Low-Calorie Dessert Recipes
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Lighter Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie
This no-cook pie is lighter than its full-fat counterparts, thanks to low-fat milk and fat-free frozen whipped topping, but it still possesses rich chocolatey flavor.
Get the Recipe: Bobby's Lighter Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie
Carrot Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting
Applesauce makes Ellie’s sweet, spiced carrot cupcakes particularly moist.
Get the Recipe: Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Pear Ginger Crumble
There's no need to banish crumble from the dessert course. Try making some smart substitutions like using whole-wheat flour in the spiced topping and binding it together with canola oil instead of butter.
Get the Recipe: Pear Ginger Crumble
Chocolate-Hazelnut Drop Cookies
Everyone's favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread forms the base of these five-ingredient cookies. After baking, they get a snowy powdered sugar topping.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate-Hazelnut Drop Cookies
Balsamic Strawberries With Ricotta Cream
Balsamic syrup adds a rich, savory note to a bowl of berries, best complemented by a super-sweet ricotta, honey and vanilla cream.
Get the Recipe: Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream
With half the calories and one-quarter the fat of a normal brownie, these squares allow you to indulge while cutting back.
Get the Recipe: Lighter Brownies
Chocolate Dream Ice Cream
A bit of indulgence doesn’t have to leave you feeling guilty. For a sweet treat that doesn't pack on the calories, sprinkle any of the following toppings on some low-fat ice cream: chocolate bar, chocolate chips, peppermint patty or crumbled chocolate wafers.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Dream Ice Cream
Whole Grain Gingersnaps
This recipe uses whole-wheat flour, adding a little extra fiber and nuttiness to the gingersnap cookie fragrant with cinnamon and molasses.
Get the Recipe: Whole Grain Gingersnaps
Pistachio and Tart Cherry Chocolate Bark
Pack chocolate bark in decorative boxes to give as delicious gifts. This bark is drizzled with white chocolate and loaded with nutty pistachios and sweet, tangy dried cherries.
Get the Recipe: Pistachio and Tart Cherry Chocolate Bark
Mascarpone Amaretti Cups
Debi and Gabriele's elegant mascarpone mousse, topped with chocolate shavings and crumbled amaretti cookies, is perfect for serving as a party dessert.
Get the Recipe: Mascarpone Amaretti Cup
Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Tangy dried cherries add a pleasant pop to these soft, semi-sweet chocolate rounds.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Baking apples is a great way to incorporate fresh fruit in a healthful dessert that doesn’t need a lot of added sugar. The crisp Granny Smith apples become tender and aromatic when baked under a cinnamon-and-oat topping.
Get the Recipe: Apple-Oat Crisp
Chocolate Marshmallow Madness Cupcakes
You’d never know that these fluffy, marshmallow-topped cupcakes are made with low-cal hot cocoa mix, egg whites and a no-cal sweetener. The marshmallow and chocolate chips are the real deal, though.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Marshmallow Madness Cupcakes
Triple Chocolate Cookies
Triple the chocolate, one-third the calories? Ellie’s chocolate cookies with both dark and milk chocolate chips will help you get your cocoa fix for only 100 calories.
Get the Recipe: Triple Chocolate Cookies
Mascarpone Mini Cupcakes With Strawberry Glaze
Adding mascarpone cheese to the batter makes these cupcakes extremely rich and moist perfect for enjoying in bite-sized form. Top with a thin layer of strawberry glaze for just a hint of flavor and sweetness.
Get the Recipe: Mascarpone Mini Cupcakes with Strawberry Glaze
Angel Food Cake
Alton adds a teaspoon of orange extract to give this naturally light, spongy cake bright flavor.
Get the Recipe: Angel Food Cake
Honey Tangerine Gelatin
Mix powdered gelatin with honey tangerine juice and zest for fresh citrus flavor. Leave it to set in the fridge and then serve with a dollop of whipped cream. Have you ever seen such a sunny dessert?
