the mixture with the delicious honey-lime glaze to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping it under 150 calories.
13. Minted Watermelon and Lemon Ice Pops
Boasting just 82 calories and a boatload of vitamin C, these double-decker popsicles feature a sweet-tart lemon layer topped with a minty watermelon layer. If you prefer one flavor over the other, double the amount of ingredients required for each layer and make single flavored pops.
14. Mango-Lime Ice
Extremely healthy and naturally fat-free, sweet mango ice provides both vitamins A and C from the mangoes and orange juice. Enjoy this simple, make-ahead dish as a warm weather dessert or afternoon snack.
15. Blueberry-Almond Turtles
These delicious treats are sweet with a bit of a crunch. The blueberries and almonds provide good nutritional value for this healthy snack.