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.

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Low-Sugar Mexican Flan

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

Baked Churros

Rating: 3.86 stars
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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.

Broiled Mango

Rating: 4 stars
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Broiling fruit brings out its inherent sweetness. A squeeze of tart lime juice balances it out. Try this technique with pineapple as well.

Tres Leches Cake

Rating: 5 stars
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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.

Chocolate Polvorones (Mexican Wedding Cookies)

Rating: 5 stars
2
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.

Avocado Ice Cream

Rating: 4.38 stars
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This is a creamy, refreshing dairy-free dessert Rick Bayless has served in his restaurant Frontera Grill for years.

Frozen Margarita Pie

Rating: 5 stars
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Your favorite drink gets turned into dessert with this festive creamy lime pie spiked with tequila. Instead of a salted rim, our margarita pie gets a kick of saltiness from a pretzel crust. This refreshing pie is easy to make and freezes well, too. Cheers!

Margarita Ice Pops

Rating: 5 stars
2
Frozen push pops get an adult makeover with this boozy frozen treat recipe. Pour lightened-up homemade margarita mix into pop molds for a dessert version of a Mexican cocktail favorite.

Classic Flan

Making restaurant-quality flan at home is easier than you think, and our version is healthier, too! With just a few ingredients, you'll have a satisfying dessert that's sure to impress.

Lime-Mango Sorbet

It couldn't be any easier to make sorbet. Just combine fruit, sugar and juice and escape to the tropics with this mango sorbet recipe flavored with lime. For a fun presentation, sprinkle with toasted coconut before serving.

Chocolate-Cinnamon Sheet Cake with Almond Cream

Rating: 3.5 stars
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Sheet cakes are a potluck dream: the baking pan holds the cake and makes it wonderfully portable. This one is accompanied by an almond “cream” made from heavy cream and reduced-fat sour cream. Together, the cake and cream replicate the taste of Mexican chocolate with its undertones of almond and cinnamon. Or make cream cheese frosting and add 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.

Vanilla Bean Flans with Agave Syrup & Caramelized Walnuts

Rating: 3 stars
2
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.
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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.

Mexican Chocolate Cutouts

These spicy chocolate cutout cookies are delicious and fun to make. You can decorate them with chocolate or vanilla icing--or both!