76 Best Dessert Recipes for Weight Loss
It's safe to say dessert might just be the most important part of any meal, right? OK, so that's a bit of a stretch, but there really is nothing better than indulging in something sweet after a savory, satisfying dinner. But the thing with desserts is that they are sweets, so yes, they are often high in sugar and calories, and aren't necessarily the best for keeping on track with your weight-loss goals, especially if you order one while dining out at a restaurant. But that's where our homemade healthy dessert recipes come in.
Whip up any of these, and you'll see it's possible to still make your sweet tooth happy without having it harm your waistline. And just because these healthy dessert recipes are good for you doesn't mean we sacrificed on taste. You won't be able to tell that these cookies, brownies, pies, and cheesecakes are healthier variations of your favorite classic treats. Did we mention they're super easy to make, too?
Check out our list of homemade, healthy dessert recipes. Just a warning: you're going to want to get in the kitchen and start baking right away, so don't say we didn't warn you!
And for more, don't miss these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Is there anything more classic than a chocolate chip cookie? Even though this version is low-calorie, we still use all the typical ingredients. We just went for a lighter approach, taking it easy on the butter and the chocolate chips. But we promise these are going to be the only cookies you're ever going to want to bake.
Get our recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Molten Chocolate Cake
If the idea of baking and frosting a chocolate cake sounds a bit overwhelming, this molten chocolate cake is a game-changer for all the non-bakers out there, as it's very easy to make. You'll also end up impressing all your party guests when they crack open the middle of the cake and see the delicious chocolate lava flow freely onto their plates. For only 320 calories, there's a good chance you're going to be asked to make these mini cakes again and again!
Get our recipe for a Molten Chocolate Cake.
Best Fudgy Brownies
When you look up a recipe for a "healthy," low-calorie brownie, you'll often notice that there are butter, egg, and sugar substitutes that most of the time end up changing the flavor and consistency, so you basically end up with a sad brownie that simply doesn't leave you satisfied. So in our recipe, we still use all the classic, real brownie ingredients—just less of them. With a lower amount of butter and sugar and plenty of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, you're going to end up with the tastiest, perfectly fudgy brownie.
Get our recipe for the Best Fudgy Brownies.
Egg-Free Chocolate Pudding With Olive Oil and Sea Salt
Premade pudding is often high in calories and with the boring chocolate flavor you end up eating, it's not really worth the splurge. So why not make a better version right at home? This homemade chocolate pudding recipe skips the eggs, which cuts down on the calories and cooking time. Plus, we amp up the flavors even more, thanks to the peppery olive oil and crunchy flakes of salt. The end result is a pudding you can't find just anywhere!
Get our recipe for Egg-Free Chocolate Pudding With Olive Oil and Sea Salt.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
The oatmeal chocolate chip cookie is a truly underrated gem: it's a perfectly chewy cookie comprised of baked oats and a surprising jolt of chocolaty goodness. Plus, the oatmeal is a way to keep this cookie healthy, and with an extra pinch of sea salt that plays off the chocolate perfectly, your tastebuds are going to be very happy. Go ahead and have a few of them, too!
Get our recipe for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.
No matter where you order a tiramisu from, it generally always tends to taste the same, but what goes into a classic tiramisu isn't all that great for you. Our healthier version makes a few swaps, ditching the egg yolks and mascarpone in favor of beaten egg whites and whipped cream cheese for a lighter, yet still rich and satisfying treat.
Get our recipe for Tiramisu.
These frozen desserts are just as good—if not better!—than a traditional ice cream sundae, and they're just as easy to make. And who doesn't enjoy a little espresso after dinner that isn't served in a hot drink but instead as a cool, refreshing treat?
Get our recipe for Espresso Granita.
This two-ingredient dessert comes in under 150 calories, so you really can't get better than that! In this recipe, we take ice cream and espresso or coffee and combine them into one happy glass of pure deliciousness that will wake you and your tastebuds right up.
Get our recipe for 2-Step Affogato.
Ricotta Cheesecake With Warm Blueberries
Typical cheesecake tends to be packed with sugar and fat, and frankly, we know it's very hard to say no to a delicious-looking slice. Our version swaps in ricotta, creating a light, creamy texture that pairs perfectly with warm blueberries, which bring a dose of brain-boosting anthocyanins to the decadent dessert.
