Delicious Low-Calorie Desserts

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By: Chris Freytag, CPT // February 24, 2023


If you’ve been watching your calorie intake all day long, then you’re probably trying to be careful not to exceed your limit with a decadent dessert, but depriving yourself entirely may lead to disaster down the road, which is why I’ve rounded up some of my favorite low-calorie desserts.

When you’re trying to eat healthy, every choice you make is intentional, but you’re not alone if, by the time dinner has settled, all you want is to round out your day with something sweet.

Enjoying a small, sweet treat may just help you ward off binge eating later —just opt for these healthy desserts, all under 100 calories, to keep you satisfied!

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    Low-Calorie “Icecream” Desserts

    Feel good about "ice cream" with these 4 super delicious, dairy free banana "nice" creams!

    Banana “Nice” Cream 4 Ways

    If you’ve never tried banana “nice” cream, you’re in for a real treat. It’s essentially a much healthier, dairy free (and some vegan options!) ice cream substitute that you can feel good about. Made with frozen bananas, all it takes is a few pulses in the food processor to develop that creamy, sweet concoction you crave.

    Tropical Sorbet

    This refreshing tropical sorbet is a perfect way to cool down this summer with the delightful flavors of pineapple and coconut. It’s a low-calorie treat and vegan-friendly, too (just omit the yogurt). Super simple to throw together and seriously delicious!

    Frozen Peach Parfait Cups

    We love a good muffin tin recipe, so I thought, why not try a frozen yogurt dessert? These frozen peach parfait cups are 99 calories, SUPER easy to make, and delicious. This healthy recipe uses vanilla honey, Greek yogurt, and fresh peaches, but you could use any yogurt and fruit combo that you like.

    Nutella Fudge Pops

    On a hot summer night when baking is out of the question, these are the go-to option.
    The recipe requires healthy and simple ingredients like banana, cocoa powder, Nutella, and vanilla extract.
    All you have to do is blend up all the ingredients, scoop them into popsicle molds, and freeze for fudgsicles.

    Pomegranate and Pistachio Frozen Yogurt Bark

    This healthy and innovative recipe idea is super easy and only takes three ingredients to make.
    The combination of sweet and salty is sure to satisfy your post-dinner craving for one last daily indulgence. Just make sure to serve the bark right out of the freezer, so it doesn’t melt.
    Each serving is a mere 91 calories, so you won’t feel guilty about biting into this bark.

    Healthy Cake + Cupcake Recipes

    Lemon Poppyseed Cake

    We love lemon poppyseed muffins/cake/bread, but we don’t love when it’s loaded with white flour and sugar. This healthy version is made with whole wheat flour and less sugar than most, plus the addition of coconut oil and vanilla yogurt makes it extra moist and delicious. Our favorite way to serve it? In this simple,

    Mini Apple Walnut Bundt Cakes

    These mini apple walnut bundt cakes are about the cutest things we’ve ever seen. Not to mention they’re guilt free and delicious! Made with whole wheat flour, coconut oil and applesauce, the mini cakes are super moist and flavorful making them a perfect dessert (or dare we say, breakfast?!). And don’t worry, if you don’t

    Skinny Gingerbread Cupcakes With Icing

    Everyone loves gingerbread and holidays sweets! These skinny gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese icing have all the flavors of the full fat recipes and weigh in at well under 300 calories. These cupcakes are the perfect size portion for a delicious holiday treat. The rich cream cheese icing cuts the calories and keeps that nice

    Bite into these chocolate cupcakes for a decadent sweet treat with a secret ingredient!

    Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

    It’s hard not to love chocolate cupcakes, but most of the time they’re loaded with sugar and if you use a box mix they can be full of preservatives and artificial additives. Not these!
    We have made our gluten-free cupcakes using organic ingredients, sugar alternatives, plus a can of pumpkin to keep these healthy.

    Low-Calorie Dessert Bars

    Try these apple cinnamon granola bar for a healthy, delicious homemade granola bar! These bars are peanut-free so there a great snack kids can bring to school!

    Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars

    A twist on my homemade energy bars that have a nice apple cinnamon oatmeal vibe. These energy bars don’t have chocolate or peanut butter so great for peanut-free schools and kids! An apple cinnamon energy bar is the perfect snack on the go. The seeds and nuts are a great source of protein and Omega-3

    Whip up these delicious gluten-free chocolate chip coconut rice crispy bars for a healthier dessert that kids and adults with love.

