8 Healthy, Homemade Sweet Snacks for 50 Calories or Less

Healthy Sweet Snack Ideas Under 50 Calories

Sydney Saporito

Healthy, sweet snacks do exist! When you're craving a low-calorie sweet fix, these wholesome options definitely trump a couple of pieces of candy. Sometimes you just need a small snack as an afternoon pick-me-up or to help you make it through the last hour until dinnertime, and these low-cal sweet snacks deliver a surprisingly big dose of satisfaction.

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Kiwi-Strawberry Rooibos Ice Pops

Kiwi-Strawberry Rooibos Ice Pops
Jason Donnelly

These easy ice pops are one of our favorite sweet snacks, because they can just as easily serve as a healthy dessert. At just 23 calories, these low-calorie sweet snacks are one of the lightest (and most beautiful) snacks on our list. Each lick blends together the flavors of vanilla rooibos tea, apple juice, fresh strawberries, and kiwis for a sweet and healthy snack.

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blueberries produce baskets
Kevin Miyazaki

A half cup of fresh blueberries is right around 40 calories, and the berries make a juicy, refreshing, and healthy sweet snack. Blueberries also have the benefit of being high in fiber (plus all the other beneficial nutrients), so you can always feel good about reaching for a cup. Frozen are just as nutritious as fresh, so feel free to pop 'em cold if you prefer.

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Extra-Easy Spiced Kettle Corn

Extra-Easy Spiced Kettle Corn
Jacob Fox

If your snacking tastes run more toward a combo of sweet and savory, keep a small plastic bag of this spiced kettle corn in your pantry, glove compartment, or bag to snag anytime you feel the hangries arising. It starts with a regular bag of microwave kettle corn, then gets dressed up with a sprinkle of garam masala, a popular Indian spice blend. The seasonings give your kettle corn more complex flavors while keeping the healthy sweet snack to just 45 calories per cup.

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Red and green apples and leaves
Blaine Moats

One easy way to mix up your low-calorie sweet snack routine is to stock up on a variety of apples. One small apple has about 50 calories, and this nosh is super easy to take on the go. (Thanks, Mother Nature, for the portable "packaging." ) Plus, with so many different types of apples to choose from, you won't get stuck in a snacking rut.

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Stone Fruit Granita

Stone Fruit Granita
Blaine Moats

Come summertime (or really anytime you wish felt more like summer), cool down with a low-calorie sweet treat that's lighter than most ice creams. This granita recipe is super-simple, made with mostly water and fresh stone fruit and only a dash of sugar, and has just 48 calories in a serving. Depending on what you're craving, you can make this easy snack recipe with peaches, nectarines, plums, or even sweet cherries.

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sliced watermelon on cutting board with knife
Blaine Moats

You might already reach for watermelon as a naturally sweet side dish in the summertime. If so, keep it up! One cup of watermelon has about 45 calories, and you can't beat its juiciness and refreshing fruity flavor. Thanks to its high water content, watermelon is also a hydrating low-cal sweet snack.

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kiwi on wooden cutting board with knife
Blaine Moats

Along with some sweetness, a kiwifruit will add a taste of the tropics to snack time. A medium fruit has about 42 calories, and it packs in some extra nutrients. Kiwis are higher in vitamin C than most other fruits. Slice one up for a low-cal sweet snack that offers potassium, too.

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Pineapple, Mint, and Coconut Water Pops

Pineapple, Mint, and Coconut Water Pops
Jason Donnelly

Fresh fruit makes a great snack on its own, but sometimes we crave something just a bit more special. For those times, try these pineapple and coconut water ice pops—they're low in calories (just 43), they have healthy slices of fresh pineapple, and they feel like a fancy treat. Freeze fresh pineapple with plain coconut water (or try flavored) and add some fresh mint leaves to make them even more refreshing.

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