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If we’re being truly honest with one another, then we can confess that a really delicious dessert is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Taking the first bite (and second and third bites) of a yummy sweet treat hits the spot. I was born with quite the sweet tooth, and when it takes over, I turn to this list of the best Healthy Desserts.

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Whether you like desserts with fruity flavors, chocolatey flavor, or a mixture of both, there’s a recipe here for you. Along with my full list of healthy desserts, the recipes you’ll find here use healthy swaps that don’t compromise on flavor.

Instead of looking for healthy desserts to buy, these homemade recipes taste delicious and are better for you. And, that’s great news for those of us who love to dabble in desserts on the daily (ME).

You’ll find recipes that are perfect for special occasions, quick and easy recipes you can make when you need a sweet treat in a hurry, and comforting recipes that are best enjoyed when snuggled up on the couch with a cozy blanket.

No matter which dessert you choose to make or what reason prompts you to make, these healthy desserts will be fast favorites in your household.

Healthy Zucchini Cookies with Oatmeal and Chocolate Chips. Soft, buttery, and perfect for using up extra summer zucchini. Recipe at | @wellplated

50 Easy, Healthy Dessert Recipes

Click on any of the below to jump quickly to that category. For my best healthy dessert tips, read on.

Can I Eat Dessert and Still Lose Weight?

  • While I am not focused on weight loss myself, many people do eat dessert and still lose weight. The most important thing is to enjoy dessert in moderation. Also, choose recipes that are made with simple natural ingredients, like the recipes on this healthy desserts list.
  • Is it OK to Eat Dessert Every Day? According to a registered dietician interviewed for, it is OK to eat dessert every day—which is good news for me, because I actually eat dessert twice a day! I have a small treat after both lunch and dinner. I find that I’m less likely to overdo it, because I don’t deny myself. The most important tip she offers in the interview is to avoid other added sugars throughout the day so that you can enjoy dessert.
  • What is a Healthy Dessert for Weight Loss? Below, I have created a section of healthy desserts under 100 calories, which are great recipes to choose if you’re trying to lose weight and calorie count is a part of your weight loss plan.
  • Want More Information About Desserts and Weight Loss? I’m not a doctor or R.D., and I always recommend consulting a medical professional to find out what’s best for you.

The BEST apple crisp I ever baked! Vegan Apple Crisp with Pecan Oat Topping. EASY, healthy, and gluten free recipe made with coconut oil and maple syrup. @wellplated {clean eating approved}

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Now, let’s dive into those delicious healthy desserts!

Easy, Healthy No Bake Desserts

Vegan No Bake Salted Caramel Truffles, dipped in dark chocolate. Recipe at | @wellplated

Healthy Desserts for Kids

Easy No Peel Crockpot Applesauce in jars

Healthy Fruit Dessert Recipes

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars recipe — So easy, kids can make them! With 100% whole grains and the natural sweetness of strawberries, these simple one-bowl crumb bars are healthy enough for a snack but sweet enough for dessert. @wellplated

Healthy Vegetable Dessert Recipes

Clean Eating Sweet Potato Brownies. NO BUTTER and SUGAR FREE! Easy, healthy dessert for when you need your chocolate fix but don’t want to go over board. Recipe at | @wellplated

(Don’t Worry, You Can’t Actually Taste the Veggies)

Healthy Desserts with Chocolate Chips

These amazing vegan cookie dough bars taste like a bowl of old fashioned peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough! No bake, healthy, and gluten free. Recipe at | @wellplated

Healthy Desserts Under 100 Calories

The best lemon bars served on a wooden board with lemon slices

Healthy Desserts – Cookies

A white plate with almond flour chocolate chip cookies

Healthy Desserts for a Crowd

Strawberry frozen yogurt pie in a glass baking dish with pretzels

Healthy Desserts – Cake

Flourless Lemon Almond Cake with Fresh Berries – a light, fluffy, and gluten free dessert made with almond flour, eggs, and sugar. Simple, low carb, and perfect for any holiday or party! Recipe at | @wellplated

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Erin Clarke

Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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