Healthy Apple Dessert Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Apple dessert recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Apple Crisp

Rating: 4 stars 2
There's nothing like this old-fashioned apple dessert recipe to top off a good dinner. It's low in calories and can be made even lower if prepared with sugar substitute.

Apple-Pumpkin Muffins

Applesauce and pumpkin make these muffins moist, low-fat, healthful and delicious. Serve them for Thanksgiving or Christmas breakfast or brunch, or for a lunchbox treat.

Peanut-Apple Crunch Balls

Lightly wetting your hands helps make the cereal, apple, and peanut mixture easier to shape into balls. A drizle of white chocolate tops them off.

Triple-A Apple Pie

Apples, Anjou pears, and apricots are the As that make this apple pie a knockout.

Crispy Smashed Apples with Cinnamon Sugar

Rating: 5 stars 2
Toasted pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon combine in a crunchy, nutty topping for these apples. Smashing the fruit helps create a crispy edge. Serve these apples warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
By Carolyn Casner

Carrot Cake Cheesecake

This orange-scented carrot cake cheesecake has a wonderfully moist and flavorful carrot cake shell which holds the creamy cheesecake portion. The swirl effect of dollops of cheesecake batter is a fun and festive way to round out this rich dessert.
By Karen Rankin

Baked Cinnamon Apple Slices

Rating: 5 stars 1
These baked cinnamon apple slices have just the right level of tenderness and bite and a gooey apple caramel that forms at the bottom of the pan. Enjoy this healthy dessert spooned over ice cream, with biscuits or served over yogurt—the options with these are endless!
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By Melissa Gray

Crispy Small-Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

These small-batch chocolate chip cookies are thin, crispy and will satisfy any craving for something sweet.
By Virginia Willis

Apple Crumble with Oats

Leaving the skins on the apples provides fiber and vitamins, so this diabetic-friendly dessert is not only good tasting but also good for you.

Apple "Donuts"

Rating: 5 stars 1
This so-simple 3-ingredient recipe turns apple slices into “donuts.” Topped with nut butter and coconut, they make a satisfying no-added-sugar dessert or healthy snack.

Fried Apple Pie Rolls

Rating: 4.55 stars 15
In this healthy take on apple pie, egg roll wrappers stand in for pie crust, saving you calories and the headache of rolling out dough. We like to use Granny Smith apples because they hold their shape and provide tart balance to the sweet filling. Try dipping these handheld crispy treats in whipped cream.

Fresh Apple Squares

Rating: 3.5 stars 5
One batch of dough does double duty as both the crust and streusel topping to make one of the easiest desserts around.
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Inspiration and Ideas

The Best Apples for Baking and Cooking
All apples are not created equal—at least when it comes to cooking vs. eating them fresh. But regardless of variety, they’re all good for you.
How to Make Healthy, Homemade Fruit Bars
This recipe for healthy apple bars makes a big batch, perfect for potlucks and parties. Both kids and adults will love this healthy lunchbox treat!
Apple Custard Cake
Rating: 3.5 stars
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To give this apple custard cake a nutrition boost, use whole-wheat pastry flour in place of all-purpose, adding an extra gram of fiber per serving. A little of the batter gets mixed with an extra egg and spread on the cake before it's baked, yielding an ultra-creamy and custardy top.