6-Ingredient Fruit Desserts

These high-flavor, low-calorie fruit desserts have no more than 6 ingredients and are ready in less than 10 minutes.

  • Cantaloupe with Balsamic Berries and Cream
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    Cantaloupe with Balsamic Berries and Cream

    Top juicy, sliced cantaloupe with ice cream, berries, and a drizzle of sweet and tangy balsamic glaze for an easy dessert under 175 calories. Pair this Italian-inspired dessert with a light entree.

  • Zabaglione with Fresh Berries
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    Zabaglione with Fresh Berries

    Finish your next steak dinner with this light-as-air Italian custard and a mix of your favorite fresh berries. Raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries balance well with the sweet Marsala wine in the custard. And at less than 200 calories, the zabaglione will soothe your sweet tooth without filling you up.


  • Raspberry-Lemon Parfaits
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    Raspberry-Lemon Parfaits

    Pucker up! This refreshingly tart dessert layers angel food cake, raspberries, and creamy lemon yogurt for less than 300 calories. To show off this beautiful treat, serve your parfaits in stemless wine glasses.

    Prep: 5 minutes; Other: 5 minutes

  • Strawberry-Banana Pudding
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    Strawberry-Banana Pudding

    Perfect for the crowd at your next picnic, this recipe is a light twist on traditional banana pudding. Convenience items like whipped topping and instant pudding make prep quick and easy. Add a single layer of sliced strawberries to the top for a burst of antioxidants and bright color and flavor.

  • Mandarin Oranges with Grand Marnier and Mascarpone
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    Mandarin Oranges with Grand Marnier and Mascarpone

    This cool dessert can be on your table before the dishes are cleared. Add a little punch to the oranges with a splash of Grand Marnier, and top with just-sweet-enough mascarpone cheese. Serve in martini or wine glasses with a sprig of mint for a stylish presentation.

    Prep: 8 minutes

  • Tropical Fruit Ambrosia with Rum
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Tropical Fruit Ambrosia with Rum

    Travel to the islands with this dessert of chopped mango, kiwi, coconut, lime, and rum. If you have little ones at your gathering, substitute the rum for mango nectar or OJ. One reader stated, "This ambrosia makes for a beautiful presentation and a delicious light finish to special meals."


  • Cantaloupe Berry Soup
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Cantaloupe Berry Soup

    Show off summer's bounty with this unique soup. Blended cantaloupe, fresh berries, yogurt, and a drizzle of honey are sweet with a touch of tartness. This creamy cantaloupe combination can also be served as breakfast and holds 22% of your daily fiber.


  • Mango Gratin
    Photo: Susie Cushner

    Mango Gratin

    Looking for a simple dessert for two? Try this easy recipe featuring mango, yogurt, brown sugar, and lime juice. Broiling this treats gives you a gooey, sweet brown sugar topping that pairs well with the slightly tart mango and vibrant lime.

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