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21 Low-Calorie Desserts

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Love a dessert? Make these low calorie desserts that won’t break your diet. Especially useful if you’re counting your calories!

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Are you trying to lose weight? If so, you’re likely trying to stay away from those pesky desserts.

That’s because desserts can be a minefield of calories. And all those extra calories aren’t good for swimsuit season.

But let’s face it: sometimes fruit just won’t cut it. And at times like this, you want a dessert that will keep you on track with your weight loss goals.

That’s why I’ve put together this list of 21 Low-Calorie Desserts. They’re not only decadent but low in calories too.

So, you can literally have your cake – and eat it too. Yay!

1. 5-Ingredient Cashew Energy Balls

5-Ingredient Cashew Energy Balls

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We’ve all suffered the dreaded afternoon slump at work. You know – that time in the afternoon when you’re trying your best not to nap at your computer.

At times like this, you need a little boost of energy. My 5-Ingredient Cashew Energy Balls are great for those slumps.

They’re nutty and naturally sweetened with shredded coconut and dates. The dates provide a nice boost of carbs that fuel your body.

And at the same time, they’re rich in fiber. So, you don’t get the roller coaster of a sugar high, followed by a sugar low.

Dates are also good for your brain. That’s because they contain antioxidants that may reduce inflammation in the brain.

What’s more, dates are also good for your bones. That’s because they contain several bone-building minerals, including magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium.

Besides using dates in these energy balls, you can use them in salad dressings and marinades. You can even blend them into your morning oatmeal and smoothies. If you’d like to get some, you can get some here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 58
  • Fats: 3.7g
  • Protein: 1.2g
  • Carbs: 6.1g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 3.9g

Recipe

2. Keto Strawberry Mousse

Keto Strawberry Mousse

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Are you looking for an airy, fluffy dessert? Then you’ll enjoy this Keto Strawberry Mousse.

It’s fluffy, light, and full of fresh strawberries. So, it makes for the perfect summer dessert.

After all, who can resist the taste of fresh strawberries?

Besides being tasty, strawberries are good for you too. They’re rich in immune-boosting Vitamin C.

They even contain potassium which is essential for healthy blood pressure. So, eat up those strawberries.

Making this mousse is pretty easy. Place your chopped strawberries and sugar-free vanilla extract into a blender, and blend until smooth.

This blender should handle the mousse quite easily. Not only is it great for blending, but it can also blast ice into snow in seconds.

Next, place some Cool Whip in a bowl, and add your strawberry mixture and instant gelatin. Stir well with a spatula.

Finally, place in the fridge to cool.

Like it fancy? Feel free to pipe your mousse using a piping bag.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 51
  • Fats: 3.3g
  • Protein: 0.4g
  • Carbs: 5.7g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Sugar: 4.6g

Recipe

3. Watermelon Pizza

Watermelon Pizza

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And talking about summer, who doesn’t love fresh watermelon – especially when it’s blazing hot outside?

This Watermelon Pizza takes watermelon to a whole other level.

Fresh watermelon slices are topped with mascarpone cheese, strawberries slices, mint, and balsamic glaze.

So, you get a nice combination of sweet, salty, and tangy. Who knew healthy eating could taste this good?

And it’s so easy to make, you could even get your kids to help you.

Besides being delicious, watermelons are nutritious too. They contain lots of water, which makes them really hydrating.

On top of it, they contain Vitamins A and C, which are essential for a healthy immune system. They also contain lycopene which may lower inflammation.

What’s more, watermelon juice contains citrulline, which may reduce muscle soreness. So, this dessert can help you recover after a workout. Sweet!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 69
  • Fats: 3g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbs: 9g
  • Fiber:
  • Sugar: 7g

Recipe

4. Strawberry Chia Pudding

Strawberry Chia Pudding

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Are you more of a pudding lover? Then my Strawberry Chia Pudding is a great option.

It’s sweet, fruity, and juicy. And the chia seeds add extra texture, as well as nutrition.

They are rich in brain-boosting omega-3s. They are also good for your bones.

That’s because they contain a ton of calcium, phosphorus, manganese, and magnesium.

Besides using chia seeds in puddings, you can also add them to your porridge and smoothies. If you’d like to get some, you can get some here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 250
  • Fats: 8.2g
  • Protein: 5.7g
  • Carbs: 40g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Sugar: 21g

Recipe

5. Easy Frozen Yogurt Fruit Pops

Easy Frozen Yogurt Fruit Pops

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Need a frozen treat to cool down? I’ve got you covered.

These Frozen Yogurt Fruit Pops are creamy, delicious, and good for you too. That’s because you’re using only healthy ingredients.

