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20 Low-Calorie Apple Desserts That Feel Like Indulgences

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20 Low-Calorie Apple Desserts That Feel Like Indulgences

If you want to enjoy a tasty treat every day without ruining your diet, look no further than these low-calorie apple desserts.

Any fruit can make a delicious dessert, but perhaps none are as versatile as the apple. It matches warm spices like cinnamon, makes toasted nuts even tastier, and even suits savory additions like bacon.

Plus, apples can be diced for flavorful chunks, sliced paper thin as the perfect pie filling, or turned into a thick sauce that replaces fat in common baked goods (helping you cut down on the butter and oil).

There are countless varieties of apples, and all of them deliver the same health benefits: high fiber to lower cholesterol and stave off hunger, the antioxidant quercetin to strengthen your immune system, and decreased risk of health issues like Parkinson’s, diabetes 2, and cataracts.

But some types of apples are better for baking than others. In addition to classic Granny Smith, look for Braeburn, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, and Rome Beauty, to name a few.

Enjoy the recipes!

Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies

easy apple oatmeal cookiesPicture courtesy of Amy’s Healthy Baking

If an occasion calls for pie and you don’t have time (or skills) to bake one, these apple cookies are the next best thing. They’re loaded with fresh apples and cinnamon – but also whole-wheat flour and oats for complex carbs.

Each cookie is under 100 calories and 10 grams of sugar, and it takes less than an hour to bake them from start to finish.

Serves 15

Ingredients

1 cup quick oats

3/4 cup whole-wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. coconut oil or butter, melted

1 large egg, room temp.

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup agave syrup

1 medium apple, finely diced

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 97

Protein: 2 grams

Carbs: 18 grams

Fat: 2 grams

 

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Mini Apple Pie Cheesecakes

apple pie cheesecake recipePicture courtesy of shutterbean

Instead of skimping on cheesecake with no-calorie sweeteners and fat-free dairy, go for the classic in an individually sized package. These are made in a standard muffin tin, so each one is just the right size.

Start by pressing the walnut graham cracker crust mixture in the bottom, and then pour in a simple filling of cream cheese, heavy cream, and apple butter. Then even more apples are added on top along with walnuts.

Serves 10

Ingredients

Crust:

1 1/4 cups graham crackers

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

3 Tbsp. granulated sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

7 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

Filling:

1 package (8 oz.) Neufchatel cream cheese, room temp.

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

3/4 cup cold heavy cream

1/2 cup apple butter

Topping:

2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

1 apple, peeled and chopped

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 357

Protein: 5 grams

Carbs: 30 grams

Fat: 25 grams

 

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Low-Fat Apple Coffee Cake

healthy apple cake recipePicture courtesy of Southern In Law

Eat cake any time of day without feeling guilty. This one is made with yogurt, apples, and just a tablespoon of butter in the cinnamon crumb topping.

With less than 200 calories per square, you can enjoy coffee cake for breakfast along with protein-rich breakfast items like a yogurt parfait or sausage and egg scramble.

Serves 9

Ingredients

Apple Coffee Cake:

1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce

3/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed

1 large egg

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup diced apples, peeled and cored

Topping:

3 Tbsp. light brown sugar

3 Tbsp. flour

1 Tbsp. butter, softened

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 161

Protein: 3 grams

Carbs: 32 grams

Fat: 2 grams

 

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No-Sugar-Added Apple Tart

healthy apple tart recipePicture courtesy of The Inspired Home

This apple tart will wow guests with presentation as long as you take some care when arranging the slices on top. But while it’s as pretty as a pie, this tart actually contains none of the sugar or butter you’d expect to find.

The crust is simply whole-wheat flour, coconut oil, and salt. And the filling is made with little more than fresh apples and cinnamon.

Serves 8

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour

1/4 tsp. fine sea salt

1/2 cup coconut oil

8 Tbsp. ice water

5 apples

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 264

Protein: 3 grams

Carbs: 34 grams

Fat: 14 grams

 

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Mini Caramel Apples

easy caramel apples recipePicture courtesy of PopSugar

Don’t be fooled by the apple hiding inside all the caramel – one of those candy-coated apples adds up to hundreds of calories. And a majority of that is from the caramel, which is pure sugar, butter, and cream.

These smaller portions are dipped in sticky dates instead and then finished with your garnish of choice: chopped nuts, shredded coconut, shaved chocolate, or cinnamon sugar.

