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.

Light Lemon Meringue Pie

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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.

Lemon Meringue Tart for Two

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A mile-high meringue is possible only if the egg white, bowl and beaters are at room temperature.

Quick Mixed Berry Topping

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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.

Lime Yogurt Fruit Salad Dressing

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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.

Quick Cherry Sauce

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Frozen pitted cherries make this luscious sauce a snap to make. Try substituting frozen raspberries if you prefer.

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.

Honey-Yogurt Pancake Sauce

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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.

Maple-Cinnamon Applesauce

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

Chunky Blueberry Sauce

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Easy to make, this intensely flavored blueberry sauce is delicious on a stack of pancakes or atop a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.

Orange Marmalade Sauce

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

Brandied Cherry Sauce

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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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Strawberry Meringue Cake

This light, flourless cake recipe features crispy, chewy rounds of almond meringue layered with strawberries and whipped cream. For the best results, avoid making the meringue layers on an overly humid or rainy day. The moisture prevents proper crisping.

Apple Cider Sauce

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Reducing apple cider intensifies its fruity flavor. This sauce is a perfect complement to fruit crisps, waffles, pancakes and ice cream.

Meringue Mushrooms

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Use these meringue mushrooms to decorate any yule log cake. The recipe makes enough to decorate your serving platter and have plenty left over for each serving of cake.