These include grass-fed vanilla yogurt and frozen/fresh blueberries and strawberries. Grass-fed yogurt is better than standard yogurt because it has more omega-3s.

Don’t have access to grass-fed yogurt? Not a problem- standard yogurt will work just fine.

Making these fruit pops is so easy. Just alternate layering the yogurt with the berries until your popsicle molds are full. Then add your popsicle holder.

I like these popsicle molds because they don’t contain harmful BPA plastics. And they come with a special brush that makes cleaning easy.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 99
  • Fats: 1g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbs: 18g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 16g

Recipe

6. Healthy Peanut Butter Blondies

Healthy Peanut Butter Blondies

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Time for some Healthy Peanut Butter Blondies. Yes, I know … you’re probably screaming at me that Peanut Butter Blondies are definitely not good for you.

But hear me out – these ones are good for you. That’s because you’re using chickpeas instead of flour.

So, you’re getting plenty of plant-based protein and fiber to boot. And these Peanut Butter Blondies actually taste good too.

They’re delicious, moist, gooey, and chocolatey – you won’t believe there are chickpeas in there!

Making them is a piece of cake. Place all your ingredients, except the chocolate chips, in a high-quality, high-speed blender like a Vitamix for a really smooth consistency. If that’s not possible, that’s okay: you can use a food processor like this as well.

Blend until smooth. Then add your chocolate chips.

Next, spread your mixture onto a grease baking pan, spreading evenly. Finally, add some more chocolate chips and sea salt before baking for about 30 minutes.

Easy peasy!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 193
  • Fats: 8g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbs: 24.9g
  • Fiber: 2.6g
  • Sugar: 14.2g

Recipe

7. Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

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Looking for a dessert that you – and your kids will love? These Banana Oatmeal Cookies are a great option.

They’re gooey and chocolatey. And the bananas add natural sweetness, while the oats add texture and extra nutrition.

Oats provide a boatload of manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. So, they’re great for your bones.

They also contain beta-glucan fibers, which feed your good bacteria and keep you full. So, they help you lose weight. Yay!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 79
  • Fats: 2g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbs: 15g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 8g

Recipe

8. Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars

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Did someone say Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars? You had me at chocolate…and peanut butter…and crunch bars.

They’re crispy, and the combination of chocolate and peanut butter is so divine – it’s a match made in foodie heaven.

All you need to make these yummy morsels are 5 ingredients. You’ll need rice cereal, creamy peanut butter, maple syrup, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract.

So, you can whip these babies up whenever your cravings hit.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 252
  • Fats: 3g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Carbs: 31g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Sugar: 12g

Recipe

9. Microwave Chocolate Banana Mug Cake

Microwave Chocolate Banana Mug Cake

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Sometimes you just need to have some chocolate cake. So, you go ahead and make it.

You promise yourself you’ll just have one slice. But, before you know it, you’ve eaten nearly all of it – in one day.

That’s where this Microwave Chocolate Banana Mug Cake comes in handy. It’s great for portion control, and it tastes yummy too.

It’s chocolatey, moist, and cakey. Yet, it doesn’t use any flour.

So, you can eat it even if you have gluten allergies. Now, that’s what I’m talking about.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 236
  • Fats: 7g
  • Protein: 10g
  • Carbs: 44g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sugar: 22g

Recipe

10. Kefir Ice Cream

Kefir Ice Cream

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Is it boiling outside? Cool down with some Kefir Ice Cream.

It’s creamy, refreshing, and so flavorful. You’ll think you’re cheating on your diet.

But you’re not. In fact, one serving contains only 48 calories.

Compare that to the 137 calories that are in one serving of regular ice cream.

So, you can go back for seconds and not feel guilty. What’s more, it’s good for you too.

That’s because it’s made with kefir. Kefir is rich in calcium and Vitamin K2, which are essential for strong bones.

Kefir also contains probiotics that feed the good bacteria in your gut. So, it’s good for your digestion.

Making this Kefir Ice Cream is very easy. Just put some plain kefir, honey, and fresh/frozen berries in your food processor and blend.

Then add your mixture to an ice cream maker, following the instructions for your ice cream maker. Serve immediately.

Don’t have an ice cream maker? You can get a high-quality one at a very affordable price here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 48
  • Fats: 1g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbs: 7g
  • Fiber:
  • Sugar: 7g

Recipe

11. No-Bake Brownie Bites

No-Bake Brownie Bites

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Craving brownies? Have these No-Bake Brownie Bites instead.

They’re soft, chocolatey, and full of nuts and coconut. Best of all, they are no-bake treats too.

