Popular Lunch Desserts Recipes

Who said lunch couldn't have dessert? We say it should and offer these recipes for the best desserts that have that lunch quality--easy to make, easy to eat, and not too heavy.

Malted Mousse Brownies

Stir chocolate malt powder into boxed brownie mix and the fluffy topping of this decadent chocolate dessert.

From Midwest Living

Malted Mousse Brownies

Soda Fountain Cupcakes

Cupcakes made from boxed cake mix get a cheerful, colorful makeover from gelatin poured over the cakes and swirled into the cream cheese frosting.

From Midwest Living

Soda Fountain Cupcakes

Lemon-Cream Icebox Cookie Sandwiches

Add an extra punch of tart flavor to these citrusy cookie sandwiches by rolling the edges in crushed lemon drop candies.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Lemon-Cream Icebox Cookie Sandwiches

Bacon Chocolate Cupcakes

You may have tried chocolate-covered bacon, but you've probably neveer enjoyed the savory and sweet combo in cupcake form before!

From Family Circle

Bacon Chocolate Cupcakes

Loaded Brownies

What makes these rich chocolate brownies "loaded"? A handful of macadamia nuts, dried cranberries and two kinds of chocolate chips!

From Family Circle

Loaded Brownies

Coconut Chia Oat Squares

Breakfast just got a little crunchier with these super-healthy oat squares made with almond butter, coconut, chia seeds, and brown sugar. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Coconut Chia Oat Squares

Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Layers of cheesecake and raspberry filling combine in an almond crust for these pretty dessert bars.

From Midwest Living

Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

German Chocolate Sundae

Think of this as a frozen version of one of our all-time most popular cake recipes—no oven required! Try chocolate Greek yogurt for a breakfast-friendly version.

From Diabetic Living

German Chocolate Sundae

Mini Menagerie

Kids will enjoy eating animal crackers even more if they can help make and bake them! This healthified recipe calls for light-as-air whole-wheat pastry flour and just a bit of sugar.

From Parents

Mini Menagerie

Banana Berry Sorbet

You don't need an ice cream maker to blend up this refreshing Banana Berry Sorbet. Just blend up the ingredients, freeze into ice cubes, then blend again for a nutritious, fruit-filled dessert.

From Parents

Banana Berry Sorbet

Strawberry-Orange Surprise Cupcakes

Orange zest and marmalade add a splash of citrus to the cupcake and the frosting. This is the perfect refreshing spring or summer dessert!

From Diabetic Living

Strawberry-Orange Surprise Cupcakes

Chocolate-Caramel Cupcakes

Unsweetened cocoa powder and low-fat buttermilk keep these cupcakes rich-tasting yet surprisingly light. Serve them at your next birthday party or bake sale—no one will know they're a skinny sweet!

From Diabetic Living

Chocolate-Caramel Cupcakes

Nutty Raspberry Crispy Treats

Your favorite sweet cereal bars get an unexpected protein boost, thanks to protein powder and peanut butter. Pack them as dessert in a brown bag lunch or bring a batch to your next bake sale.

From Diabetic Living

Nutty Raspberry Crispy Treats

Caramel Pecan Skillet Brownie

Grab a spoon! You'll need it to enjoy every last chocolatey bite of this decadent caramel brownie (and the ice cream that's almost mandatory to serve with it).

From Midwest Living

Caramel Pecan Skillet Brownie

Brownie Bird Nests

Brownies feel festive for Easter when you bake them in muffin tins and top with Jordan almond "eggs."

From Family Circle

Brownie Bird Nests

Blueberry Muffin Bars

A cup of sugar-free blueberry preserves acts as the fruit layer in these nutty bars. Crumble one into your Greek yogurt for breakfast or top with a scoop of frozen yogurt for dessert.

From Diabetic Living

Blueberry Muffin Bars

Coconut-Almond Frozen Greek Yogurt with Hot Chocolate Drizzle

Homemade frozen Greek yogurt has way more protein and way fewer additives than boxed ice cream. Freeze a batch for dessert and go wild with the toppings!

From Diabetic Living

Coconut-Almond Frozen Greek Yogurt with Hot Chocolate Drizzle

Zucchini Cupcakes with Greek Yogurt Frosting

With whole-wheat flour, quinoa, zucchini and applesauce, these might just be one of the healthiest cupcake recipes ever. Don't worry—the creamy Greek Yogurt Frosting ensures that they still taste decadent and dessert-like!

From Diabetic Living

Zucchini Cupcakes with Greek Yogurt Frosting

Brownies with Brandied Cherries

Simmer brandy, cherries and sugar to create a simple homemade sauce that makes these decadent chocolate brownies look restaurant-worthy.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Brownies with Brandied Cherries

Tiramisu Cupcakes

You can use a mix or store-bought cupcakes instead of making them from scratch. The "tiramisu" comes from soaking the cupcakes in espresso and rum, then topping with mascarpone frosting.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Tiramisu Cupcakes

Peppermint Surprise Brownies

Upgrade classic chocolate brownies by tucking a layer of mint patties or chocolate-mint candies in the middle.

From Midwest Living

Peppermint Surprise Brownies

Chocolate-Coconut Macaroons

Egg whites and sugar do magical things once you mix them! Meringue cookies are one of the most diet-friendly desserts around—this tasty chocolate-coconut dessert is perfect proof.

From Diabetic Living

Chocolate-Coconut Macaroons

Black Forest Cupcakes

Mini desserts are all the rage! Bake our black forest recipe in a cupcake tin for a diet-friendly sweet treat. Feel free to substitute any seasonal fruit in place of the cherries for the sauce.

From Diabetic Living

Black Forest Cupcakes

Almond Lace Cookies

Paper-thin but intensely flavorful, these dainty lace cookies are a snap to make. Simply combine five ingredients, mix in sliced almonds, and bake.

From Family Circle

Almond Lace Cookies

Strawberry Cheesecake Tartlets

This recipe is a perfect Christmas treat for family and friends! A filling of yummy strawberry preserves crown the top of each of these bite-size cheesecake cookies.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Strawberry Cheesecake Tartlets

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