25 Low Fat Desserts For Any Occasion

Breads and Cakes…

#8 Flourless Chocolate Cake
Prep time: 20 mins
Serves: 8


  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 80ml (1/3 cup) hot water
  • 2 tsp instant coffee powder
  • 2 tsp boiling water
  • 1 x 100g pkt almond meal
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • Strawberries, washed, sliced, to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Lightly grease a round 22cm cake pan. Line the base with non-stick baking paper.
  3. Combine the cocoa powder and hot water in a medium bowl. Combine the instant coffee powder and boiling water in a cup. Add the coffee to the cocoa mixture and stir until combined. Add almond meal, sugar and egg yolks to cocoa mixture, and stir until well combined.
  4. Use an electric beater to whisk egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form. Use a metal spoon to fold a spoonful of egg whites into cocoa mixture until combined. Gently fold in remaining egg whites until just combined.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Place cake pan in a roasting pan. Pour enough boiling water into the roasting pan to reach two-thirds of the way up the side of the cake pan.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven.
  7. Remove cake pan from water bath and set aside for 20 minutes to cool. Turn cake onto a wire rack and remove paper. Set aside for a further 20 minutes or until cooled to room temperature.
  8. Cut cake into wedges and carefully transfer to serving plates. Serve with strawberries.

#9 Healthy Banana Bread
Prep time: 15 mins
Serves: 12 slices


  • 1 cup whole wheat four
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup firmly-packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk*
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 medium-sized ripe bananas, mashed

*To make fat-free buttermilk combine 3-teaspoons vinegar with enough milk to equal 1-cup; let stand for five minutes.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8 1/2 inch x 4 1/2 inch loaf pan with spray oil.
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Stir in brown sugar.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine oil, egg, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Add these ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir in mashed bananas.
  4. Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes, until skewer placed in the centre comes out clean.

#10 Banana and Date Cakes with Caramel Sauce
Prep time: 25 mins
Serves: 6


  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 125g pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup mashed banana*
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 100ml buttermilk, extra
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

*2 bananas should yield 3/4 cup mashed banana.


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Lightly grease a 6 x 3/4-cup capacity muffin pan.
  2. Sift flours, bicarbonate of soda and nutmeg into a bowl. Add dates and 1/3 cup sugar. Mix well.
  3. Whisk eggs and 1 cup buttermilk together in a jug with a fork until combined. Add banana. Mix well. Stir into dry ingredients until just combined.
  4. Spoon mixture into muffin holes so they are three-quarters full. Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack while making sauce.
  5. Place remaining 2/3 cup sugar and water into a saucepan over medium heat. Heat, stirring for 2-3 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Boil for 12-15 minutes or until sauce reduces and thickens slightly. Remove from heat. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  6. Combine cornflour and 1/4 cup buttermilk in a jug. Mix to a smooth paste. Add to sauce with remaining buttermilk and vanilla. Return to stovetop over low heat. Heat, stirring for 5 minutes or until sauce just comes to the boil.
  7. Place warm cakes onto serving plates. Spoon over sauce, and serve immediately.

#11 Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies
Prep time: 15 mins
Serves: 3 1/2 dozen


  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup apple sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 self rising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Beat brown and granulated sugar with apple sauce. Add egg and beat well. Add milk and vanilla. Add flour and beat well. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Drop by level tablespoons onto baking sheet coated with spray oil. Bake at 375 degrees for 9 minutes, or until lightly browned.

#12 Multigrain Pancakes
Prep time: 15 mins
Serves: 15


  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Two whole egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup fat-free buttermilk *
  • 1 cup fat-free sour cream

*To make fat-free buttermilk combine 3-teaspoons vinegar with enough milk to equal 1-cup; let stand for five minutes.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare skillet with spray oil, heat on medium until hot.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, oatmeal, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. In another mixing bowl, combine egg whites, buttermilk, and sour cream. Mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients just until moistened.
  4. Ladle in the batter, using three or more tablespoons per cake. Cook for two minutes, then flip carefully and cook for two minutes more. Repeat with remaining batter.
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Fitness Guy October 7, 2008 at 12:46 pm

This is an amazing list of great desert recipes. I especially like #17, the fruit sorbet and the healthy banana bread.

