We all love dessert, especially those of us who are cursed (or blessed, depending on how you look at it) with a sweet tooth, but let’s be honest, desserts may taste great but they are not always a healthy option. Thankfully there are healthier, low fat dessert options out there that will still satisfy that craving while going a little easier on your midsection. As a bonus, there are also low fat vegan dessert options that are a delicious and healthy alternative to regular desserts and an even healthier choice than low fat treats. Here’s a look at ten of the most delicious low fat desserts, including some that can be given a vegan spin!
10. Key Lime Pie
This classic can be made low fat by substituting regular milk with fat-free, sweetened condensed milk, and also by cutting out some fat in the crust by replacing some of the butter with tablespoons of honey and coconut milk. For an even healthier and virtually fat-free spin on key lime pie, try going with a vegan option and use coconut milk instead of sweetened condensed milk.
9. Fresh Fruit
This is a staple of low fat desserts. A bowl of chilled strawberries, a fruit salad, or a cooked-fruit compote, no matter which option you go with, you’re going to be getting a fresh and delicious low fat dessert.
8. Coconut Cream Pie
A dessert as delicious as this CAN be made into a low fat option! Just substitute some of the traditional ingredients with lower fat options such as low fat milk, and a light and fluffy meringue topping.
7. Angel Food Cake
This dessert is low in calories, with no fat which makes it the perfect option for anyone looking for a sweet and guilt-free treat. Feel free to sweeten things up a little more by glazing the cake with a fruit juice and powdered sugar mixture.
You can make this delicious dessert into a low fat option by replacing egg yolks and mascarpone with reduced-fat cream cheese and low fat milk. Also, make sure not to overdo it with the whipped cream! Vegan tiramisu is an even healthier option with even less fat, and it still packs that delicious tiramisu flavour that you know and love!
5. Light Ice Cream
Yes, you read that right; ice cream can be low fat! There are plenty of lighter brands out there that can help ease the guilt of eating ice cream. You can even dress it up with fresh berries, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
This chocolate lover’s classic can be made low fat by using fat-free evaporated milk and unsweetened cocoa in the recipe. It’s a great dessert choice for those that are in love with the cocoa bean. Vegan ganache is an even healthier option with even less fat and the same great chocolaty taste; Just use coconut milk and dairy-free dark chocolate.
Ah cheesecake, a true classic. You can cut out some of the fat by using light cream cheese in the preparation, and by using lower-fat cookies or graham crackers and less butter in the crust.
When it comes to classic desserts, pudding is hard to beat. Making this staple of a dessert into a low fat treat is easy; all you need to do is use low fat milk in the recipe! Add some fresh fruit, such as raspberries, to liven things up a bit.
We know what you’re thinking, how can s’mores be low fat? It’s actually quite easy! Just use low fat graham crackers and only use a sliver of chocolate and sugar-free marshmallows. You’d be surprised how much you can get out of smaller amounts of chocolate!
These are just some of the delicious low-fat dessert options that can be made, feel free to explore more delicious choices!