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 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 to your favorite classic treats. Did we mention they’re super easy to make, too?
Check out 28 of our own 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!
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 a key lime, this is a dessert everyone is going to be happy you easily mastered.
Get our recipe for a 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.
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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 on 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 in 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 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.