10 Decadent Desserts You Won't Believe are Only 200 Calories


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Editor's Note: All this week, we're sharing meals, snacks and even desserts that can fit into your daily life. We combine our recipes with simple and nutritious sides for healthy meals, snacks and desserts that are calorie-conscious. You'll be amazed that you can fill your plate and still fit into your jeans the next day. (Find the whole series here.)

You'll need to pick up a copy of "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight" to access the recipes, but we will share some sneak peeks this week--and you can easily add recipes from the cookbook to your SparkPeople Nutrition Tracker, too!

Desserts are treats, an occasional sweet that isn’t meant to fulfill any nutritional requirements. That said, our desserts in "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight" are healthier than most—and even more satisfying than anything you’ll find at the bakery or in a 100-calorie pack.
You won't believe that these treats are 200 calories or less (including extras!).
  1. Espresso Thumbprint cookie with 1/2 cup lowfat chocolate milk (168 calories)
  2. Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing (87 calories)
  3. Raspberry Streusel Muffins (165 calories)
  4. Spring Cupcakes with Citrus Icing (146 calories)
  5. Key Lime Tartlets and Lemon Berry Tartlets (129 calories for one of each)
  6. Banana Honey Cake and one cup tea with one tablespoon half and half (156 calories)
  7. Mini Apple Tarts with 1/2 cup skim milk (166 calories)
  8. Two Cocoa Meringue Shells with 1 cup strawberries and 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup (201 calories)
  9. Dark Chocolate Angel Food Cake with Rich Chocolate Glaze (152 calories)
  10. Dark Chocolate Cake (229 calories)
What kind of dessert do you prefer: Chocolate? Vanilla? Fruit?

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  • 32
    Thanks for a great article! :) - 11/23/2017   12:45:33 AM
  • 31
    Dark chocolate cake, hands down, nothing beats it!! - 10/31/2017   4:39:16 PM
  • 30
    I would love to eat any one of those desserts - 8/11/2017   2:31:07 PM
  • SUNSET09
    These will go so good with my Girl's TeaPot Tyme. Whoo, hoo and way to go. Right on time, SparkFriend! - 6/14/2017   6:53:23 AM
  • 28
    I have a luncheon next week and I am charged with bringing a main dish and a dessert in a vegan style. I see a few things I can adapt! Thanks~ - 12/9/2014   3:47:24 AM
  • EZZIA74
    Love this!! I'm with a big sweet tooth and will definitely try these! - 1/30/2012   7:34:58 AM
  • 26
    I'm making the Dark Chocolate Angel Food Cake with Rich Chocolate Glaze today for my mom's birthday cake :) I'm a little confused about the recipe though - it says there's 16 servings, but each serving is 1/8 of the cake... anyone know which is correct? - 1/29/2012   12:14:08 PM
  • 25

    If you're watching your saturated fats, try these cookies, made with oil instead of butter. Good with a glass of milk as an after-school snack, or as part of a packed lunch or picnic.

    Yield: Makes 30 cookies


    1 cups rolled (old-fashioned) oats
    2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
    cup sunflower oil, plus more for the baking sheets
    1 large egg, beaten
    tsp pure vanilla extract


    1. Preheat the oven to 325F (160C). Lightly oil two baking sheets.

    2. Stir the oats, brown sugar, and oil in a bowl until well combined. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix again.

    3. Drop heaping teaspoons of the batter on the baking sheets, spacing them 1in (2.5cm) apart. Flatten them slightly with the back of a fork. Bake for 1518 minutes, or until golden.

    4. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 12 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely.

    Variation: Peanut Butter Cookies

    Substitute 1 tbsp of rolled oats with 1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter. Finish and bake as above.


    Prepare ahead: The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

    2008 Dorling Kindersley


    Nutrients per serving

    Nutritional information is based on 30 servings.