Get our recipe for a Ricotta Cheesecake With Warm Blueberries.
When the temperature heats up, you might often crave something cool and refreshing as your dessert option. That's where our blueberry-peach cobbler comes in. We bring together two of the healthiest fruits and bake them into a state of sweet intensity that's topped with crispy tender biscuits. There's a good chance your mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Get our recipe for a Blueberry-Peach Cobbler.
Key Lime Pie
If you've never made a pie before, key lime is hands-down the easiest in the history of baking. Mix, pour, bake, serve, and eat is all you have to do! With a graham cracker crust and a tart intense flavor you can only get from key lime, this is a dessert everyone is going to be happy you easily mastered.
Get our recipe for Key Lime Pie.
A dessert crepe can easily end up being super high in calories, but everything in moderation is key, right? Here, we use the classic hazelnut spread that is Nutella and pair it with bananas for a lighter take.
Get our recipe for Banana-Nutella Crepes.
Ice Cream Sandwich
If you're looking for a fun (and yummy) way to get the family together, making ice cream sandwiches might just be the key. Get all hands on deck to make these simple treats. Just remember to keep the cookies small and thin, the ice cream light, and the toppings relatively healthy, such as fruits and nuts.
Get our recipe for an Ice Cream Sandwich.
Savory and Sweet Olive Oil Ice Cream
This dish pairs the sweetness of vanilla ice cream with the crunch of sea salt and the spicy notes of extra-virgin olive oil. Plus, olive oil contains lots of health benefits, so you're satisfying your sweet tooth in a way that's good for you.
Get our recipe for Savory and Sweet Olive Oil Ice Cream.
Fruit-Packed Mexican Paleta
Paletas originated from Mexico, and it's a surprise they haven't taken over the world yet! Seriously, this frozen, fruity dessert is next-level, and it doesn't have any artificial flavoring. You can choose whatever type of fruit you want, as long as you can easily throw it in the blender with a bit of agave syrup or sugar.
Get our recipe for Fruit-Packed Mexican Paleta.
Vanilla Grilled Pineapple and Rum Sauce Sundae
Grilled pineapple serves as the base of this sundae, as it perfectly holds one solid scoop of ice cream. Add a swirl of rum sauce and some toasted coconut, and it's just like you're enjoying a piña colada, minus the hangover.
Get our recipe for a Vanilla Grilled Pineapple and Rum Sauce Sundae.
Grilled Banana Split
As you can tell, we love grilling fruits, and this time, it's the banana that gets the grilling treatment. When it's warm and caramelized, it simply transforms the basic banana split sundae, especially with the addition of salted peanuts and chocolate. Did we mention this is all only 320 calories, too?
Get our recipe for a Grilled Banana Split.
Warm Banana Split in a Rum Sauce
And here we have another take on the banana split! This recipe boasts a third of the calories of a typical ice cream shop version, and it has a hint of booze to really ramp up the flavors, too.
Get our recipe for a Warm Banana Split in a Rum Sauce.
Banana pudding is a staple Southern comfort food, so of course, we had to make sure our version didn't hold back on taste. It is much lower in calories than the bread pudding you would order at a restaurant, but we make sure you can still taste the actual star of the dessert here: the banana. We might hold back on the number of ingredients, but that's just to allow the natural and delicious flavors to really shine.
Get our recipe for Banana Pudding.
In this banana bread recipe, we cut the amount of butter and add in an extra banana, along with a bit of Greek-style yogurt. It's a much healthier alternative to other banana breads, and it's great for after dinner, or you could even kickstart your day with a slice of it, too.
Get our recipe for Banana Bread.
Apple Pie With Crunch Topping
Most apple pies are made with two crusts: one as the base and the other as the top, which just ends up doubling the number of refined carbs and fats and adding more calories to the dessert. But in our recipe, we replace the second crust with a crunchy topping made up of oats, chopped almonds, and brown sugar. And there you have a much lower-calorie pie!
Get our recipe for an Apple Pie with Crunch Topping.
