Heart Healthy Desserts

Be kind to your heart -- and your waistline -- with these heart-healthy desserts. Choose from fruity parfaits, berry tarts, spiced cookies, and more for delicious, healthy desserts that are heart-smart, too.

How to Make Peach Cobbler

Whether you call it a crisp, crumble, brown betty, buckle, grunt, slump, pandowdy or cobbler, deep-dish fruit desserts can be enjoyed by everyone -- even family members who are watching their weight or cholesterol. This recipe for how to make peach cobbler is a heart-healthy alternative to the cobblers grandma used to make, but it stays true to the freshness and taste you expect from a homemade fruit dessert. Made with "good" fat in the form of canola oil, skim-milk and less than a cup of sugar, this dessert will please the whole family, and no one will know it's actually good for them.

Spicy Roasted Plums

Diabetic Living

Roasting the plums concentrates their flavor and allows the spices to penetrate the fruit. If you prefer, omit the sour cream topper and serve with vanilla frozen yogurt.

Almond-Apple Trifles

Diabetic Living

Pomegranate juice, low-fat yogurt, and light dessert topping help keep this nutty home-style dessert recipe diabetic friendly.

Lower-Calorie Strawberry Shortcake

Better Homes and Gardens

Indulge in this healthy version of a springtime classic. We've cut more than half the calories and fat from this traditional fruity favorite.

Mascarpone-Stuffed Figs with Valencia Orange Glaze

Diabetic Living

Mascarpone cheese is a rich, buttery cheese with double or triple the cream. Just a little goes a long way to boost the flavor of these elegant figs.

Pecan-Apple Custards

Diabetic Living

Unsweetened applesauce, fat-free milk, egg product, and oatmeal transform traditional custard into a yummy good-for-you treat.

Easy Lemon Souffles

Better Homes and Gardens

The secret to a light and airy souffle: beating the egg whites in a clean bowl before very gently folding them into the remaining batter.

Fresh Figs with Yogurt and Honey

Diabetic Living

Summer through early fall is the time to find fresh figs for this simple low- calorie dessert recipe.

Mini Pear Crisps


Shake the pears and the other filling ingredients in a zip top bag, then pour out and bake for a simple dessert. Add granola and maple syrup for the "crisp" topping.

Incredible Apple Tart

Diabetic Living

Jonathan, Rome Beauty, Winesap, and York Imperial are all great choices for the apples in this party-special tart.

Shortbread "Flatbreads" with Ruby Chutney

Diabetic Living

Crispy shortbread triangles are capped with a four-fruit chutney in this low-carb dessert recipe.

Grape Crepes

Diabetic Living

Creme de cassis is a liqueur with a delicate black currant flavor.

Total: 35 mins

Spiced Orange Custards

Diabetic Living

Carb choices: 1 These delicate custards get their captivating flavor from a trio of seasonings--nutmeg, vanilla, and orange peel.

Two-Tone Biscotti

Diabetic Living

The flavors of decadent rich chocolate and delicate orange meet in this cookie. Enjoy this sweet treat for a snack or dessert.

Nutty Carrot Cake Bars

Diabetic Living

Loaded with carrot, nuts, and pumpkin pie spice and slathered with a velvety cream cheese frosting, these bars are sure to become a favorite dessert.

Dieter's Poached Pears with Raspberry Sauce

Better Homes and Gardens

Simple and elegant, but low in fat and calories, this dessert wraps any meal with classic style.

Ginger-Spiced Chocolate Cake

Diabetic Living

No ordinary chocolate cake, this family pleaser gets its exquisite flavor from buttermilk and two kinds of ginger.

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