24 Desserts You’d Never Guess Are Lightened Up
Treats don’t have to be sinful to be scrumptious! These healthy dessert recipes are decadent and delicious but easy on the waistline.
Lower in fat and calories than you might ever guess, these sweet bars couldn’t be easier to whip up, boast a great chocolaty flavor, and make a fun, quick dessert to bring to parties or serve to company! —Jennifer Rafferty, Milford, Ohio
For this lovely golden cake, I use fat-free yogurt to trim the calories. It’s a comforting dessert for days when it’s warm enough to dine outside. —Lauren Gilmore, Pennington, New Jersey
Cool, smooth and creamy, this pretty pie is a slice of heaven for people with diabetes and anyone who likes an easy yet impressive dessert. The lovely pudding layers feature a yummy combination of vanilla, chocolate and butterscotch. —Doris Morgan, Verona, Mississippi
I’ve been told that this dessert tastes exactly like a lemon meringue pie and that it’s the best angel food cake anyone could ask for. I’m not sure about all of that, but it is delightful to serve, and each slice is virtually fat free. —Sharon Kurtz, Emmaus, Pennsylvania
The calories and fat have been trimmed from a traditional fruit pizza to create this gorgeous, refreshing treat. It will steal the show at parties and potlucks. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Creamy and airy, this gorgeous dessert is the perfect special something for a summer dinner party. I love the mix of smooth strawberry cheesecake and crumbly chocolate crust—and how elegant it looks on the table. —Kathy Berger, Dry Ridge, Kentucky
End the meal with a flourish with this easy and elegant dessert. A hint of orange lends just enough sweetness to temper the wine’s bold taste. —Julianne Schnuck, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
This peachy delight has charmed folks for years. Our lightened version is even better with less fat and calories than other similar recipes.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Have the urge to splurge? Try Deborah Protzman’s moist and mouthwatering cake. “No one who’s ever eaten a piece can believe it’s lower in fat”—Deborah Protzman, Bloomington, Illinois.
Sweet cravings, begone: This free-form plum tart is done in only 35 minutes. Plus, it’s extra-awesome when served warm. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
People are amazed that this luscious, moist and tender cake is a light dessert. I love the rich chocolate flavor and fruity sauce. —Mike Pickerel, Columbia, Missouri
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
This is a great crisp that goes well with any meal, but you can also serve it as a breakfast treat or snack.When it’s warm, it can’t be beat! —Peter Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas
When I baked these moist, fudgy cookies for the first time, my three preschool children went wild over them! But I like them because they’re lower in fat and easy to mix and bake. —Maria Groff, Ephrata, Pennsylvania
These cakes have become a favorite of our guests. They’re always surprised that these little desserts are so light. —Kissa Vaughn, Troy, Texas
I love the combination of berries and lemon, and wanted to come up with a light, refreshing and tasty dessert that used them both. —Anna Ginsberg, Austin, Texas.
Perhaps “Down and Dirty Dessert” would be a better name for this delicious concoction because you’re going to want to put a spoon in each hand and go to town! This sweet dirt recipe just that good! —Kristi Linton, Bay City, Michigan
A drizzling of rich chocolate glaze lends an elegant touch and will keep guests wanting more. With only 3g of fat per slice, this is one treat you’ll want to see year after year! —Mary Relyea, Canastota, New York