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Easy to Make 10 Heart-Healthy Dessert Recipes

Easy to Make 10 Heart-Healthy Dessert Recipes. Sweets and treats aren’t off-limits if you’re aiming for a heart-healthy diet. You just have to choose carefully. High-fat content (think creamy whipped topping or buttery, dense cookies)—particularly saturated fat—can cause higher cholesterol levels in the body. Over time, elevated cholesterol can lead to heart attacks, strokes, sluggish circulation, and kidney problems.

Bake a better Heart-Healthy Dessert

These ten desserts are low in saturated fat. If you stick with healthier recipes—and less-frequent, reasonable portions—you can have your cake and eat it too!

#1 Heart-Healthy Dessert is Strawberry Shortcakes

This traditional dessert may not fit into your eating plan. With ingredients like sweet cake and whipped cream, it contains too much fat.

But you won’t notice the difference if you whip up this healthier take on the original. You’ll love it just as much as the fattier version. Also, ours uses store-bought dessert shells to cut prep time.

Saturated fat: 0.3 g

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Strawberry Shortcake


One tablespoon calorie-free sweetener
One tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup orange juice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries (about 1 pint)
Six spongecake dessert shells (5-ounce package)

How to Make It

Step 1
Combine sweetener and cornstarch in a small saucepan. Stir in orange juice. Bring to a boil; cook, continually stirring, 1 minute or until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat, and stir in extract. Cool completely.

Step 2
Combine orange juice mixture and strawberries in a bowl; stir gently. Cover and chill 30 minutes.

Step 3
To serve, spoon sauce over dessert shells.

Step 4
Tip: This delicious sauce is also good spooned over no-sugar-added ice cream, angel food cake, or fat-free pound cake.


#2 Heart-Healthy Dessert is Fudgy Cream Cheese Brownies

These gooey brownies only look unhealthy. Thanks to smart substitutions, they deliver less than 3 grams of sat-fat intake per serving. The American Heart Association recommends that a person requiring 2,000 calories a day eat less than 16 grams of saturated fat a day. (Which isn’t everyone—your calorie requirements could be lower depending on your weight, height, and amount of physical activity.) Just limit portion sizes!

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Fudgy Cream Cheese Brownies

Saturated fat: 2.8 g


3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup plus two tablespoons reduced-calorie stick margarine, softened
One large egg
One large egg white
One tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
Cooking spray
1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup “measures-like-sugar” calorie-free sweetener
Three tablespoons 1% low-fat milk

How to Make It

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2
Beat sugar and margarine with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, egg white, and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add flour and cocoa, beating well. Pour into an 8-inch square pan coated with cooking spray.

Step 3
Beat cream cheese and sweetener with a mixer at high speed until smooth. Add milk; beat well. Pour cream cheese mixture over chocolate mixture; swirl together using the tip of a knife to create a marbled effect.

Step 4
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares.


#3 Frozen Peanut Butter Pie makes a great Heart-Healthy Dessert

If you think heart-health-conscious people could never indulge in a treat like this—think again! This peanut butter pie not only cuts down on saturated fat by using fat-free dairy products but also lowers the cholesterol to a mere 2 grams because it incorporates just egg whites.

Saturated fat: 1.9 g

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Frozen Peanut Butter Pie


1 2/3 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 8 1/2 cookie sheets)
Seven tablespoons sugar,
divided two large egg whites, lightly beaten
Cooking spray
1 1/4 cups fat-free milk
2/3 cup reduced-fat crunchy peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup (4 ounces) fat-free cream cheese, softened
1 (8-ounce) container frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
Three tablespoons finely chopped salted, dry-roasted peanuts
1/4 cup shaved milk chocolate (about 1 ounce)

How to Make It

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2
Combine crumbs, three tablespoons sugar, and egg whites; toss with a fork until moist. Press into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate coated with cooking spray. Prick crust with a fork before baking. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Remove from oven; cool on a wire rack.

Step 3
Combine milk and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves, continually stirring; transfer mixture to a bowl. Add peanut butter and vanilla, stirring with a whisk until combined. Cover and chill 30 minutes.

Step 4
Place cream cheese in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add milk mixture, beating on low speed until combined. Fold in whipped topping; pour batter into prepared piecrust. Freeze, uncovered, 8 hours or overnight or until hard. Sprinkle with peanuts and shaved chocolate. Transfer pie to refrigerator 30 minutes before slicing.


#4 Heart-Healthy Dessert is Cinnamon Streusel Crisps

Some research suggests that cinnamon could help lower cholesterol, although this has yet to be proven. Still, cinnamon is an excellent way to give flavor to desserts instead of adding more butter or sugar. Try these cookies for a guiltless snack that’s easy on your heart and (thanks to the store-bought dough) even easier to make.

