Healthy Dessert Recipes

Where you're looking for colorful fruit salads, grilled fruit, or roasted pears, peaches, plums, we also have chocolate-dipped cherries or chocolate-covered bananas, yogurt parfaits, sorbet recipes, gluten-free desserts, vegan desserts, and dark chocolate treats that can be part of clean eating.

Staff Picks

Dark Chocolate-Walnut Date Bar

No-bake, vegan, gluten-free—this decadent dessert has a lot going for it. Dark chocolate is layered with a crunchy-chewy mixture of walnuts, dates, and peanut butter in a loaf pan, then finished with more nuts and flaky salt.

Vanilla Chia Pudding

Rating: 4 stars 125
Chia seeds are available at health-food stores and online. They're rich in omega-3s, fiber, and antioxidants.

Banana Muffins

Rating: 3.5 stars 421
These banana muffins are moist and delicious and take only a half hour to bake in the oven—making them ideal for breakfast.

Pineapple and Ginger Smoothie

Rating: 3.5 stars 77
Drink up! The fresh ginger in this tropical pineapple smoothie adds a layer of spice that'll give your morning a kick.

Roasted Papaya with Brown Sugar

Rating: 3 stars 49
Roasting halved papayaswith brown sugar and gingerdeepens the fruit's naturalsugars; a dash of cayenneand a squeeze of lime furtherenliven the dish.

Lemon Cream with Blackberries

Rating: 3.5 stars 81
Silken tofu makes this dessert smooth, while fresh lemon juice adds a burst of tart flavor.

Roasted Cherries with Tofu "Panna Cotta"

A quick turn in the oven with honey and lemon juice brings out the flavor of fresh sweet cherries. Serve with luscious, custardy steamed tofu -- no molding or chilling required for this healthy dessert!

Spiced Carrot Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 164
Cinnamon is commonly used to spice carrot cake but we recommend using cardamom here.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

Strawberries and rhubarb are summer's best friends -- cook them up together in this quintessential dessert.

Vegan Apple Pie

This holiday beauty proves just how delicious special-diet desserts can taste. The pate brisee for this pie is made with safflower oil, not butter, so vegans can dig in.

Blueberry Pops

Rating: 3.5 stars 28
When the heat rises, cool off with a delicious frozen treat. Loaded with fresh blueberries, these pops are perfect on hot summer days.

Peach Crisp

Juicy, ripe peaches star in this easy-to-make dessert, but you can also substitute other stone fruits like nectarines or plums -- or even combine several.

Inspiration and Ideas

20 Summer Fruit Desserts You Can Make With Five Ingredients (or Less!)
Let summer berries, melons, peaches, cherries, and more shine with these easy dessert recipes. They all call for zero oven time, minimal prep, and just a handful of ingredients.
Healthy Easter Desserts That Are Full of Flavor
Finish off your Easter feast with a lightened-up treat starring all kinds of better-for-you ingredients.
Frozen Yogurt and Fruit Pops

If a parfait and an ice cream bar got together, the logical conclusion would be this refreshing frozen treat. Greek yogurt, honey, and puréed fruit (we used strawberry, blueberry, and mango) are swirled together into molds and frozen for an all-ages treat.