Healthy Dessert Sauce & Topping Recipes

Find healthy, delicious dessert sauce and topping recipes including caramel sauce, chocolate sauce and creme fraiche. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Quick Mixed Berry Pancake Sauce

In this healthy, quick pancake sauce recipe, berries--such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries--are microwaved until hot and thickened. Serve along with maple syrup, or skip the syrup altogether and enjoy the natural sweetness from the berries.

Quick Cherry Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Frozen pitted cherries make this luscious sauce a snap to make. Try substituting frozen raspberries if you prefer.

Lime Yogurt Fruit Salad Dressing

Rating: 5 stars 1
Add a dollop of this zesty yogurt dressing to your next fruit salad--the creaminess and slight tartness of the dressing make it the perfect balance to a sweet and refreshing fruit salad.

Quick Mixed Berry Topping

Rating: 4 stars 1
Frozen mixed berries become an almost instant fruit topping in the microwave. Serve over angel food cake or Greek-style yogurt.

Brandied Cherry Sauce

Rating: 4 stars 1
Black sweet cherries-sometimes called Bing cherries-are always a great treat, but when spiked with cherry brandy for this topping, they are nearly irresistible. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

Apple Puffed Oven Pancake

Rating: 5 stars 1
Apple pie spice is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves or ginger. If you don't have any on hand, you can substitute cinnamon and a dash of cloves in the recipe.

Cranberry Meringue Pie

Rating: 3.82 stars 2
If you're a fan of lemon meringue pie, you'll love this festive cranberry meringue pie recipe. For the fluffiest meringue, set your eggs out at room temperature for about 15 minutes or submerge (in the shell) in a bowl of lukewarm water for 5 minutes before beating--egg whites at room temperature will gain more volume than cold whites.

Light Lemon Meringue Pie

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Smooth and soothing; a great classic pie right down to the crust, redefined with a generous amount of lemon and fewer egg yolks in the filling.

Orange Marmalade Sauce

Orange lovers rejoice! This tangy-sweet sauce is delicious over pancakes, waffles--even vanilla frozen yogurt.

Meringue-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole

Rating: 4.83 stars 9
This lightened-up take on the classic Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole is spiked with crushed pineapple and toasted pecans. We top it with an airy, slightly sweet meringue. You can pipe the meringue to make it look fancy or simply spread it neatly with a rubber spatula.

Bananas in Brown Sugar-Rum Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 3
Bananas cooked in a delectable brown-sugar-rum sauce make for a quick yet impressive dessert.

Maple-Cinnamon Applesauce

Rating: 4.63 stars 3
Turn fresh fall apples into delicious maple-and-cinnamon-spiked homemade applesauce with this easy recipe.

Inspiration and Ideas

Slow-Roasted Salmon with Soy-Caramel Sauce, Carrot Puree & Crispy Leeks
In this healthy salmon recipe, slow-roasting the fish at a lower heat creates a soft texture that's a nice contrast to the crispy leeks. Use the leftover oil from the leeks for salad dressing or to cook eggs.
Lemon Meringue Tart for Two
Rating: Unrated 1
A mile-high meringue is possible only if the egg white, bowl and beaters are at room temperature.
Honey-Yogurt Pancake Sauce
Rating: 4 stars

Instead of topping pancakes with maple syrup, try this healthy, easy pancake sauce recipe to top your pancakes with naturally sweetened, protein-packed Greek yogurt.