If you're not really a fan of pies, an apple crumble might be a better choice for you. These tart yet sweet treats have a cobbler-style topping and are served up in individual bowls, so there's no serving up slices here! The crunchy topping is made of oats and almonds, adding fiber, healthy fat, and antioxidants to the dessert.
Get our recipe for an Apple Crumble.
We take yet another stab at baking up apples (you can't say we don't give you options!), this time in a turnover style. Here, we wrap sweetened, spiced apple chunks in a flaky puff pastry. These turnovers make for a great, much lower in calories alternative to the Cheesecake Factory's Warm Apple Crisp.
Get our recipe for an Apple Turnover.
Grilled Fruit Kebabs With Yogurt and Honey
All you need is a grill and a few pieces of your favorite fruits for this recipe. Here, we call upon watermelon, peaches, and pineapples, but you can use any fruit you like that can stand the heat. Grilling fruit brings out all those natural sugars and adds a smoky, charred element that creates such a unique flavor. Plus, with a cool yogurt sauce, you'll forget this sweet treat is actually good for you! Chocolate who?
Get our recipe for Grilled Fruit Kebabs with Yogurt and Honey.
Greek Yogurt with Pineapple, Kiwi, Mango, and Ginger Syrup
This refreshing yogurt will really satisfy your sweet tooth, thanks to the majority of the naturally-occurring sugar in this recipe coming from the kiwi, pineapple, and mango. We pair tropical fruit with a spicy-sweet blast of ginger syrup, a combination that simply tastes like you're on a vacation.
Get our recipe for Greek Yogurt with Pineapple, Kiwi, Mango, and Ginger Syrup.
Grilled Strawberry Shortcake with Balsamic
Here, we turn to low-calorie angel food cake to char on the grill, which we then top with strawberries that are soaked in balsamic vinegar and black pepper for a truly irresistible savory and sweet combination.
Get our recipe for a Grilled Strawberry Shortcake with Balsamic.
Fruit and Granola Yogurt Parfait
Yogurt parfaits are a great way to get your ice cream fix in a way that's super easy to make. All you have to do here is get plain Greek yogurt and layer in fruit and granola for some added sweetness and crunch.
Get our recipe for a Fruit and Granola Yogurt Parfait.
In some places, dessert is simply just a delicious piece of fruit. We took that approach here by adding a bit of yogurt, toasted nuts, and maple syrup for a warm, yet cool, crunchy bowl filled with fiber, protein, and healthy fat.
Get our recipe for Grilled Apricots.
Low-Sugar Cranberry Orange Scones
Yes, scones absolutely count as one of our healthy dessert recipes! Each cranberry orange scone only has 8 grams of sugar in it—seriously, that's it! Not only that, but the sugar count in this recipe is coming from natural sweeteners. Instead of using granulated sugar, this recipe relies on honey and dried cranberries to give it that touch of sweetness you're craving.
Get our recipe for Low-Sugar Cranberry Orange Scones.
Banana Coconut Ice Cream
If you're doing the Whole30 cleanse, you may be wondering whether there is such a thing as Whole30 ice cream. The answer is a big fat yes! Once you taste this decadent homemade version, you won't believe it's both vegan and Whole30-approved.
Get our recipe for Banana Coconut Ice Cream.
Coconut Fruit Tart
This Whole30-compliant tart is entirely raw, and sweetened naturally with dates and fruit. The nutty, sweet, press-in crust has a little dash of cardamom which pairs beautifully with the creamy cashew and coconut filling.
Get our recipe for Coconut Fruit Tart.
Fudgy Raspberry Brownie
A healthy dose of frozen raspberries, along with a garnish of lemon zest, takes these brownies to the next level. There are so many flavors going on, and each of them complements the others perfectly.
Get our recipe for Fudgy Raspberry Brownie.
Strawberry Rhubarb Ice
This strawberry rhubarb ice is a light and refreshing dessert. So if you have a lot of strawberry and rhubarb leftover and need something to do with it, this is the perfect way to use it all up.
Get our recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Ice.
Grilled Strawberry Shortcake with Balsamic
Here, low-calorie angel food cake picks up the smoke and char of the grill and is topped with strawberries soaked in balsamic vinegar and black pepper, an irresistible combination adored throughout northern Italy.