Serves 6 / Makes 24

Ingredients

1 cup (about 12) pitted Medjool dates

3 Tbsp. vanilla soy milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 apples

24 cake pop sticks (or toothpicks)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 127

Protein: 1 gram

Carbs: 32 grams

Fat: < 1 gram

 

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Apple Pie Protein Ice Cream

healthy apple protein ice creamPicture courtesy of Nutritionist in the Kitch

This non-dairy frozen dessert doesn’t even need sugar or alternative sweeteners. All of the delicious flavor comes from fruit, almond butter, and spices – no ice cream maker required.

And hidden in the mix is vanilla protein powder, which means there’s three times the protein of traditional ice cream with lots of natural sweetness.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 ripe banana, frozen

1 medium apple, diced and divided

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp. apple pie spice

1 Tbsp. almond butter

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

Handful of ice

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 237

Protein: 16 grams

Carbs: 36 grams

Fat: 5 grams

 

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Oatmeal-Stuffed Baked Apples

easy baked apples recipePicture courtesy of SkinnyTaste

A healthy dessert doesn’t have to be hard to make. As long as you can chop an apple in half and turn on the oven, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with something made from scratch.

Apples are delicious when baked with no filling, but it doesn’t take much to upgrade them. Melt butter, and mix it into some flour, sugar, and oats to make a deconstructed apple crisp.

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 large apples, halved

2 Tbsp. butter, melted

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

2 Tbsp. flour

4 Tbsp. quick oats

Pinch of cinnamon

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 153

Protein: 1 gram

Carbs: 26 grams

Fat: 6 grams

 

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Skinny Fried Apples

healthy fried applesPicture courtesy of Love Grows Wild

Apple pie filling is so good it doesn’t really need the crust. That’s basically the line of thinking behind this simple apple dessert, which comes together on the skillet in just a handful of minutes.

Roughly chop an apple, and stir together the other ingredients in a small bowl. Add the apples to the skillet first, and once they start to soften, stir ins the honey sauce.

These fried apples are good enough to eat alone or with yogurt.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 apple, peeled and diced

1 tsp. coconut oil

1 tsp. pure honey

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tsp. water

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 209

Protein: 1 gram

Carbs: 44 grams

Fat: 5 grams

 

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Healthy Apple Crisp

healthy apple crisp recipePicture courtesy of Chocolate-Covered Katie

Baking an apple crisp in a casserole dish will most likely leave you with a lot of extra servings around. This individually sized alternative ensures there are no tempting leftovers in the fridge.

It’s a big serving with apples and oats, so you can split it for a small dessert for two. Or, have the whole thing for breakfast. This apple crisp is also tasty à la mode, even if you choose Greek yogurt instead of ice cream.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 medium apple, diced small

1/8 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. milk

1/2 tsp. apple pie spice (or cinnamon)

1 tsp. granulated stevia (or 1 Tbsp. sugar)

3 Tbsp. quick oats

2 tsp. oat flour

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 220

Protein: 4 grams

Carbs: 40 grams

Fat: 6 grams

 

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Torta di Mele (Italian Apple Cake)

apple-dessert-1Picture courtesy of William Meppem

This cake comes from A Family Farm in Tuscany: Recipes and Stories from Fattoria Poggio Alloro, although it’s been adapted with almond flour.

But that doesn’t steer too far from the traditional since other Italian baked goods – such as almond cookies and biscotti – can be made with almond powder, or finely ground almonds.

faimly-farm-in-tuscany

Serves 8

Ingredients

3 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups almond flour

2 1/2 Tbsp. butter, melted

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. vanilla

3 medium apples (about 1 3/4 lbs.), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/8”-thick wedges

1/8 cup powdered sugar (garnish)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 222

Protein: 3 grams

Carbs: 38 grams

Fat: 8 grams

 

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Apple Strudel Crepes

apple crepe recipePicture courtesy of SpaWeek

These apple crepes are amazing whether you want a healthy breakfast or protein-packed dessert. Unlike pancakes, they’re filled with the kind of delicious sweet stuff that’s normally slathered on top.

Inside the protein crepes is a mix of diced apples, Greek yogurt, raisins, and walnuts. And since there’s no added sugar in the recipe, it’s ok to drizzle a little syrup on top.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/4 cup old-fashioned oats

1 packet stevia

1/2 cup egg whites

1 1/2 Tbsp. WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup finely chopped apple

1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt

1 1/2 Tbsp. raisins

1 Tbsp. chopped walnuts

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 290

Protein: 32 grams

Carbs: 30 grams

Fat: 5 grams

 

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Caramel Apple Protein Shake

protein apple smoothie recipePicture & recipe courtesy of Peanut Butter & Peppers

Not all desserts are eaten with a spoon or fork. Since the advent of the milkshake, it’s been acceptable to sip your sweets.

