37 Healthy Dessert Recipes

Low-Calorie, Low-Fat, Vegan, Gluten-Free, and More

Australian pavlova recipe

The Spruce 

Dessert is hard to resist, but it doesn't have to leave you feeling weighed down and guilty. Whether you're vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, or just looking for a healthy option to serve after your next meal, these healthy desserts are sure to please.

  • 01 of 37

    Raspberry Frozen Yogurt Pops

    Raspberry frozen pop recipe

    ​The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    Made with raspberries and Skyr yogurt, an Icelandic yogurt that is low-fat and high protein, this creamy frozen yogurt pop is a deliciously flavorful and healthy treat. A dip in dark chocolate and nuts makes them pretty enough for a party.

  • 02 of 37

    Apple Phyllo Pie

    Apple Phyllo
    The Spruce

    Classic apple pie is made using a double crust, making it carb-heavy and high in fat. This phyllo pie is flaky, sweet, and perfectly spiced, and much healthier than the traditional version.

  • 03 of 37

    Heavenly Gluten-Free Buckwheat Crêpes

    Gluten free buckwheat crepes

    The Spruce

    Made with buckwheat flour, these classic crepes are gluten-free and perfectly delicious. The thin pancake is ideal for serving with ripe berries, low-sugar jam, or a little butter and a sprinkle of sugar.

  • 04 of 37

    Colorful Fruit Kebabs With Vanilla Lime Yogurt Dip

    Colorful fruit kebobs recipe

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Kids will love this healthy but festive dessert. Perfect for cookouts and parties, fruit kebabs make eating fruit fun. Serve with a creamy and lightly sweet yogurt dip.

    Continue to 5 of 37 below.
  • 05 of 37

    Vegan Chocolate Sorbet

    Low calorie vegan chocolate sorbet recipe

    The Spruce / Andrea Livingston

    Chocolate sorbet is the ultimate secret weapon. Stash it in your fridge and grab it when a chocolate craving hits. It's vegan and low-fat but still creamy and decadent.

  • 06 of 37

    Low-Fat, Low-Calorie Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

    Low calorie vegan oatmeal cookies

    The Spruce

    Mashed, ripe banana is the key to these chewy vegan oatmeal cookies. Use your favorite dried fruit and nuts to customize the recipe. Since the dough doesn't contain oil or butter, don't forget the parchment paper.

  • 07 of 37

    Low-Fat Vegan Vanilla Pudding

    Low fat vegan vanilla pudding

    ​The Spruce Eats / Emily Hawkes

    You don't need eggs to make homemade pudding. Vegan vanilla pudding is made using just a few simple ingredients: soy milk, sugar, vanilla, and cornstarch. Add a drizzle of chocolate ganache or some fresh berries if desired.

  • 08 of 37

    Angel Food Cake

    Angel Food Cake

    Kristina Vanni 

    Angel food cake is a classic low-fat dessert. The pillowy, light-as-a-feather cake is made using egg whites and is free of butter and oil. It's often served with fresh berries or a berry compote for a light, summery dessert.

    Continue to 9 of 37 below.
  • 09 of 37

    Tofu Cheesecake

    Tofu Cheesecake

     Kristina Vanni

    Silken tofu is often used in desserts since it mimics creamy ingredients like cream cheese or whipped cream when puréed. It makes a silky base for this vegan cheesecake along with raw cashews.

  • 10 of 37

    Fat-Free Pumpkin-Apple Angel Bars

    Fat free pumpkin apple angel bars recipe

    The Spruce / Nita West

    Made with only a few ingredients, these pumpkin-apple angel bars are a cinch to whip up. The light and airy bars are a great way to use up that can of pumpkin purée and extra applesauce.

  • 11 of 37

    Mini Chocolate Caramel Apples

    chocolate caramel mini apples
    Samantha Merritt

    One way to make desserts healthier is to make smaller servings. For this festive treat, mini apples are dipped in melted caramel before a quick coating of chocolate. The caramel apples are lovely at a fall party.

  • 12 of 37

    Vegan Strawberry Sorbet

    Fat free vegan strawberry sorbet

    The Spruce Eats / Emily Hawkes

    Turn great summer strawberries into something even greater—strawberry sorbet. The ice-cold, creamy treat is dairy-free and low-calorie, so you can enjoy dessert without the guilt.

