Cool and Creamy Desserts Under 300 Calories

Experience the pleasure of rich desserts without the guilt.

  • Coconut Cream Pie
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Coconut Cream Pie

    With flavors better than the traditional version, the Cooking Light Test Kitchen shaved over 200 calories and 10 grams of saturated fat off this coconut cream pie while still maintaining its creamy, fluffy Italian meringue.
  • How to Make Peanut Butter Pie

    Peanut Butter Pie

    This light version ticks all the flavor boxes, and satisfies your craving for all that creamy, nutty goodness.
  • Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée
    Randy Mayor; Mary Catherine Muir

    Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée

    Melting the brown sugar topping in the microwave instead and pouring it over each chilled dessert keeps the custard cold so it can be served in the classic tradition. Vanilla beans, found in the spice section in the supermarket, are worth the extra expense.
  • Cool, Creamy Chocolate Dessert
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Cool, Creamy Chocolate Dessert

    You can make this up to one day ahead, but spread the remaining whipped topping mixture over the chocolate pudding layer right before serving.
  • Lemon-Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Lemon-Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Blueberry Sauce.

    This is a great make-ahead dessert. The creamy texture of the panna cotta is a nice match for summer fruit. Running a knife around the edge of each prepared custard makes it easier to remove to a plate.
  • Tiramisu
    Randy Mayor; Leigh Ann Ross


    Tiramisu is a great dessert to serve at dinner parties. Your guests will love the light and creamy taste of this 5-star dish, as well as the espresso drizzle on top.
  • Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse
    Oxmoor House

    Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse

    Fluffy and rich, mousse is a classic make-ahead dessert. Serve this healthy version as a satisfying midday snack or an after-dinner indulgence.
  • Key Lime Pie

    Key Lime Pie

    Just six ingredients needed for this refreshingly tangy homemade pie. Using a reduced-fat ready-made graham cracker crust cuts the prep time.
  • Cherries Jubilee Ice Cream Pie
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Cherries Jubilee Ice Cream Pie

    The filling for this ice cream pie combines vanilla ice cream with a cherry-brandy puree. Top with cherry-brandy sauce for an impressive finish.
  • Honey Crème Brûlée with Raspberries
    Randy Mayor

    Honey Crème Brûlée with Raspberries

    Honey adds a unique sweetness that's complemented by the tart raspberries.
  • Chocolate Parfaits

    Chocolate Parfaits

    Use sugar-free, instant chocolate pudding instead of regular for a low-sugar filling that's still rich and creamy.
  • Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

    Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

    Traditionally, a slice of cheesecake averages about 50 grams of fat per serving, but this one has a fraction of that amount, weighing in at just 5.3 grams per serving.
  • Brandied Berry Milk Shake

    Brandied Berry Milk Shake

    Add brandy to this triple-berry milk shake that's strictly for grown-ups.
  • Caramel Custard

    Caramel Custard

    Boost your calcium intake with a serving of dairy-packed custard.
  • Chocolate Fudge Pie
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Chocolate Fudge Pie

    Our reviewers raved that this 5-star, make-ahead pie is easy to assemble and a definite crowd-pleaser.
  • Lavender-Scented Strawberries with Honey Cream
    Photo: Sang An; Styling: Pam Morris

    Lavender-Scented Strawberries with Honey Cream

    Showcase the season's first berries in this rich, not-too-sweet dessert. Be sure to use Greek yogurt, which has been strained and is thus very thick and creamy.
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