25 Low-Calorie Desserts to Buy Under 150 Calories
While it may seem counterintuitive to eat dessert when you're trying to lose weight, eating dessert can actually help you stay on track! Instead of completely depriving yourself of a food you love, having low-calorie desserts that are portioned out for you can help you stay motivated to keep up with your health goals—and stay within your calorie limit!
"Incorporating dessert daily or a few times a week if it's something you enjoy can actually help you stay on track with your dietary goals," said Maryann Walsh, MFN, RD, CDE. "No matter what sort of way of eating you may follow (counting calories, low carb, low fat, etc. etc.), if you enjoy having dessert or a sweet treat, you can absolutely enjoy on a regular basis, even daily!"
However, this doesn't mean you always have to choose the "healthiest" option. Unless, of course, that is what you desire to have. But for some, having dessert means enjoying a decadent, sugary treat they love.
"If you want to enjoy decadent, full-fat, full-sugar desserts or treats, the key is to practice portion control, usually mindfully enjoying a small piece or a few bites of something decadent is all it takes to get the experience," said Walsh.
So the question is: what kind of dessert are you craving? If you portion it out and include it in your health goals, you can have it every day. It's just a matter of choosing the type of dessert that is worth it to you.
"There are so many options available, so you can surely find something that is a good fit, and by not depriving yourself you are less likely to overindulge in sweet treats and desserts on weekends and special occasions," said Walsh.
Here are 25 low-calorie desserts to buy, all under 150 calories!
Who loves a good milk and cookies sesh before bed? Swap out the normal cookie sleeve with a package of Oreo Thins, which allows you to have four cookies per serving! For just 140 calories, it's the perfect low-calorie dessert.
Tate's Bake Shop Chocolate Chip Cookies
Not a fan of Oreo cookies? Grab a sleeve of Tate's instead! Enjoy two chocolate chip cookies for just 140 calories. Not a fan of chocolate chip? Tate's also makes Coconut Crisp, Oatmeal Raisin, Butter Crunch, and White Chocolate Macadamia Nut. They even have gluten-free options!
SmartSweets Sour Blast Buddies
Are you a huge fan of Sour Patch, but don't want to ruin your calorie count on dessert? SmartSweets will satisfy that craving—and with only 3 grams of sugar! Each pack ranges from 80 to 90 calories for the entire bag. Grab a few packs to have some low-calorie desserts on hand!
While a typical serving of Nutella is 200 calories for 2 tablespoons, split it in half and enjoy 1 tablespoon with some salty pretzels! It's the perfect way to satisfy that salty and sweet craving. The key is to make sure you portion it out.
"Mindful eating is where you actually think about and savor the bites you are taking, versus chowing down while you are busy or preoccupied," said Walsh. "Consider an item like Nutella. It's sweet and delicious, but the calories will surely add up if you eat it by the spoonful out of the jar. Instead, try slowly savoring 1 tablespoon worth! It's a win-win. You still get to enjoy it without sabotaging your health goals."
Reese's PB Cup Dark Chocolate Thins
Looking for a little treat to enjoy by your desk? Snag a bag of these Reese's PB Cup Dark Chocolate Thins, and enjoy a small treat when that afternoon sugar craving hits for less than 60 calories per cup.
Ghirardelli Dark & Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Squares
Craving some dark chocolate at your desk? Have a pack of these squares in a drawer when you're in need of a chocolate fix! Dark chocolate, in particular, contains flavanols that have been found to lower blood sugar, decrease body fat, and reduce inflammation in the body. The darker the bar the better, because they tend to contain less sugar overall and have more concentrated levels of cacao (where all those great health benefits lie).
SmashMallow Cinnamon Churro
Who likes eating marshmallows by the handful? Well, you can squash that marshmallow craving by enjoying these deliciously flavored marshmallows. Enjoy 4 marshmallows per serving in any of their delicious flavors: Cinnamon Churro, Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookie Dough, Strawberries & Cream, Root Beer Float, Coconut Pineapple, and Toasted Vanilla.
Betty Crocker Angel Food White Cake Mix
Yes, you can have your cake and eat it, too! Throw together this Angel Food cake mix from Betty Crocker and enjoy a delicious slice for a mere 140 calories. Spruce it up with some fresh fruit and a dollop of whipped cream!
Market Pantry Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches
Bring back one of your former childhood favorites by snagging a box of these ice cream sandwiches! Each sandwich is 90 calories each, just enough to get nostalgic over hot summer days running after the ice cream truck.
Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt – Mint Chocolate Chip Bars
Are you a huge fan of Greek yogurt? You are going to love these bars! Yasso frozen Greek yogurt makes a variety of dessert bars that are 100 calories each. Enjoy Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Sea Salt Caramel, and Coffee Chocolate Chip. Or if you would rather a classic Chocolate Fudge, you can snag a box for just 80 calories per bar.
