10 Low-Calorie Holiday Desserts

Tasty indulgences that keep your waistline in check!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…unless you’re trying to lose weight. No matter how much you understand the importance of eating healthy foods, the holiday season makes resisting temptation hard. Thankfully, you can still celebrate with these low calorie holiday desserts while keeping an eye on your waistline.

Skinny Ms. has worked hard to create recipes that taste great—but don’t come with a side of guilt. Below you’ll find a range of low calorie holiday desserts recipes to suit all your holiday menu planning needs. From the elegance of blood oranges to the hominess of rice pudding, you can be sure you’re serving holiday desserts that will satisfy you, family, and friends. We’ve relied on clean-eating ingredients with little or no processing. Within each link you’ll also find nutritional info, including recommended serving size, which will help you stay on track as you watch your weight during seasonal celebrations.

10 Low-Calorie Holiday Desserts

And, yes, you can stay on track as you lose or maintain weight during November and December. Instead of making recipes loaded with ingredients that add nothing but weight and guilt, try these healthy low calorie holiday desserts.

1. Blood Oranges in Simple Syrup with Walnuts

 Blood Oranges in Simple Syrup with Walnuts

This 147-calorie delight is perfect when you’re in need of a dish with a bit of elegance. It’s low in cholesterol, plus it’s deep orange color makes it the perfect seasonal menu finale.

Get the recipe: Blood Oranges in Simple Syrup with Walnuts

2. Skinny Slow Cooker Pecan Pie

You can still enjoy pecan pie during the season of celebration. This is one of our favorite low calorie holiday desserts, with just 205 calories per serving and 9 grams of sugar.

Get the recipe: Skinny Slow Cooker Pecan Pie

3. Skinny Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding

When a Skinny Ms. Facebook fan asked us to “skinny” a traditional bread pudding recipe, we created this tasty alternative. It has just 155 calories—compared to an astounding 600 in the original.  

Get the recipe: Skinny Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Bread Pudding

4. Whipped Topping

low calorie holiday desserts

This clean-eating topping is a yummy, dairy-free addition to low calorie holiday desserts. Two tablespoons has 170 calories, but you can reduce that further by limiting yourself to one tablespoon on top of your favorite treat.

Get the recipe: Whipped Topping

5. Pumpkin Cheesecake 

low calorie holiday desserts

Pumpkin and cheesecake combine to create a decadent dish everyone will dig into. It has about 100 fewer calories than a typical cheesecake recipe, so you can feel less guilty about indulging as you celebrate the season with family and friends.  

Get the recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake 

6. Slow Cooker Chocolate Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

low calorie holiday desserts

Put your slow cooker on dessert duty with this chocolate delight. It’s ready in about 4 hours and has just 180 calories. De-lish!

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Chocolate Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

7. Peppermint Fudge

low calorie holiday desserts

Joy to the world, chocolate lovers! The holiday season is the perfect time to lose yourself in this fudge, one of our favorite low-calorie desserts.

Get the recipe: Peppermint Fudge

8. Cinnamon and Pecan Bread Pudding

Cinnamon and Pecan Bread Pudding

This easy slow cooker recipe is a winner on the dessert menu. Combine the ingredients and in about 2 hours you have a healthy, 198-calorie dish perfect for family or guests.

Get the recipe: Cinnamon and Pecan Bread Pudding

9. Skinny Slow Cooker Brown Rice Pudding

Skinny Slow Cooker Brown Rice Pudding

If rice pudding is a holiday tradition in your family, it’s time to try this “skinny” version. The recipe offers healthy fats, plus less than 200 calories per one-cup serving size.

Get the recipe: Skinny Slow Cooker Brown Rice Pudding

10. Slow Cooker Bananas Foster

Add a different taste to your healthy holiday desserts menu this year. We cut out the butter and refined sugar in the traditional bananas foster recipe and combined healthy ingredients to create a dish that’s been featured on Shape.com and HuffingtonPost.com. You’ll love all 110 calories!

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Bananas Foster

For more healthy holiday menu ideas, check out Skinny Ms. Holiday Recipe Roundup or Gluten-Free Holiday Menu.

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