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Desserts Under 250 Calories

  • Whoopie Pies

    You'll love our lighter take on these classic, cream-filled treats.

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  • Lemon Poppy-Seed Cake

    A combination of white all-purpose and whole wheat pastry flour makes a light and airy dessert that features nutritious whole grains.

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  • Dark Roast Creme Brulee

    This lighter version has less than half the calories and one-eighth the fat of a classic creme brulee.

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  • Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

    Here's a simple recipe for low-fat vanilla ice cream with 90 fewer calories than the store-bought stuff and a whopping 15 grams less fat per serving.

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  • Caramel Cream Cheese Custard

    Reduced-fat cream cheese gives this slimmed-down flan a deliciously rich texture.

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  • Chocolate Chip Cookies

    We cut the sugar and added whole grains to make these chocolaty cookies guilt-free.

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  • Peach & Blueberry Cobbler

    Try this healthier take on a traditional cobbler, with canola oil in place of some of the butter and whole wheat flour instead of white.

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  • Baby Tiramisu

    Portion control is built into these individual servings of tiramisu.

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  • Raspberry-Mango Sundae

    Fresh fruit, nuts, and nonfat frozen yogurt combine to make a healthy frozen treat.

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  • Mini Molten Chocolate Cakes with Mocha Sauce

    These gooey, mocha-flavored morsels taste sinful — but at about 120 calories each, you can have two.

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  • Frozen Raspberry Mousse

    With only 168 calories per serving, this pretty pink dessert is a diet-friendly choice.

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  • Lemon Verbena Cheesecake

    Lemon verbena, a fragrant herb, adds unique flavor to this slimmed-down vanilla cheesecake.

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  • Warm Chocolate Pudding

    This warm pudding has a deep chocolaty flavor, but it's low in fat and super-quick to make. Don't skimp on the quality of cocoa with this one — treat yourself to the good stuff.

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  • Almond & Honey-Butter Cookies

    This thumbprint cookie uses honey as the only sweetener and tender ground almonds to replace much of the butter found in similar cookies.

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  • Caramelized Pear Bread Pudding

    Use whole wheat country-style bread to make this custardy pudding more nutritious.

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  • Linzer Cake

    In this pretty cake, raspberry jam is sandwiched between almond-rich layers.

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  • French Silk Pie

    A frothy meringue is the secret to lightening the chocolate-coffee filling in this pie.

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  • Pineapple-Coconut Sorbet

    A touch of coconut milk complements sweet pineapple and creates a luxurious consistency in this sorbet.

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  • Dark Fudgy Brownies

    Use chocolate with 60 to 72 percent cacao content in these rich, fudgelike brownies for a richer flavor.

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  • Blueberry Tart with Walnut Crust

    Celebrate summer with this gorgeous tart topped with fresh blueberries.

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  • Key Lime Meringue Cake

    A cake with a meringue? Though not unheard of, this one is definitely unique; a cakey version of Key lime pie.

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  • Apricot-Almond Clafouti

    Clafouti is sort of a cross between a flan and a fruit-filled pancake. Leftovers make a delicious breakfast treat.

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  • Outrageous Macaroons

    These coconut macaroons are packed with a trail mix-inspired blend of dried fruits, nuts, and chocolate chips.

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  • Mango Bread Pudding with Chai Spices

    Chai spices complement sweet mangoes in this warm dessert. Add a splash of rum for extra kick.

    Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, March 2010.

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