Market Pantry Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream
Believe it or not, having a simple scoop of ice cream can be under 150 calories, depending on the flavor! A scoop usually equates to around a 1/2 cup serving, just enough for a little ice cream treat after dinner. This Chocolate Fudge Brownie flavor is 140 calories per serving, and Market Pantry has many other flavors around the same calorie count!
Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle Bars
Who loves a good fudgsicle? Skinny Cow is known for bringing some of the most decadent low-calorie desserts for such a low calorie count! These chocolate truffle fudge bars have chocolate ice cream and a ribbon of chocolate around the edge.
Trader Joe's Mint Mouthfuls
Calling all mint ice cream lovers, this is going to be your new favorite go-to! You can enjoy not just one, but two of these Trader Joe's Mint Mouthfuls in one sitting! However, if you just need something to fix a sweet tooth, simply enjoy one sandwich for a mere 60 calories.
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Clio Strawberry Greek Yogurt Bar
Yes, this is another Greek yogurt treat, but this time, it's covered in chocolate! With a rich, cheesecake-like texture, Clio is the perfect decadent low-calorie dessert for those craving a slice of cheesecake—but without all of those extra calories. Clio offers many flavors of Greek yogurt bars, including Peanut Butter, Vanilla, Honey, Hazelnut, Blueberry, and Espresso.
My/Mo S'mores Mochi Ice Cream
This pillowy ice cream treat is the perfect way to end a dinner party! Pull out a box of My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream and let them defrost slightly before serving to ensure perfect, pillowy goodness. The S'mores flavor is a favorite, but you can also grab Chocolate Sundae, Vanilla Blueberry, Dulce De Leche, Sweet Mango, Green Tea, Cookies & Cream, Vanilla Bean, Salted Caramel, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Ripe Strawberry. They even have vegan flavors, too!
Snack Pack Pudding Chocolate
Take yourself back to those childhood lunchbox days by enjoying a pudding cup for dessert! These low-calorie desserts only have 100 calories, so add a dollop of whipped cream on top for a decadent late-night treat.
Simply Balanced Strawberry Frozen Fruit Bar
Not a huge chocolate fan? Enjoy a frozen fruit bar instead! These strawberry fruit bars by Simply Balanced are non-GMO with natural flavors. Each pack comes with 6 bars, at 140 calories a pop.
Nestle Drumstick Mini Drums Sundae Cones
While a trip to the local ice cream shop is always a fun adventure every once in a while, having a small ice cream cone at home can help you stay on track for your health goals on a daily basis. Enjoy one cone for 70 calories, or indulge in two for 140!
Dole Dippers Dark Chocolate Covered Real Banana Slices
Don't feel like making a batch of chocolate-covered bananas? Snag a package of Dole Dippers instead!
"For those who enjoy a little bit more volume in their dessert, there are great options like Dole Dippers, which are banana bites covered in dark chocolate," said Walsh. "They come in portion-controlled pouches to take the guesswork out of how much to eat."
Dole Dippers also offers bags of Chocolate Covered Strawberries for just 60 calories per pouch. Both are great low-calorie desserts to have when a craving hits!
Breyers CarbSmart Vanilla Frozen Dairy Dessert
Looking for a bowl of ice cream that fits a low-carb, keto diet? Breyer's CarbSmart frozen dessert tubs (and bars) are a great option for you. Enjoy a 1/2 cup serving for just 120 calories.
"Frozen desserts, like Breyers CarbSmart, give you the creamy taste of ice cream, but with less sugar and calories per serving," said Walsh.
Oui Petite Yoplait French Style Yogurt
Skip the froyo joints and curl up with a creamy cup of yogurt at home. Brands have gone above and beyond the traditional plain and vanilla varieties, now boasting more rich tasting options that closely resemble your favorite desserts. Yoplait's Oui Petite French Style yogurts have created some indulgent flavors, including Chocolate with Shavings, Dark Chocolate Raspberry, and Sea Salt Caramel.
Vanilla & Chocolate Ice Cream Cups
Looking for a simple cup of chocolate and vanilla ice cream? These ice cream cups will take you back to your childhood with those simple, portioned out flavors! Each cup only has 100 calories, so you could even have a little wiggle room to add some of your favorite toppings.
Nestle Hot Chocolate Mix, Rich Chocolate
These chocolatey packets can do more than make a rich cup of hot chocolate—they'll warm you up on a cool fall or winter's night, too. Nestle's Rich Chocolate hot cocoa packets will only account for 80 calories of your daily intake. Mix it with one cup of warmed unsweetened almond milk for a mere 30 calories extra!
Kashi Oatmeal Raisin Flax Cookie
Don't have time to whip up a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies yourself? Snag one of these Kashi Oatmeal Raisin Flax cookies, which are only 120 calories each! Kashi's version has 4 grams of fiber per serving and is rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Halo Top Pops
If you love that pint of Halo Top ice cream, you are going to love this 60-calorie alternative! Enjoy the delicious taste of Halo Top ice cream with these Strawberry Cheesecake pops. You can even snag the bars in other flavors, including Peanut Butter Swirl, Mint Chip, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.