Saturated fat: 1 g

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Cinnamon Streusel Crisps


1 (16.5-ounce) package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

How to Make It

Preheat oven to 350°; place rack in center of oven. Freeze sugar cookie dough 1 hour. Remove from freezer, and place on cutting board. Cut dough into 1/4-inch slices (about 28–32 slices); arrange 2 inches apart on two parchment paper–lined baking sheets. Combine brown sugar, chopped pecans, cinnamon, and, if desired, nutmeg in a small mixing bowl. Spoon top cookies with 3/4 teaspoon streusel. Bake 12 minutes or until edges are crisp and browned. Let cool on baking sheet 3 minutes; remove to a wire rack to cool completely.


#5 Heart-Healthy Dessert is Vanilla Lemon Berry Parfaits

Lemon and fruit make this refreshing parfait an excellent choice for a light dessert or even for breakfast. Low-fat yogurt and fat-free vanilla pudding are substituted as an alternative to full-fat ice cream.

Saturated fats: 1 g

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Vanilla Lemon Berry Parfaits


1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 (3.5-ounce) containers fat-free vanilla pudding
Two tablespoons bottled lemon curd (such as Dickinson’s)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Two tablespoons honey Zest of 1 lemon
One tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 cups mixed berries (such as blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries) Fresh mint leaves (optional)

How to Make It

Step 1
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, pudding, lemon curd, and vanilla extract; set aside.

Step 2
In a medium mixing bowl, stir the honey, lemon zest, and lemon juice until combined. Add the mixed berries, and gently stir with a rubber spatula to coat them with the honey mixture.

Step 3
Assemble the parfaits in four 8-ounce glasses. Using measuring spoons, scoop three tablespoons of the yogurt mixture into each glass. Top with 1/4 cup of the berries, then another three tablespoons yogurt, and another 1/4 cup berries. Garnish each yogurt parfait with fresh mint, if desired. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.


#6 Heart-Healthy Dessert is Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

There’s no shortage of recipes for healthier versions of chocolate chip cookies, but this one ups the ante. It uses rolled oats (a good source of fiber and whole grain), as well as canola oil and soy milk as substitutions for butter and full-fat dairy. The recipe also contains bananas, which adds another dimension of flavor and—bonus!—are a CarbLover’s Diet CarbStar food because they contain resistant starch.

Saturated fat: 1 g

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Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


1 cup oat flour
3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raw sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup plain soy milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 ripe banana, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or another favorite nut
1/3 cup semisweet vegan chocolate chips (such as Tropical Source)

How to Make It

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine first six ingredients (through sugar) in a bowl. Whisk together oil, soy milk, and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients; stir to combine. Fold in banana, walnuts, and chocolate chips.

Step 2
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop dough onto the pan with a small ice-cream scoop. Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown, turning baking sheet halfway through. Let cool on a wire rack.


#7 Mocha Phyllo Cups is another good Heart-Healthy Dessert

Who doesn’t love a flaky and delicious pastry? However, many are high in fat and dietary cholesterol. Phyllo, on the other hand, has an airy texture and is just as flaky as the rest but won’t offer any saturated fat and cholesterol. Each of these little bites has only 1 milligram of cholesterol and 80 calories.

Saturated fat: 0 g

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Mocha Phyllo Cups


1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
1 (1.4-ounce) box fat-free, sugar-free chocolate instant pudding mix
One tablespoon instant espresso
Three sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
Cooking spray
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon sugar, divided Fat-free whipped topping

How to Make It

In a saucepan, combine milk, instant pudding mix, and instant espresso, stirring with a whisk; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; transfer to a bowl. Cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap; chill 1-4 hours. Preheat oven to 400°. Unwrap thawed phyllo dough. Lay one piece on the counter; lightly coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon sugar. Lay the second sheet on top of first; repeat steps with remaining phyllo. Cut dough into eight rectangles; fit into ungreased muffin cups. Bake 10 minutes; remove from oven. Cool 10 minutes. Remove cups from pan; cool completely. Spoon pudding into cups; top each with one teaspoon fat-free whipped topping.


#8 Heart-Healthy Dessert is Quick Baked Pears

This simple dessert of pears topped with granola and dried fruit can be prepared in about 15 minutes, making it an easy treat for guests—or for yourself. Because this dish is low in fat, there’s even room for a scoop of frozen yogurt. No guilt here!

Saturated fat: 1 g

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Quick Baked Pears


Two large Bosc pears
Two teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup dried cranberries or mixed dried fruit (such as Sun-Maid Fruit Bits)
1/4 cup low-fat granola

One-quarter cup of apple juice
1/2 cup vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt, divided into four small scoops

How to Make It

Step 1
Peel pears; cut in half lengthwise. Use a melon baller or grapefruit spoon to remove core and seeds, creating a hollow.

Step 2
Place pear halves, with cut sides up, in a glass pie plate. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over pears.

Step 3
Combine cranberries and granola; mound into hollows of the pear halves. Pour the apple juice in and around pear halves. Cover dish loosely with wax paper.

Step 4
Cook in microwave on HIGH 6-8 minutes or until the pears are tender when pierced with a knife. Let stand in the dish 5 minutes. Use a large slotted spoon to transfer the pears to serving plates.

