Sweet Treats Under 150 Calories

Go ahead, indulge yourself with our best low-calorie cookies, desserts, and brownies. 

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth for Less Than 150 Calories

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Indulge Your Sweet Tooth for Less Than 150 Calories

Sometimes indulging your sweet tooth with a smart choice saves you from impulsively diving into that leftover candy in the break room. We’ve collected our most delicious low-calorie desserts—cookies, desserts, bars, and brownies—all that ring in at 150 calories or less. Take care to watch for serving size, stick to that, and you’re ready to enjoy dessert.

Cookies are usually the culprits to poor eating choices. Try a healthier recipe like these Chocolate-Cherry Cookies and pack one to go. It’s your own little 100-calorie snack, homemade in your kitchen (these ring in at just under 100 calories each).

View Recipe: Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies

Low-Cal Cherry-Merlot Granita

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Cherry-Merlot Granita

Sweet cherries and robust merlot make for a colorful, refreshing chilled dessert. Because the granita requires at least 8 hours to freeze, add this to your list of smart entertaining recipes. Or have it on hand for a low-calorie mid-week dessert.

View Recipe: Cherry-Merlot Granita

Low-Cal Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

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Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

With dried apples and caramel candies in every bite, our less-than-100-calorie oatmeal cookies give you the flavors of fall year-round. The recipe makes 4-dozen cookies, so freeze the dough or make them all for a smart bake-sale addition.

View Recipe: Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies

Low-Cal Fig-Pecan Macaroons

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Fig-Pecan Macaroons

Because macaroons are made with egg whites and no fat, they are naturally low-calorie without having to add any artificial ingredients (2 of our macaroons have only 86 calories!). This rendition also features intensely sweet dried figs. Be sure to remove and discard the hard stems of the figs before chopping them.

View Recipe: Fig-Pecan Macaroons

Low-Cal Chocolate-Amaretti Peaches

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Chocolate-Amaretti Peaches

Adapted from a dessert of peaches filled with amaretti and cocoa powder, our version of this quick dessert uses shaved bittersweet chocolate for added richness. Look for amaretti cookies at specialty or gourmet markets; they have a distinct almond-amaretto flavor and crunchy texture. In a pinch, you can substitute crumbled almond biscotti.

View Recipe: Chocolate-Amaretti Peaches

Low-Cal Deep Dark Chocolate Biscotti

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Deep Dark Chocolate Biscotti

Whole-wheat flour, flaxseed, and almonds add fiber and antioxidants to these delicious biscotti. At under 100 calories each, one biscotti dunked in a cup of hot coffee sounds like the perfect afternoon treat.

View Recipe: Deep Dark Chocolate Biscotti

Low-Cal Lavender-Scented Strawberries with Honey Cream

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Lavender-Scented Strawberries with Honey Cream

Showcase fresh berries in this rich, not-too-sweet dessert. Be sure to use Greek yogurt, which has been strained and is very thick and creamy. Serve in a pretty stemmed dish for a special touch.

View Recipe: Lavender-Scented Strawberries with Honey Cream

Low-Cal Fudgy Brownies

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Fudgy Brownies

We give you fudgy, decadent brownies at less than 150 calories by replacing the typical ton of butter with a combo of low-fat baking tricks. Two kinds of chocolate—cocoa and melted dark chocolate—add deep chocolate flavor.

View Recipe: Fudgy Brownies

Low-Cal Cranberry-Jalapeño Granita

Cranberry-Jalapeño Granita

Finish off the evening with a spicy-sweet iced dessert featuring cranberry juice, mint, jalapeño pepper, and fresh lime juice. The complex flavors make this an adult favorite that can be enjoyed year round. Use low-calorie cranberry juice to lower the calories and sugar content.

View Recipe: Cranberry-Jalapeño Granita

Low-Cal Pink Grapefruit Sorbet

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Pink Grapefruit Sorbet

Two ingredients—freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice and sugar—prove that simple, natural ingredients offer great results. A serving delivers about two-thirds of your RDA for vitamin C, and at only 145 calories you can enjoy every bite.

View Recipe: Pink Grapefruit Sorbet

Low-Cal Butterscotch Bars

Butterscotch Bars

A small square of these rich bars is enough to satisfy a dessert craving. The flour and oats mixture is somewhat dry after combining, but it serves as both a solid base for the soft butterscotch chip layer and a crumbly, streusel-like topping.

View Recipe: Butterscotch Bars

Low-Cal Crema Catalana

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Crema Catalana

Crema Catalana is a Spanish version of the favorite, crème brulée, and is every bit as rich and decadent. Who would think this crunchy-sugar coated custard could be low-cal? Believe it. Each serving has only 142 calories.

View Recipe: Crema Catalana

Low-Cal Minted Watermelon and Lemon Ice Pops

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Minted Watermelon and Lemon Ice Pops

Boasting just 82 calories and a boatload of vitamin C, these double-decker popsicles feature a sweet-tart lemon layer topped with a minty watermelon layer. If you prefer one flavor over the other, double the amount of ingredients required for each layer and make single flavored pops.

View Recipe: Minted Watermelon and Lemon Ice Pops

Low-Cal Mango-Lime Ice

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Mango-Lime Ice

Extremely healthy and naturally fat-free, sweet mango ice provides both vitamins A and C from the mangoes and orange juice. Enjoy this simple, make-ahead dish as a warm weather dessert or afternoon snack.

View Recipe: Mango-Lime Ice

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