Non-Chocolate Dessert Recipes You’ll Crave
Whether you’re not a big fan of chocolate or you’re just looking for something different, we’ve got you covered! We know a lot of the desserts out there are chocolate-based, but we’ve devised a list of 15 non-chocolate desserts that will absolutely satisfy your sweet tooth without derailing your diet. The list we’ve rounded up has a little something for everyone but any of these choices would make a healthful alternative to traditional desserts like pie, ice cream or cake.
Check out our list and find your new favorite non-chocolate dessert recipe in the mix:
These sliced and baked apples taste and smell a lot like apple pie—but without the work or the guilt. With just five simple ingredients (sliced apples, lemon juice, sugar-free syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg), and three easy steps, this recipe can be assembled in a pinch. That means if you’re craving something sweet and tempted to reach for an unhealthy option, you can whip this up in no time. Plus, without all the added sugar of most apple-based desserts (we’re looking at you, apple pie!), the nutritional perks of apples, including fiber, vitamins A and C, and flavonoids, don’t get overridden.
Seriously, who needs chocolate when this non-chocolate dessert recipe is on the menu?!
Bet you never thought you’d be able to eat cheesecake as part of your healthy eating regimen! But these yummy cheesecake bites are just 50 calories each and made from healthful ingredients like Greek yogurt, dates and almonds. These non-chocolate sweet treats are also incredibly easy to make, and as the name says, require no baking. A single batch makes 20 servings, making it easy to whip up a bunch and be set for a while.
This sweet treat is a delicious way to fit in a little bit of extra fruit before your day is done. The simple crust of these fruit tarts is made using almond flour and whole wheat flour while the filling is a mixture of ricotta cheese, Greek yogurt, a bit of stevia and a handful of the fruit of your choice (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or kiwi work great). It’s a great alternative to a fruit pie or even traditional fruit tarts which tend to pack a lot of unnecessary sugar. It’s a non-chocolate masterpiece you won’t regret eating the next day!
While we often think of pecan pie as a “fall treat,” it certainly doesn’t have to be Autumn for you to dive in to this delicious non-chocolate dessert. This pecan pie fudge is a healthier alternative to the sugar-laden traditional pecan pie. Not surprisingly, the first ingredient in this recipe is pecans, which are high in healthy unsaturated fat and can help lower “bad” cholesterol. After processed until smooth, the pecans are combined with coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, maple extract, ground cinnamon and stevia for a sweet indulgence that won’t completely derail your diet.
Whether you are on a gluten-free diet or not, these simple and sweet cookies are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. And if you like a soft and chewy cookie, this is definitely the non-chocolate treat for you. It combines the flavors of ginger, cinnamon, molasses and vanilla to make you feel like you splurged even though you really didn’t. With just 102 calories per serving, these sweet little cookies won’t be a setback to your healthy lifestyle.
This flavorful mousse packs in nine grams of protein with creamy and delicious goodness. Super simple to make, all you need to do is combine the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Then, top your mouthwatering mousse with fresh berries (like raspberries, blackberries or blueberries) to get in a healthful dose of vitamins and antioxidants, too.
Peaches, which are rich in vitamin C, are a sweet treat on their own. But this honey whipped dessert makes them even more indulgent by blending sweet honey with rich ricotta cheese, adding a smidge of some almond flavor, and topping it all with juicy grilled peaches. Plus, it packs in eight energizing grams of protein. Talk about a non-chocolate dessert that seriously satisfies!
This dessert is truly one-of-a-kind. It incorporates not only the flavor of vanilla ice cream, but of birthday cake as well—all without the guilt. Our “Nice Cream” uses a frozen banana and almond milk as its base, allowing you to enjoy the indulgence of an ice cream-like treat, without the dairy. Some of our Vanilla FreshStart Shake, butter extract, vanilla extract and rainbow sprinkles add in the vanilla and cake flavors without punching up the calorie count. Need to replenish your FreshStart Shake stock? Click here to order more >
Have you tried a mug cake yet? Mug cakes (which are just what they sound like…a cake whipped up in a mug) are incredibly simple to make, hence their popularity. Our recipe for bread pudding mug cake is made from whole wheat bread, egg whites, almond milk, fresh berries and some stevia and cinnamon for sweet flavor. It’s only a matter of mixing it up in the mug and microwaving it—simple and easy! What’s also great about it is the fact that it makes portion sizing easy. Instead of trying to limit yourself to one slice of an entire cake, you only cook what you eat. Want more mug cake recipes? Click here for four more >
This recipe combines two all-time dessert flavor favorites—pumpkin and rice pudding. On the Nutrisystem program, this creamy pudding counts as just one SmartCarb and because it’s made with brown rice, it even gets in some whole grains. Made in a slow cooker, it’s a “set it and forget it” type of recipe that has the added bonus of making your whole house smell great!
At the base of our frozen yogurt bark recipe is a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt, an excellent source of calcium, potassium and protein. Mixed with vanilla extract and Truvia for some added sweetness and flavor, the yogurt is spread out on a baking sheet to freeze and topped with pistachios, dried cranberries and chocolate chips (totally optional so forego them if you’re really not craving chocolate). Pop it in the freezer for two hours and voila! You’ve got a delicious sweet treat that won’t wreak havoc on your healthy diet.
There’s a reason “Easy” is part of this non-chocolate cookie’s name. It truly is so simple that you’ll never go back to store-bought thumbprint cookies again. Combining a cup of oats with a mashed banana and some cinnamon, these delicious cookies are each topped with a small spoonful of sugar-free jelly. They are sweet and satisfying, making them a great dessert choice.
These simple Oatmeal Raisin Cookies combine bananas with rolled oats and raisins. That’s it! They are so easy to make that you can whip up a batch as soon as a craving strikes, and have them ready in no time. And with no added sugar, these are cookies you can actually feel good about eating. On the Nutrisystem plan, two cookies count as just one SmartCarb. Plus, you’ve got the goodness of potassium-rich bananas, fiber-laden raisins and hearty oats to fill you up and energize you.
Fruit salad makes a healthy, nutritious and delicious dessert choice and this is one fruit salad that you’ll definitely love. In our version, fresh fruit is tossed in lemon juice and honey and sprinkled with some chopped basil for something truly unique and tasty.
This slow cooker recipe combines some fiber-filled Granny Smith apples with cranberries, cinnamon and maple syrup for a decadent-tasting dish that only has 155 calories per serving. As a slow cooker recipe, it’s so easy to make, it might just become your new go-to dessert.