Get the Recipe: Honey Tangerine Gelatin
Framboise and fresh raspberries come together in this sweet-tart pastry best enjoyed in small but decadent doses.
Get the Recipe: Raspberry Tart
Devil's Food Cupcakes With Chocolate Icing
Ellie Krieger re-creates a favorite childhood snack by topping low-sugar, part whole-grain cupcakes with a rich chocolatey layer and just a squiggle of cream cheese icing.
Get the Recipe: Devil's Food Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing
Big Beautiful Baked Alaska
Reduced-fat ice creams and wafer cookies make this classic hot and cold confection a safe dessert bet.
Get the Recipe: Big Beautiful Baked Alaska
Gimme Gimme S'mores Ice Cream Sandwiches
Sandwich fat-free whipped topping, marshmallows and chocolate chips between graham crackers for an easy combo of two summertime treats.
Get the Recipe: Gimme Gimme S'mores Sandwich
Low-Fat Choocolate Chip Cookies
Made with old-fashioned oats, these chewy chocolate chip cookies are only 80 calories a pop so feel free to have two.
Get the Recipe: Low-Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Applesauce Apple Tart
Homemade applesauce makes for a naturally sweet tart filling that won’t send your blood sugar level through the roof.
Get the Recipe: Applesauce Apple Tart
Angel Food Cake With Mangoes
Dress up store-bought angel food cake with a zesty-sweet mango sauce and fresh mango cubes.
Get the Recipe: Angel Food Cake with Mangoes
Debi and Gabriele dress up boxed vanilla cake mix by marbling the batter with melted dark chocolate and dusting the tops with confectioners' sugar.
Get the Recipe: Organic Cupcakes
Indian Ice Cream: Mango Kulfi
This take on the fragrant Indian ice cream is made with cardamom and fennel, plus fresh fruit and vanilla frozen yogurt.
Get the Recipe: Indian Ice Cream: Mango Kulfi
Made with oats, bran and raisins, these cookies taste like a delicious bowl of cereal. You could actually eat these cookies for breakfast thanks to their healthy dose of protein and fiber, or enjoy them as a nutritious dessert.
Get the Recipe: Breakfast Cookies
Mississippi Mug Pie
The quickest path to a guilt-free cake is Hungry Girl’s easy, microwavable Mississippi Mug Pie.
Get the Recipe: Mississippi Mug Pie
All you need to make this super-simple, super-fresh sorbet are frozen strawberries, yogurt and sugar.
Get the Recipe: Super-Simple Sorbet
Grapefruit Zabaglione Over Mixed Berries
This popular Italian custard and berry mixture gets a zesty update with the addition of grapefruit juice.
Get the Recipe: Grapefruit Zabaglione over Mixed Berries
Grab 'n Go Cookies
Requiring just 30 minutes of total prep and cook time, these fruit- and oat-filled cookies are ready in a flash.
Get the Recipe: Grab 'n Go Cookies
PB 'n Chocolate Bread Pudding Bonanza
A lighter liquid base and reduced-fat peanut butter make this cozy comfort dessert a low-cal option.
Get the Recipe: PB 'n Chocolate Bread Pudding Bonanza
Bal's Lentil Cookies
Every one of our reviewers gave this cookie four or five stars, remarking on its great nutty flavor and healthy ingredients.
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Hungry Girl's Banana Split Pie
Fake a banana split pie with Hungry Girl’s recipe using chocolate pudding, whipped topping, bananas, syrup, peanuts and cherries.
Get the Recipe: Banana Split Pie
Simple and sure to please, Chuck's quick dessert caramelizes Bartlett pears in brown sugar and bourbon and tops them with ice cream and graham cracker crumbles.
Get the Recipe: Caramelized Pears
Cookie-rific Ice Cream Freeze
Sip on this low-cal version of a cookies and cream shake, made with chocolate crisps, light soy milk, fat-free ice cream and fat-free whipped topping.
Get the Recipe: Cookie-rific Ice Cream Freeze