I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people who has a massive sweet tooth. It takes everything in my power to turn down a dessert, especially when I’m cutting calories. Those cravings can hit pretty hard when you’re depriving yourself! Luckily for us, skinny dessert recipes are on the rise, allowing us to get our fix in a much healthier way.
The only caveat? Even the healthiest of desserts can eventually become unhealthy without proper portion control. Remember that dessert is an indulgence. Even though it tastes great, one serving is usually enough. Luckily, these 25 skinny dessert recipes let you indulge a little more than normal without sacrificing flavor.
As if we needed a reason to tell you to eat cookie dough—but we’ll give you one anyway! This skinny dessert recipe is 100% safe to eat and incredibly healthy. The best part? It only take 10 minutes to prepare. Eat it with graham crackers or fresh fruit to get your cookie dough fix in a flash!
“Fudge” and “healthy” usually aren’t in the same sentence unless the word “isn’t” is between them. But, this recipe is the exception! Both vegan and paleo, this fudge is made with coconut oil and almond milk to create that creamy, decadent texture we crave from fudge. Can you believe it also takes less than 10 minutes to make?
Only six ingredients create these delicious cake bites. Full of vanilla-flavored cake goodness, you won’t believe these bites are considered healthy. Plus, they’re formed into bite-sized portions, allowing you to grab just one. Talk about the perfect midday dessert to brighten your day!
Keto, low-carb, and dairy-free? This is the stuff that dreams are made of. Clocking in at only 206 calories per serving, this really is a skinny dessert! The salty sweetness from the peanut butter blends perfectly with the creamy ice cream for a delicious dessert fit for any occasion.
Make this richly indulgent muffin/cupcake hybrid without all the unhealthy ingredients or calories! This version is both vegan and gluten-free, plus it’s packed with superfood ingredients like flax seed. Secret superstars like banana and applesauce makes these treats moist and delicious!
If you’ve never used olive oil in a cake, you’re seriously missing out. The lemon pairs incredibly well with the olive oil to create an aromatic cake, and olive oil is one of the healthiest fats you can eat. This cake is even healthy enough to eat for breakfast, so don’t be afraid to grab a slice with your morning cup of coffee!
Blueberries, cranberries, and almonds walk into a bar(k). Okay, maybe that pun was lame, but this chocolate bark sure isn’t. Dark chocolate has loads of antioxidants, but when it’s paired with other superfoods in this recipe? A delicious dessert that you’ll never feel guilty about eating.
Frozen yogurt is already known to be a healthier dessert, but with a few extra ingredients, you’ll have a delicious treat. This chocolatey yogurt tastes delicious with the addition of pecans and maple syrup. Pair it with another skinny dessert for an extra indulgent treat!
Anything called a “crack bar” has to be good. Each bar is only 98 calories, so these really are super skinny desserts! Only four ingredients comprise these delicious bars, but we guarantee you’ll be making these on the regular. Oh, and did we mention they’re also Keto, sugar-free, and no-bake treats?
Who doesn’t love a good cheesecake? This recipe is the ultimate traditional cheesecake recipe. By combining Greek yogurt with cream cheese, you’ll create a decadent texture while cutting down on the calories. Topped with fresh strawberries, and this no-bake dessert is done in a flash!
Yes, hummus can be a dessert! By blending up a few kitchen staples in a food processor or blender, you suddenly have a delicious dip. At only 134 calories per serving, this sweet treat pairs well with fruit and is even healthy enough to have as a midday snack!
Yes, cookies can actually be considered skinny without tasting like cardboard. Shocking, I know! By using whole wheat flour, and old-fashioned oats, you get plenty of healthy carbs and fiber. Cranberries are full of antioxidants, and walnuts supply healthy fats and brain-boosting benefits!
A pavlova is essentially a meringue cake filled with cream and fruit. Gonestly, what more do I need to say? Meringue is already well-known as a skinny dessert recipe since it’s low in carbs and fat, but paired with plenty of fresh berries and a dab of cream and you have a treat worth indulging in!
What says “Happy Holidays” more than gingerbread cookies? This lightened-up version will give you all the comforting taste of gingerbread cookies without the calories. Comprised of 100% clean ingredients, your friends and family will never suspect they’re supposed to be healthy!
Almost like an ice cream granola cup, this recipe is great for a small bite of something sweet. Crunchy on the bottom, creamy and smooth on the top: These little snacks really are the perfect bite. Plus, there’s only one tablespoon of honey added for sweetness—the rest comes naturally from the fruit!
Just because desserts are healthy doesn’t mean they have to taste healthy. These pots de creme feel utterly sinful, but they’re actually a lightened-up version of the French classic. Made with almond milk and dark chocolate, this skinny dessert recipe will satisfy any sweet craving without destroying your diet!
When you’re looking for a grab-and-go dessert that even the kiddos will like, this recipe is bound to quickly become a staple in your baking rotation. Combining peanut butter cups with cereal makes this crunchy snack bar perfect for families everywhere. Plus, it’s easy to pack in a lunchbox!
18. S’mores Parfait
S’mores turned into a tasty parfait, all done in five minutes? Yes, please! Starting your day with a dessert is always a great idea, and you can do that with this recipe since it’s made with Greek yogurt, protein powder, and graham crackers! Adding a bit of chocolate and marshmallows really sets this skinny dessert recipe up for success.
Give your oven a rest with these deliciously healthy no-bake cookies. After mixing together a few simple ingredients, simply drop these cookies onto wax paper and let them set-up and dry. These cookies also are vegan and gluten-free, proving that lightened-up dessert recipes can still taste amazing!
Cake feels indulgent no matter which way you slice it (pun somewhat intended). So, why not bake this Paleo version of a fall classic? Blended cashews create the creamy center, and a mix of almond and tapioca flour create the cakey texture of the roll. It’s a bit more of a technical bake, but this cake roll is worth the additional effort.
Nothing beats a classic lemon bar, and this vegan version uses cashews and coconut milk with plenty of lemon to create a creamy texture with a citrus punch. Layer it over a shortbread made with maple syrup and you have the perfect dessert to brighten up your day!
There’s no shame in admitting you like pumpkin spice (I mean honestly, who doesn’t?). Unfortunately, we all know how ridiculously unhealthy and sugary those lattes are. Make your own version with all the flavor and without the sugar crash later. Non-dairy and completely comforting!
Muffins should be a healthy breakfast treat, but usually fall into the “dessert” category because of all the added fat and sugar. These orange and carrot spice muffins, however, are definitely healthy! Even though they taste like carrot cake, these muffins will give you plenty of energy to get through the day.
Everybody loves Girl Scout cookies, and samoas are a fan-favorite. This version is much healthier than the counterpart classic and only uses four ingredients! Simply blend it in the food processor and toss it in the oven to bake. Vegan, gluten-free, and Paleo-friendly—what more could you ask for?
Even candy can have a healthy twist! By using agar agar, this snack takes on the jelly-like consistency of gummy treats. Paired with coconut milk and fresh orange juice, that creamsicle flavor is packed into one tiny bite. Make this and you won’t go back to buying candy from the store again!
Skinny dessert recipes don’t have to taste bland, and they don’t have to be boring. Any meal plan can include the occasional sweet treat, right? Impress everyone with your new arsenal of delicious recipes that don’t sacrifice flavor. Just remember to keep your portions under control so you can have your cake and eat it, too!