Low-Sugar Desserts

Staying healthy doesn't have to mean skipping out on sweets. Enjoy all your favorite indulgences -- crispy apricot balls, creamy lime cheesecake bars, sweet frozen treats, and more -- all for 10 grams of sugar or less. Taking advantage of naturally sweet ingredients means less added sugar in your diet while still enjoying dessert recipes.

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    Roasted Cherry-Almond Milk Pops

    We know what you're thinking: These ice pops are way too pretty to eat. But the second you have a taste, you'll totally change your mind.

    Grams of Sugar: 7

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    Reduced-Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Are you ever going to pass up a chocolate chip cookie? Probably not. And thanks to the low sugar content, you don't have to feel guilty at all.

    Grams of Sugar: 5

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    Banana Ice Cream

    Creamy, healthy ice cream is just a blender and three ingredients away. Bananas, coconut milk, and vanilla combine for a no-guilt frozen treat.

    Grams of Sugar: 10

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    Dessert Pizza with Banana Ice Cream

    Take that banana ice cream and smother it over a cocoa-cereal crust. Top with your favorite fruits for a stunning dessert pizza. Eat it before it melts!

    Grams of Sugar: 9

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    Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

    The secret to our zesty cheesecake filling? Cream cheese, lime gelatin, and whipped topping! Pour the ultra-smooth fluff over our easy graham cracker crust, then garnish with lime slices for lip-puckering appeal.

    Grams of Sugar: 4

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    Strawberry-Banana Donuts

    Donuts? In a collection of lower-sugar desserts?? You bet. The sweetness comes from fruit and low-fat yogurt, which keep the sugar to a minimum. Baking instead of frying reins in calories and fat.

    Grams of Sugar: 9

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    Frozen Yogurt Bark

    Does colorful mean healthy? Not necessarily, but we're starting to notice a trend. This pretty treat is made from Greek yogurt, honey, vanilla, plus whatever you fill and top it with (fruit, cocont, cacoa nibs -- up to you!).

    Grams of Sugar: 6

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    Coconut Stracciatella Ice Cream

    Chocolate chip ice cream that's healthy? Count us in. This creamy treat is made from unsweetened coconut milk and dark chocolate.

    Grams of Sugar: 8

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    Apple and Cream Cheese Galette

    This sweet-and-savory pastry gets its savory flavor from cream cheese and its sweetness from apples and honey (not unnecessary sugars!).

    Grams of Sugar: 4

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    No-Bake Apricot-Almond Balls

    Show up rice crispy treats with our fabulous ginger-apricot balls. Creamy peanut butter and a spoonful of honey hold the almond-cereal mixture together, while a rich drizzle of dark chocolate tops it all off.

    Grams of Sugar: 5

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    Chocolate-Cherry Biscotti

    One bite of this tart cherry-chocolate biscotti will have you dreaming of cozy cafes in Italy. Dunk the charming cookies in a steamy cup of joe for the ultimate morning goodie.

    Grams of Sugar: 4

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    Apple-Maple Snack Cake

    Instead of a blondie, try this spiced dessert that boasts apple chunks and sliced almonds.

    Grams of Sugar: 9

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    Pineapple, Mint, and Coconut Water Pops

    These frozen pops are perfect for when you're in the mood for something sweet but refreshing. Fresh pineapple* and mint leaves give the treats their flavor. 

    *Fresh pineapple is important, as the canned stuff has tons of unnecessary sugars.

    Grams of Sugar: 8

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    Apple Cider Buttons

    Nothing's better than a fresh batch of sugar cookies -- until now. We make over the classic cookie by stirring instant hot apple cider mix into the batter. The enticing, homey aroma will be drawing in takers in no time.

    Grams of Sugar: 3

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    Bake Cookies to Perfection

    Whether you prefer them soft, crispy, or chewy, we'll show you how to bake perfectly golden cookies using our Test Kitchen secrets to success!

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    Mocha Cream Shake

    Coffee and chocolate go together like peanut butter and jelly. Enjoy the unbeatable besties shake-style by blending them with low-fat froyo and a few scoops of ice. Grated dark chocolate makes an indulgent garnish.

    Grams of Sugar: 1

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    Cornmeal Sandies

    Sweet and snappy, these crisp cornmeal cookies have just enough zip, thanks to equal parts orange and lemon peel. Roll them in sugar for a shimmery finish, or skip the shimmer to reduce sugar more.

    Grams of Sugar: 3

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    Pressnitz (Walnut Crescents)

    Inspired by the bakeries of Italy, these golden little crescents are baked with creamy ricotta then stuffed with walnuts, dreamy orange marmalade, and fresh citrus peel.

    Grams of Sugar: 5

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    Easy Spiced Pastries

    Packaged piecrust, butter, brown sugar, and pumpkin spice are all you need to make these addictive bite-size pastries. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dressed-up dough into perfect little squares.

    Grams of Sugar: 1

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    20 Sweet Snacks for 50 Calories or Less

    Sometimes you just need a hit of sugar--something to take the edge off a bad day at work or a boring night at home. Here's how to indulge (and maybe even sneak in some extra nutrients) without falling off the diet wagon.
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