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20 Low-Fat Desserts That’ll Actually Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Think you can’t enjoy sweets while working toward the body of your dreams? Think again! With low-fat dessert recipes like these, you simply can’t lose.

It goes without saying that when you eat dessert, you want to enjoy it. You want to feel it.

You want the soul-warming glow that only decadence, sweetness, and sinful deliciousness can deliver.

Not the bland, disappointing letdown of a “health food.”

If you couldn’t give a rat’s ass about your calories and macros, well, that makes things easy. Indulge away.

If you do, though, you’re faced with a dilemma: how to enjoy dessert without upheaving your meal plans?

Well, that’s where low-fat dessert recipes like these come into play.

They’re absolutely delicious — flavorful, gooey, sweet, indulgent, everything you want out of a dessert — while also being relatively low in fat and calories, which means no macro meltdown.

Enjoy!

Low-Cal Brownies

Serves 9

When you want a low-fat chocolate dessert, you can still indulge in a fudgy brownie. These are made without butter or oil, but you won’t find anything unusual.

The brownie batter is a quick blend of Greek yogurt, milk, cocoa powder, and an egg. Then there’s oats as a wholesome alternative to all-purpose flour.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

77

Calories

4 g

Protein

18 g

Carbs

2 g

Fat

Ingredients

3/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup skim milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup Truvia baking blend (or sweetener of choice)

1 large egg

1 tsp. baking powder

Pinch of salt

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Skinny Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Serves 16

Cheesecake meets lemon bars in this healthy dessert. They both use graham cracker crust, so it makes sense to combine the two for this epic low-fat cheesecake bar. And they’re easy to make.

It just requires some mixing, assembly, and time in the oven. The hardest part is waiting for them to cool down before they can be devoured.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

102

Calories

3 g

Protein

11 g

Carbs

5 g

Fat

Ingredients

5 sheets graham crackers

2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted

1 package (8 oz.) reduced-fat cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt

1/3 cup granulated sugar

Zest and juice of 1 small lemon

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 Tbsp. white whole-wheat flour

2 egg whites

1 cup fresh blueberries

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Grapefruit Yogurt Cake

Serves 2

You don’t even need a baking dish to have an amazing breakfast cake at home. This one not only tastes like grapefruit, but it’s baked and served right in the peel.

To make the large citrus into a container for the healthy cake batter, slice off the top, and scoop out the insides with a spoon. Once cooled, top with more Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

251

Calories

18 g

Protein

70 g

Carbs

10 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 whole grapefruits

1/2 cup coconut flour

1/4 cup granulated erythritol

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. salt

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt

2 large eggs

1 packed tsp. grapefruit zest

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3/4 tsp. stevia extract

1/2 tsp. natural butter flavor

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Zucchini Donuts with Vanilla Espresso Glaze

Serves 10

Donuts may seem high in fat. But if they’re baked instead of fried, each donut can have just a few grams. This low-fat donut also has zucchini in the batter for a boost of vitamins.

If you prefer a low-sugar glaze, replace some or all of the powdered sugar with vanilla protein powder.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

293

Calories

2 g

Protein

40 g

Carbs

3 g

Fat

Ingredients

Donut:

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk

2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. xanthan gum

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 cup shredded zucchini, hard packed

2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted

 

Glaze:

1 1/4 cups powdered sugar

2 Tbsp. espresso

2 tsp. vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)

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Two-Ingredient Banana Bread Cookies

Serves 16

These vegan cookies can even be turned into a gluten-free variety, but that’s not the reason to make them. Anyone who loves bananas will want to eat these, especially since you only need two kitchen staples to make the cookie dough.

To add another dimension of flavor without extra ingredients, roast the bananas and cool them down before baking. But if you do have time to consider mix-ins, try raisins, walnuts, chocolate chips, or just a splash of vanilla extract.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

60

Calories

1 g

Protein

12 g

Carbs

1 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 large bananas, mashed

2 cups gluten-free oats

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Protein Blondies

Serves 16

These healthy baked bars are studded with chocolate, so following a low-fat diet won’t feel like a sacrifice. Even with almond meal and egg yolks, they manage to have less than 5 grams of fat per square.

You can choose to cut these into larger pieces, making nine pumpkin blondies instead, and they’ll still offer great nutrition with minimal sugar and nearly 10 grams of protein apiece.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

90

Calories

5 g

Protein

9 g

Carbs

4 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 egg yolks

1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

2 scoops WHEY+ vanilla whey isolate

1/2 cup almond meal

1 cup oat flour

1/4 cup xylitol (or sweetener of choice)

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

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Low-Fat Carrot Cake with Cottage Cheese Icing

Serves 12

Carrot cake is usually served with a rich icing made from cream cheese. But in this case, it’s lightened up with cottage cheese and Greek yogurt.

