15 Lightened-Up Comfort Dessert Recipes

A delicious list of 15 comfort dessert recipes -- lightened up! | gimmesomeoven.com

Some people treat themselves with a glass of wine at night, or a manicure every week. I treat myself with dessert, almost every day. Whether it’s a cookie, a slice of cake, or a little piece of chocolate, I’ve gotta have a little something sweet. It’s my biggest weakness. My sweet tooth runs deep.

When I was little, my dad used to always mooch off of our desserts, claiming the first bite because he just had to “test it, to make sure it wasn’t poisonous.” Back then, we typically had dessert every night after dinner, a tradition I can no longer afford to keep as a daily part of my life in the same way. But while it’s true I don’t have the metabolism I used to, I’m a firm believer in moderation, not deprivation. The great Katharine Hepburn allegedly once said that she eats chocolate every day, and I guess you could say I’m a big fan of that motto. Life’s too short not to have something sweet in your life.

Last week we brought you some of your favorite comfort food recipes, all lightened-up.  But we’d be remiss if we didn’t follow that up by sharing some of these indulgent, low-guilt, or guilt-free desserts with you. It’s a relief to know that dessert and a healthy lifestyle can actually coexist, and these lighter desserts allow you to stay on track without having to sacrifice your sweet tooth. From some luscious fudgy brownies with a secret ingredient, to a healthified version of the caramel frappuccino, we’ve got all your bases covered.

So go on, have your cake (and eat it too).

Lighter Version of Grandma's Chocolate Sheet Cake | ihearteating.com

Lighter Version of Grandma’s Chocolate Sheet Cake | I Heart Eating

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino | averiecooks.com

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino | Averie Cooks

Best Ever Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies | chelseasmessyapron.com

Best Ever Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies | Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Lighter Blueberry Cheesecake | gimmesomeoven.com

Lighter Blueberry Cheesecake | Gimme Some Oven

Healthy Peanut Butter Chunk Oatmeal Bars | sallysbakingaddiction.com

Healthy Peanut Butter Chunk Oatmeal Bars | Sally’s Baking Addiction

Chocolate Banana Applesauce Cake | momontimeout.com

Chocolate Banana Applesauce Cake | Mom on Time Out

Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Cheesecake Bars | thesweet-toothlife.com

Skinny Lemon Poppy Seed Cheesecake Bars | The Sweet {Tooth} Life

Easy Peanut Butter Chocolates | gimmesomeoven.com

Easy Peanut Butter Chocolates | Gimme Some Oven

Skinny Peach Crumble | skinnymom.com

Skinny Peach Crumble | Skinny Mom

Amazing Flour-less Brownies | skinnytaste.com

Amazing Flour-less Brownies | Skinny Taste

Skinny Vanilla Bean Donuts | theskinnyfork.com

Skinny Vanilla Bean Donuts | The Skinny Fork

Lighter No Bake Cheesecake | gimmesomeoven.com

Lighter No Bake Cheesecake | Gimme Some Oven

Greek Yogurt Fudgesicles | reciperunner.com

Greek Yogurt Fudgesicles | Recipe Runner

Whole Wheat Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | ambitiouskitchen.com

Whole Wheat Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies | Ambitious Kitchen

Chocolate Peanut Butter Avocado Pudding | minimalistbaker.com

Chocolate Peanut Butter Avocado Pudding | Minimalist Baker

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Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven

Hayley Putnam lives to eat, and loves writing, particularly about food! She contributes to Foodie Crush, and also bakes and blogs for her own little nook of the food blogosphere, Tiptoes in the KitchenShe lives in Greensboro, N.C., with her husband Jay and their four-legged furry daughter, Luma.  You can also find Hayley on Pinterest and Instagram.

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7 comments on “15 Lightened-Up Comfort Dessert Recipes”

  1. I love all of these and NONE if them look ‘skinnified’, which is the biggest compliment of all :)

  2. Thanks for featuring my Skinny Caramel Frappuccino! These all look sooo good and they’re lighter so I can have….seconds :) Pinned!

  3. I don’t even know where to start–everything looks so freaking good.  Whhyyyyy did I give up sugar for Lent?  Saving this post for after Easter!!

  4. So many amazing looking lightened up desserts Ali, I want to try them all! Thanks for featuring my Greek Yogurt Fudgesicles!

  5. Yum! All of these look absolutely delicious. Definitely going to try out some of these recipes soon :)
    Great post!

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  6. Like always these round ups give me so many ideas. Dessert every night is a must around here. Good to have more healthy options.

  7. I can’t wait to try some of these. My little treat for me is nightly dessert too. Fruit is lovely but just doesn’t cut it. I want something SWEET! These all look AMAZING!