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These 150-Calorie Treats Will Totally Satisfy Your Dessert Cravings Gallery

These healthy recipes will let you fall in love with dessert all over again
healthy dessert recipes
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These 150-Calorie Treats Will Totally Satisfy Your Dessert Cravings

These 150-Calorie Treats Will Totally Satisfy Your Dessert Cravings
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It’s after dinner, or in the midst of an afternoon slump, or during a stressful day at work. You need a snack that’s going to get you through. All of a sudden, your sweet tooth is nagging you, demanding you snack on something sugary. But you don’t want to add all those extra grams of sugar and calories to your day. You try to think of options under 200 calories that will satisfy.

But 150 calories of your typical dessert sounds like nothing. What is that, like, a couple of bites of cheesecake? Three small squares of chocolate? A third of a cupcake from your favorite bakery?

You might be at a loss for what to do. Reaching for any one of those treats in such a miniscule portion isn’t going to cut it — probably because, despite how many calories they have, these foods aren’t all that nutritious.

If you’re craving a real treat, you should probably seek one out. Buy yourself a doughnut. Get a chocolate chip cookie. Eat a croissant and enjoy the heck out of it. When you resist your cravings, they only get stronger — often resulting in you eating more sweets later on. A little extra sugar and calories won’t kill you. But if you’re looking for an everyday kind of snack that will satisfy your hunger and your sweet tooth, some of these better-for-you options (that happen to be around 150 calories each) might be what you’re looking for.

Baked Purple Sweet Potatoes

Baked Purple Sweet Potatoes
George Bryant

You might think of sweet potatoes as an ingredient for savory meals, but you can easily transform them into a nutritious dessert. These adorable snack cups are sweetened naturally with blueberries and honey before they’re sprinkled with cinnamon. You’ll hardly notice you’re eating something good for you.

Click here for the Baked Purple Sweet Potatoes recipe.

Banana Sushi

Banana Sushi

Regular sushi is great (just don’t stuff it inside a croissant like this ridiculous food mash-up). It’s got salmon, raw vegetables, and all kinds of other healthy ingredients. So why not get your healthy dessert in a roll of sushi, too? These adorable snacks are simple to put together and filled with nutritious ingredients. It does have a bit of Nutella, though. If you’re trying to avoid all the sugars and oils in the delicious spread, consider swapping it for a tasty nut butter or jam.

Click here for the Banana Sushi recipe.

Blueberry Pie French Toast Muffins

Blueberry Pie French Toast Muffins
Maya Visnyei

Each bite of these breakfast muffins is oozing with sweet, syrupy flavor. Unlike your usual French toast, which can be upwards of 600 calories depending on how you make it, one of these muffins is just 150 calories. Feel free to have multiple servings for breakfast! They’re sweetened with fruit, vanilla extract, and spices — no added sugar required.

Click here for the Blueberry Pie French Toast Muffins recipe.

Cherry and Cream Ice Pops

Cherry and Cream Ice Pops
Juicy Juice

These better-for-you ice pops are the answer to all your summer dessert cravings. Ice cold, refreshing, and packed with protein — yes, protein — these cherry and cream ice pops are dreamy, creamy, and acceptable to snack on all summer long. Bring one to the pool for a snack that won’t make you bloat.

Click here for the Cherry and Cream Ice Pops recipe.

Cherry Coconut Oatmeal Bars

Cherry Coconut Oatmeal Bars
Butter & Type

These easy-to-make snack bars contain oats, healthy fats, and cherries, all of which are bursting with nutritional benefit. Some of the oldest-living people in history swore by oatmeal. If you have time for a little meal prepping, opt for making a batch of these instead of buying store-bought granola bars — those tend to not only be much higher in sugar, but also far more processed.

Click here for the Cherry Coconut Oatmeal Bars recipe.