    Continue to 13 of 37 below.
  • 13 of 37

    Carrot Cake With Pineapple

    Carrot cake with pineapple

    The Spruce

    Carrot cake is always a healthier cake option since it contains veggies and often dried fruit and nuts. The beautifully moist, spiced cake also tastes great with sweet pineapple. Leave off the frosting and dust with powdered sugar for a lighter dessert.

  • 14 of 37

    Watermelon Granita

    watermelon granita

    Leah Maroney 

    Three simple ingredients—fresh watermelon, lime juice, and sugar—are all you need to make a refreshing granita. Freeze and scrape to create a slushie-like dessert that's perfect for a hot summer day.

  • 15 of 37

    Yogurt Panna Cotta With Figs and Honey

    Yogurt Panna Cotta with Figs and Honey

    The Spruce

    Panna cotta is a creamy, sweet dessert that's enhanced by tangy Greek yogurt and goat cheese. It's lighter than most puddings and gluten-free. Serve with a drizzle of honey and fresh figs, if you have them.

  • 16 of 37

    Banana Ice Cream

    Banana Ice Cream

    Kristina Vanni 

    Did you know you can make creamy, sweet ice cream with just one healthy ingredient? Frozen bananas are transformed into an ice-cold dessert with the help of a food processor. There's no added sugar, eggs, or heavy cream.

    Continue to 17 of 37 below.
  • 17 of 37

    Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

    cheesecake stuffed strawberries

     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    While cheesecake isn't exactly diet food, you can enjoy all of the flavors of the classic dessert in cute berry form with cheesecake-stuffed strawberries. There's no baking required, and with a higher fruit-to-cake ratio and small serving size, it's a much lighter option.

  • 18 of 37

    Low-Fat Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Low-Fat Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

     The Spruce

    With half the amount of butter and a single egg white, these double chocolate chip cookies have half the fat of a typical cookie without sacrificing flavor and texture.

  • 19 of 37

    Thai Mango Sticky Rice Dessert (Khao Niaow Ma Muang)

    Mango Sticky Rice

    The Spruce

    Mango sticky rice is a favorite Thai dessert that's fun to eat. Naturally vegan and gluten-free, the coconut-flavored sweet rice is a natural pair for ripe mango.

  • 20 of 37

    New Zealand Pavlova

    Australian pavlova recipe

    The Spruce 

    Pavlova is a popular dish in New Zealand and Australia, and it happens to be low in calories. A base of crisp and tender meringue is topped with fluffy whipped cream and plenty of juicy fruit. It's also naturally gluten-free.

    Continue to 21 of 37 below.
  • 21 of 37

    Whole Grain Jewish Apple Cake (Pareve)

    Jewish apple cake

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    Classic apple cake is given a nutritional upgrade with whole wheat flour. Moist and fluffy, no one will know the difference. It makes a lovely dessert or addition to a brunch spread.

  • 22 of 37

    Rice Krispie Sprinkle Bites

    Rice Krispie Sprinkle Bites
    Leah Maroney

    Rice Krispie treats, or marshmallow squares, are on the lighter end of kid-friendly desserts. These sprinkle bites transform them into fun truffle-like treats, and portion control while they're at it. Try serving at a kid's party.

  • 23 of 37

    Vegan Pumpkin Pudding

    Vegan pumpkin pudding recipe

    The Spruce

    Pumpkin pudding is a deliciously easy dessert that has all of the flavors of pumpkin pie without the long bake time. Try topping with a sprinkle of crumbled gingersnaps or amaretti cookies.

  • 24 of 37

    Easy Mixed Berry Dessert Sauce

    Berry sauce

     The Spruce 

    A ruby-red berry sauce is all it takes to make a cup of frozen yogurt, vanilla pudding, or angel food cake extra special. This sauce can be made with fresh or frozen berries, so enjoy it all year long.