Get our recipe for Grilled Strawberry Shortcake with Balsamic.
If you're looking for an easy and versatile sugar cookie recipe, we have it for you right here.
Get our recipe for Sugar Cookies.
This recipe features a macadamia nut and almond flour crust, combined with coconut, berries, and plenty of cream cheese. You can satisfy your sweet tooth without derailing your keto goals—and even non-keto friends will love this keto cheesecake treat.
Get our recipe for Keto Cheesecake.
Cocoa-Coconut-Oat Cookies With Chocolate Chunks
Looking for something sweet and chocolaty to satisfy that craving you have? These cookies have all of that, and more, by packing in some nutritious oats and coconut into the batter.
Get our recipe for Cocoa-Coconut-Oat Cookies With Chocolate Chunks.
Inspired by the decadent flavors of a traditional sticky pudding, this popcorn is ideal for caramel corn lovers. Even better, it's clean with only natural sugar, making it a snack (or dessert) you can enjoy guilt-free.
Get our recipe for Toffee Popcorn.
Homemade No-Churn Ice Cream
Not only can you make ice cream at home without a machine, but that it can be easily done with three ingredients!
Get our recipe for Homemade Ice Cream.
Mexican Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
This Mexican chocolate smoothie bowl features dark chocolate almond milk, along with chopped chocolate, for a creamy meal that's way less sugary than your typical chocolate treat.
Get our recipe for a Mexican Chocolate Smoothie Bowl.
Poached Pears with Spiced Chocolate Sauce
When it comes to fall fruit, apples tend to take the spotlight. But plenty of pear varieties are in season at the same time, and they're just as delicious in healthy dessert recipes. Take, for example, this scrumptious treat, which combines poached pears with a rich chocolate sauce.
Get our recipe for Poached Pears with Spiced Chocolate Sauce.
Pressure Cooker Molten Lava Chocolate-Cherry Cake
Molten chocolate cake and ice cream on a list of healthy dessert recipes? Yes, really! Thanks to the pressure cooker, the best thing about this chocolate-cherry cake recipe is that you can just set it and let the cooker do its magic. When it's done, you'll have a melty, chocolaty treat that's just as good as its store-bought counterparts.
Get our recipe for Pressure Cooker Molten Lava Chocolate-Cherry Cake.
Sticky Toffee Date Cake
If you can't resist a little dessert with your afternoon coffee, you'll love this sticky toffee date cake recipe. It pairs perfectly with a nice cup of joe, and each serving is less than 250 calories, so it won't derail any healthy eating plans you might have.
Get our recipe for Sticky Toffee Date Cake.
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
With orange zest, cranberries, maple syrup, and pecans (along with pumpkin pie spice, of course), this dessert is basically autumn in a nutshell.
Get our recipe for Pumpkin Bread Pudding.
Peanut Butter Blossoms
We can't think of a more perfect pairing than peanut butter and chocolate. These two flavors are a match made in heaven, especially when combined to make the most delicious cookies.
Get our recipe for Peanut Butter Blossoms.
Keto Latte Swirl Brownies
This brownie recipe comes out to just 140 calories a serving, so go ahead and indulge. With instant coffee powder and dark chocolate, this treat is so delicious, you'll barely even remember it's keto-compliant.
Get our recipe for Keto Latte Swirl Brownies.
Whipped Chocolate Coconut Pudding
The coconut cream whip topping is optional, but delicious. Don't skip the espresso powder—it helps amplify the flavor of the chocolate to something with a richer, deeper flavor.
Get our recipe for Whipped Chocolate Coconut Pudding.
For our most visually appealing healthy dessert recipes, make this apple-cranberry crisp. Who wouldn't want more home-cooked desserts in their lives? We think this apple-cranberry crisp recipe fits the bill for an easy, healthy dessert you'll love.
Get our recipe for Apple-Cranberry Crisp.
Dark Chocolate-Covered Almond Clusters With Coconut-Matcha Sprinkle
These nutty chocolate clusters aren't the turtle candy you might remember from childhood. In fact, they're even better. These dark-chocolate almond clusters take dessert to a more sophisticated (and healthy) level, thanks to shredded coconut and matcha powder.
