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Healthy Low-Calorie Dessert Recipes

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Caramel Cream Cheese Custard (Flan de Queso)

Every panaderia (bakery) in Puerto Rico has many flavors of flan, from vanilla to guava. Reduced-fat cream cheese gives this version a rich, comforting texture.

» Caramel Cream Cheese Custard (Flan de Queso)

Warm Chocolate Pudding

This warm pudding has a marvelous deep chocolaty flavor, but it's low in fat and super-quick to make. Don't skimp on the quality of cocoa with this one—treat yourself to the good stuff.

» Warm Chocolate Pudding

Meringue-Topped Strawberries & Rhubarb

Poaching brings out the flavorful strawberry and rhubarb juices with minimal effort. An airy meringue on top of the poached fruit is a healthy (and gorgeous) stand-in for a heavier whipped-cream or ice cream topping.

» Meringue-Topped Strawberries & Rhubarb

Peach & Blueberry Cobbler

This is a healthier version of a traditional cobbler, with canola oil in place of some of the butter and whole-wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour. Unlike more classic biscuit-topped cobblers, the peaches and blueberries are nestled into a tender batter that swells around the fruit as it bakes. Other fruits may be substituted. It's especially beautiful when baked in and served right from a cast-iron skillet.

» Peach & Blueberry Cobbler

Whoopie Pies

Classic whoopie pies combine a creamy filling sandwiched between cakey chocolate cookies. Some are filled with a marshmallow cream frosting while others are filled with whipped cream. Even those of us who grew up with the former fell in love with our lighter version of the whipped cream-filled treats.

» Whoopie Pies

Banana Pudding Pops

These banana popsicles taste rich and decadent but are low-fat and really easy to make. We especially like them with some chocolate chips added. Cool the mixture to room temperature and divide 2/3 cup mini chips among the molds before freezing.

» Banana Pudding Pops

Whipped Berry Pudding

This Finnish whipped berry pudding recipe has a unique, light and airy texture. Unlike American-style puddings made with milk, eggs and cornstarch, this is made with fruit juice, thickened with wheat farina and then lightened by beating air into it until the texture is reminiscent of marshmallow fluff. Traditionally made with lingonberry or cranberry juice, here fresh blueberries are cooked with water and the juice is strained to flavor the pudding. If you want to use bottled juice instead, skip Step 1 and use 3 to 3 1/2 cups of warm juice in Step 2.

» Whipped Berry Pudding


These 25 delicious low-calorie dessert recipes are an easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth without sabotaging your efforts to eat healthy. The last thing you want to do when you're watching your weight is deprive yourself, so dig in!

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Healthy Low-Calorie Dessert Recipes

Sturdy apples are flavored with cinnamon and vanilla in...
Don't be put off by “bulgur” and “cake” in the same...
These banana popsicles taste rich and decadent but are low-...
Every panaderia (bakery) in Puerto Rico has many flavors of...
Warm cherries topped with luscious ricotta cheese and...
Who can resist the aroma of baked apples wafting through...
Perfect meringues depend on totally yolk-free whites. The...
This creamy, luscious pie is made by combining a fluffy...
Both simpler and more decadent than a chocolate croissant,...
Here's a simple recipe for low-fat vanilla ice cream....
You don't have to sit around a fire to enjoy S'...
Vanilla-infused ricotta cheese is the perfect foil for...
Poaching brings out the flavorful strawberry and rhubarb...
You'll definitely want to make an extra batch (or 5)...
Some molten-cake recipes call for simply underbaking the...
This is a healthier version of a traditional cobbler, with...
Softened dried pears give this low-fat cheesecake much of...
Schmear ricotta cheese and your favorite jam on graham...
Here's an elegant yet simple twist on the autumn...
This easy dessert satisfies a sweet tooth while adding...
Make extra blueberry sauce to serve over scoops of vanilla...
Nothing says summer like fresh berries. Try this simple...
This warm pudding has a marvelous deep chocolaty flavor,...
Classic whoopie pies combine a creamy filling sandwiched...
This Finnish whipped berry pudding recipe has a unique,...

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