Thanks to these low-calorie desserts, you can indulge your sweet tooth without ruining your diet.
Because nobody should have to give up dessert entirely!
Healthy eating comes in all shapes and sizes.
But no matter your plan – keto, paleo, vegan, etc. – it’s important not to deprive yourself of the foods you love.
After all, that’s when you want them the most!
And luckily, with these low-calorie desserts, you can still enjoy cookies, cakes, and even brownies!
Make one or make them all – either way, I know you’ll be pleased.
37 Easy Low-Calorie Dessert Recipes That Still Taste Indulgent
If you like fudgy, gooey brownies, this is the recipe for you! With just 91 calories per serving, you know it’s worth a try!
Though this recipe has flour and sugar, the Greek yogurt does a lot of the heavy lifting.
And you could also substitute monk fruit sweetener for a low-carb and lower calorie treat.
For a bit of extra chocolatey goodness, fold in some chopped dark chocolate. Who knew low-cal brownies could be so easy?
This sweet treat is so good for you, you could even have it for breakfast!
There are five grams of protein for every 55 calories in these blondies. A total win, right?
With a dessert this low in calories (and fat), how can you say no?
Yup, you read that right! This recipe really only requires two ingredients.
All you need for this “fluff cake” is a box of angel food cake mix and crushed pineapple.
No egg, no oil, just two easy pantry ingredients! The cake will be light and springy, almost like a cloud.
Of course, as with any box cake mix, you’ll have more carbs. And with more carbs come more calories.
But with only 120 calories per serving, I think it’s worth a try, don’t you?
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to have gummy cakes with no flavor. And this ultra-healthy chocolate cake is proof.
A bit of applesauce, vinegar, and baking soda ensure this one is soft and moist. You’ll also add flour, sweetener, and cocoa powder to form the base!
At just 98 calories, you can even have two pieces!
That said, frosting will add more calories. That’s why I like it with fat-free Cool Whip and fresh berries.
Delicious desserts do not have to be a labor of love!
Chocolate-covered strawberries are not only elegant, they’re easy, too! Just mix some melted dark chocolate with avocado oil, then dip in the fresh (dry) fruit.
Though these are low in calories (just 107 for three dipped strawberries), and most of that comes from the oil.
If you feel like a challenge, skip the oil and temper the chocolate instead. It takes a bit longer, but the chocolate will set beautifully.
Also, remember to wash and dry the fruit first. If the berries are wet or damp, the chocolate won’t cover them properly.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Or, sorbet. Let’s scream for that, too.
If you have 10 minutes, and four simple ingredients, you’re ready for dessert. And you can have a whole cup of this sorbet with just 80 calories!
Blend frozen raspberries, sugar-free maple syrup, water, and lemon juice, and…oh wait, that’s it!
Think of it like a thick raspberry smoothie! Freeze it right after blending if you want it more firm.
I know what you’re thinking: Low-cal pound cake is too good to be true.
But I promise you, miracles happen every single day.
Bursting with citrus and blueberry flavor, this buttery cake is just 133 calories per serving. So there’s plenty of room for ice cream, too!
Football season is fun and all. But it also means parties brimming with wings, fries, and cheesy, fat-filled dips.
So, if you’re anxious about the number of unhealthy foods, try this healthy chocolate dip instead!
It’s just 80 calories for the whole recipe! And you can thank low-fat Greek yogurt and cream cheese for that.
In fact, you can even leave out the powdered sugar and make it even lower in calories. I found it just as tasty without the extra sugar.
Serve this fruit dip with apples, pears, strawberries, or raspberries, and dip to your heart’s content!
If you’re the kind of person who makes cookie dough and only bakes half of it, this recipe is for you.
The ingredient list looks nearly identical to traditional chocolate chip cookie dough – minus the egg, of course!
Mix a quarter cup of this cookie dough (less than 200 calories) with some low-fat fro-yo for a lovely, healthy dessert. Or just eat by the spoonful!
Have you ever tried nice cream? It’s like ice cream, only you use blended frozen bananas for the base.
It’s wonderfully fruity and creamy, and it’s much lower in calories than real ice cream (not to mention vegan-friendly).
This recipe adds cocoa powder for a nice hit of richness, and it’s molded into popsicles instead of a tub for scooping.
And at 42 calories per popsicle, it’s one of my all-time favorite low-calorie desserts.
Oh, and since they’re basically just frozen fruit pops, you can enjoy these sugar-free goodies any time of day – even for breakfast!
Making peanut butter cups at home is super easy, and cuts down on the empty calories in those store-bought treats.
