Low-Calorie Warm Desserts for a Satisfying Sweet Treat
Healthy Pear and Apple Quinoa Crisp
Love warm apple crisp or pie à la mode? Then you'll love its healthy cousin. Start with protein-packed quinoa, add pears, and top it all off with maple syrup. With no refined sugar or butter, this low-calorie warm dessert is a must-make this season. (Related: These Mediterranean Diet Desserts Taste So Good You'll Forget They're Good for You)
Get the recipe: Healthy Pear and Apple Quinoa Crisp
Satisfy your chocolate craving with this healthy brownie recipe. Naturally sweet dates eliminate the need for added sugar and ground flaxseed adds filling fiber. Related: Healthy Dessert Recipes with No Added Sugar and Tons of Flavor.
Get the recipe: Date-Sweetened Brownies
Vegan Pumpkin Microwave Cake
This rich, moist cake is actually fairly wholesome and has 5.5 grams of fiber thanks to flaxseed and oat flour.
2 teaspoons ground flaxseed
3 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
3 1/2 tablespoons 100 percent pure pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice or cinnamon
2 to 4 teaspoons sugar to taste
1 dash teaspoon salt
1/3 cup oat flour or all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Line a ramekin with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together flaxseed and almond milk. Stir in pumpkin, apple pie spice, sugar, and salt. Stir in oat flour, then mix in baking powder (batter should be thick). Scoop into prepared baking dish and microwave for about 4 minutes or until surface springs back when tapped. Let cool slightly. (Related: These Vegan Dessert Recipes Will Make You Forget All About Dairy and Eggs.)
Nutrition score per serving: 289 calories, 3g fat, 59.5g carbs, 7g protein
Recipe provided by Desserts with Benefits
Simple Oat and Pecan Blueberry Crisp
While you might think of blueberries as a summer fruit, frozen berries are available year round (and are just as nutritious as the fresh variety). That's good news because this low-calorie warm dessert recipe calls for four cups! The nearly six grams of fiber will fill you up.
Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding
Protein powder and Greek yogurt give this bread pudding a whopping 39.6 grams of protein.
Low-Carb Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
This low-calorie warm dessert recipe is also low-carb, dairy-free, gluten-free, and it has optional vegan substitutions—talk about a crowd-pleaser. And come on, it's a giant cookie!
Fresh Orange Scones
Did you know that winter is actually when most citrus fruits reach peak freshness? Yep! As if you needed another excuse to try these orange scones. Fresh juice and zest provide a zing of bright citrus flavor.
Caramel Apple Trifles
Layers of apples, granola, and whipped cream, plus homemade caramel sauce—sold! Try the homemade granola, too, and you'll have leftovers to sprinkle on smoothie bowls and on top of yogurt.
Coconut Honey Crepes with Whipped Mascarpone & Blood Orange Compote
Creamy mascarpone is just right for stuffing in crepes. The Italian cheese is a good source of calcium and Vitamin A, just be mindful of the serving size. The blood oranges add a beautiful deep color that gives this dessert a festive look, too.