And never is that more the case than when you add protein powder, use wholesome coconut milk instead of ice cream, and thicken it with apple. Drink up!

Serves 1

Ingredients

½ cup apple, roughly chopped or shredded

1 cup coconut milk, unsweetened or non-fat milk

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

½ tsp. caramel extract

¼ tsp. pumpkin or apple spice

¼ tsp. cinnamon

1 cup ice

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 183

Protein: 19 grams

Carbs: 12 grams

Fat: 7 grams

 

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Apple Lasagna

Apple Lasagna recipePicture courtesy of Mr. Food

This apple pie alternative uses lasagna noodles and cinnamon streusel instead of crust. There’s the familiar element of apple pie filling, which you can either make from scratch or use canned to save time. But this dessert lasagna adds a lot to the classic apple pie flavor.

There’s also cheddar and ricotta cheese, plus a sour cream sauce sweetened with brown sugar.

Serves 15

Ingredients

Apple Lasagna:

1 large egg, lightly beaten

2 cups (8 oz.) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

1 cup (8 oz.) part-skim ricotta

1/4 cup sugar

1 tsp. almond extract

2 cans (21 oz. each) apple pie filling

6 lasagna noodles, cooked, rinsed and drained

Cinnamon Crumb Topping:

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup quick oats

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Dash of ground nutmeg

3 Tbsp. cold butter

Sour Cream Sauce:

3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream

3 Tbsp. brown sugar

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 327

Protein: 10 grams

Carbs: 47 grams

Fat: 12 grams

 

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Apple Pie Chia Seed Jam + Breakfast Parfait

apple-desserts-healthyPicture & recipe courtesy of Oh She Glows

This healthy apple parfait tastes good enough to eat for dessert – even though there’s zero added sugar – but it’s nutritious enough to enjoy first thing in the morning.

You can also make the apple pie jam on its own to spread on muffins, toast, or fresh apple slices.

Serves 2

Ingredients

No-Sugar-Added Apple Jam:

3 large apples, peeled and diced

3/4 cup 100% pure apple juice

2 Tbsp. chia seeds

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Pinch of fine sea salt

Overnight Oats:

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk

2 Tbsp. chia seeds

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Sweetener to taste (optional)

1 Tbsp. toasted walnuts, chopped

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 415

Protein: 8 grams

Carbs: 80 grams

Fat: 11 grams

 

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Sky-High Healthy Apple Pie

apple-dessert-healthyPicture & recipe courtesy of The Healthy Foodie

Made in a style similar to a Rougemont apple cake, this pie is a real showstopper.

It has an astounding number of layers upon layers of thinly sliced apples, which are studded with raisins and walnuts. As if that’s not awesome enough, the crust is a little bready so this pie won’t get soggy and fall apart.

It’s got so much flavor going on, your guests won’t even notice it’s packed with good-for-you ingredients.

Serves 12

Ingredients

Crust:

1 cup spelt flour

3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk

1 large egg

Filling:

1 cup low-fat buttermilk

1 cup coconut water

1/2 cup egg whites

2 large eggs

1/4 cup date paste

3 Tbsp. arrowroot flour (or cornstarch)

1 tsp. cinnamon

Freshly grated nutmeg to taste

The seeds from one vanilla bean (or 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract)

8 large apples (an assortment of types)

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 283

Protein: 7 grams

Carbs: 46 grams

Fat: 10 grams

 

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Apple Pie Protein Bars

apple protein bars recipePicture courtesy of Anna Sward

Here’s proof that dessert can be rich, satisfying, and full of protein. These apple bars don’t skimp on the stuff you love about baked goods.

In this case there’s a base of coconut flour, coconut sugar, and coconut oil. But, there’s also whey protein powder so each serving ends up with nearly 20 grams of protein. Try getting that from a slice of apple pie.

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 Tbsp.  coconut oil

1/2 cup (2 scoops) WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1 Tbsp. almond butter

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup coconut flour

2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon (or allspice)

1 medium apple, sliced

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 369

Protein: 18 grams

Carbs: 15 grams

Fat: 23 grams

 

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Slow Cooker Apple Butter

apple butter recipePicture courtesy of Food, Pleasure and Health

Have an overabundance of apples? This is the quickest way to use them up and preserve the harvest for a while longer.

