Are you craving a delicious dessert but are worried about all of those calories? Whether you’re on a particular diet or simply want to monitor your daily calorie intake, it may be hard to find appropriate sweet treats that you could enjoy guilt-free. Just don’t despair and fall into the trap of thinking that everything that tastes good has to necessarily be bad for you. This is not the case in the slightest because there are many ways around this problem! Check out our list of the best low-calorie desserts to make at home for some inspiration:
1. Brown Rice Pudding
You will need (makes 8):
- 4 cups of fat-free milk
- 3/4 cup of brown rice
- 1/4 cup of sugar or a substitute
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- ground cinnamon, to serve
- 1/2 cup toasted almonds, to serve
With under 150 calories per serving, this delicious brown rice pudding is sure to quickly become a favourite with you and your friends. It’s also very easy to make, so you won’t have to worry about making mistakes. It’s perfect for when you’re a bit too lazy to cook!
First, preheat the oven to 180C, coat a non-stick casserole in oil, and mix the main ingredients in it. Then simply cover and bake for about 2 hours or until the rice is tender. Finally, let the mixture stand for 30 minutes so that the pudding can thicken.
2. Bloomin’ Grilled Apples
You will need (makes 4):
- 4 apples
- 2 tablespoons of melted butter
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon sugar
- 1/2 cup of caramel, plus more for drizzling
- 1/3 cup of chopped pecans
- vanilla ice cream, to serve
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, so you can definitely indulge in this incredible dessert without having to worry about anything. Also, we can guarantee that you’ll have tons of fun learning to slice the apples in such a peculiar fashion.
Begin by cutting off the top quarter of the apples and coring them. Then make a deep cut around the centre of each apple and then flip over the apples to make narrow cuts all around. Stir together the melted butter and cinnamon-sugar, brush the resulting mixture over the apples, and fill them with caramel and pecans. Finally, wrap the apples in foil and grill them for 15 minutes or until tender. Top it all off with some ice cream and a caramel drizzle.
3. Watermelon and Strawberry Popsicles
You will need (makes 6):
- 3/4 cup of sliced strawberries and 2 cups of whole strawberries
- 2 cups of cubed and seeded watermelon
- 1/4 cup of lime juice
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
What could possibly be easier than this refreshing, summery dessert! These popsicles contain such a minuscule amount of calories per serving that you’ll be able to uphold your diet at the same time as enjoying these incredible sweet treats.
Begin by pressing the sliced strawberries into the sides of the popsicle moulds. Then blend together the watermelon, strawberries, lime juice, brown sugar and salt, pour the entire mixture through a fine sieve, and then divide it between the moulds. Pop everything into the freezer for 6 hours and voila! You’ve made a mouthwatering treat that can keep for up to three weeks. This is one of the best low-calorie desserts!
4. Chocolate Blueberry Clusters
You will need (makes 15):
- 1 1/2 cups of melted chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 2 cups of blueberries
- flake sea salt, to serve
Here’s another ridiculously easy low-calorie dessert that doesn’t require that much time or effort to prepare. Just be warned that you’ll want to keep eating this until you explode, so it might be good to make smaller batches at a time.
To start off with, line a baking tray with parchment paper. Mix the melted chocolate and the coconut oil, spoon a small bit of the mixture onto the tray, and add 4-5 blueberries on top. Then drizzle the clusters with chocolate and add some sea salt. Finally, freeze the dessert for about 10 minutes or until it sets.
5. Strawberry and Banana Frozen Yoghurt Cups
You will need (makes 12):
- 3 ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup of chopped strawberries
- 2 cups of fat-free Greek
Frozen yoghurt has recently exploded all over social media as one of the best low-calorie treats that pretty much everyone can enjoy. It’s so simple yet so delicious, which explains why it’s so popular. This particular recipe is definitely one of our favourites, but you could customise it by adding your own yoghurt flavours and fruit combinations.
All you need to do is mash the bananas until smooth, add the yoghurt, and mix it together. Then spoon the mixture into foil bake cups and top with strawberries. Cover and freeze for 4 hours or until firm, then let the cups stand at room temperature for about 10 minutes to ensure that they’re soft enough to eat. This is one of the tastiest low-calorie desserts!
6. Paleo Chocolate Mousse
You will need (makes 2):
- 2 ripe avocados
- 3/4 cup of heavy cream
- 1/2 cup of melted chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1/4 cup of chocolate curls, to serve
Don’t let that heavy cream fool you – this tasty dessert still fits into the low-calorie category and can be enjoyed without any unnecessary feelings of regret. Despite the long list of ingredients, this chocolate mousse is super easy to make and will quickly become a hit with anyone who tries it.
Just grab a food processor and combine all of the ingredients until smooth. Pour the mixture into glasses and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Top everything off with some chocolate curls and you’re good to go! This is one of the best low-calorie desserts!