Get our recipe for Dark Chocolate-Covered Almond Clusters With Coconut-Matcha Sprinkle.
Coffee and Chocolate Meringue Cookie
If you're looking for a light, low-calorie dessert, look no further than the meringue. These coffee and chocolate meringues are just 71 calories each, but you'd never know it from how flavorful they are.
Get our recipe for Coffee and Chocolate Meringue Cookies.
Ginger-Carrot Pineapple Cake
Between the juicy pineapple and the bright colored carrot ribbons, this tropical-looking cake will be the hit dessert of any dinner party! Thanks to a few healthy baking swaps in the recipe, this ginger-carrot pineapple cake is lower in calories, making it the perfect dessert for your guests to enjoy—and feel good about it!
Get our recipe for Ginger-Carrot Pineapple Cake.
Four-Ingredient Chocolate & Lemon Cake Cookies
Need to have some kind of dessert ready for guests in a pinch? This easy 4-ingredient cake cookies recipe will come to your rescue! It's incredibly easy to throw together, and can even be made with multiple different flavors.
Get our recipe for Four-Ingredient Chocolate & Lemon Cake Cookies.
Dipped in a homemade glaze and topped with colorful sprinkles, these homemade old-fashioned donuts rival the kind you buy at a donut shop.
Get our recipe for Homemade Donuts.
Having added sugars on Whole30 is a big no-no. But having natural sugars from whole foods, like dates, is perfectly acceptable while on this clean eating diet. This is why making a pan of date squares is an easy Whole30 dessert idea that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Get our recipe for Date Squares.
Fresh Fruit and Cream Tart
This is one of our favorite healthy dessert recipes because it's just so visually appealing! There's nothing like finishing off a delicious spring meal with a fruit tart, is there? With all of those natural sugars in fruit, topped on a custard-like tart, it's the perfect light dessert for a spring or summer evening.
Get our recipe for Fresh Fruit and Cream Tart.
Cinnamon-Orange Lava Cakes
There's something so satisfying about tucking into gooey lava cakes. The chocolate filling seeps out onto your plate, and the whole thing feels decadent. It might seem complicated to recreate this treat at home, but it doesn't have to be! All you need are some ramekins and a bit of time.
Get our recipe for Cinnamon-Orange Lava Cakes.
Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding with Pistachios
If you're a chocolate lover looking to add more healthy dessert recipes to your rotation, this is quite the treat. This chocolate cherry bread pudding is so gooey, you won't believe it clocks in under 350 calories.
Get our recipe for Chocolate Cherry Bread Pudding with Pistachios.
Dark Chocolate Dipped Bananas
Between the sweetness of the banana and the bitter dark chocolate dip, how could you say no to a dark chocolate dipped banana? You can top these bananas with shredded coconut, almonds, or sea salt. If you're feeling extra adventurous, you could always add other types of toppings, like cookie crumbs or mini candies.
Get our recipe for Dark Chocolate Dipped Bananas.
Individual Key Lime Cheesecakes
These key lime cheesecakes include a secret ingredient: rolled oats. The oats add a little bit of fiber to the dessert, and combined with pecans, they serve as a makeshift (and healthier) crust for the individual cheesecake cups.
Get our recipe for Individual Key Lime Cheesecakes.
This is one of our healthy dessert recipes we're constantly drooling over. The trick to a good, thick milkshake is your ice cream to milk ratio. You actually want to have more ice cream than milk in order for the milkshake to be thick and creamy. It's kind of an art, but once you get used to it, making it at home is a breeze.
Get our recipe for Old-Fashioned Milkshakes.
Mini Chocolate Cakes
Can chocolate cake ever truly be on a list of healthy dessert recipes? Yes, it can, if it has no gluten, dairy, or refined sugar. Not only is this recipe delicious, but it's also one that every baker should have in their arsenal.
Get our recipe for Mini Chocolate Cakes.
Pizza on a list of healthy dessert recipes? Yes, please! This fruit pizza recipe uses healthier ingredients that you'll feel good about eating.
Get our recipe for Fruit Pizza.