What I love most about them is that they use all-natural ingredients. You’ll be using walnuts, almonds, Medjool dates, unsweetened shredded coconut, as well as unsweetened cocoa powder.

And to add extra sweetness, you will be using maple syrup. Maple syrup is a healthier alternative to sugar.

In fact, one tablespoon provides 33% of your daily manganese needs. So, it’s good for your bones.

It also contains at least 24 different antioxidants. When buying maple syrup, it is essential to read the labels carefully.

That way, you’re getting real maple syrup like this instead of simply maple-flavored syrup.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 194
  • Fats: 15.6g
  • Protein: 1.9g
  • Carbs: 15.2g
  • Fiber: 2.6g
  • Sugar: 11.2g

Recipe

12. Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

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Do you want to enjoy Reese Peanut Butter Cups without the dairy? These Vegan Peanut Butter Cups are a great option.

They taste just like Reese Peanut Butter Cups. I bet you can’t have just one!

Good thing that one cup contains only 1 gram of sugar. Yay!

The reason they’re so low in sugar is that you’re using Swerve Confectioner’s sweetener. Swerve is a natural sweetener that doesn’t leave a bitter aftertaste in your mouth.

Besides using it in your baking, you can use it in your sauces or beverages. If you’d like to give it a try, you can get some here.

What’s more, these Vegan Peanut Butter Cups freeze quite well. In fact, they last up to 2 months.

So, you can store them and munch on them whenever you want.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 90
  • Fats: 8g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbs: 5g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 1g

Recipe

13. Tropical Protein Ice Cream

Tropical Protein Ice Cream

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Looking to treat yourself after a good workout? Have some of this Tropical Protein Ice Cream.

It’s creamy and full of Island flavors. That’s because it contains frozen pineapple, bananas, mango, and unsweetened coconut milk.

But it is also packed with protein. So, even your personal trainer would approve it.

What’s more, it contains Vitamins A and C, which are essential for a healthy immune system.

To make it high in protein, you be adding vanilla protein powder. I recommend this one here.

In addition to containing 24 grams of protein per serving, it also contains branch-chain amino acids. These are amino acids that support recovery after your workout.

Want your ice cream vegan? You can use this vegan vanilla protein powder instead.

It is not only rich in protein but rich in fiber too. So, it really fills you up.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 140
  • Fats: 2g
  • Protein: 11g
  • Carbs: 24g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 16g

Recipe

14. Honey Yogurt Fruit Dip

Honey Yogurt Fruit Dip

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We’re all so busy. With work, school, kids, or all three – it’s so easy to let our romantic lives die down.

So, it’s nice to have a date night-in to rekindle the flames. And you can’t have a date night without dessert, right?

This Honey Yogurt Fruit Dip is sure to satisfy you and your sweetie. It’s creamy, smooth, delicious, and tangy – perfect for dipping your fruits in.

All you need to make it are 3 ingredients: Greek yogurt, honey, and lemon zest. To make it, place all your ingredients in a bowl, and blend well.

Then cover, and chill it in the fridge. Serve with your favorite fruits.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 39
  • Fats: 1g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbs: 8g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 7g

Recipe

15. Vegan Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Vegan Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

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Need another dessert option for date night? These Vegan Chocolate-Covered Strawberries are a great option.

They look so elegant that you won’t want to eat them. They’re that pretty!

But you’ll be so glad that when you eat them – they’re so delicious. The sweetness of the fresh strawberries and vegan white chocolate balances the bitterness of the dark chocolate.

And the chopped almonds, shredded coconut, and cocoa nibs add a nice texture. Your date will feel so special.

Want to ramp up the romance? Serve your chocolate-covered strawberries on some fancy dinner platters.

These dinner platters here are fancy yet durable. You can put them in the microwave, freezer, dishwasher, or even oven, and not worry about them breaking.

Now that’s how I like to roll.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 194
  • Fats: 13g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbs: 17g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 12g

Recipe

16. Tofu Chocolate Mousse

Tofu Chocolate Mousse

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Time for some Tofu Chocolate Mousse. Yes, you read that right – mousse made with tofu.

And it totally works. The tofu adds an excellent base, while the chickpea liquid adds a fluffy, rich texture.

Meanwhile, the sweetness of the dates complements the bitterness of the dark chocolate. You would never guess this mousse is vegan.

Besides adding an excellent base for the mousse, tofu is quite nutritious. It is one of the few complete sources of plant-based protein.

So, it contains all the amino acids that your body needs. It is also a great source of bone-building minerals like manganese and calcium.

