Healthy Mexican Dessert Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Mexican dessert recipes including Mexican cake, flan and shortbread. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Tres Leches Cake

Rating: 5 stars 2
Translating to three milks cake, Tres Leches Cake is a traditional Mexican sponge cake that's soaked in, you guessed it, three kinds of milk, for the ultimate moist, decadent cake. Think of it as a poke cake that we've lightened up with this easy recipe.
By Carolyn Casner

Baked Churros

Rating: 4 stars 9
Skip the greasy mess and bake these healthier churros rather than frying them in oil. The cinnamon-sugar-dusted classic Mexican dessert comes out of the oven crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside.
By Carolyn Casner

Low-Sugar Mexican Flan

Rating: 5 stars 2
This inverted caramel custard dessert is often found on Mexican dessert menus. This recipe is low in calories and fat.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Chocolate Polvorones (Mexican Wedding Cookies)

Rating: 5 stars 4
These melt-in-your-mouth polvorones (Mexican wedding cookies) get a chocolate makeover by replacing all the nuts in the traditional version with ground chocolate. Addictive just as they are, you can also grate a little cinnamon stick over them before serving.
By Alice Medrich

Vanilla Bean Flans with Agave Syrup & Caramelized Walnuts

Rating: 2.5 stars 3
This melt-in-your-mouth custard is delicately flavored with vanilla bean and lightly sweetened with agave syrup. Crunchy caramelized walnuts are an addictively delicious topping. Adapted from Cooking with the Seasons at Rancho La Puerta: Recipes from the World-Famous Spa (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2008) by Deborah Szekely and Deborah M. Schneider with Chef Jesús González, Chef of La Cocina Que Canta.
By Jesús González

Broiled Mango

Rating: 4 stars 2
Broiling fruit brings out its inherent sweetness. A squeeze of tart lime juice balances it out. Try this technique with pineapple as well.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen
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Inspiration and Ideas

Classic Flan
Making restaurant-quality flan at home is easier than you think. With just a few ingredients, you'll have a luscious dessert that's sure to impress.
See How to Make Baked Churros
Skip the greasy mess and bake these healthier churros rather than frying them in oil.