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

Strawberry Desserts

Sweet and Silky Strawberry Sorbet

Rating: Unrated
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.
Orange Liqueur Desserts

Pears Panos

Rating: Unrated
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.
Sheet Cake

Carrot Cake II

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

Sunday Best Fruit Salad

Rating: Unrated
This is a wonderful and easy fruit salad that is also pretty for special occasions or holidays.
Dessert Sauces

Summer Berry Compote

Rating: Unrated
A wonderful dessert using fresh summer berries.
Dessert Salads

Juicy Fruit Salad

Rating: Unrated
It's the pineapple syrup combined with the juice of the orange that makes the taste!
Bar Cookies

Jo-Ann's Power Bars

Rating: Unrated
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.
Peach Desserts

Fruit Bake

Rating: Unrated
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.
Dessert Salads

Fruit Salad in Seconds

Rating: Unrated
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.
Apple Desserts

Delicious Cinnamon Baked Apples

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

Candied Apples II

Rating: Unrated
Apples with a hard candy coating, like you can get at fairs.
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Apple Desserts

Healthier Apple Crisp II

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

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.

Pumpkin Pie for Dieters

Rating: Unrated

If you want to stay on your diet this is a terrific crustless pumpkin pie recipe you will love.