    Calories 89 kcal

    Calcium 1 % daily value

    Vitamin C 0 % daily value

    Vitamin A 0 % daily value

    Potassium 48 mg

    Magnesium 17 mg

    Protein 2 g

    Sugar 5 g

    Fiber 1 g

    Total Carbohydrate 11 g

    Cholesterol 7 mg

    Sodium 4 mg

    Saturated Fat 1 g

    Fat 4 g

    Iron 3 % daily value
    - 1/24/2012   11:14:57 PM
  • 24
    Dessert to me is either a fruit smoothie for something creamy or a gluten-free cookie for something chewy. Maybe some homemade candy for when I'm feeling festive. I love dessert! - 1/22/2012   10:17:08 PM
  • 23
    YUM! - 1/22/2012   8:14:53 PM
  • 22
    I think ill try the fruit salad with the poppy seed dressing - 1/22/2012   8:07:56 PM
  • 21
    Fruit & chocolate. Yum.
    I'm thinking chocolate covered strawberries!!!! - 1/22/2012   3:31:13 PM
  • 20
    I love chocolate.
    - 1/22/2012   3:11:03 PM
  • 19
    I love me some fruit and chocolate together. Fruit is my favorite. I love the sweet, cool taste of fruit. Add some warm, melted chocolate (dark) and life is good. :) - 1/22/2012   11:06:54 AM
  • 18
    Chocolate Meringues, I make the cookies for my husband we loves them . - 1/22/2012   12:28:30 AM
  • 17
    Chocolate - 1/21/2012   9:04:13 PM
  • 16
    Custard has always been one of my favorites. - 1/21/2012   8:59:29 PM
  • 15
    I generally love anything Chocolate - the darker the better. Unfortunately I cannot start eating it or bring it home because it's too much of a trigger food for me. I've switched to fresh fruit and nuts for dessert with an occasional chocolate milk or sugar free Hot Chocolate. - 1/21/2012   4:41:36 PM
  • 14
    Chocolate most days for me. - 1/21/2012   3:07:11 PM
  • 13
    Some great ideas - 1/21/2012   2:48:55 PM
  • 12
    Oh, it's definitely chocolate for me. Especcially rich, creamy chocolate mousse. I need to look for a healthier version of that. - 1/21/2012   1:01:59 PM
  • 11
    And CALICO, you're better off leaving that question on a question message board on the main site. You probably won't get an answer here. I've never tried to add information to the tracker. I just use whatever is close. I know there are options for large, medium, and small bananas and that you can select 1/2 servings, so I just go by that. - 1/21/2012   10:31:50 AM
  • 10
    I prefer fruit in the summer and dark chocolate in the winter. But anytime you can add penut butter to the mix, I'm in heaven! Like a peanut butter banana smoothie or Reese cups. Mmmmmmm. - 1/21/2012   10:27:55 AM
    Does anyone know how to add calories to the Diet Tracker without adding the food name (just the calorie information). For example, bananas are not always the same size/wt and I only eat half most of the time. How can I add something like that? - 1/21/2012   9:56:39 AM
  • 8
    I love chocolate! Always looking for new recipes!
    - 1/21/2012   9:30:50 AM
  • 7
    I love fresh fruit for desert. The other night I have fresh berries and added just a little vanilla ice cream, let it melt, and it was wonderful. Sometimes a little milk works too. A piece of dark chocolate also fits the bill! - 1/21/2012   8:53:58 AM
  • 6
    I'm a chocolate lover. I've found that a good piece of dark chocolate is all I need and keep it well under 200 Cal. The extra sugar in Milk chocolate tends to make me crave more. Its all about quality - 1/21/2012   7:50:32 AM
  • 5
    I agree with LOVEISTODAY, that any dessert can be 200 calories if that is all of it that you eat. Sometimes a few bites is all it takes of a super rich dessert to be enough. - 1/21/2012   6:21:08 AM
  • 4
    I agree with LOVEISTODAY, that any dessert can be 200 calories if that is all of it that you eat. Sometimes a few bites is all it takes of a super rich dessert to be enough. - 1/21/2012   6:20:52 AM
    does anybody remember the recipe for Bird's milk ? - 1/21/2012   4:06:13 AM
    What about meringues... heat dried or freshly beaten with one spoon of one's favourite fruit jam for instance...not only a platefull (for insatiable ppl) but comming with protein and less than 35 grams hidrocarbonates...(if these are substituted with sweeteners it's just the perfect slimming treat) - 1/21/2012   4:05:12 AM
    I wish they posted all the recipes. However, any dessert can be 200 calories or less if you only have a bite or two. I'm very curious how big the pieces are meant to be for this to hold true for the article. - 1/20/2012   11:40:25 PM

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