These goodies have just 92 calories per cup, and they have extra protein, too!
And if you want to cut down on the calories even more, use PB2 peanut butter powder instead of ready-made. Just add a bit of water, and you’re all set.
Dark chocolate + creamy peanut butter = melt-in-your-mouth dessert!
The minute the first leaf falls, two things happen in my home: sweater season unfolds, and the baking begins!
And when I’m craving warm, gooey, chocolate chip cookies, this is the recipe I turn to.
Each cookie has just under 100 calories, so there’s always room for two.
No butter, no eggs, and all the chewy goodness you want in a freshly baked cookie? What are you waiting for?
Apple picking season is in full swing, so why not warm up with this healthy apple cake?
It’s light and fluffy, and beyond easy to make. Plus, it only has 137 calories per serving!
If you want a more fall-friendly version, add some spice!
Pudding cups are great for busy bees. But they’re also full of unhealthy ingredients and unnecessary calories.
So, skip the tasty but bad-for-you pre-made stuff, and try this stunning vegan chocolate pudding.
It’s a tasty mix of tofu, maple syrup, cocoa powder, and dark chocolate. It’s silky-smooth and deliciously indulgent.
At 90 calories per cup, it’s also a terrific snack to bring to work or school.
Forget apple crisp! This gorgeous pear and chocolate crisp is all the dessert you need this fall.
Not only is this dessert beautiful, but it’s effortless to put together. And did I mention it’s just 140 calories per ramekin?!
Oh yeah, it’s a winner!
If single-serve desserts are your thing, these cheesecake bars are should be right up your alley!
Each one has about 130 calories, and they keep well in the fridge! But be warned, they won’t last long.
I mean, who can resist creamy, silky cheesecake with chocolate chips? Certainly not me!
One bite, and you’ll be convinced the calories are off in this one. They taste more like dessert than a healthy breakfast!
Vegan, gluten-free, and low-calorie? Sign me up!
They’re just 108 calories each, and they’re moist and oh-so-chocolatey.
What do you do when you buy way too much watermelon? You make this refreshing sorbet!
Naturally sweet and juicy, all you need is a bit of lime juice and water. Blend it and freeze for a quick and impossibly tasty low-calorie dessert.
It’s just 30 calories per serving. So you can have as much as you like!
Settle the debate for me: are donuts for breakfast or dessert?
(It’s a trick question – they’re both!)
Whole wheat flour makes these healthy but still moist and tender. And the mini chocolate chips give you a burst of gooey deliciousness in every bite.
Each donut has 134 calories, which is pretty good for something so decadent!
Tassies are basically mini pies or cookie cups. There’s a light pastry case and a tasty filling, leaving you with perfectly bite-sized treats for parties.
And believe it or not, these mini pecan pies are only 130 calories!
All that warm molasses flavor, buttery pecans, and chocolate with no foodie guilt? Yep, and they are supremely sweet too!
If you put the ice cream machine away when you started to eat healthily, I don’t blame you.
But, it’s time to break it out again because this creamy, sweet strawberry ice cream is calling your name!
Each 1/2 cup serving has about 90 calories, and you can’t beat that bright color, right?
There’s no heavy cream, sugar, or artificial sweeteners. Just strawberries, honey, and almond milk!
Pavlova is a beautiful and elegant dessert. And this sugar-free recipe is just as stunning and scrumptious as ever.
It’s essentially a big meringue shell, filled with whipped topping and fruits.
To make it low-cal, you’ll use superfine sugar substitute. Low-fat Cool Whip makes a terrific swap for fatty whipped cream, too.
Altogether, this recipe only has about 100 calories per serving. You can’t beat that.
Even if you’ve never made thumbprint cookies, you’ve likely eaten them before.
I adore these little shortbread cookies with jam in the center. And this recipe, with just 45 calories per cookie, is my go-to for holiday parties.
A quick dough of flour, salt, powdered sugar, vanilla, and butter, it’s light and crumbly when baked.
Ensure each cookie is portioned into one-inch balls, and use sugar-free jam for the middle.
These make great gifts for the holiday season!
Say adios to boring old frozen yogurt. This fro-yo has chocolate chips, fresh raspberries, and toffee bits for crunch.
Mix the jam and yogurt, spread it out on a lined cookie sheet, then sprinkle on the remaining ingredients, and freeze overnight.
It’s just 50 calories per serving and super sweet and refreshing.
Keto cookies are just as tasty as any other cookie – they’re just lower in calories and carbs.
