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Makeover Dessert Recipes

Looking for makeover dessert recipes? Find makeover dessert recipes for a lighter version to your favorite recipes.

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Makeover Frosted Banana Bars

Makeover Frosted Banana Bars

Makeover Frosted Banana Bars

I've made these banana bars many times, always with favorable comments and requests for the recipe. With this makeover, you don't have to be shy about grabbing seconds of this treat! —Susan Stuff, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania

Makeover Pecan Upside-Down Cake

Makeover Pecan Upside-Down Cake

Makeover Pecan Upside-Down Cake

This moist and tender cake is packed with pecans and sweetness. Although still not a "light" dessert, it has nearly a third fewer calories and 43 percent less fat than the original! Mae Johnson - De Ridder, Louisiana

Makeover Peanut Butter Bars

Makeover Peanut Butter Bars

Makeover Peanut Butter Bars

Lighter in calories and fat, these ooey-gooey peanut butter bars are still family favorites. Try them and you'll see why! —Lori Stevens, Riverton, Utah
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Makeover Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Makeover Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Makeover Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

When all was said and done, this recipe makeover was a giant success. The original, a marvel on its own, was transformed into a richer, better-for-you pie with even more fall spices. This winner is perfect for the holidays. Enjoy! - Healthy Cooking Test Kitchen

Makeover Macaroon Cake

Makeover Macaroon Cake

Makeover Macaroon Cake

"This is one of my husband’s favorite recipes and now with it made over, he can really enjoy it, and even go back for seconds!" Gaye Andree — Rochester, New York

Makeover Frozen Mocha Cheesecake Loaf

Makeover Frozen Mocha Cheesecake Loaf

Makeover Frozen Mocha Cheesecake Loaf

No one would ever suspect that Makeover Frozen Mocha Cheesecake Loaf has 60% less fat and 129 fewer calories than the original. In addition, this version of the frosty treat has 72% less cholesterol.

Makeover Peach Upside-Down Cake

Makeover Peach Upside-Down Cake

Makeover Peach Upside-Down Cake

Our kitchen crew used a little less sugar, brown sugar and butter, then added buttermilk to replace some of the moisture in this classic dessert remake.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Makeover Cranberry Trifle

Makeover Cranberry Trifle

Makeover Cranberry Trifle

You’d never guess that this showstopper fruit trifle recipe has been lightened up because it boasts all of the original’s festive flavor, but only half the fat and way fewer calories! Sonya Labbe - Santa Monica, California

Makeover Pumpkin Cake

Makeover Pumpkin Cake

Makeover Pumpkin Cake

This makeover recipe is a winner! Packed with warm pumpkin flavor and spices, it's taller than the original cake but weighs in with just about half the fat, saturated fat and cholesterol and 187 fewer calories per piece. And if you ask us, that's sweet success no matter how you slice it.—Shirley Dellinger, Elwood, Indiana

Makeover Rum Cake

Makeover Rum Cake

Makeover Rum Cake

Makeover Rum Cake has a shiny glaze, and only about half the calories and cholesterol as the original version. But it’s still moist, tender and as good with coffee in the morning as it is after a special meal. Now that’s definitely something worth celebrating. —Catharine Seman, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Makeover Frosty Lemon Squares

Makeover Frosty Lemon Squares

Makeover Frosty Lemon Squares

This dessert has a lemony filling sandwiched between two creamy layers and a crunchy crust. What's not to love? Simple changes in the original recipe subtracted a lot of the calories and saturated fat, but left a ton of great lemon flavor and a rich cream cheese layer. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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