Low-Calorie Fall Dessert Recipes

Satisfy your craving for fall flavors -- such as pumpkin pudding, fruit tarts, and hot cocoa -- and be good to your heart. Here are our favorite seasonal dessert picks, all less than 160 calories.

Sour Cream Apple Pie with Gingerbread Crust

Delicious fall apples pair with a tangy gingerbread crust for this new twist on classic apple pie. We recommend Rome or Jonathan apples for best results.

Mocha Meringue Kisses

Rich bites of dark chocolate melt in your mouth at a temptingly low 32 calories. To keep eggs from deflating, be sure to use egg beaters that are clean, dry, and free of any grease.

Tip: Espresso powder is recommended because it dissolves better than instant coffee and doesn't leave a grainy texture. It is available in the coffee aisle of most grocery stores.

Baked Pumpkin Pudding

Satisfy your craving for a rich, creamy dessert with this delicious pumpkin pudding -- only 148 calories per serving. Loaded with potassium, magnesium, and iron, this treat will make you feel good about being a pumpkin eater.

Apricot-Cherry Tart

Enjoy this low-fat tart -- which takes advantage of canned fruits from summer's harvest -- with a cup of coffee on a chilly fall day. You won't blink an eye at 140 calories per serving.

Apples & Granola Crisp

Fresh Rome apples, tasty ginger and cinnamon, and hearty granola come together in this surprisingly low-calorie dessert. The 145-calorie treat gets most of its sweet flavor from the heart-healthy apple, adding just a touch from brown sugar and honey.

Tiramisu Shots

This elegant coffee dessert is perfect for your next party, and serving it in shot glasses adds a special touch. Your waistline will thank you for the mere 74 calories per serving.

Dark Chocolate Sherbet

Velvety smooth sherbet satisfies your craving for a cool, fudgy treat. Plus, dark chocolate reduces inflammation that's associated with heart disease. It's just 151 calories per serving.

Zucchini-Banana Squares

Grandma's famous banana bread just got healthier. Flaxseed, a key ingredient in these bars, is a good source of heart-healthy omega-3s. You can indulge guilt-free at only 120 calories per bar.

Chocolate-Chunk Cookies

No one will notice any difference in this classic favorite, but you'll be pleased to serve these healthy, oat-filled goodies (they're only 118 calories per cookie). Tofu replaces eggs in this recipe but doesn't alter the traditional taste.

Tip: Be sure to use extra-firm, silken tofu. Blend the tofu within its own liquid until it's creamy.

Tasty Cherry Bars

Make houseguests feel special with these delicious bars. Layered with nuts, oats, and tangy fruit preserves, they're much less labor-intensive than they appear, and taste much richer than their 147 calories per bar.

Tip: Prepare a batch ahead for the occasional drop-in visitor. Store in an airtight container for up to one month in the freezer.

Hot Spiced Cider

Presentation matters! Served in scooped-out apple mugs, this warm, soothing cider will become an instant family favorite. And at just 123 calories, it's as guilt-free as it is tasty.

Cardamom Tea Cookies

What are the holidays without spices? Aromatic cardamom has been used around the world to flavor sweets and teas. Cardamom has excellent antioxidant and antibacterial benefits to keep you healthy around the holidays, too. These treats are only 76 calories per cookie.

Tip: This recipe calls for room-temperature eggs and butter to help increase the volume and fluffiness of the cookie. A quick way to bring eggs to room temperature is to put them in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes.

Chocolate-Ricotta Mousse

Besides being wonderfully creamy thanks to the ricotta cheese, this decadent pudding is low in calories -- only 153 per serving -- and takes less than 8 minutes to whip up.

Brown Sugar-Almond Stars

Chocolate and almonds blend together beautifully in this cookie for grown-ups, and you'll appreciate that they're only 110 calories apiece. Bring out your inner child by experimenting with different cookie-cutter shapes, including pumpkins and turkeys.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

Easy to make and quick to clean up, these chocolaty spice bars are the season's best hit for both kids and grown-ups. If you bring them to a party, be sure to have the recipe handy to share with admiring fans who will ask for it when you tell them the bars are just 83 calories each.

Mocha Hot Cocoa

Nothing warms like a cup of hot chocolate with a touch of liqueur. Baileys Irish Cream and espresso top this tasty sipper better than marshmallows with only 123 calories per serving.

Pineapple-Pear Crisp

The sweet, nutty flavor of hazelnuts makes them a prime ingredient in pastries. They're high in fiber, protein, healthy fat, and B vitamins, giving them first-rate status in heart-healthy desserts. Bet Grandma's crisp can't compete with this 135-calories-per-serving treat!

Tip: Check hazelnuts by shaking them. If the nut rattles, it's dried out and doesn't have as much nutritional value.

Holiday Biscotti

This seasonal cookie is better than fruitcake! Packed with nuts and chewy apricots, these treats are perfect for a hostess gift at your next holiday party. Or enjoy them as a light snack -- only 64 calories per cookie -- on a road trip to see family.

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