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 tasty 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 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.

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 holiday desserts.

10 Low-Calorie Holiday Desserts

1. 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.

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.

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.  

4. Whipped Topping

This clean-eating topping is a yummy, dairy-free addition to 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.

5. Pumpkin Cheesecake 

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.  

6. Slow Cooker Chocolate Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

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!

7. Peppermint Fudge

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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

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!

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


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