Healthy Easter Dessert Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Easter dessert recipes including Easter cake, carrot cake and cookies. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Carrot Cake

Rating: 4.3 stars
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Carrots give carrot cake a health-halo effect--people think it's health food, but it's usually very high in fat and calories. But our version has about 40 percent less calories and 50 percent less fat than most. First, we use less oil in our batter. Then we skip the butter in the frosting (don't worry, it's still light and smooth). To ensure the cake is moist, we add nonfat buttermilk and crushed pineapple.

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.

Blueberry-Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake

Rating: 4.41 stars
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This healthy pound cake recipe isn't just delicious--it also only requires one bowl to make. For the best cake texture, be sure to beat the sugar and butter together long enough in Step 2 to look creamy--the time it takes to get there varies according to the type of electric mixer you have. Serve with brunch or alongside a cup of coffee in the afternoon.

Meringues

Rating: 4.4 stars
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Perfect meringues depend on totally yolk-free whites. The seemingly fussy step of separating each egg into a small bowl before combining them guarantees yolk-free whites for bakeshop-quality meringues every time. These crispy little morsels travel well and make great gifts too.

Lemon-Raspberry Muffins

Rating: 4.68 stars
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The secret to the sparkling flavor of these delicately crumbed muffins is the strips of lemon zest finely ground into the sugar. Enjoy the muffins warm right from the oven.

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.

Flourless Honey-Almond Cake

Rating: 4.07 stars
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Honey and almonds flavor this simple (and gluten-free) cake. It's lovely for afternoon tea or a spring holiday dessert. Be careful not to overbeat the egg whites--they should be white and very foamy, but not at all stiff or able to hold peaks. If you beat them too much, the cake may sink in the middle as it cools.

Crispy Peanut Butter Balls

Rating: 4.75 stars
4
All you need are four simple ingredients to make healthier crispy peanut butter balls that kids and grownups will love. Make this easy recipe for a bite-size treat, on-the-go snack or easy homemade gift. You can swap the peanut butter for almond butter or even sunflower seed butter if you need a nut-free snack for school.

Apple-Cinnamon Fruit Bars

Rating: 3.57 stars
4
These easy apple-cinnamon fruit bars make a big batch--perfect for fall potlucks and parties.

Banana-Bran Muffins

Rating: 4.83 stars
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By the end of the week, any bananas left in the fruit bowl are past their prime--just right for these moist bran muffins. Add a handful of dark chocolate chips to entice children to enjoy a fiber-rich treat.

Crumble Topping

Rating: 5 stars
3
This quick crumble topping is convenient to have on hand.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

Rating: 5 stars
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Looking for a fun cooking project to do with kids? Make chocolate truffles! In this easy vegan dessert recipe, we make a chocolate ganache filling with peanut butter and coconut milk instead of heavy cream. Make chocolate bark with the leftover chocolate and wrap it up together with a few truffles for a beautiful edible gift.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Bunny Butt Cake
Making a beautiful cake doesn't have to be difficult. See how to make a layer cake recipe filled with whipped cream and topped with fresh berries.
Carrot Cake Cheese Ball
Learn how to make a dessert cheese ball that tastes just like carrot cake. Serve with graham crackers, vanilla wafers and apple slices for dipping.

Vegan Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Rating: 5 stars
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Classic carrot cake goes vegan in this easy recipe, and gets covered with coconut whipped cream to replace the traditional cream cheese frosting. A mixture of flax and water makes a sturdy substitute for eggs in this vegan cake. Plus, sweet crushed pineapple helps to make this cake delicious with less added sugar.