Summer Desserts Under 175 Calories
Banana Split Pie
Can you believe this chocolate-drizzled slice contains less than 170 calories? It’s true! With a few light ingredient swaps, a banana split becomes a diet-friendly dessert that’s perfect for backyard parties.
Apple and Cream Cheese Galette
American like apple pie, but without the fuss—and extra calories—from a double-crusted dessert. This rustic apple galette is just 175 calories per slice, which means there's plenty of room in your diet to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a warm summer day.
Banana-Dark Chocolate Smoothie Bowls
While it tastes like a milk shake, this 170-calorie smoothie bowl recipe is hiding a surprising amount of nutrition from bananas and tofu (shh... don’t tell the kids!). Paired with a hard-boiled egg or two, this no-cook recipe works as a healthy breakfast, too.
Kiwi-Strawberry Rooibos Ice Pops
Since vanilla rooibos tea and in-season strawberries and kiwis are naturally sweet, these refreshing, remarkably low-calorie ice pops need just a small drizzle of honey to make them taste like dessert.
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cookie Dough Dip
Chocolate, peanut butter, and oats. This dessert dip contains your favorite cookie ingredients, just without all the extra fat. Cannellini beans replace the butter in this light and sweet snack that's perfect for picnics.
Pink Peppercorn-Viola Shortbread
Edible violas make these party-ready shortbread cookies look like the first sunny day of summer. Enjoy one with a glass of unsweetened iced tea for a poolside afternoon snack.
Banana Ice Cream
This healthy, icy cold dessert calls for just frozen bananas, unsweetened coconut milk, and vanilla. It's basically as nutritious as eating a banana straight from the peel! For a seasonal variation, add frozen strawberries and raspberries to the mix before processing.
Mexican Fruit Cups with Honey-Lime Syrup
Fresh summer fruit is sweet enough to taste like dessert as is, but with a honey-lime topping, it reaches crave-worthy territory. Since each serving of this Mexican dessert is just 100 calories, you can add a scoop of frozen yogurt or sorbet (coconut-flavor would taste incredible) with zero guilt.
Multigrain Chocolate Chip Cookies
True, the kids aren't in school during summer, but they'll probably still be hungry for an after-school snack come 3 p.m.! At that moment, bake a batch of these hearty whole grain cookies. Little taste buds won't notice the extra nutrition when it's packaged with plenty of chocolate chunks!
Vanilla Bean Mascarpone
Dip any of your favorite summer fruits, including nectarines and strawberries, in this speedy mascarpone dip. Package up a serving in a small container to tote with you to the beach or in the car for a healthy road trip snack.
Fudgy Cherry and Port Brownies
Yes, you can enjoy decadent fudgy brownies while watching your diet! Add calorie-light fruit and slice off a reasonable portion size, and this chocolate dessert adds only 85 calories to your daily tally.
Strawberry Meringue Cookies
Light-as-air meringue cookies get a fresh summer makeover with a swirl of fresh strawberry puree. Make a big batch of this strawberry dessert to steal the show at your next neighborhood or family potluck.
Frozen Yogurt Bark
All of the ingredients in your go-to healthy breakfast (yogurt, fruit, nuts) make an appearance in this showy frozen bark. Grab a piece or two to chill out after a warm day in the sun.
Raspberry-Fudge Greek Frozen Yogurt
This low-calorie homemade Greek frozen yogurt recipe calls for raspberry preserves, but feel free to swap for strawberry, blueberry, or peach if you prefer.
Part bread, part fruit dessert: This homemade focaccia recipe is the ideal make-ahead dessert for your summer barbecue spread. For a showy finish, add a dollop of whipped cream on top of each square.