    Gluten-Free Chocolate Coconut Rice Crispy Bars

    These healthier gluten-free chocolate coconut rice crispy bars are made with the nut butter of your choice and honey vs. the artificial colors, flavors and chemicals found in marshmallows. These sweet treats are loaded with protein and really satisfy the sweet tooth! They never last long in the GHU kitchen, but if covered should last

    Berry Cashew Cream No Bake Bars

    You have got to try these vegan berry cashew cream no bake dessert bars! This healthier sweet treat is super creamy and sweetened with honey, agave, and dates that give this frozen dessert a delicate sweetness.  We are pretty obsessed with cashew cream, and were even surprised that this super rich recipe was dairy free!

    blondies bars on white plate

    Nutella Chocolate Chip Blondies

    This scrumptious recipe uses healthy, protein-packed chickpeas and rolled oats as the base, along with other delightful ingredients like chocolate chips and Nutella. They’re oil-free and full of flavor, coming in at only 60 calories each.

    squares of vegan fudge

    Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge

    Pinch me! I must be dreaming! Peanut butter fudge that’s HEALTHY?!  Welcome to my newest obsession. This vegan peanut butter fudge is dangerously delicious and extremely easy to make.  Only a few ingredients, and voila, you’ve got yourself a decadent guilt-free dessert. Ingredients In Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge Peanut Butter You can use your favorite

    Healthy Truffles

    These perfect little dessert bites are made with dates, oats, cacao powder, maca powder for a nutritional powerhouse that tastes like dessert!

    Date Cacao Truffles with Fermented Maca Powder

    These date cacao truffles with fermented Maca powder are the perfect little bites when you’re looking for a sweet treat. With no added sugar, they’re naturally sweetened with dates and filled with other good-for-you ingredients like oats, cacao powder and almond butter. Plus, they take just a few minutes and could not be easier to

    Paleo Carrot Cake Protein Bites

    This page may contain affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, Get Healthy U may receive a commission if you click through and make a purchase. This recipe is great if you need a filling snack or a satisfying post-workout protein boost. We love the spices in carrot cake—no matter what the season—which

    Peanut Butter Crunch Balls

    These crunch balls are absolutely adorable, and literally have 4 total ingredients, making them super easy to whip up!  Serve these to your house guests or kids for a delicious and healthier snack or dessert. Plus, you’ll get a great protein boost and they’re freezer-friendly too.

    All you need is 6 ingredients for these super rich and delicious espresso chocolate truffles! #dessert #chocolate

    6-Ingredient Espresso Chocolate Truffles

    There are few combinations better than chocolate and coffee and this dessert is proof of that. These 6-ingredient espresso chocolate truffles are super easy to make and provide that bite of sweetness you crave after dinner. We worked with Gourmesso to make this super delish recipe that brings out the richness of the dark chocolate

    Check out this easy, 3-ingredient cookie dough bites recipe!

    3-Ingredient Cookie Dough Dessert Bites

    These 3-ingredient cookie dough dessert bites are the perfect gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, no-bake dessert when you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to feel guilty about it! They take just 10 minutes to whip up, and they’re the easy-to-make crowd-pleasing dessert that your whole family will love.

    These no-bake apple pie energy balls are the perfect little fall bites that kids and adult will love!

    No-Bake Apple Pie Energy Bites

    I love pie! Pretty much any kind, but apple is one of my favorites. I’ve tried other apple energy bite recipes and created this one which I think tastes just like apple pie. As long as you have a food processor this recipe is a snap! A great nut free lunch box idea, or to

    Full of flavor, protein and fiber, you're going to want to put this almond butter chocolate chip cookie on repeat.

    Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

    These delicious almond butter chocolate chip cookies are full of flavor, protein, and nutritious ingredients. They’re super soft and chewy and completely grain and gluten-free. Plus they have 2.5g of fiber and nearly 5g of protein to keep you satisfied. At only 110 calories per cookie, you’ll want to put this recipe on repeat. Oh, and not to mention, they’re

    Healthy Cookie Dough Dip

    This Cookie Dough Dip is a home run healthy dessert! You will never guess that this creamy sweet dip filled with chocolate chips is made from chickpeas. The rich and decadent dip is low-carb and gluten-free! And, if you’re really watching your sugar, there is even a sugar-free version of this recipe you can try.

    Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

    During a holiday season full of unhealthy eating and snacking, these soft ginger molasses cookies are a healthy, delicious cookie recipe that won’t leave you feeling guilty! Prevent a sugar-overload and feeling bogged down by unhealthy holiday habits with these grain-free, gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free and paleo-friendly cookies. They’re so delicious that nobody will have any idea

    Almond Flour Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Velvet Chocolate Frosting

    Check out this healthy recipe for the perfect Valentine’s Day treat! These Almond Flour Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Velvet Chocolate Frosting are the best, healthy twist on classic sugar cookies. Plus, they’re festive, fun to decorate, and perfect for any and all Valentine’s Day festivities!



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