Low-Calorie Dessert Recipes

Indulge in something sweet with these light, tasty dessert treats. All have less than 300 calories per serving.


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Piled-High Shortcake
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Piled-High Shortcake

    Make shortcakes from on-hand pantry items, drizzle with yummy icing (made from cream cheese, plain yogurt, and fruit preserves), and top with the freshest berries of the season for this delectable dessert.

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Chocolate Cookie Treats

    These deliciously low-sodium cookies (just 4 mg of sodium per treat) will satisfy your chocolate cravings while staying light on calories. We've got the recipe for the chocolate glaze, too.

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Fruit Bowl Salad with Honey-Mint Dressing

    Toss colorful fruits (filled with antioxidants) in this divine treat you can prep in 25 minutes.

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Cinnamon-Chocolate Bread Pudding Souffles

    A whipped-light dessert like these souffles make it easy to keep your waistline while still getting your chocolate fix.

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Citrus Granita

    A bit of lead time for freezing, five ingredients, and a warm summer day are all you need to enjoy this 113-calorie treat!

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Cherry-Berry Ice Cream

    One of our most popular desserts, this ice cream dish takes 45 minutes to prep and 4 hours to freeze. It's worth the wait-you'll love the zippy cherry and raspberry flavors in every scoop.

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Frozen Hot Chocolate

    Why reserve this holiday favorite for the holidays? Freeze our version of classic hot cocoa as a year-round treat.

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Caramel Popcorn

    Just a little butter and sea salt goes a long way in this light and easy (and guilt-free) version of one of America's most popular party snacks.

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Banana Crunch Pops

    Bananas drizzled with fat-free yogurt and rolled in granola and dried fruit equals a sure-to-please dessert.

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Chocolate-Filled Lemon Meringues

    Tart and sweet at the same time, these light-as-air meringues include a dusting of cocoa powder and a topping made from mascarpone, fresh berries, and lemon peel.

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Black Cherry Sorbet

    Enjoy a fizzy sorbet treat made from sparkling fruit juice or champagne plus pitted dark sweet cherries, sugar, and lemon peel.

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Citrus Angel Cake

    Angel food cake earned its low-calorie reputation for a reason. Made from egg whites and citrus juices, our version has just 152 calories per serving and no fat or cholesterol.

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Frozen Chocolate-Banana Bites

    Drizzle melted dark chocolate over banana slices, then freeze and you're ready to indulge in this potassium-filled treat that's ridiculously delicious.

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Red, White, and Blue Parfaits

    Inspired by the ultimate summer holiday, these patriotic parfaits feature fresh berries (substitute frozen berries if you're prepping out of season) tossed between layers of vanilla yogurt, almond extract, and whipped dessert topping.

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Kiwi-Melon Cooler

    Blend apple juice, honeydew, and kiwis in this thick, satisfying drink. You'll love the taste and the calorie count, too.

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Chocolate Ricotta Mousse

    How do you make chocolate light enough to make the low-calorie cut? Choose heart-healthy dark chocolate and whip it into a light, fluffy mousse.

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Cardamom Tea Cookies

    Enjoy these 76-calorie chewy tea cookies over a cup of sweet tea. It's a safe bet that you already have all the ingredients in your pantry to make them in a snap.

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Berry Cheesecake Dessert

    Delicious cheesecake for just 109 calories? It's possible with these parfaits featuring yummy berries and a zip of orange juice.

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Puffed Oven Pancakes

    Tangy marmalade and fresh fruits top the from-the-oven pastries at the heart of this light dessert. Hungry right now? This treat can be wrapped up in 25 minutes.

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Chocolate Sherbet

    Dish up a frozen chocolate treat you can make ahead to enjoy on a whim. For just 151 calories and 6 grams of fat, even a chocoholic can feel guilt-free about indulging.

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Fresh Fruit Pizza

    You'll love this make-it-your way dessert pizza. We suggest quartered strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or sliced kiwifruit, but you can't go wrong with any fruits on sale right now.

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Brown Sugar Almond Stars

    These light-and-crisp cookies can be the (literal) star of your dessert plate. Melted chocolate and almond bits top them off in style.

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Sorbet Melon Parfaits

    A trio of melon balls and a few scoops of lemon sorbet cool off under a splash of champagne in this easy-prep classic.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

    Match sweetness, crunch, and a bit of rhubarb tartness in this quick-prep crisp featuring fresh fruits and rolled oats baked to perfection.

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Kiwi Peach Cobbler

    Crumbly from-scratch cobbler and fresh or frozen fruit make for a light treat. Top your creation with frozen yogurt to make the experience last just a bit longer.

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Seared Nectarines with Angel Food Cake

    Off-the-grill nectarines and light angel food cake make a surprising duo in this low-calorie dessert.

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Apricot-Cherry Tart

    Pile on the fruit! Yummy tarts like this one are literally stuffed to the brim with heart-smart fruits, such as apricots, tart red cherries, and apples. Their natural sweetness means adding sugar is an option, not a requirement.

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