Step 5
Drizzle juices from pie plate over pears and serve with frozen yogurt.


#9 Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake makes a great Heart-Healthy Dessert

This angel food cake has a minuscule 0.1 grams of total fat and zeroes cholesterol. The fluffy cake also offers a little bit of tang thanks to the lemon juice.

Saturated fat: 0 g

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Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake


One and a 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 (2-inch) piece vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 cup sifted cake flour (about 4 ounces)
12 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
One teaspoon lemon juice

How to Make It

Step 1
Preheat oven to 325°.

Step 2
Place 3/4 cup sugar in a small bowl. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean, and add seeds to sugar; discard pod. Work the vanilla seeds into sugar with fingers until well combined.

Step 3
Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and sugar mixture, stirring with a whisk to combine.

Step 4
Beat egg whites with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar and salt; beat until soft peaks form. Add remaining 3/4 cup sugar, two tablespoons at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Beat in juice. Sift flour mixture over egg white mixture, 1/4 cup at a time; fold in after each addition.

Step 5
Spoon the batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan, spreading evenly. Break air pockets by cutting through the dough with a knife. Bake at 325° for 50 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Invert pan; cool completely. Loosen cake from sides of pan using a narrow metal spatula. Invert cake onto plate.


# 10 Heart-Healthy Dessert is Cantaloupe Sherbet

A half cup of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream has a whopping 240 calories, 9 grams of saturated fat, and 60 milligrams of cholesterol. That’s more than half your recommended daily intake of saturated fat.

The good news is, you don’t need to give up ice cream if you’re trying to lead a healthy lifestyle. Try this surprising cantaloupe-flavored sherbet, which has only 0.2 grams of saturated fat per serving.

Saturated fat: 0.2 g

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Cantaloupe Sherbet


One large ripe cantaloupe, peeled and finely chopped (about 5 cups)
1/3 cup “measures-like-sugar” calorie-free sweetener
Two tablespoons lemon juice
Two teaspoons unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1 (8-ounce) carton vanilla fat-free yogurt sweetened with aspartame
Cantaloupe wedge (optional)

How to Make It

Step 1
Combine cantaloupe, sweetener, and lemon juice in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl.

Step 2
Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in a small saucepan; let stand 1 minute. Cook over low heat, stirring until gelatin dissolves, about 4 minutes. Add to cantaloupe mixture, mixing well. Add yogurt, stirring until smooth.

Step 3
Pour mixture into an 8-inch square pan; freeze until almost firm.

Step 4
Transfer mixture to a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until fluffy. Spoon mixture back into pan; freeze until firm.

Step 5
Scoop into five individual serving dishes to serve. Garnish each serving with a cantaloupe wedge, if desired (cantaloupe wedge not included in analysis).

There you have it. Ten wonderfully delicious heart-healthy dessert recipes.

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28 thoughts on “Easy to Make 10 Heart-Healthy Dessert Recipes

  1. I’m intrigued by the idea of mixing cream cheese with fudge! Great list! Always good to treat yourself to healthy desserts after a long week.

  2. This post makes me hungry. But, I really like it actually 🙂
    I want to treat myself with delicious desserts and at the same time, healthy. I personally think that you don’t need to sacrifice the taste just to make it healthy. You just need to find the right ingredients.

  3. I personally don’t buy the idea of a “healthy dessert”. As long as sugar’s in there, it’d be difficult for me to classify them as “healthy” in the first place

    1. Hello Azalea, the main point is that all of these desserts are low in saturated fat making them heart healthy. Yes, some do have a small amount of sugar in the recipe but some have a sugar substitute or raw sugar. Thanks for joining the conversation, Robert

  4. These desserts look really tasty! I’ll definitely try these once I get myself back! Thank you for the wonderful and healthy recipes!

  5. I’ll go for the Frozen peanut butter pie. I love peanuts any day. I love this also because it is low fat, just 2g and uses egg whites. Thanks for providing the recipe and not just the suggestions.

  6. These recipes seem to be quite good, I end up copy some. I love your recipe for cheese brownies but as I don’t use artificial sweeteners I would substitute it for coconut sugar. Maybe I will try it these weekend 🙂

  7. i never thought i will still able to enjoy all deserts above together with my healthy eating habit. Cakes, pie, parfait, strawberry shortcakes and no worries ( at least not much! ) in consuming them and obviously im going to try all these recipes. Thanks !

  8. I really enjoy your post it’s informative and engaging.i am glad you make this kind of post it will really help me to Prepare food to,my mother

    My mother has problem in heart and sugar what do you suggest for me to try if I am going to do one of your recipes for dessert .i love love the recipes you made it make feel hungry.

    1. Hi, thanks for visiting the website. All ten of these recipes are heart healthy recipes and are low in sugar. All of the ingredients are listed so just check to see what you already have and make a store list for what you don’t have. They are quick and easy to prepare. Let us know which one you tried. 

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