What Sweets Are Good for Diets? 7 Low-Calorie Dessert Recipes

Medically Reviewed on 5/11/2022
What Sweets Are Good for Diets
If you are on a diet, you do not have to completely ignore your sweet tooth. Here are 7 satisfying weight loss dessert recipes

If you are on a diet and trying to lose weight, it can be hard to give up your favorite desserts. The good news is that you do not have to completely ignore your sweet tooth. 

Here are 7 sweet dessert recipes that are lower in calories and won’t wreck your diet.

7 low-calorie dessert recipes

1. Rice pudding

Rice pudding is a satisfying dessert that is easy to make at home.


  • Rice
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Sugar
  • Salt


  • Boil cinnamon sticks in water.
  • Add rice to the water and cook for 30 minutes until the rice is cooked and the water has evaporated.
  • Add milk and sugar to the cooked rice and heat the mixture for another 15 mins.
  • Serve warm.

2. Apple coffee cake

This delicious, moist cake that can satisfy your sweet tooth without packing on the pounds.


  • Tart apples
  • Dark raisins
  • Sugar
  • Pecans
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vanilla
  • Beaten egg
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • Combine apples, sugar, raisins, and pecans in a mixing bowl. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of oil with vanilla and egg. Add flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add to mixture above.
  • Keep stirring until the mixture becomes moist. Add milk if the mixture looks too thick.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes.

3. Strawberry banana yogurt parfait

This colorful nutritious treat with sweetness that comes from fruits instead of added sugars.


  • Fat-free and sugar-free vanilla yogurt
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Graham crackers
  • Fat-free whipped topping
  • Wine or parfait glass


  • Put 1 tablespoon of yogurt into the bottom of each 8-ounce wine or parfait glass.
  • Top the yogurt with 1 tablespoon sliced bananas, 1 tablespoon sliced strawberries, and ¼ cup graham cracker crumbs.
  • Repeat layers.
  • Put a rounded tablespoon of fat-free whipped topping over the mixture.
  • Serve immediately or chilled.

4. Tangy fruit salad

This is a great recipe that allows you to enjoy the nutritional benefits of fruits.


  • Sugar-free instant pudding mix
  • Nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Grapes
  • Bananas


  • Combine pudding mix and yogurt.
  • Mix fruits in a separate bowl.
  • Take out the fruit mixture and add it into the yogurt mixture and stir.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve chilled.

5. Summer breeze smoothie

This smoothie is a low-fat thirst quencher that also tastes delicious.


  • Nonfat plain yogurt
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Banana
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ice cubes


  • Blend all ingredients together in a blender until you get a puree.
  • Serve in glasses.

6. Energy bites

This is a highly nutritious dessert that is full of fiber and heart-healthy ingredients.


  • Cocoa
  • Peanut butter
  • Whole grain oats
  • Nuts (almonds, cashews, and pistachios)
  • Chopped dried apricots, dates, or raisins.


  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Mold into balls and refrigerate.

Dark chocolate and nuts

Dark chocolate is rich in fiber and healthy fats, which keep you feeling fuller for longer, so you end up eating less during the day. Opt for dark chocolate with a higher percentage of cocoa, as it means there is less added sugar. You can have it with nuts and raisins, to maximize the nutrition and add some extra protein.

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Medically Reviewed on 5/11/2022
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