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

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

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

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.

Roasted Papaya with Brown Sugar

Rating: 2.92 stars
Roasting halved papayaswith brown sugar and gingerdeepens the fruit's naturalsugars; a dash of cayenneand a squeeze of lime furtherenliven the dish.

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.

Banana Muffins

Rating: 3.39 stars
These banana muffins are moist and delicious and take only a half hour to bake in the oven—making them ideal for breakfast.

Strawberries with Sweetened Sour Cream

This quick and easy treat is ideal for a warm summer night.

Blueberry-Cream Cheese Hand Pies

Rating: 3.63 stars
These little pies with heart-healthy blueberries will please grownups and children alike.

Blueberry Pops

Rating: 3.71 stars
When the heat rises, cool off with a delicious frozen treat. Loaded with fresh blueberries, these pops are perfect on hot summer days.

Pineapple and Ginger Smoothie

Rating: 3.42 stars
Drink up! The fresh ginger in this tropical pineapple smoothie adds a layer of spice that'll give your morning a kick.

Mango Parfait

This sweet summer dessert is healthy, colorful, and easy to make.

Lemon-Coconut Tofu Squares

Rating: 3.33 stars
Tofu does dessert: Combined with sugar, lemons, coconut oil, and whole wheat, it provides the basis for an airy, ethereal lemon square.

Coconut Water Granita

Nothing cools you off faster than a granita, the Italian shaved-ice delight. This one, made with coconut water, is a real catch: it's uncommonly refreshing and stunningly simple to make.

Inspiration and Ideas

20 Summer Fruit Desserts You Can Make with Five Ingredients (Or Less!)

Let summer berries, melon, 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.

Lightened Rice Pudding

Rating: 3.11 stars

This gently spiced, vanilla-scented pudding is so velvety you'd never suspect that it's made with skim milk instead of regular. It can also be served warm. This recipe was submitted by Samuel Shaffer of New York City.