There’s no shortage of ways to make use of the homemade spread. Apple butter can replace applesauce in baking, be slathered on muffins and toast, or swirled into spiced oatmeal. And if you mix some apple butter with yogurt, it’s a delicious fruit dip or pancake topping.

Serves 32 / Makes about 4 cups

Ingredients

14 apples, cored and roughly chopped

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon

2 tsp. ground cardamom (or more to taste)

1 tsp. ground ginger (or more to taste)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 55

Protein: < 1 gram

Carbs: 15 grams

Fat: < 1 gram

 

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Apple Griddle Scones

apple-dessertsPicture courtesy of Aaron McLean

Apple Cookbook by Olwen Woodler, where this recipes originates, is packed with sweet and savory recipes to help you make the most of fall apple season – including how to preserve the best of the harvest to use year-round.

This is a must-have collection of classic recipes for any American kitchen, featuring Apple Cheddar Crepes, Cider-Braised Chicken, Pumpkin-Apple Pie, and much more.

apple-cookbook

Serves 8

Ingredients

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/4 cup sugar

4 Tbsp. unsalted butter

1 large egg

1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt (or low-fat buttermilk)

1 large apple (McIntosh or Golden Delicious are recommended)

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 189

Protein: 4 grams

Carbs: 28 grams

Fat: 7 grams

 

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Healthy Apple Cinnamon Pizza

dessert-applePicture & recipe courtesy of Shrinking Kitchen

This dessert pizza has everything you could want in an apple pastry: ripe apple, sticky icing, and a chewy and cinnamony crust. It’s a hit with kids, of course, but there’s no reason grown-ups can’t devour one of these too.

Here’s to betting you won’t have leftovers to deal with, but if you do, store extras in an airtight container at room temperature.

Serves 20

Ingredients

Pizza Dough:

1 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast

1 cup water, room temperature

1 3/4 cup all-purpose white wheat flour

1 cup cake flour

1 1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. sugar

 Cinnamon Apple Topping:

1/2 cup quick oats

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup white whole wheat flour

3 Tbsp. salted whipped butter, cold

2 Tbsp. cold water

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

3 apples

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 Tbsp. skim milk

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 101

Protein: 1.7 grams

Carbs: 21 grams

Fat: 1.5 grams

 

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Pumpkin Apple Protein Smoothie

apple protein smoothie recipePicture courtesy of Clean n Dirty Eats

It’s hard to choose between pumpkin and apple when trying to decide which fall flavor is the best. With this protein shake, there’s no need to pick.

The pumpkin and apple enhance each other so the smoothie is more than the sum of its parts. The recipe uses apple butter, which is simple to make at home, or you can add in fresh apple chunks to taste.

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 scoop WHEY+ vanilla protein isolate

2 Tbsp. canned pumpkin

1 Tbsp. apple butter

1/2 tsp. xanthan gum (optional)

1 packet stevia

Sprinkle of ground cinnamon

Sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup unsweetened cashew milk

1 cup ice

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

Calories: 176

Protein: 28 grams

Carbs: 17 grams

Fat: 1 gram

 

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What did you think of these apple desserts? Have anything else to share? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Steven Scott

    You should collect your simplest recipes in one place and call them “Mike’s Super-Simple Meals – recipes for fitness fanatics who are busy, lazy, or just hate to cook”. That’s me – I skim these articles, but most of them look like more effort than I want to put into food.

    • P Mort

      Same here. I actually would like a “5 ingredients or less” post, or something to that effect. I’m usually like “HELL YEAH THIS LOOKS AWESOME” and then I look at the ingredients list that’s like 15+ long or whatever and it’s mostly stuff that I’d use for *just* that recipe.

    • Haha that’s a good idea. I’ll add it to the list.

  • Holly Keenaghan

    Hi Mike,

    A lot of these recipes call for cup measurements. As I’m from the UK, I find it difficult to convert everything into grams before I start my meal prep, It takes a lot of time and I don’t know if I’m actually converting them accurately, therefore eating too little or too many calories. Do you have a link where I could buy a decent cup measurement set to save me time?

    Thanks Mike!
    Holly.

    • I hear you Holly.

      I don’t have a particular measuring cup to recommend.

      I’m sure whatever you find will work.

      Welcome! Talk soon.

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