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

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.

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.

Stewed Apples

Rating: 3.13 stars 136
These stewed apples go well with whole-grain waffles, pancakes, oatmeal or other hot breakfast cereals.

Roasted Papaya with Brown Sugar

Rating: 2.92 stars 49
Roasting halved papayaswith brown sugar and gingerdeepens the fruit's naturalsugars; a dash of cayenneand a squeeze of lime furtherenliven the dish.

Banana Muffins

Rating: 3.39 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: 3.42 stars 77
Drink up! The fresh ginger in this tropical pineapple smoothie adds a layer of spice that'll give your morning a kick.

Candied Pumpkin Slices

This recipe works best with firm orange-skinned pumpkins, such as 'Cheese' or 'Small Sugar Pie.'

Lightened Rice Pudding

Rating: 3.11 stars 111
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.

Tofu Chocolate Mousse

Rating: 3.55 stars 130
This smooth, chocolately dessert is made with silken tofu, which is usually sold in vacuum-packed, shelf-stable containers in the Asian-food section of grocery stores.

Spiced Carrot Cake

Rating: 3.62 stars 164
Cinnamon is commonly used to spice carrot cake but we recommend using cardamom here.

Blueberry-Cream Cheese Hand Pies

Rating: 3.63 stars 135
These little pies with heart-healthy blueberries will please grownups and children alike.

Whole-Wheat Shortbread Cookies

These rustic shortbread wedges are made with whole-wheat pastry flour for a light, crumbly texture. Complete the treat with winter citrus, such as clementines or blood oranges, and dark chocolate.

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 Fruit Dessert Recipes That Still Feel Indulgent
We love serving fruit every which way for dessert. Depending on the season and your mood, it's delicious grilled, chilled in an icy shake, or baked in a warm pastry shell, just to name a few. Here are our favorite fruit-filled dessert recipes.

Lemon Cream with Blackberries

Rating: 3.69 stars

Silken tofu makes this dessert smooth, while fresh lemon juice adds a burst of tart flavor.