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 Mixed Berry Topping

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

Maple-Cinnamon Applesauce

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

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
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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.

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.

Meringue-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole

Rating: 4.83 stars
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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.

Peach-Bourbon Ice Cream Sauce

Take advantage of fresh summer peaches and whip up this peach-bourbon ice cream sauce. It tastes incredible on butter pecan ice cream, but you'll love it on plain vanilla, too!

Fresh Blackberry Sauce

Rating: 5 stars
2
This fresh blackberry sauce gets a touch of sweetness from honey and orange juice to balance the slightly tart berry. Meanwhile, a hint of blackberry brandy emphasizes the berry flavor in a sauce that's easy and quick to make. Serve over vanilla frozen yogurt or with a slice of angel food cake.

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.

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.

Blackberry Sauce

Rating: 4 stars
1
Serve this easy blackberry sauce with ice cream, lemon mousse, angel food cake or sliced peaches—the list goes on!
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Inspiration and Ideas

Lemon Meringue Tart for Two
Rating: Unrated
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A mile-high meringue is possible only if the egg white, bowl and beaters are at room temperature.
Honey-Yogurt Pancake Sauce
Rating: Unrated
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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.

Orange Marmalade Sauce

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