Recipe Makeovers

Lighter, healthier, but just as tasty: See how we made over these favorite dishes.

Lighter Desserts

For a happy, healthy ending to your dinner, indulge in one of these heavenly desserts.

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Lighter Tiramisu

Lighter Tiramisu

We cut fat by 75% and calories by half, but our version is still divine.

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Shortcut Strawberry Shortcakes

Recipe Makeover: Quick Strawberry Shortcakes

Whole grains, juicy berries, and a heavenly yogurt cream for 224 calories

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Butterscotch Blondies

Recipe Makeover: Blondies Made Better

Half the calories, 100% whole grain, and full of buttery brown sugar goodness—that's the new blondie.

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Lighter Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie: Recipe Makeover

It may have seemed like a light, ethereal pie all along, but it wasn't—until now. We kept the tang and the graham goodness. By: Sidney Fry, MS, RD

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A Lighter Churn

Vanilla Ice Cream: Recipe Makeover

Our classic vanilla ice cream has 75% less fat—but it's still creamy and rich, thanks to one secret ingredient.

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Lighter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Lighter Chocolate Chip Cookies

The classic chocolate chip treat is made lighter and better with browned butter, dark chocolate, and whole grains. By Sidney Fry, MS, RD

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Lighter Apple Pie

Recipe Makeover: Our 1987 Apple Pie

Could new kitchen techniques improve on one of our very first recipes? Yes, with a secret ingredient in the crust. By Sidney Fry, MS, RD

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Lighter Lemon Squares

Lighter Lemon Squares

Creamy, zippy citrus meets nutty cookie goodness. By Sidney Fry, MS, RD

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Lighter Fruitcake

Lighter Fruitcake

Butt of jokes, doorstop heft: Time to trade in the old stuff for a truly tasty holiday treat. By Sidney Fry, MS, RD

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Lighter Peach Turnovers

Lighter Peach Turnovers

A rich, juicy filling and flaky crust—this treat is picnic-ready.

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Lighter Piña Coladas

Lighter Piña Coladas

You'll like our way of losing almost all the sat fat while keeping the delicious coconutty goodness.

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Lighter Bread Pudding

Lighter Bread Pudding

No, we're not sabotaging your healthy eating habits!

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Less-than-a-Pound Pound Cake

Lighter Pound Cake

Less-than-a-pound pound cake--a new classic.

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Carrot Cake Recipe

Lighter Carrot Cake

We radically slim down one of the most egregiously over-the-top cakes in the universe. By Sidney Fry, MS, RD

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Healthy Roasted Banana Pudding Recipe

Lighter Banana Pudding

This classic dish became magically richer and more decadent as we lightened it up.

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Butterscotch Bars

Recipe Makeover: Butterscotch Bars

We found sweet success creating a healthier version of a reader's favorite desserts.

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Coconut Cream Pie

Lighter Coconut Cream Pie

We fluff up the flavor, deploy an Italian meringue, and re-create a blue-ribbon dessert that won't march your diet into madness.

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Lighten Up: Ice Cream Treasures

Lighten Up: Ice Cream Treasures

An ice cream treat is revamped for a Missouri grandmother and her family

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Cool, Creamy, Chocolaty

Cool, Creamy, Chocolaty Treat

With our help, this three-layer sweet stays in our Tennessee reader’s repertoire.

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Chocolate Chip Cannoli

Makeover: Cannoli

Our lighter version has the crunch and creaminess without the calories and saturated fat.

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Mint Condition Treats

Lighter Chocolate-Mint Bars

Our trimmed-down Chocolate-Mint Bars surpass their former rich reputation.

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Blueberry Cobbler

Lighter Blueberry Cobbler

Hot, delicious fruit paired with ice cream―no wonder it's an American favorite.

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Wedding Cookie Conundrum

Wedding Cookie Conundrum

We solve a Connecticut banker’s baking problems with ingredient modifications and a change in technique.

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Mom’s Sour Cream Pound Cake

Lighter Sour Cream Pound Cake

This old-time recipe gets a calorie and fat makeover.

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Mudslide Cookies Recipes

Lightened Mudslide Cookies

These decadent cookies will satisfy any chocoholic's craving.

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Swag Bars

Lighten Up: Swag Bars

Our editor in chief requests a slimmed-down version of a North Carolina inn’s decadent treat.

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Steamed Pudding with Lemon Sauce

Recipe Makeover: Holiday Classics

We lightened eight seasonal favorites for a good-for-you holiday spread.

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Cream Cheese Danish Braid

Recipe Makeover: A Dandier Danish

A gooey cream cheese pastry with less fat, half the sugar, and a touch of whole-grain goodness

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