18 Lightened-Up Desserts That Are Both Decadent AND Diet-Friendly
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18 Lightened-Up Desserts That Are Both Decadent AND Diet-Friendly

You’ve been putting in extra hours at the gym, guzzling plenty of water and eating healthy all week, but then nighttime rolls around and your craving for something sweet hits HARD. The thing is, you don’t have to tell your sweet tooth to chill and deprive yourself completely. It’s possible to still indulge in dessert without totally canceling out all your hard work. Here are 18 lightened-up dessert recipes that you’ll go absolutely crazy over.

1. Peanut Butter Pie: This super easy no-bake dessert combines peanut butter, fat-free whipped cream and reduced fat cream cheese in a sweet graham cracker crust. After you pour in all the ingredients, drizzle a little chocolate syrup on top and dig in. (via Skinny Taste)

2. Peach and Blueberry Greek Yogurt Cake: Made with fresh blueberries and peaches and lightened up with creamy Greek yogurt, this cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch or dessert. Just make sure you finish it within the first two days (it’s a little too moist on day three), which shouldn’t be a problem because it’s SO good. (via Julia’s Album)

3. Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Bars: Now you can have dessert + second dessert. These decadent dark chocolate bars come together entirely in the food processor and will be ready to eat in an hour. Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks, if they somehow manage to last that long. (via Running With Spoons)

4. Creamy Ricotta Cannoli: If you thought you had to give up cannolis just because you’re trying to watch your calories, think again. The shells in this recipes are completely baked instead of partially fried like in classic versions. Make the shells on the smaller side and it’ll feel like you’re eating more than you actually are. (via Diethood)

5. Chocolate Fruit Dip: If you’re going to eat a big plate of fruit, you might as well have something chocolatey and delicious to dip it in. This cream cheese and cocoa powder-based treat will have you craving fresh fruit like never before. (via Cooking Classy)

6. Skinny Cookie Dough Popsicles: Not even ice cream is off limits if you choose the right recipe. A sweet chocolate chip cookie dough is sandwiched between layers of non-fat honey Greek yogurt to bring you a dessert that is both light and satisfying. (via Chocolate and Carrots)

7.  Low Fat Apple Cake: With only 116 calories per slice and absolutely no butter or oil in the batter, this cake is a healthy dessert dream come true. Sprinkle with powdered sugar right before serving for a touch of extra sweetness to complement the tart green apples. (via Easy as Apple Pie)

8. Banana Pudding Trifle: Sometimes the presentation alone can make a lighter dessert feel more luxurious. So instead of just spooning this banana pudding in a bowl, grab one of your stemless wine glasses and create a simple layered trifle. (via Dashing Dish)

9. Skinny Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars: While these may look and taste like a diet deal breaker, there are actually only 128 calories in each bar. Greek yogurt and reduced-fat cream cheese are key in keeping these on the lighter side without sacrificing on the creamy, tasty flavor. (via Sally’s Baking Addiction)

10. Chocolate Orange Muffins: Made with unsweetened almond milk, orange flavoring and a touch of dark chocolate, these muffins are one dessert you won’t have to feel naughty thinking about. Whip up a batch and you’ll be snacking guilt-free for the next three days. (via Wallflower Girl)

11. Frozen Fruit Skewers: Munching on frozen fruit is a great way to cater to your sweet tooth without canceling out your morning spin class. Drizzle on a bit of semi-sweet chocolate and freeze for a grab-and-go dessert anytime the craving calls. (via Carl’s Bad Cravings)

12. Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake Donuts:  Yes, even donuts can be lightened up. The recipe calls for whole wheat flower, almond milk, ground flax seed and a scrumptious powdered sugar vanilla glaze. These chocolate donuts are going to be your new favorite after-dinner snack. So grab a glass of that almond milk and start dunking. (via Bran Appetit)

13. Strawberry Ice Cream: You’re only three ingredients away from a big bowl of fresh strawberry ice cream. Combine frozen strawberries, one egg white and vanilla extract in your blender and puree until smooth. Store the leftovers in your freezer and enjoy any time of the day for a guilt-free snack. (via The Easy Healthy Way)

14. Greek Yogurt Banana and Oat Bread: This banana bread won’t leave you feeling bloated and heavy afterward. Greek yogurt acts as a lighter, healthier replacement for butter and oil in the batter, and the chocolate chunks make the bread taste indulgent instead of like a total sacrifice. (via Chelsea’s Messy Apron)

15. Classic Pavlova: This meringue-based dessert is light and airy, and looks so good your friends will be lining up for a slice (and seconds!). Top with fresh fruit and powdered sugar and you’re ready to eat. (via Sweet and Savory)

16. Chocolate Pudding: There’s a time and place for avocados (guac, anyone?) but this chocolate pudding is not one of them. Instead, this pudding is lightened up with coconut milk and your favorite no-calorie sweetener. (via Chocolate Covered Katie)

17. Heavenly Blueberry and Cream Dessert: Heavenly is the absolute right word to describe this dessert. Use a store-bought angel food cake to save yourself some time and layer it with homemade whipped cream and fresh blueberries. Stick the completed trifle in the fridge and try to distract yourself for the next two hours while it chills. (via Mel’s Kitchen Cafe)

18. Cream Cheese Lemon Coffee Cake: Skip the calorie-laden slice of coffee cake and go with this lighter lemon version instead. The crumbly topping and tangy flavor will leave you wanting more, and that’s one craving you *can* give in to. (via Lovely Little Kitchen)

What’s your favorite lightened-up dessert? Plan on trying any of the delicious options on our list? Hit us up on Twitter and let us know!