So, eat up that Tofu Chocolate Mousse!

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 129
  • Fats: 4g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbs: 17g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 7g

Recipe

17. Healthy Edible Chickpea Cookie Dough

Healthy Edible Chickpea Cookie Dough

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Ah, cookie dough. Didn’t you just love sneaking in some cookie dough as a kid?

But unfortunately, cookie dough is full of fattening ingredients such as butter and sugar.

Not to mention raw eggs. So, it’s not safe to eat.

This cookie dough is so tasty. It’s creamy, chocolatey, and doesn’t taste like chickpeas at all.

You’ll be licking your spoon (or fingers) clean. And it takes just 10 minutes to make.

As an added bonus, it’s also gluten-free. That’s because you’re using oat flour and almond flour.

Oat flour is made from oats. Oats are full of bone-building minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium.

They’re also rich in iron which keeps your energy levels up.

Even though oats are naturally gluten-free, they may be contaminated with gluten. This happens when they’re harvested and processed in the same facility that processes other grains that contain gluten.

So to make sure your oat flour is gluten-free, use certified gluten-free oat flour like this.

Almond flour is pretty nutritious too. Like oatmeal flour, it contains tons of bone-building minerals.

And it is an excellent source of Vitamin E. So, it’s great for your skin. If you’d like to get some almond flour, you can find some here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 208
  • Fats: 10g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Carbs: 24g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 9g

Recipe

18. Brownie Batter Hummus

Brownie Batter Hummus

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Looking for another unconventional dessert? Try this Brownie Batter Hummus.

It’s brownie batter made with, you guessed it – chickpeas! And it tastes so good.

It’s creamy, not too sweet, yet full of chocolatey goodness. Yay!

All it takes to make it is 10 minutes. Just place your ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.

This hummus, ahem, brownie batter hummus, is great just the way it is. But if you want, you can top it with chocolate chips for even more chocolatey goodness.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 97
  • Fats: 5g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbs: 14g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 7g

Recipe

19. Salted Caramel Protein Bliss Bites

Salted Caramel Protein Bliss Bites

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After a stressful day at work, you just want to relax. And gorge on something sweet.

These Salted Caramel Protein Bliss Bites are perfect for times like this. They’re sweet and full of coconut and caramel flavors.

What’s more – they only contain 88 calories. So, you can have more than two yet still be able to squeeze into your skinny jeans.

But since they’re full of protein, you can be satisfied with just one.

To make them high in protein, you’ll be using protein powder. However, you can totally skip the protein powder if you want – they’ll still taste delicious.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 88
  • Fats: 2g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 15g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 12g

Recipe

20. Pomegranate Dark Chocolate Bites

Pomegranate Dark Chocolate Bites

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Are you more of a chocolate lover? These Pomegranate Dark Chocolate Bites are for you.

They look and taste amazing. The red pomegranate seeds make them look so festive.

They would make perfect desserts for Christmas or even Valentine’s day.

But don’t let their elegance fool you. They take only 13 minutes to make – but your guests or sweetie will think you slaved over them.

All it takes to make them are 3 ingredients: pomegranate seeds, sea salt, and high-quality dark chocolate like this.

The pomegranate seeds add sweetness and tartness. So, they balance out the bitterness of the dark chocolate.

Pomegranate seeds are also surprisingly nutritious. They’re rich in Vitamin E and magnesium.

They even contain unique fatty acids called punicic acid. Punicic acid may reduce inflammation and even promote weight loss.

Pomegranate seeds may be harder to find at your grocery store. So, if you’re having trouble finding them there, you can get some here.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 98
  • Fats: 4g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbs: 14g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 11g

Recipe

21. No-Bake Cheesecake for One

No-Bake Cheesecake for One

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I am a big fan of cheesecake, as I’m sure many of you are. But, I’m not a fan of how long it takes to make it.

Your classic cheesecake won’t be ready for several hours. If you’re lucky, you’ll have it ready in 2 hours.

This No-Bake Cheesecake takes only 5 minutes to make. And it has all your classic cheesecake flavors and textures.

You have the graininess of the Graham cracker crust and the creaminess of the nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt.

You also have the tartness and sweetness from the strawberries. For extra “cheesecake” flavor, you’ll be using this Cheesecake-flavored Jello Pie filling. It gives you all the taste of cheesecake filling, but without all the fat and calories.

And for extra sweetness, you’ll be using a bit of sweetener. I recommend this one here.

It’s a natural sweetener that doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste. And it has zero net carbs, so it won’t spike blood sugars.

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 175
  • Fats: 1g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Carbs: 26g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 10g

Recipe

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