And these crinkle cookies are no exception. They’re just 90 calories each and have a lovely chewy texture.
Make a big batch and watch them disappear.
Chewy, chocolatey, sugar-covered deliciousness and just 80 calories? I’ll take a dozen!
This healthy cookie dough needs just a few pantry staples, and is easy to modify too.
So, if you want a bit of extra flavor, try peppermint extract in place of vanilla. It tastes like mint-chocolate chip ice cream in a cookie bite!
Meringues are an excellent dessert to enjoy when you’re watching your calorie intake.
And this peppermint recipe has some serious winter vibes.
A little sugar, cream of tartar, and egg whites are blended until stiff and glossy. Then you’ll stir in crushed peppermints and bake.
But here’s the kicker: each cookie has just 15 calories, so it doesn’t hurt to have two (or three!) at your next holiday dinner.
Sorry, Little Debbie, but these protein-packed oatmeal cream pies are my new obsession.
This copycat recipe is so good, it may just be better than the original. And with only 145 calories and 8.5 grams of protein, your body will thank you.
You’ll use whipped vanilla frosting and protein powder for the cream filling. Spread that between two chewy oatmeal cookies, and enjoy!
Is it even summer without the joy of strawberry shortcakes? Of course, they’re not known to be healthy…until now!
You’ll remove the refined flour and sugar, and use non-fat Greek yogurt and milk, making these only 120 calories per serving.
Fill your freshly baked cakes with whipped cream (or Cool Whip for even fewer calories) and strawberries, and enjoy!
It’s hard to find a low-carb, low-cal, gluten-free dessert that’s actually good. But I’ve done the legwork for you, and found this phenomenal fall custard.
And all you have to do is combine the ingredients in a Crock Pot, and let the magic happen.
Not only will your house smell amazing, but you’ll get a low-cal dessert, too!
There are only 183 calories in each serving, which is about half of pumpkin pie!
We’ve all had chocolate-covered strawberries, but how about chocolate-covered blueberries?
Little clusters of berries and dark chocolate are the perfect snack to curb your sweet tooth. With just 80 calories per cluster, low-cal dieters rejoice!
Enjoy with a hot cup of coffee for dessert, or even as an afternoon snack.
Okay, “nachos” may be a generous term. So maybe we’ll call this dish “deconstructed caramel apples” instead.
Slice up an apple, drizzle it with caramel syrup, and sprinkle on chopped nuts. Does it get any easier than three ingredients and five minutes of work?
Each serving is around 150 calories, and that includes the chopped nuts.
Two minutes, three ingredients, and just 100 calories are all you need to turn boring rice cakes into a tasty s’mores snack.
This fun Air Fryer dessert features chocolate chips and marshmallows on rice cakes. After a quick two minute spin in the basket, they’re ready to go.
This rice cake recipe is an easy and tasty sweet snack you have to try!
Rhubarb season is one of the best around. How can you say no to a tasty and tart rhubarb pie?
If you like rhubarb as much as I do, indulge yourself in the simple pleasures of this low-calorie crumble.
Frozen strawberries, fresh rhubarb, and a soft oat topping are hard to resist.
Add some brown sugar and rolled oats, and you’ve got about 190 calories in this recipe.
The calories will, of course, depend on serving size. But it’s worth an extra scoop!
Traditional cheesecake is packed with calories. Thankfully, with this recipe, you’ll get that same sweet tang with fewer than a quarter of the calories!
You’ll use sugar-free shortbread for the crust. Meanwhile, the cheesecake batter is a blend of Greek yogurt, cream cheese, and a sweetener of your choice.
Indulge in this creamy cheesecake with just 93 calories per serving. Some fresh blueberries or strawberries are the perfect finishing touch.
Sweet, fudgy, and impossible to resist, these low-cal truffles are a must-make this holiday season.
Chocolate protein powder and cocoa powder are responsible for the bulk of the rich flavor.
Meanwhile, condensed milk and stevia extract ensure it’s sweet and creamy.
And since they’re only 50 calories each, you could afford some chopped nuts if you like. Just chop them small and roll the balls around until they’re covered.
The holidays are always a stressful time when you’re watching your calories.
But this creamy pumpkin mousse is the perfect substitute for high-calorie pumpkin pie!
Whipped topping, sugar-free vanilla pudding, and pumpkin puree make up this lovely fluff. Sprinkle in some pumpkin pie spice and milk, and you’re done!
The fluff on its own has just 102 calories per one cup serving. And if you can afford the extra calories, try sprinkling over some Graham Cracker crumbs.
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