Although both kinds of fresh cheese come in different milk-fat percentages, they have totally different macros. Cream cheese is the denser of the two, with over twice as many calories per serving.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

187

Calories

7 g

Protein

25 g

Carbs

7 g

Fat

Ingredients

Cake:

1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

4 large eggs

2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted

5 Tbsp. pure honey

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 Tbsp. low-fat milk

2 cups grated carrot

 

Frosting:

1 cup low-fat cottage cheese

2 Tbsp. nonfat plain Greek yogurt

2 Tbsp. pure honey

2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted

1 tsp. vanilla extract

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Chocolate-Stuffed Raspberries

Serves 4

This easy low-fat dessert is so extremely simple, you’ll be shocked you haven’t tried it before. All you need is a bowl of fresh raspberries and a bag of chocolate chips.

Even if you eat the whole pint of stuffed berries, this makes a great low-calorie sweet snack. That’s a lot of fresh fruit, but only a handful of chocolate chips – about 1/3 of a full-size chocolate bar.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

28

Calories

0 g

Protein

4 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 pint fresh raspberries

35 dark chocolate chips (about 1 1/2 Tbsp.)

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Low-Fat Mango Pudding

Serves 6

There are some puddings, like chocolate and vanilla, that you can get away with making from a box or even with whey protein powder. But when it comes to fruit flavors, you’re going to be missing out on a lot without using fresh ingredients.

This no-cook pudding has a mix of mango and Greek yogurt. To thicken it up, agar powder – derived from seaweed – is dissolved in boiling water and stirred into the pudding for a texture similar to creamy Jell-o.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

166

Calories

2 g

Protein

39 g

Carbs

1 g

Fat

Ingredients

Ingredients

1 lb. fresh mango

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar (more or less to taste)

2 tsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

1 1/4 cups lukewarm water

2 tsp. agar powder

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Deconstructed Chocolate-Dipped Apple

Serves 1

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but nobody said you have to eat it plain. This snack takes inspiration from candied apples – but without the candy. Instead there’s cacao nibs, hemp, and PB2.

For a version with no added sugar, only nutrient-dense ingredients, use unsweetened toasted coconut instead of shredded.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

195

Calories

4 g

Protein

32 g

Carbs

7 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 medium apple, cored and sliced

1/2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tsp. hemp hearts

1 1/2 tsp. sweetened shredded coconut

1 Tbsp. PB2

2 tsp. cacao nibs (or chocolate chips)

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Gooey Chocolate Pudding Cake

Serves 9

It’s hard to believe this lean chocolate cake has only a gram of fat. And if you use an alternative sweetener like erythritol, it can be sugar-free too with even fewer calories. You can actually slash them in half for about 75 calories per serving.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

159

Calories

3 g

Protein

38 g

Carbs

1 g

Fat

Ingredients

Cake:

1/2 cup granulated sugar (or erythritol)

1 cup white whole-wheat flour (or almond meal)

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/3 cup applesauce

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

 

Sauce:

1/3 cup granulated sugar (or erythritol)

1/3 cup brown sugar (or erythritol + 1/2 tsp. molasses)

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/4 cups hot water

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Chocolate Blueberry Cake

Serves 8

This may look like an ordinary chocolate cake, but there’s a surprising ingredient in place of the oil or butter. Instead of using bananas or applesauce as healthy fat substitutes, this recipe includes blueberries. That makes an amazing low-fat cake that tastes decadent, especially with a touch of balsamic vinegar.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

114

Calories

4 g

Protein

34 g

Carbs

1 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup white whole-wheat flour

6 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. ground chia seeds (or ground flax)

1/4 tsp. salt

3/4 cup water

1/2 cup blueberries

1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup date syrup (or pure maple syrup)

1 cup blueberries, for serving

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PB&J Protein Blondies

Serves 8

Turn a go-to sandwich into a sweet protein treat. With a mix of peanut butter and PB2, this healthy blondie has over twice as much protein as fat. Plus, a third of the flour has been replaced with a combo of casein and whey.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

127

Calories

10 g

Protein

13 g

Carbs

4 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup whole-wheat flour

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1 scoop vanilla casein protein powder

1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. granulated stevia (or sweetener of choice)

3 Tbsp. PB2

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. baking powder

2 large eggs

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

2/3 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup natural strawberry jam

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Plum Sponge Cake

Serves 12

A classic sponge cake only requires three ingredients: flour, eggs, and sugar. Since there’s no oil or butter, it has a lighter, somewhat springy texture.