Avocado Ice Cream
If you're truly an avocado lover, you might be looking for unconventional ways to add the fruit into your diet. But this easy recipe takes avocado where you probably haven't seen it before: into ice cream. And more specifically, into an ice cream mixture made from sweetened condensed milk and coconut milk.
Get our recipe for Avocado Ice Cream.
Pillowy Snickerdoodle Cookies
Whether you're in the thick of your holiday baking, or you're simply craving a plate of snickerdoodle cookies, this easy recipe will be your favorite go-to cookie to bake.
Get our recipe for Pillowy Snickerdoodle Cookies.
Keto Strawberry Marscarpone
Whip this strawberry mascarpone keto dessert in less than 10 minutes (seriously, what could be easier), and serve topped with some grated keto chocolate. You'll feel like you're eating the best part of the cake—the toppings!
Get our recipe for Keto Strawberry Marscarpone.
Sautéed Apples with Caramel Drizzle
This warm, sweet, and spiced Whole30 apple dessert is so simple and light, it deserves a spot in your everyday rotation. You're basically cooking apples with cinnamon, then drizzling them with some velvety, syrupy sweet sauce. We like to think of it as a deconstructed apple pie.
Get our recipe for Sautéed Apples with Caramel Drizzle.
Fudgy Pumpkin Brownie Bites
This is one of our healthy dessert recipes we constantly obsess over! The best thing about these pumpkin brownies? They are the perfect, indulgent dessert! Each brownie bite is only 54 calories and only 5 grams of sugar, so you could easily indulge in one, two, or even three of these and not completely ruin your caloric intake.
Get our recipe for Fudgy Pumpkin Brownie Bites.
Low-Sugar Orange Dream Cream Puffs
This dessert is also naturally sweetened, thanks to the can of mandarin orange segments in the recipe. It gives the cream puff a tangy and sweet flavor, while still keeping that sugar count really low.
Get our recipe for Low-Sugar Orange Dream Cream Puffs.
Warm Mocha Tart
If you're a chocoholic looking to add more healthy dessert recipes into your rotation, look no further than this warm mocha tart. With cocoa powder and a bit of instant espresso powder, this gooey treat is a chocolate and coffee lover's dream come true.
Get our recipe for Warm Mocha Tart.
Jelly Thumbprint Cookies
When it comes to adding jelly into your thumbprint cookie, the possibilities are endless. Use grape, strawberry, apricot, raspberry, peach, or whatever else you have on hand. You don't even have to stick to one type of jam for this entire batch of cookies! Mix it up with different types of jams for some variety.
Get our recipe for Jelly Thumbprint Cookies.
Traditional Coca Cola Cake
You may have heard of soda being used in recipes like pot roast, but did you know Coca-Cola is actually delicious in a cake as well? This sweet soda is the perfect addition to a homemade chocolate cake.
Get our recipe for Traditional Coca Cola Cake.
Cheesecake is definitely on our list of healthy dessert recipes—especially one as easy as this! This easy-to-make pumpkin cheesecake cuts the sugar and fat, and adds some Greek yogurt that will leave your gut feeling happy.
Get our recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake.
10-Minute Whole30 Chocolate Pudding Cakes
These quick Whole30 chocolate pudding cakes are steamed under high pressure in the Instant Pot and ready in about 10 minutes total. They're amazingly rich, but shockingly wholesome and healthy, with no gluten, dairy, or refined sugar.
Get our recipe for 10-Minute Whole30 Chocolate Pudding Cakes.
This is one of those healthy dessert recipes you are going to want to make again and again! Lemon juice and zest will brighten up the berry filling. If you can't find fresh berries, frozen ones will do, but the filling will have more liquid pooling under the topping.
Get our recipe for Blueberry Cobbler.
Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies
This chocolate chip cookie recipe is so good, your friends won't even believe it's keto-friendly. This recipe will prove that keto cookies can be just as delicious as more traditional cookies.
Get our recipe for Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Lime Avocado Mousse
This recipe is so thick and rich you'll swear there must be dairy in it. But it's actually vegan and clean enough for the dreaded 30-day cleanse.
Get our recipe for Lime Avocado Mousse.
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