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If you think that being on a diet means having to avoid dessert, then think again. With these diet-friendly recipes, you can have dessert every night and still lose weight.
The one huge issue many dieters face is giving up their beloved desserts. Cakes, pastries, fondues, tarts, roulades – whatever your vice is, chances are you’re going to have to eliminate it from your diet if you want to lose weight. These desserts are just too high in calories, fat, sugar, and additives to be included in a weight loss plan. In theory, you could eat small portions, and provided your calorie intake was low enough, you’d still lose weight, but there are three problems with this:

Firstly, as desserts are so calorie dense, your portions would have to be absolutely miniscule, and to fit them in your calorie allowance, you’d end up starving yourself for the rest of the day.

Secondly, desserts are a poor provider of good quality nutrition. Most are a mixture of fat and sugar, which will leave you feeling tired, lethargic, irritable and lacking energy. This doesn’t make for a productive like, and will make your workouts feel like much more effort.

Finally, once you start eating dessert, are you really going to be able to stop? Very few people are capable of having just a tiny sliver of cake, or half a muffin. You start with good intentions, then before you know it, you get a taste for what you’re eating, and you’ve devoured a whole three person portion in the blink of an eye.

So unfortunately, unless you have the self-control of a monk, traditional desserts are off your dieting menu. But that doesn’t mean you have to starve your sweet tooth altogether, as there are ways you can include diet friendly desserts on a daily basis – you just have to be smart about it.

When choosing dessert, there are a few factors you need to take into consideration:


Does your dessert contain a high amount of protein? An adequate protein intake is essential for optimal weight loss, as it boosts your metabolism, aids digestion, improves recovery rates, and helps rebuild cells and muscles after training. Protein is also slow-digesting, so keeps you feeling full, and burns lots of calories while it’s being digested. Traditional desserts contain very little protein, hence why you need to eat a lot to satisfy you, but with a protein packed dessert, you’ll need a lot less.


Calories are the most important thing to consider when losing weight, as to see results, you need to consume fewer calories than you burn. The lower calorie content a dessert has, the more you can have of it, while remaining in a calorie deficit.


Carbs provide energy, but too many of them will have the opposite effect, and make you feel drowsy and ignite cravings. Sugars in particular have this effect, so keep an eye out for low sugar desserts.

Read more: Strawberries: a Low Calorie Snack with Amazing Health Benefits


Fat isn’t quite the dieting enemy it’s been made out to be, as a moderate intake of good quality fats is essential for your body to function properly, and like protein, fat also makes you feel fuller. Most desserts contain lots of trans and hydrogenated fats though, which your body can’t process properly, and that wreak havoc on your body’s system. Stay away from these.

Vitamins and Minerals

The more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in your dessert, the better. Fruits and veggies are the best providers of these, so bear that in mind when making your dessert choice.

Recipes for Weight Loss

Now you know what to look for when choosing a dessert, you may well be thinking “What on Earth can I eat then?” Seeing as nearly every “normal” dessert doesn’t fit in with the guidelines above, that’s a very valid question. You might be able to find some healthy desserts in your local store, or at the odd restaurant, but you’re far better off making your own. Try one of these healthy, diet friendly dessert recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth, without impacting on your progress.

Berry Compote

Fill a cup with a selection of berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries work best), and chuck them in a blender. Add a tablespoon of sweetener, and a tablespoon of agave nectar or good quality honey. Blend on high for 20 seconds, or until the mixture has the consistency of a compote. You can serve this on top of Greek yoghurt, quark, fromage frais or with some low fat crème fraiche.

Homemade FroYo

Mix low fat natural Greek yoghurt with a scoop of vanilla protein powder, a chopped banana, and a tablespoon of natural peanut butter, then pop it in the freezer. You’ll need to leave it for a good couple of hours to set, and take it out to stir it every 20 to 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can put it in an ice cream churner if you have one.

Fruity Cottage Cheese

Take a cup of cottage cheese, and add some fruit of your choosing – berries, pineapple, banana, apple, mango – whatever you fancy, and eat it. It’s super simple, but incredibly quick, tasty and healthy. If you want to jazz it up a bit, try adding some spices like cinnamon, a little sweetener, or some shredded coconut.

Microwave Cake

For this you’ll need one serving of dry pancake mix. Look for a “just add water” low sugar brand. Put this in a microwave proof bowl, and add the necessary amount of water, along with a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, a tablespoon of sweetener, and some grated dark chocolate – the higher the cocoa percentage the better. Put this in the microwave on medium power, taking it out to mix every 30 seconds until it’s done. If you want a topping, try a protein “sludge”, made by mixing a scoop of protein powder with a little water, to form an icing like consistency.

Healthy Rice Pudding

You can either use plain basmati microwave rice for this, or make your own pudding rice if you have time. Put the rice in a bowl, along with a scoop of protein powder, and a tablespoon of almond butter. To make it runnier, add almond milk a little at a time. This is a great dessert as it contains low GI carbs in the form of rice, protein from the powder, and healthy fats from the almond butter.

Avocado Mush

Sounds disgusting, tastes amazing. It might seem weird to use avocado in a dessert, but in South America it’s actually used more in sweet dishes than savory. Peel an avocado and mash it in a bowl, then add whatever sweet things you like. The possibilities for this are endless, but good combinations include:

-    A scoop of protein powder and sweetener.

-    Honey, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

-    Mixed berries.

-    Cocoa powder and dark chocolate (80% cocoa or higher).

-    Cream cheese, sugar free syrup and protein powder.


For the cake, mix equal parts low fat cream cheese and quark cheese, along with sweetener to taste. For the base, crush some low carb biscuits and mix with a tablespoon of melted free range, grass-fed butter. Put the base in a tin, and leave it in the fridge to set, then top with the cheese/sweetener mixture. Add frozen berries or grated dark chocolate for the piece de resistance.  

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There you have it – 7 tasty desserts that fit perfectly into your weight loss plan. That’s one for every night of the week, so you’ll never feel the need to cheat on your diet again.

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