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Looking for a lower calorie dessert recipe? This list will satisfy your sugar craving without all the extra calories and fat. These are some great lightened up desserts!

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Lower Calorie Healthy Desserts

It’s really hard when you’re counting caloires but want something sweet – and plain old fruit doesn’t cut it. These easy recipes have lower calories, more protein, less sugar, and/or lower fat – they’re perfect easy treats for when you want something for dessert but want to stick to your diet.

white dip in a blue bowl with Oreos crunched on top

Healthier Dips for Snacking

When you want to munch, make some protein dip to dip that fruit in – a little goes a long way towards a healthier dessert!

Peanut Butter Dip Recipe
This Peanut Butter Dip has only 3 ingredients!! Make it for breakfast, lunch, or an after school snack or even as a game day dip!
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dip in a dark blue and grey bowl with celery sticking out
Protein Oreo Cheesecake Dessert
This Oreo Cheesecake Dessert can be eaten with a spoon or used as a sweet dip recipe! It's lower in calories, and has less fat and more protein than a regular recipe!
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white dip in a blue bowl with Oreos crunched on top
Skinny Fruit Dip
This Easy Fruit Dip recipe is made with yogurt so it's a healthier option! This is the perfect way to get your kids to eat more fruit! Yogurt fruit dip with cool whip is the best simple dip recipe!
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Healthy fruit dip
Sugar Free Cheesecake Dip Recipe
Make a light no-bake cheesecake dip that won’t make you miss the sugar or fat!
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white dip in a purple bowl with a cracker in it

Fruit Desserts That Aren’t Boring

Fruit is a healthy dessert recipe but it’s so boring – these fruit desserts are lower calorie dessert recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Watermelon Pizza Recipe
This easy fruit pizza is the perfect summer dessert with fresh whipped cream and your favorite fruit toppings.
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watermelon pizza on grey board with berries around
Strawberry Salsa with Pie Crust Chips
This Strawberry Salsa is the perfect party dip! And serving it with pie crust chips makes it even better.
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Strawberry salsa
Fruit Salad Recipe
This cool and refreshing Fruit Salad is the best summer side dish for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner!
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Big bowl of fruit salad on top of a checkered tablecloth

Healthier Chocolate Desserts

Chocolate can be a lower calorie dessert recipe too – these easy desserts will satisfy your chocolate craving.

Chocolate Avocado Truffles
A rich chocolate truffle with less fat and calories thanks to a secret ingredient: avocado!
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Close up shot of chocolate avocado truffles with sprinkles and coconuts on the outside
Avocado Chocolate Mousse
Avocado Chocolate Mousse is rich and creamy, and there is no avocado taste. Not only does this taste like chocolate mousse it might even taste better. You can add more chocolate bar to it if you want it richer and you can add more sweetener (maple syrup, honey, sugar, agave, etc.) if you want it sweeter. Its great as is or with your favorite fruit dipped in.
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Overhead close up shot of avocado chocolate mousse in glass pudding dish with chocolate shavings on top
3 ingredient Chocolate Muffins with Pumpkin
These easy muffins have just 3 ingredients and taste like a brownie muffin!
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Heart Healthier Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Healthier Banana Bread
Everything you love about my banana bread recipe with just a few reductions and ingredient swaps – no strange ingredients just a banana bread with less fat and processed sugar.
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stacked banana bread on a drying rack with chocolate chips baked in
Healthier Chocolate Chip Cake
This cake has less cholesterol and sugar and more whole wheat flour than a traditional cake but you’d never know it. And it has chocolate!
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Healthier Chocolate Chip Cake on a white plate with a fork
Healthier Chocolate Gooey Cake Bars
Cake mix cookie bars filled with gooey chocolate and a secret ingredient.
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slice of chocolate cake bar with walnuts on parchment paper

Healthier Pies and Snacks

Simple pies and snacks to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Skinny Bite Sized Pies
These bite sized pies have only 4 ingredients, can be modified to make them your favorite flavor, and they are heart-healthier!
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4 ingredient Skinny Bite Sized Pies on a table
Skinny Frozen Peanut Butter Pies
Skinny-Frozen-Peanut-Butter-Pies on a plate
Skinny Banana Cream Pie Milkshake
Like a banana cream pie in drinkable form! This milkshake has lower calories and fat than a traditional one and it tastes like banana cream pie!
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banana cream pie milkshake in milkshake glass
Skinny Sugar Free Kettle Corn
Just 2 or 3 ingredients and a few minutes gives you sugar-free kettle corn that’s totally calorie and diet friendly!
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Skinny Sugar Free Kettle Corn in an orange and white polka dot cup

Last Updated on January 14, 2023

Dorothy Kern

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  1. Great list of healthier choices!..My personal struggle this year is that this is my first post holiday blog time. In pre-blog life, I wouldn’t be baking a lot in January…we’re usually pretty solid on healthy eating until it’s time to make fun food for super bowl weekend…so I’m trying to find a balance between creating yummy stuff for the blog and not having too much around to splurge on…I’m not sure I’m wildly succeeding…but I’m giving myself an E for Effort and continuing to persevere! 🙂 Looks like you’re doing a fine job with moderation…always a good thing!

  2. Thanks for awesome list of low calorie treats, Dorothy. Lemon Ice cream sounds great!
    As a blogger, I also bake a lot and I really try to limit myself with just one bite of whatever sweets I bake for just taste-test. And to be honest, it’s a huge struggle for me. I’ve been pretty good all week, but then yesterday super delicious brownies happened and I had THREE little squares. Oh well, I don’t punish myself, but instead I just try to be better the following day. 🙂

  3. I am loving this list! Especially that lemon ice cream. That’s for sure going to happen! Oh, and wine weekends are totally thing–I’m sure of it 🙂

  4. Diets have never worked for me.  I don’t even try them anymore.  I, like you, am jus trying to make smarter decisions.  I want to try ALL of these.

  5. Let’s raise our glasses of water to eating just a taste of everything we bake! That is always my goal but sometimes it works better than others. I had better put a vicegrip on my cravings or culinary school will make me FAT! Cheers to lower calorie desserts and only trying a taste! (and the little hearts on your heart healthier cookies! Adorbs)

  6. I’m definitely needing this list after last month! I don’t believe in diets either — there’s no way I’d be strong enough to stick to it!

  7. I too, tend to eat super healthy during the day, then crash and burn at night. Thanks for putting this together, I really am digging that chocolate avocado mousse!