9 Healthy Winter Desserts to Keep You on Track This Season

Apples in white dish with nuts, dried fruit and honey sauce
Photo: Blaine Moats

Seasonal fruit crisps, healthy pear desserts, sneakily nutritious chocolate brownies, and more: Every healthy winter dessert recipe in the bunch has fewer than 250 calories per serving. Find the perfect easy healthy winter desserts for you and your family, then get baking!

01 of 09

Raspberry Fudgy Brownies

Raspberry Fudgy Brownies
Karla Conrad

Healthy winter desserts with chocolate do exist! For this low-fuss slow cooker sweet treat, we call for antioxidant-rich dark chocolate and incorporate a scoop of raspberry jam into the brownie batter to sneak in some fruit and moisten the texture. Crown each portion of this brownie recipe with another serving of your favorite fruit. (We've even enjoyed this with frozen berries for an icy, nutritious pairing.)

02 of 09

Dark Chocolate Fondue with Fruit Kabobs

Dark Chocolate Fondue with Fruit Kabobs
Karla Conrad

We can't stop buzzing about this easy heart-healthy winter dessert that's spiked with a splash of coffee. This is an ideal treat to share with gluten-free diners, because its made with only chocolate, coffee, and whipped topping … plus a selection of seasonal fruits, of course.

Test Kitchen Tip: Set your slow cooker to "warm" to keep the fondue texture flowing and dunkable all evening long.

03 of 09

Pumpkin-Cinnamon Empanadas

Pumpkin-Cinnamon Empanadas
Andy Lyons

It's time to pump up your dessert spread. Canned pumpkin is always in season, and we enjoy incorporating it into healthy winter dessert recipes when fresh produce isn't as available (compared to spring and summer). Fold a full can of the low-calorie squash into the filling for these flaky pastry-wrapped hand pies.

04 of 09

Pomegranate-Raspberry Bars

Pomegranate-Raspberry Bars
Blaine Moats

For Christmas, Valentine's Day, or any day in between, you're going to fall in love with this ruby-hue healthy pomegranate dessert recipe. An easy three-ingredient crust is the foundation for the fruit topping that contains a whopping six cups of frozen raspberries, plus pomegranate juice.

Test Kitchen Tip: Prefer strawberries or mixed berries? Try them instead of raspberries in the bar batter.

05 of 09

Chocolate Bark and Dipped Fruit

Chocolate Bark and Dipped Fruit
Blaine Moats

If the health benefits of eating dark chocolate haven't convinced you to try this easy heart-healthy winter dessert yet, consider this: The entire recipe calls for only two ingredients, plus your favorite dried fruits. It's also paleo diet-friendly and gluten-free. Come cold weather, try it with dried apple slices, apricots, or figs.

06 of 09

Coconut, Cherry, and Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Coconut Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Blaine Moats

Brimming with flaky coconut, sweet dried cherries, fiber-filled oats, and dark chocolate, these crumbly oatmeal cookies are surprisingly only 94 calories apiece. And at eight grams of sugar, each has less than a serving of many breakfast cereals. (They average nearly 20 grams.) For a delicious dose of protein, toss some chopped walnuts into the batter.

07 of 09

Walnut Apple Crisp

Walnut Apple Crisp
Karla Conrad

Prepare to go nuts for this seasonal fruit crisp loaded with just enough healthy fats (and satisfying salty flavor) from a handful of chopped walnuts. To crank up the fiber factor even more, try whole wheat flour in place of the all-purpose.

Test Kitchen Tip: Once you master the apple version, try this as a healthy pear dessert. The firm fruit also works well in this slow cooker dessert.

08 of 09

Pumpkin Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Cookies with White Chocolate Chips
Jason Donnelly

"Healthy winter dessert recipes" and "cookies" aren't often in the same sentence. Enter these squash-spiked cookies that feature a full cup of vitamin A-rich canned pumpkin. A scoop of whole wheat flour adds fiber. If you're feeling in need of an antioxidant boost, stir in a scoop of dried cranberries or cherries.

Buy It: OXO Good Grips Cookie Scoop, $17, Sur la Table

09 of 09

Red Rice Pudding with Almond Milk

Red Rice Pudding with Almond Milk
Karla Conrad

Go play in the snow. Your slow cooker has you covered! Toss in the ingredients—whole grain rice, fruit, fiber-filled chia seeds, and spices—turn on low, and voilà: a healthy warm winter dessert waiting to warm you up.

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