Low-Fat Dessert Recipes

Find low-fat recipes for the desserts you love, like meringues, angel food cake, sorbet, and French macarons.

Staff Picks

Cinnamon Pear Frozen Yogurt

Rating: 4.5 stars 49
This luscious dessert has the delicious flavor of spiced apple cider and gingerbread. A refreshing dessert summer or winter.

Chocolate Biscotti

Rating: 4 stars 59
This recipe takes some time and quite a few cookie sheets, but well worth it when you are enjoying a cup of coffee.
By Leigh Anne

Fresh Strawberry Granita

Rating: 5 stars 35
You can make and serve this gorgeous Italian frozen iced dessert anytime, but it's really best enjoyed during the summer months. Not only is it cold and delicious, but it forces you to stick your hot, sweaty face in the freezer four or five times to stir. The technique of using a fork several times to mix the freezing granita results in perfect icy crystals.


Rating: 4.5 stars 163
This is a Puerto Rican recipe. The meringues are as light as a cloud and not messy, you can make a lot of them, and they have a hint of lemon.

Angel Food Cake III

Rating: 4.5 stars 493
Classic angel food cake, light and tastes great by itself!

Playgroup Granola Bars

Rating: 4.5 stars 1951
My girlfriend brought these granola bars over for a playgroup one morning and ever since they've been a staple! My son requests them almost daily so I usually triple the recipe and make 2 trays so we have plenty on hand.

Kentucky Banana Pudding

Rating: 4.5 stars 163
This is my grandmother's recipe! A version with a cookie crust.

French Macaroons

Rating: 4.5 stars 88
Fantabulous colored, bite-sized macaroons. Divide batter into thirds and color one-third pink and flavor with raspberry flavoring; color one-third yellow and flavor with lemon flavoring; color one-third pale blue and flavor with vanilla. Fill and make sandwich cookies with filling of choice, like peach jam or strawberry preserves.

Pineapple Orange Sorbet

Rating: 4.5 stars 94
A refreshing, light frozen citrus sorbet. Easy to make and fat free.

Angel Food Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 352
Light, fluffy, and oh-so airy! This high-rise cake is delicately delicious.

Air Fryer Roasted Bananas

Rating: 5 stars 4
Roasted bananas are great over ice cream, sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar, in a smoothie, or straight out of the air fryer. Made with only 2 ingredients and ready in less than 10 minutes.

Candied Lemon Peel

Rating: 4.5 stars 88
This is a good way to use up lemon rind and it goes good with coffee or on cake. It really does taste like candy, and you can do this to ANY citrus fruit. If you use oranges you can add brandy, cloves or other spices the mixture. Chop it up and put it in cookies, or just eat it by itself.

Inspiration and Ideas

Angel Food Cake I
Rating: Unrated 369
So luscious you won't even think about whether it's low-fat. But it is.
Peppermint Meringues
Rating: Unrated 671
"Light, airy, and delicious, and a snap to make." – cowgirl
Hard Candy
Rating: 4.5 stars 186

An easy recipe for hard candy. The hardest part is waiting for the sugar to reach the proper temperature. Be patient and use a candy thermometer for perfect candy. This recipe can easily be adjusted by using different flavored extracts and food colorings.