What it’s often missing is much flavor, which is why sponge cake is either soaked in syrup (or rum) and covered in whipped cream. This recipe adds plums to the cake batter for a delicious cake, and if you want to incorporate more fresh fruit, add cherries to the filling in the middle.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

208

Calories

5 g

Protein

40 g

Carbs

4 g

Fat

Ingredients

Cake:

4 large eggs

2 Tbsp. milk

8 fresh plums, pitted and coarsely chopped

2 1/4 cups flour

1 cup granulated sugar

1 Tbsp. cornstarch

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1 Tbsp. cream of tartar

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

 

Frosting:

3 Tbsp. heavy cream

2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

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Pina Colada Ice Cream

Serves 2

Healthy banana ice cream made with whole fruit, not heavy cream, is the ultimate low-fat dessert.

Bananas are a naturally fat-free food, so if you make one-ingredient ice cream with them, you’re just eating frozen fruit. Even if you mix in coconut, as in this recipe, the healthy ice cream alternative will have only a few grams of fat per serving.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

217

Calories

3 g

Protein

38 g

Carbs

8 g

Fat

Ingredients

2 large bananas, overripe and frozen

1/4 cup canned coconut milk

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

1 tsp. unsweetened shredded coconut

Pinch of salt

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Pie Crust with Beans

Serves 12

If you want to make a low-fat pie, you need to start from the bottom up. Pastry dough is usually just flour and butter, so unless you want to go with graham cracker crust, a healthy pie requires out-of-the-box thinking.

This low-fat pie crust uses a can of beans to replace most of the fat and all of the flour, so then you just need a couple tablespoons of oil.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

52

Calories

2 g

Protein

6 g

Carbs

2 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 large can (19 oz.) white kidney beans

1/2 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. canola oil

1 Tbsp. ice water

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Baked Rice Pudding

Serves 8

There are quite a few recipes for protein rice pudding, and while they’re tasty with great macros, they don’t nail the custardy texture. For a low-fat pudding that’s rich and decadent, try this baked version.

Since it’s made in the oven instead of on the stove, the pudding develops a natural caramel flavor as the top browns.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

242

Calories

6 g

Protein

43 g

Carbs

6 g

Fat

Ingredients

4 3/4 cups + 3 Tbsp. whole milk, divided

1/2 cup rice

1 cup granulated sugar

2 Tbsp. cornstarch

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 egg yolk, beaten

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Greek Cream Cheese Panna Cotta

Serves 12

With a smart combo of Greek yogurt and cottage cheese, this creamy panna cotta only has a trace of fat.

To round out the rich flavor, top it with your favorite jam. Or get a true taste of the Mediterranean by making Greek spoon sweets, a kind of fruit preserve made from apricots, pomegranate, figs, or even watermelon rind.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

107

Calories

7 g

Protein

16 g

Carbs

2 g

Fat

Ingredients

3 envelopes unflavored gelatin (about 3 Tbsp.)

1 cup water

1/3 cup + 1 1/2 Tbsp. light cream

1 2/3 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt

7 oz. low-fat cottage cheese (or cream cheese)

3/4 cup strawberry syrup (or flavor of choice)

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Chocolate Chip Pavlovas with Raspberries & Apricots

Serves 8

Meringue is made from egg whites, so it’s great for low-fat desserts. Luckily it’s versatile and can be made into cookies, pies, or the base of an impressive dessert like a pavlova.

What makes them great is the toppings, and the sky’s the limit. Go for something that offers a different texture than the crisp meringue, like fresh fruit or creamy lemon curd.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

132

Calories

3 g

Protein

22 g

Carbs

5 g

Fat

Ingredients

3 large egg whites

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. cream of tartar

1/4 cup + 2 tsp. granulated sugar, divided

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

3 apricots, pitted and thinly sliced

6 oz. raspberries

1/4 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt

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Raw Apple Truffles

Serves 12

Most truffles are made of chocolate, butter, and heavy cream. This dessert takes things in a different direction, and you don’t have to melt anything at the stove.

Three kinds of fruit make up the base of this raw vegan dessert: apples, dates, and raisins. And instead of cocoa powder, these fat-free truffles can be coated in chopped almonds or walnuts.

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

56

Calories

1 g

Protein

15 g

Carbs

0 g

Fat

Ingredients

1 cup dried apple slices

1/2 cup pitted dates

1/2 cup raisins

1 medium apple

1/4 tsp. lemon zest

1/4 tsp. vanilla powder

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

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