Desserts That Love You Back

So you've decided to adopt a heart-healthy diet. That doesn't mean that you have to give up all delicious foods. You can have it all--even dessert! It just means that you need to be smart about your choices of sweet treats. We've rounded up 17 simple recipes that have less than 250 calories, 2 grams of saturated fat and 360 mg of sodium per serving, so these desserts will love you just as much as you love them!

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Strawberry Crunch Sundae
: The yogurt parfait, topped with fresh strawberries and a sprinkle of granola, makes a great after-dinner treat or afternoon snack.

Soft-Serve Banana 'Ice Cream'
: Even though the only ingredient in this frozen concoction is banana, you'll love the sweet flavor and cool consistency so much you might think it's the real thing.

Creamy Grilled Strawberry Sandwich: Like a warm slice of strawberry pie, this grilled dessert is satisfying without being overly sweet or heavy.

Apple Crisp: Fill your home with the smell of warm baked apples and sweet cinnamon. This treat is a lot like what grandma used to make!

No-Bake Graham Cracker Cheesecake: Make this creamy dessert the night before you plan to enjoy it to give the graham crackers time to soften.

Simple Berry Smoothie: You can enjoy this cool smoothie any time of the day, even breakfast!

Single Serving Chocolate Brownie: Have dessert without having to worry about who's going to eat the leftovers with this single-serve recipe.

Coconut Meringue Cookies: These light-as-air delights only have 50 calories each but are packed with coconut flavor!

Apple Coffee Cake: Invite your best friend over to enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of this healthy apple cake that's packed with nuts, raisins, apples and whole-grain flour.

Cranberry-Almond Oatmeal Cookies: Pumpkin takes the place of butter in this low-fat cookie, while dried cranberries and almonds add flavor and nutrition.

Five-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake: No time to bake yourself a healthy dessert? Don't run down to the mini-mart for a packaged snack cake. Just pop a few ingredients in the microwave for a warm chocolate treat.

Applesauce Carrot Cake: This version of the classic carrot cake offers added nutrition with the addition of applesauce and whole-wheat flour.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Moist and not too sweet, these banana-chocolate muffins are perfect for breakfast, dessert or an afternoon snack.

High-Fiber Brownies: These brownies have a few secret ingredients that boost their nutrition, while the dark cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips keep the rich flavor that you crave in a brownie. 

No-Flour Peanut Butter Cookies: These cookies are packed with peanut-butter flavor but are gluten- and dairy-free!

Broiled Cinnamon Peaches: Turn ordinary canned peaches into a delightful dessert by broiling them in the oven with a sprinkle of cinnamon and brown sugar.

Mini Apple Tarts: These diminutive desserts cook up in a flash and are automatically portion-controlled. They're great for parties!
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Great article! I can't wait to try some of these. Thank you so much! Report
Not sure I'd eat some of these. Report
I do enjoy a sweet treat at the end of a meal. I grew up with that. These are good ones to try. Thanks. Report
I took three of the recipes which I can hardly wait to try them. Report
Great ideas for Valentine's Day. Report
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I can't wait to try some of these dessert recipes! Report
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Looks delish can't wait to try some of these! Report
There are a few that caught my interest. Thanks. Needed simple but healthy ones to use with my grandkids. Report
I love dessert but only have it on special ocassions like up coming Valentine's Day. Report


About The Author

Megan Patrick
Megan Patrick
Megan Lane Patrick has been a professional writer and editor for the past 16 years, and was a chronic dieter for at least 30. A combination of weight-loss surgery, mindful eating and daily exercise finally allowed her to maintain a weight loss of more than 100 pounds. When she's not lifting weights at the gym, you can find her walking shelter dogs as a volunteer for the SPCA.