I really should start thinking about taking in more Soy and Tofu but i have never eaten them

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Blake October 8, 2008 at 7:57 am

great list! I am for sure gonna try some of these. One thing my wife and I do sometimes is make a fruit salad on Sunday and have a little bit every night after dinner. that’s usually enough for us. we also like banana bread (I’m gonna try the one above)!

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The Swan October 8, 2008 at 10:58 am

Those watermelon and lime ice pops sound fantastic – and summer’s around the corner here in Australia – defn going on my ‘to make’ list ;)

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Melanie October 9, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Hi Fitness Guy,

I know what you mean about soy and tofu – I also need to try to use them more. I often use soy beans in curries etc, and we use soy milk also, but I think these desserts are a great healthy alternative.

Hi Blake,

Yes, that’s a great idea. I think you’re encouraged to eat more fruit simply by having it chopped and prepared in the fridge. Good tip!

The Swan,

Yes, the weather is getting nice here in Australia, isn’t it? I’m in Tassie though, so it can still be cold some days. I love the idea of healthy ice pops, and they’re so easy!

Thanks for all your comments guys, glad you enjoyed the post!


shelvia October 14, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Heya Melanie,

Great recipes. All sound very tempting! Would love to get the calorie information for them though (if you already have them)…


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Melanie October 14, 2008 at 9:12 pm


Sorry I don’t have a record of the calorie info. Do you have access to a calorie counter?


jh October 17, 2008 at 2:21 am

My all time favorite is frozen grapes. They are amazing and sweet, and really satisfy a sweet tooth. Second favorite–frozen bananas mixed with honey and put in the food processor–like a creamy sorbet. Amazing.



Graham October 17, 2008 at 11:58 am

G’day Melanie,
Thankyou for the recipes.
For the Raspberry Mousse, what is the “non-dairy whipped topping”.
Can I use something else instead of.


Melanie October 17, 2008 at 8:47 pm


Yes, I love frozen grapes too, and raspberries are also good frozen. I also like your banana and honey sorbet idea – delicious!

Hi Graham,

Glad you liked the recipes! It’s a non-dairy dessert topping, which is similar to whipped cream. So, I imagine whipped cream would do the same job.

Check out Craft they do a version, but don’t know if you can get it in Australia.


Jack February 6, 2009 at 7:20 pm

I love the Healthy Banana Bread, yummy!


Melanie February 7, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Hi Jack,
I’m very glad!! :-)


Michael February 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Nice post! I especially like #22 Chocolate Banana Tofu Pudding)) Feels like really Tasty))

I agree that it’s not really good to eat only low fat food or not eat at all in order to lose weight:it could be harmful for your health. It’s better to switch to some healhty food rather than any junk food (though sometimes you can’t just stay), and it’s also a good idea to work out a habit to do physical training at least in the morning….then (it may take some time) but you’ll be constantly losing weight.


Melanie February 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

Hi Michael,
If you give the tofu pudding a go let us know, I haven’t tried it yet myself! :-)


donna June 16, 2011 at 5:05 am

Hi melanie,
looking for some help, husband is on prenisalone and is pre diabetic, after a menu plan that does not have yogurt, tofu,lentils and includes desserts and a plan that doesnt seem like a diet, he is very overweight,
hope you can help me


h July 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm

There’s no number 5. So only 24 recipes then. Some of them look quite good though!


Helen February 4, 2012 at 9:16 am

How do you click on the next page? The text that says to do this is not html…as it was for page 1.


Melanie February 4, 2012 at 9:30 am

Hi Helen,
Thanks for letting me know about that problem. It’s fixed now, if you try to click again on the link :-)


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