25 Skinny Dessert Recipes

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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.

25 Skinny Dessert Recipes

1. 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

We’re starting simple with these 4-ingredient peanut butter cookies, but rest assured they are just as delicious as they are easy to make! See for yourself!

2. Vegan Chocolate Strawberry Coconut-Butter Cups

This chocolate covered strawberry and peanut butter cup hybrid will send your taste buds soaring! 1 serving of this sweet treat is less than 200 calories!

3. Healthy Zucchini Bread

What if we told you that you can have your vegetables and your dessert at the same time? This healthy zucchini bread can serve as a breakfast meal replacement or an after dinner dessert. Your choice!

4. Chocolate Hazelnut and Berry Puff Pastry Tart

This dessert is a masterpiece in appearance and flavor! Show off your chef skills at the next bake sale with this chocolate hazelnut and berry puff pastry tart.

5. Oil-Free Chocolate Muffins

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!

6. Vegan Caramel Apple Parfait

If you’re a parfait aficionado, this is a must-try! You can’t go wrong when you combine caramel with apple… you just can’t! At only 259 calories per serving, this recipe is perfect for Sunday brunch or dessert!

7. Superfood Chocolate Bark

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.

8. Grandma’s Applesauce Spice Cake

This tasty, moist cake was made for clean-eaters! Swapping out refined ingredients for whole ingredients can turn any “bad” dessert, good!

9. Banana Pudding Ice Cream

3-Ingredient Banana Pudding Ice Cream

If you’re lactose intolerant, don’t scroll past this one! It’s dairy free, but it won’t taste like it! All it takes is 3 simple, healthy ingredients: bananas, almond milk, and walnuts! Add this one to the Summer time “to-try” list!

10. Panko Crusted Brownie Pie

Indulge in this brownie pie, that comes in at less than 400 calories per serving! It offers all of the taste and textures that you love about traditional brownies, but is made with clean ingredients!

11. Triple Chocolate Berry Cheesecake

Chocolate and cheesecake? Yes, please! Each serving contains 10 grams of protein and is only 383 calories. Considering how tasty this one is, the calorie count is well worth it (in our humble opinion at least.)

12. Oatmeal, Cranberry, and Walnut Cookies

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!

13. Slow Cooker Bananas Foster

Bananas are so sweet, they’re basically a dessert in their natural form. Throw some honey and a few other simple ingredients into a crockpot, and it takes them to a whole other level!

14. Ginger Spice Cookies

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!

15. Yam Balls with Coconut and Pecans

Yams and pecans scream, “It’s Autumn!” Throw some coconut into the mix and all of a sudden your tastebuds think summertime! No matter what time of year it is, this recipe will steal the show!

16. Glazed Coconut Lime Cupcakes

Transport yourself to Key West without ever leaving your kitchen! These glazed lime coconut cupcakes are light, sweet, and refreshing! Bring a batch to the next backyard cookout and watch them fly off the tray!

17. 3-Ingredient Coconut Mango Ice Cream

Speaking of summertime and the islands, this coconut mango ice cream will fit right in! Blend up some coconut milk, mango, & honey and dive in!

18. Flourless Peach Cobbler

We’ve put a healthy spin on everybody’s favorite cobbler by replacing white flour with coconut flour, and white sugar with coconut sugar. This recipe has way fewer calories per serving than traditional cobbler so you can enjoy it without blowing your diet!

19. Honey Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

You’ll never believe that these cupcakes are 100% sugar free, but we promise that they are! If you’re looking for another low calorie, light & airy treat to satisfy your sweet cravings, these honey cupcakes with vanilla frosting will do the trick!

20. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

As the air begins to cool, our needs for sweet, comforting desserts heat up! This chocolate chip pumpkin bread will allow you to enjoy your favorite flavors of Fall without sacrificing your fitness goals.

21. Peanut Butter Swirl Fudge

You can sink your teeth into these tasty little morsels in just 20 minutes! The only thing better about a quick treat like this is how fantastic it tastes!

22. Skinny Pumpkin Spiced Latte

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!

23. Classic Lemon Bars

Not a chocolate lover? No worries! These sweet and tangy lemon bars can cure that sweet tooth and help you stay on track. They’re light and bright, unlike other lemon bar recipes out there.

24. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Apple Bites

For years, fruit has been used as a primary ingredient in dessert recipes all over the world. It probably has something to do with the fact that it doesn’t take much to improve the fruity flavors. For instance, this recipe utilizes some semi-sweet chocolate, natural peanut butter, and healthy granola for one totally scrumptious (and simple) dessert!

25. Vegan No-Bake Cookie Dough Bars

No-Bake Chocolate-Covered Cookie Dough Bars (Vegan, Plant Based)

We’ve all stuck a spoon in the raw cookie dough before. There’s no sense in denying it, it’s the best! So why not make a dessert that allows you to eat cookie dough without feeling like you’re doing something wrong? Good idea, right? Yeah, you can thank us later. 😉

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!

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