15 Easy Low-Cal, Low-Carb Dessert Recipes That Actually Taste Good

Healthy Dessert Recipes

Half Baked Harvest

There's nothing not to love about dessert, except maybe one thing: its health profile. Many desserts are high in calories, saturated fats, sugary carbs, and low in nutritious properties, which makes them something you should limit and enjoy in moderation. But to help you enjoy sweets more regularly, we rounded up 15 low-cal, low-carb dessert recipes that also deliver important nutrients like fiber and protein so you can savor your favorite treats without the guilt. Not only are they super easy to make, but they're also a lot healthier than they look and taste, which is ideal for a sweet tooth. Take your pick between baked doughnuts, a light mousse, no-bake carrot cake, and cinnamon roasted nuts, to name a few (or have a bake-athon, and make all ten).

Read on for our favorite low-calorie, low-carb dessert recipes.

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Oatmeal Confetti Cupcakes

Paleo Dessert

Food Faith Fitness

This recipe from Food Faith Fitness includes all the fun you know and love about confetti cake batter, only it's made with gluten-free oats and packs in a little extra protein. The icing is composed of Greek yogurt and protein powder while the base is made with one egg yolk, rolled oats, vanilla almond milk, Greek yogurt, plus a few spices, and most importantly, rainbow sprinkles.

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Healthy Caramel Apples

Healthy Dessert Recipes

Half Baked Harvest

This healthy dessert recipe from Half Baked Harvest is beyond heavenly. Recipe creator Tieghan Gerard includes six different caramel-inspired dip recipes. The caramel base is made of dates, coconut milk, and vanilla extract, and then take your pick between the salted rice crispy treat with a chocolate drizzle, toasted chocolate coconut pecans, chocolate covered pretzel, toasted almond cacao, chocolate peanut butter, and Nutella hazelnut latte, or enjoy them all.

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Frosted Raw Carrot Cake

Low Cal Low Carb Dessert Recipe

The First Mess

This vegan take on carrot cake is tangy, zesty, and totally raw, which makes it pretty simple to make, and it's healthy enough to eat for breakfast. It's the perfect thing to make in the fall since it features warm spices with vanilla flavors folded in. This recipe from The First Mess also happens to be perfect for anyone who lives for frosting since the cake to icing ratio is 1:1. Since it calls for dates, there is a lot of sugar in it, but it's a more nutritious option than your classic slice of carrot cake.

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Cinnamon Roasted Almonds


Sugar Salted

This cinnamon snack is almost too good to be true. Almonds are an amazing source of amino acids, fiber, magnesium, and vitamin E, and this recipe from Sugar Salted makes them even more enjoyable to eat.

Keep them all to yourself, or package them up pretty and give them to friends and family as a homemade gift.

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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

Minimalist Baker

In the words of the recipe maker, Minimalist Baker, these peanut butter cup cookies are "undetectably vegan and gluten-free," which is sweet, sweet news if you love dessert in all its decadent glory. And speaking of which, these cookies are easily the most decadent. That being said, they're still a healthier alternative to a recipe that calls for conventional ingredients that are higher in saturated fats. Plus, it's okay to indulge every once in a while, so go ahead, and grab that cookie.

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Gluten-Free Maple Doughnuts

Healthier Desserts

The First Mess

If you're someone who would eat a doughnut every day if you could, you'll love this recipe from The First Mess. Topped with a salted almond butter glaze, the flavors and textures are balanced perfectly. Oh, and they're baked, not fried!

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Paleo Pumpkin Cake Bars

pumpkin bars

Food Faith Fitness

These Paleo and gluten-free hazelnut pumpkin cake bars are perfect for fall, and they're only 110 calories each. They're also easy to make and even better, they're loaded with chocolate. So if you have a major sweet tooth and super-healthy snacks just aren't going to cut it, opt for this recipe from Food Faith Fitness instead.

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Paleo Lemon Sugars

lemon bars

Feed Me Phoebe

You don't have to feel guilty about eating these lemon bars by Feed Me Phoebe. Not only are they light and low in carbs, but they're also paleo! The recipe swaps shredded coconut powdered sugar in place of confectioner's sugar.

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Keto No Bake Cookies


Food Faith Fitness 

These soft and chewy cookies from Food Faith Fitness are completely sugar-free, low-carb, no-bake, and even keto-friendly. Does it get any better than that? Oh, and they only require six ingredients and contain 156 calories per serving.

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Raspberry Paleo Coconut Oil Fudge


 Food Faith Fitness

Calling all choc-o-holics! Food Faith Fitness created a paleo-friendly fudge recipe that'll let you get your chocolate fix without any guilt. The secret? Coconut oil, chocolate protein powder, and honey.

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Gluten-Free Lemon Curd Tart


Feed Me Phoebe 

These lemon tarts from Feed Me Phoebe are ideal for a brunch or dinner party dessert. They look elegant, taste decadent, yet are incredibly healthy thanks to a combination of almond flour, lemons, coconut oil, and raw honey.

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Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs

fat bombs

 Food Faith Fitness

Sometimes you just crave a Reese's cup, and when that happens, whip up these fat bombs from Food Faith Fitness. The no-bake treats are keto-friendly, low-carb, and contain 127 calories per serving. All you need is cocoa powder, peanut butter, coconut oil, and stevia.

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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies With Chocolate Chips


 Feed Me Phoebe

These cookies from Feed Me Phoebe are flourless, only require five ingredients, and are low in carbs and calories. Besides, who can resist the combo of chocolate and peanut butter?

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Fat Bomb Avocado Brownies


Feed Me Phoebe

Not only does this Feed Me Phoebe recipe allow you to have your brownies in a low-sugar, low-carb package, but it also makes them keto-friendly! The brownies get a dose of healthy fats thanks to avocado, which might sound strange, but it aids in producing a soft, moist texture.

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Pumpkin Pie


Food Faith Fitness

Don't let your diet ruin the holidays—instead, make this healthy pumpkin pie by Food Faith Fitness. It's sweetened with monkfruit, making it a great choice for anyone watching sugar intake, and one slice has fewer than 200 calories!

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