Healthy Dessert Recipes

Cheesecake, cookies, and chocolate done healthy! Pick a healthy dessert from more than 280 recipes, tested and reviewed by home cooks like you.

Staff Picks

Sweet and Silky Strawberry Sorbet

Rating: 4.49 stars
Sweet, soft strawberry sorbet that will rival any brand bought in the grocery store. Not being able to find the perfect recipe, I made up my own! Most homemade sorbets resemble an icy slushie, but this one is thickened before freezing, yielding a melt-in-your-mouth treat that will please even the pickiest sorbet lover! Dually great because it can be made in an ice cream freezer, or in your regular freezer.

Pears Panos

Rating: 4.63 stars
Bosc Pears make their own light syrup right on the stove top. Add a touch of vanilla and orange liqueur, and you have an autumn dessert that won't weigh you down.

Carrot Cake II

Rating: 4.34 stars
This recipe delivers a low-fat version of a perennial favorite through use of applesauce: carrot cake with walnuts, raisins, and pineapple.

Sunday Best Fruit Salad

Rating: 4.52 stars
This is a wonderful and easy fruit salad that is also pretty for special occasions or holidays.

Summer Berry Compote

Rating: 4.73 stars
A wonderful dessert using fresh summer berries.

Juicy Fruit Salad

Rating: 4.59 stars
It's the pineapple syrup combined with the juice of the orange that makes the taste!

Jo-Ann's Power Bars

Rating: 4.5 stars
These power bars are delicious and much more nutritious than most granola bars. They are very filling, too. Instead of using dried mixed fruit, feel free to substitute any of your favorite dried fruits. Same goes for the nuts.

Fruit Bake

Rating: 4.83 stars
The sweetness of fruit combines with the tartness of rhubarb, delivering a tasty end to a meal or an anytime snack. Serve hot or cold with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Fruit Salad in Seconds

Rating: 4.62 stars
Caught in a pinch for a salad when unexpected company showed up at mealtime, I improvised with this combination. Instantly it became one of my family's favorites. Best of all, it is quick and easy. You can use lemon yogurt instead of strawberry, if you wish.

Delicious Cinnamon Baked Apples

Rating: 4.22 stars
These baked apples taste simply great on a cold winter evening or any other evening. Plus the house smells just divine while cooking them.

Breakfast Brownies

Rating: 4.26 stars
This is a hearty breakfast brownie, quick to fix, and yummy. My kids loved it! It's also gluten-free and dairy-free.

Candied Apples II

Rating: 4.16 stars
Apples with a hard candy coating, like you can get at fairs.

Inspiration and Ideas

Cinnamon Pear Frozen Yogurt
"This luscious dessert has the delicious flavor of spiced apple cider and gingerbread." – Marianne
Healthier Creamy Rice Pudding
Brown rice and reduced-fat milk give this treat a nutritional makeover.

Healthier Apple Crisp II

Rating: 4.62 stars

A simply wonderful dessert that's healthier with less sugar, unpeeled apples, white whole wheat flour and walnuts.