    Continue to 25 of 37 below.
  • 25 of 37

    Sauteed Pears With Yogurt, Honey and Pistachios

    Sauteed Pears with Yogurt, Honey and Pistachios
    Anita Schecter

    For a quick and easy dessert, grab some ripe pears, yogurt, and honey. Refined sugar and gluten-free, sweet sautéed pears pair perfectly with the tart and creamy yogurt. A sprinkling of pistachios adds nutty crunch.

  • 26 of 37

    Baked Olive Oil Doughnuts

    Baked olive oil doughnuts

    The Spruce

    These doughnuts are baked instead of fried and tossed in heart-healthy olive oil and cinnamon-sugar instead of butter or icing. They're a decadent treat that's decidedly lighter than your average doughnut.

  • 27 of 37

    Easy Fat-Free Vegan Watermelon Popsicles

    Easy fat free vegan watermelon popsicles recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Emily Hawkes

    All you really need to make an icy, sweet treat is a few cups of seeded watermelon and popsicle molds. Free of added sugar, a little vanilla extract or lime juice add nice flavor to these popsicles.

  • 28 of 37

    Apple Crisp With Brown Sugar Oat Topping

    Apple crisp for two

    The Spruce

    Crumbles and crisps are a healthier dessert option thanks to a big dose of naturally sweet fruit. Adjust the sugar in this apple crisp recipe, swap the flour for whole wheat, or use vegan butter to make it even healthier.

    Continue to 29 of 37 below.
  • 29 of 37

    No-Bake Yogurt and Cool Whip Pie

    Cool whip pie recipe

    The Spruce / Emily Hawkes

    Creamy cheesecakes and pudding pies tend to be loaded with sugar and fat, but this no-bake yogurt pie is a lovely lighter option. It comes together in minutes and you can use whatever flavor yogurt you like. Top with fresh fruit.

  • 30 of 37

    Sugar-Free Vegan Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, and Banana Cookies

    Sugar-Free Vegan Peanut Butter, Oatmeal and Banana Cookies

     Claire Cohen

    Refined sugar-free, these oatmeal cookies are flavored with peanut butter, banana, and maple syrup. You can swap the maple syrup for a sugar-free liquid sweetener if desired.

  • 31 of 37

    Super Moist Vegan Carrot Cake

    Vegan Carrot Cake

    The Spruce

    This flavorful and moist vegan carrot cake is delightful when paired with a cup of tea or coffee. Serve without frosting for a heathier treat, or top with vegan cream cheese frosting for a special occasion.

  • 32 of 37

    Black Sesame Pudding

    Black sesame pudding

    The Spruce

    A classic Asian dessert, black sesame pudding is nutty, sweet, and creamy. It's also low-fat, vegan, and gluten-free. The beautiful dark color is sure to impress any dinner guests.

    Continue to 33 of 37 below.
  • 33 of 37

    Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Pie

    Gluten free vegan pumpkin pie

    The Spruce / Ulyana Verbytska

    Soy milk and cornstarch are swapped for dairy and eggs in this vegan pumpkin pie. With a gluten-free pie crust, you'll satisfy everyone's dietary restrictions while still enjoying a delicious dessert.

  • 34 of 37

    Tapioca Flour Crepes

    Gluten free tapioca flour crepes recipe

    The Spruce / Andrea Livingston

    These light and fluffy crepes are made with tapioca flour, making them gluten-free. Fill them with a thin layer of dark chocolate and fresh fruit and, if desired, top with coconut whipped cream.

  • 35 of 37

    Peach Sorbet

    Peach sorbet

    Leah Maroney 

    Ripe, sweet peaches, lemonade, and sugar are all you need to make this frozen treat. Peach sorbet doesn't even require an ice cream maker. Simply mix it up in a blender and freeze.

  • 36 of 37

    Easy Roasted Rhubarb

    Roasted rhubarb recipe

    The Spruce

    Roasted rhubarb is a traditional British dessert that's sometimes used to top rice pudding or served with creamy custards. It's also nice with a little vanilla yogurt or simply served as-is.

    Continue to 37 of 37 below.
  • 37 of 37

    Blueberry Yogurt Cake

    easy blueberry yogurt cake
    Diana Rattray

    Yogurt replaces much of the oil in this bundt cake recipe and adds great flavor and moisture. Studded with blueberries, this yogurt cake is a tasty dessert or sweet brunch dish.