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Marmalade-Glazed Orange Cheesecake

Our Test Kitchen created this showpiece cheesecake to celebrate one of winter's brightest gifts: the orange. It is exceptionally rich and creamy-tasting, but lower in saturated fat than a traditional cheesecake. The secret is to replace most of the cream cheese with pureed cottage cheese. Be sure to let the food processor do its job and process the cottage cheese until it has a silky texture.

» Marmalade-Glazed Orange Cheesecake

Chocolate-Cinnamon Sheet Cake with Almond Cream

Sheet cakes are a potluck dream: the baking pan holds the cake and makes it wonderfully portable. This one is accompanied by an almond “cream” made from heavy cream and reduced-fat sour cream. Together, the cake and cream replicate the taste of Mexican chocolate with its undertones of almond and cinnamon. Or make cream cheese frosting and add 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.

» Chocolate-Cinnamon Sheet Cake with Almond Cream

Frozen Raspberry Pie

This creamy, luscious pie is made by combining a fluffy cooked meringue with a raspberry puree, then pouring the mixture into a chocolate-cookie crust.

» Frozen Raspberry Pie

Caramelized Pear Bread Pudding

Sweet caramelized pears are the highlight of this comforting, custardy, raisin-studded bread pudding. When turned out of its baking dish, the flanlike pudding sits in a pool of intense caramel syrup, making it worthy of any holiday table. Serve warm or chilled.

» Caramelized Pear Bread Pudding

Mini Molten Chocolate Cakes with Mocha Sauce

Some molten-cake recipes call for simply underbaking the batter so the middles stay lava-like, but mini cakes get done so quickly it's best to give them a filling that won't set up. These rich, mocha-flavored morsels are guaranteed to stay moist and gooey, owing to a simple mocha ganache in the middle. Serve the cakes with a scoop of low-fat coffee ice cream and garnish with a chocolate-covered espresso bean, if desired.

» Mini Molten Chocolate Cakes with Mocha Sauce

Brown Sugar & Toasted Almond Ice Cream

In a world of designer ice creams, sometimes the simplest can be the best. The full-bodied flavors of brown sugar combined with nutty toasted almonds are all it takes to give this easy-to-make frozen treat a sophisticated distinction. The alcohol in the base mixture acts like an “anti-freeze,” reducing the icy texture sometimes associated with lower-fat ice cream. For a little extra indulgence, try topping a scoop with some crumbled gingersnaps.

» Brown Sugar & Toasted Almond Ice Cream


Sweet and satisfying recipes for low-calorie desserts.

You don’t have to skip dessert with our diet dessert recipes, which are low in calories and saturated fat. Our healthy cake recipes, cheesecake recipes, pudding recipes, and ice cream recipes will satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you on track. Whether you’re making a quick weeknight dessert or an elegant dessert for your next dinner party, our diet dessert recipes are delicious sweet treats.

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Diet Cake Recipes

Sheet cakes are a potluck dream: the baking pan holds the...
Pound cake got its name from the original formulation: a...
Honey and almonds flavor this simple (and gluten-free) cake...
Linzer Tart (or Linzer Torte) is an Austrian specialty: an...
A cake with a meringue? Though not unheard of, this one is...

Diet Cheesecake Recipes

Sometimes we even stun ourselves. This ultra-rich and...
With its exquisite lemon-oil fragrance, lemon verbena adds...
A spectacular, graceful ending for a holiday feast or any...
Our Test Kitchen created this showpiece cheesecake to...
Softened dried pears give this low-fat cheesecake much of...
Here we stir a little melted chocolate into ricotta cheese...
Made with whole-wheat flour, these decadent-tasting...

Diet Chocolate Recipes

When you have a craving for a comforting dessert, try this...
Some molten-cake recipes call for simply underbaking the...
This easy-to-make chocolate cake is dark, moist, rich—and...
Featuring the first citrus of the season, almonds and deep...

Diet Pie Recipes

Bittersweet chocolate and Dutch-process cocoa meld with a...
While pumpkin pie deserves respect as a Thanksgiving icon,...
This creamy, luscious pie is made by combining a fluffy...
The season's best apples - plus a pear for its...
Try this custard pie with buttercup squash, a sweet, orange...

Diet Fruit Dessert Recipes

Sturdy apples are flavored with cinnamon and vanilla in...
Poaching the peach halves in their skins gives the syrup a...
The “secret ingredient” in these coconut-infused blueberry...
For this tart a few tablespoons of maple syrup sweeten the...
Dessert meets the cheese plate when you drizzle grilled...
A take on the classic Southeast Asian dessert of fresh...
Easy as can be, these layered cherry-blueberry trifles are...

Diet Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt and Sorbet Recipes

In a world of designer ice creams, sometimes the simplest...
This easy dessert satisfies a sweet tooth while adding...
An ice cream maker allows you to create your own frozen...
This incredibly refreshing icy dessert is made without...

Diet Pudding Recipes

Sweet caramelized pears are the highlight of this...
This rice pudding is dairy-free, but the bananas and rice...
Very ripe mangoes make this simple Chinese pudding sublime...
Here, wheat berries are cooked with maple-sweetened, spiced...

Diet Mousse Recipes

This ethereal citrus dessert is a lighter version of...
The idea of chile with chocolate still surprises most...

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