As registered dietitians, one of our biggest Instagram requests is for healthy, low-calorie desserts that feel like a splurge; people want to stop overeating due to feelings of deprivation from sweets, and these easy-to-make recipes are the 7 best weight loss desserts to do the trick.
These desserts each contain some wholesome ingredients that also make them nutritionally superior to the ingredients in typical desserts, as well as making them lower calories.
And although these desserts hit the sweet spot, literally :), they aren’t so overly sweet and don’t contain high fructose corn syrup, so they don’t hijack your taste buds as many desserts on the market do, so they don’t set you up to crave something sweeter each time.
Here are the 7 best weight loss desserts to keep you on track and prevent you from bingeing later after feeling deprived.
1. Frozen Yogurt Bark with Blueberries & Pomegranate
When it comes to weight loss this dessert has it all. It’s frozen, so it slows you down, forcing you to appreciate, while also helping to prevent you from overdoing it the way you might if you scarfed it down.
One weight loss secret is to freeze each piece separately, so you can commit in advance to only taking one serving (this is a game changer!). Then, then stick to the one. This frozen yogurt bark is sweetened with honey, and if you are someone who likes a more tart flavor (think Pinkberry tart-flavored yogurt), you may appreciate the flavor of plain yogurt without a sweetener.
Additionally, not only is this bark low in sugar and has only 18 calories in each 2-inch piece– it’s also packed with lots of beneficial nutrients. Yogurt is a good source of probiotics, helping to keep your gut healthy and to boost your immunity.
Both blueberries and pomegranate arils in this treat are antioxidant powerhouses, helping to protect your body from harmful free radicals that damage your body and your skin and that speed up the aging process. Not bad for a delicious dessert!
2. 5-Ingredient Microwave Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
This recipe contains so many good-for-you ingredients that it even makes a healthy snack! One of the best parts about this dessert when it comes to weight loss is that if you know that portion control is difficult for you, you can simply mix one-quarter of the ingredients together, pop it in the microwave, and in minutes you’ll have a healthy, satisfying cookie for under 90 calories! That way you won’t have to worry about eating an entire batch.
And some of the ingredients (oats, banana, peanut butter) may actually benefit your health! Oats, for example, help to lower blood cholesterol levels. The soluble fiber in oats, just like the fiber found in apples, helps to improve your cholesterol ratio and stave off heart disease.
Peanut butter is packed with antioxidants to help protect your cells (including your skin cells) from the damage of everyday living (pollution, stress, a poor diet), and a good dose of potassium for fighting high blood pressure—and for fighting bloat! Add that PB (as we call it in our land of the PB- obsessed) has protein, is rich in fiber, and has heart-healthy plant phytosterols.
3. Chocolate Pudding
At less than 90 calories per serving, this pudding is rich, delicious, and keto friendly. It’s simple to make (just blend the ingredients together and voila!) and if decadent desserts are for you, this fits the bill.
This dessert boasts over 3 grams of fiber per serving, thanks to the avocado, but that’s not the only benefit of this dessert. Cocoa contains cocoa flavanols that improve the flow of oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body and support healthy circulation and promote cardiovascular health.
The avocado is packed with more than 20 nutrients and acts as a nutrient booster, helping to boost the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, as well as flavanols. It’s also rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
4. Frozen Banana Chocolate Bites
These are the perfect bite-sized, refreshing indulgence for any time you crave something sweet and really don’t want to overdo it. At only 15 calories each, you really can’t go wrong. Take one out of the freezer, let it defrost for a couple of minutes, and enjoy! It’s made with 3 simple ingredients and can be made in minutes.
This is a favorite with kids too. Some of our clients serve it to their kids for an afternoon snack— the entire batch is only 200 calories yet has 7 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and a boost of calcium.
As an added bonus, these are perfect if you’re feeling a bit bloated since the banana and yogurt are both great sources of potassium to counter any salt that you may have overdone on.
5. Gluten-free Blondies
This grain-free, gluten-free dessert tastes rich and delicious and is only 125 calories per blondie. There’s a secret ingredient– chickpeas!– which means there’s protein, fiber, iron, potassium, antioxidants, and more.
And since there’s protein and fiber (3g & 2g, respectively), it slows down the blood sugar response and doesn’t create the rapid spike in blood sugar that pure sugar does. This means there’s no sugar crash like there is when you eat other sugary desserts; you don’t crave another quick-pick-me-up like sugar when you crash.
A few reasons to feel even better about enjoying this dessert:
- Chickpeas deliver double the protein per serving of quinoa
- They are iron-rich
- And they have 3X more folate than a serving of kale.
6. Healthy No-Bake, No Added Sugar Dark Chocolate Dessert
Our clients tell us this healthy dark chocolate dessert is reminiscent of a tootsie roll combined with a powdered donut. Not bad for a treat with no added sugar!
Not only is each piece under 75 calories, but it’s got built-in portion control. But there’s a secret to making these amazing for weight loss — once you make this easy dessert, the key is to store these treats in the freezer.
When you want to indulge, you can’t eat it immediately, (believe us, we’ve tried—and nearly broke a tooth trying to bite into the frozen delicacy!) You need to let it defrost for a few minutes– so you can’t eat impulsively the way you could stand in the freezer with a spoon eating from a container of ice cream. Also, you can decide to eat one and take it out to thaw for a few minutes, take a few deep breaths as you wait for it to soften, and then slowly enjoy! You must plan before you eat it and that’s what sets you up for success.
There’s also a flat belly bonus!
Research shows the unique antioxidants found in chocolate may help with lowering cortisol and other “stress hormones.” Cortisol is a stress hormone that can lead to belly fat. You can read more about how cortisol puts the brakes on fat burning and increases cravings and what you can do about it here. Remember, we’re talking about the cacao/cocoa with very little if any, processing.
7. Creamy Peppermint Patty Smoothie
Guess what? A favorite healthy after-dinner dessert among our clients is this protein smoothie. It’s so healthy it can double as a snack. Unlike most desserts that spike blood sugar and leave you feeling hungry soon after, this dessert actually stabilizes blood sugar (thanks to its 12 grams of protein & 5 grams of fiber!). The combination of the frozen banana and the avocado help to make the texture thick and creamy, while the refreshing smoothie squashes a chocolate craving. Savor it with a spoon.
An added bonus: The fiber in this smoothie helps to keep you regular, preventing waste from staying in your digestive tract, so it also helps alleviate bloating and belly bulges due to constipation. Avocados are one of the better sources of glutathione which is key in detoxification in the small intestine and in boosting the health of the digestive system.
If you’re looking for more support, we would love for you to apply to our Transformation Jumpstart program! It is a super easy process to ensure that we can support you to the best of our abilities. You can apply here.