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
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This snack is the perfect thing to make for a romantic evening or anytime you’re craving something sweet. Get your summer fruit with a dose of dark chocolate, because why not? Dark chocolate is actually really good for you.

Click here for the Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries recipe.

Cinnamon Baked Apples

Cinnamon Baked Apples
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Instead of opting for a buttery, carb-loaded slice of apple pie, satisfy your dessert craving with some baked apples. Something incredible happens in the oven when you bake apples. These cinnamon-dusted slices are sweetened naturally — no refined sugar necessary — and still taste incredibly sweet.

Click here for the Cinnamon Baked Apples recipe.

Cookie Dough Energy Bites

Cookie Dough Energy Bites
Yuri Elkaim

If you’re going to eat a power snack like an energy bite, you might as well make one that tastes like cookie dough. But deceivingly, these bites don’t rely on added sugars or artificial sweeteners for their flavor. Instead, they are made entirely of nutrient-dense ingredients like cacao powder and almond butter.

Click here for the Cookie Dough Energy Bites recipe.

Fat-Free Banana Bread

Fat-Free Banana Bread
Katie Higgins

Instead of butter and calorie-dense oils, this recipe relies on mashed bananas, milk, and gluten-free flour — but based on the taste, you’d never be able to tell. This dessert is healthy enough to eat for breakfast.

Click here for the Fat-Free Banana Bread recipe.

Flourless Blender Brownies

Flourless Blender Brownies
Kitchen Frau

If you love brownies but hate eating all that sugar every time you crave one, these brownies could be the compromise you’ve been looking for. They’re sweetened with maple syrup instead of refined sugar; plus, each brownie is just 100 calories. They also happen to be paleo, which could be a perk if you’re into that sort of thing.

Click here for the Flourless Blender Brownies recipe.

Healthy Chocolate Mousse

Healthy Chocolate Mousse
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The best way to eat this rich, decadent chocolate mousse is as a dip for fresh strawberries. It’s far better for you than Nutella or melted chocolate — this dip is filled with avocado for some healthy fats and natural sweeteners such as fresh fruit, maple syrup, and cocoa powder.

Click here for the Healthy Chocolate Mousse recipe.

No-Bake Cinnamon Rolls

No-Bake Cinnamon Rolls
Anolon

Treat yourself to a delightful dessert you can make on your stove — no oven necessary. Despite the fact that these rolls are made from all your typical dessert ingredients (butter, sugar, flour, yum) each one is just 150 calories. No “healthy swaps” that turn out to taste like disappointment instead of dessert.

Click here for the No-Bake Cinnamon Rolls recipe.

Pretzel Peanut Butter Cups

Pretzel Peanut Butter Cups
Sally McKenney

Instead of using shortening, try swapping the ingredient for cooking oil — shortening could have dangerous trans fats. But once you make that switch, you’ll love this recipe. Unlike the ingredients on some of your favorite candy brands, everything that’s used in this recipe is simple and free of chemical additives. Plus, each cup is just over 100 calories.

Click here for the Pretzel Peanut Butter Cups recipe.

Pumpkin Pecan Cookies

Pumpkin Pecan Cookies
Whole Foods Market

These low-sugar cookies are the perfect sweet snack. They’re sweetened with orange juice and dates rather than refined sugar. But honestly, you’d never be able to tell from the warm fall flavors in every bite.

Click here for the Pumpkin Pecan Cookies recipe.

Raspberry, Cacao, and Maca Smoothie

Raspberry, Cacao, and Maca Smoothie
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When in doubt, satisfy your sweet tooth with a smoothie. Unlike juices, which have most of the fiber from fruit removed, smoothies contain all the benefits fruit provides. If you know how to make them right, you can make your smoothies taste just like dessert. This smoothie, complete with maca (a superfood you probably haven’t heard of) and cacao, is a great place to start. Then go ahead and try these other tips for better-tasting smoothies.

Click here for the Raspberry, Cacao, and Maca Smoothie recipe.

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