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There’s no need to give up dessert – these treats are decadent but still healthy

These are 7 of the best healthy dessert recipes

It started with Thanksgiving, then continued for a solid month of overindulging. Now, those buttery dinner rolls have evolved into rolls around your midsection. So along with your resolution to work out more and eat healthier may be the fear that you will have to say goodbye to your favorite meal category of all: dessert. But there’s no need to give up sweets, provided you make a few simple swaps. Don’t deprive yourself of dessert! Instead, try these tasty, low-cal healthy dessert recipes.

Fresh kiwi fruits sorbet in white bowl with fresh kiwi on wooden background

Some of the best healthy dessert recipes you’ll ever try

For a natural choice in the healthy dessert arena, you can’t really beat fruit-based desserts. Here are some of our favorites.

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Kiwi sorbet

This kiwi sorbet recipe couldn’t be easier. With just two ingredients and no added sugar, it’s ready in about two hours from start to finish. Plus, it’s vegan, paleo-friendly, and gluten-free. It’s similar to the one-ingredient frozen banana soft serve that’s taken healthy foodies by storm, but this one substitutes a frozen kiwi for the frozen banana and adds some fresh lime juice to up the refreshing, tart taste. It’s the perfect palate cleanser and a hydrating vitamin C fruit bomb. 

Sauteed apples a la mode

No time-consuming advanced prep and no baking required here. Just slice up your apples, saute them in a little butter and spices (very little sugar in the mix, too), and get ready to wow your tastebuds. Enjoy it warm from the oven and topped with some vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt. It doesn’t get much better — or easier — than that. 

Raspberry lemon bar

Bursting with flavor, easy to make, and perfectly portioned to enjoy without going overboard, these small-batch raspberry lemon bars are quite possibly the perfect fruity dessert. Ready in just 35 minutes from start to finish, they have a pretty pink color that gives them a rosy glow that will enhance your table. 

Chocolate-dipped marshmallow pops

Healthy dessert recipes for weight loss

So we’ve given you an assortment of low-calorie dessert ideas, but what about dessert ideas that are almost beyond belief? Looking for decadent and delicious healthy desserts under 100 calories? Try these recipes.

Chocolate-dipped marshmallows

At about 25 calories per marshmallow, plus the calories in half a tablespoon of melted chocolate chips, each one of these chocolatey treats clocks in at about 55 calories. For a dairy-free option, swap out the milk chocolate for dark chocolate.

Apple nachos

Get ready to indulge your sweet tooth without the guilt. This yummy take on the snack food classic is 100 calories for a full plate or just 10 calories each. In fact, one apple chip with white chocolate and berries has fewer calories than a Life Saver — and is a lot more satisfying. 

Cool Whip yogurt pie

Check out this simple no-bake mix of Cool Whip and Greek yogurt, scooped onto a vanilla wafer crust. With just three ingredients and an hour in the freezer, you’ll have a refreshing and delicious 94-calorie-per-serving pie. Plus, the addition of Greek yogurt increases your protein count for the day!

No-bake, low-carb, sugar-free chocolate lasagna

Forget the typical chocolate lasagna recipe, with its abundance of artificial whipped topping, instant pudding, and goodness knows what else. This homemade, low-carb scratch version is so much tastier and better for you. It’s made with a crust of wholesome ingredients, pudding like your grandma used to make, and real whipped cream topping, plus no added sugar (which you’ll never miss). 

So what exactly is in the recipe? 

  • A homemade chocolate cookie crust made with nuts, cocoa powder, coconut, natural sugar alternative, and butter or coconut oil
  • Cream cheese mixed with natural sugar substitute
  • Homemade, all-natural chocolate pudding
  • Real whipped cream
  • 90% dark chocolate, grated

It’s put together like a traditional lasagna, layer by layer, and then chilled in the fridge before serving. It couldn’t be simpler, or more delicious!

Even if you’ve vowed to eat healthier and get in shape in 2023, there are still plenty of tasty recipes that allow you to have your cake and eat it too. Look for ideas that are low in sugar and carbs, and high in all-natural ingredients (including plenty of fresh fruit), and always pay attention to portion sizes when you’re trying to trim down. Get ready to wow your family with these delectable desserts that outperform on taste and underperform on calories.

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