Easter is a day for treats of all kinds. So what can you do when you’re eating for weight loss on Nutrisystem? Make Easter dessert recipes that give you all the pleasure you want, but that don’t come with loads of calories.
To help you find the best treats for you and your family, we’ve gathered our favorite dessert recipes for Easter. This list of Easter desserts includes cakes, cookies, candy and muffins, along with pudding and a parfait. We’ve even tucked a chocolate Easter egg into this basket of goodies. You’re sure to find some easy Easter dessert ideas that are just right for your holiday meals.
Celebrate spring with the sunny flavor of lemons in this brilliant Iced Lemon Loaf Cake recipe. It tastes just like the cake from the popular coffee shop, but it has about half the calories and 30 percent less fat. This version comes out light and airy, and the sweet glaze is simple to make with just three ingredients.
Guacamole is delicious, but the best way to enjoy avocado might be in this frosted Avocado Chocolate Cake recipe. It gives the cake and the icing a smooth creamy texture, while the rich chocolate flavor of cocoa powder takes over for the mild-tasting avocado. You can top this cake with sprinkles or Easter candy if you’re serving it at a party, or add chopped nuts to give yourself a boost of PowerFuel.
Your Easter morning will be extra special when you pull these tasty pastries out of the oven. This Mixed Triple Berry Scone recipe is light, flaky and a little bit buttery. Mix in your choice of berries for a burst of flavor and juiciness. Save any leftovers in the freezer and take one out whenever you want to sweeten up your coffee or tea break.
This just might be the easiest, yet most impressive dessert you’ll ever make. Our Sweet Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding recipe is a great alternative to ice cream. It combines fat-free cottage cheese, low-fat cream cheese, strawberries, vanilla extract and natural sweetener in the blender. Simply blend it until it’s all smooth and creamy, then top each serving with slices of fresh strawberries.
Parfaits used to be diet-blasting calorie bombs. Good news: This is a healthy version you can enjoy for Easter brunch or dessert anytime without derailing your weight loss progress. If you don’t want to bake dessert, our Lemon Raspberry Yogurt Parfait recipe is built with layers of smooth and creamy Greek yogurt, juicy berries, crunchy granola and tangy lemon curd. It’s full of nutrients you need and fun flavors you love.
Your holiday morning will begin with a win when you make this crumbly, sweet Cinnamon Streusel Muffin recipe. Cinnamon, vanilla and applesauce gives them a lightly sweet taste, with a little extra jolt from the butter-and-brown-sugar streusel topping. They bake in about 30 minutes and the aroma will bring everyone in your home to the table.
Can you believe there are candy eggs that fit into your weight loss plan? It’s true, you can make this Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs recipe with only five simple ingredients, including real peanut butter and chocolate chips. No special equipment or skills are necessary to make this traditional Easter dessert. Keep the extras in a sealed container in the fridge, so you can enjoy one whenever you’re craving a bite of the perfect combo of chocolate and peanut butter.
If you want to serve something sweet with coffee or tea, try our simple and flavorful Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Biscotti recipe. They’re made with almond flour, so they have no gluten, plus almond extract and slivered almonds for a lightly nutty flavor. Cocoa powder turns them a rich brown color and adds just the right amount of chocolate taste.
Your guests will ooh and aah when you bring this Easy Fresh Fruit Tart recipe to the table. It’s topped with your choice of fresh fruit, such as berries, kiwi or mandarin orange segments. Below it is a creamy custard made with cream cheese and vanilla pudding, which rests in a firm whole wheat crust. Each slice is as colorful as it is delicious.
For Easter brunch or anytime you have bananas becoming overripe, this simple Almond Banana Bread recipe makes a lightly sweet loaf that keeps you full for hours. The bananas and applesauce ensure the bread stays moist, while sliced almonds give it a bit of crunch. Make this snack even more nutritious by spreading on a tablespoon of creamy almond butter, a PowerFuel that’s high in protein and healthy fats.
This Strawberry Lemon Icebox Cake recipe is a bake-free dessert that comes together in minutes. We make it by blending Greek yogurt with lemon zest, lemon juice and natural sweetener. The tangy filling is spread on a bed of low-fat graham crackers and topped with sliced strawberries, followed by two more layers of crackers, filling and strawberries. After chilling in the refrigerator, the Easter cake comes out firm and ready to slice and serve.
Bundt cake makes an attractive presentation to share with guests or to bring to a family gathering. With our Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake recipe, it comes out with the nice round shape you expect, but the cake is a healthy improvement over the standard version because you use whole wheat flour and natural sweeteners. The swirls of cinnamon in the cake provide sparks of flavor while keeping the calorie count low.
This Healthy Angel Food Cake recipe is golden brown on the outside, yet light and airy on the inside. The cake makes a simple platform for the sweet blueberry sauce on top or you can use any fresh fruit you like. You can bake it with standard sugar or save calories and try natural sweetener made with tropical monk fruit. Either way, your guests are sure to find the cake heavenly.
These dainty cookies are so light, they are almost like tasting sweetened air. Our 23-Calorie Almond Meringue Cookie recipe is made with four simple ingredients, including egg whites, cream of tartar, sugar and almond extract. The adorable Easter cookies look like you bought them at the bakery. Serve them with a bowl of fresh fruit for a dessert that satisfies your sweet tooth but doesn’t weigh you down.
Here’s how you can have donuts on Easter morning, even when you’re eating to lose weight. These Air Fryer Skinny Blueberry Cheesecake Donuts have a moist cake base that starts with whole wheat flour, milk and an egg. They’re topped with a sweet glaze made with fresh blueberries and real cream cheese. They come out of the air fryer warm, fragrant and dare we say it, perfect for dunkin’.
You don’t have to be the Easter Bunny to enjoy a carrot-filled Easter treat. This fluffy and Healthy Homemade Carrot Cake recipe is made with lots of freshly grated carrots and applesauce, so it’s naturally sweet. The high-fiber whole wheat pastry flour and protein-rich Greek yogurt keep it moist and crumbly. Instead of classic cream cheese frosting, the finishing touch is a creamy icing made with ricotta cheese and real maple syrup.
Rhubarb is a spring vegetable with a tangy taste that’s the ideal complement to sweet strawberries. They’re commonly paired in pies, but we like them in this creative variation on the classic pineapple upside down cake.
To make this Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake recipe, the rhubarb and strawberries are heated and lightly sweetened, then spread into a baking dish with the whole wheat dough on top. After it all comes out of the oven, you flip it over and the fruit has become soft and juicy and the cake is moist and crumbly.
You and your family are sure to love this simple 3-Step Banana Pudding recipe. It’s made with healthy ingredients like low-fat milk and natural flavorings like cinnamon , vanilla and a fresh banana. All you do is puree them in the blender, heat the mix briefly, and then chill the pudding until it sets. Each spoonful is creamy, smooth and oh so satisfying.
Here is a sweet and tasty Gluten Free Sugar Cookie recipe that you can enjoy along with your family and guests. They have the authentic flavor and texture of the cookies you get at the bakery, but they’re much lower in calories, sugar and fat. Even better, they’re made with gluten-free flour so everyone can share in the goodness.
If you love muffins but are hesitant to try baking them yourself, this Easy 5-Ingredient Banana Nut Muffins recipe is just right for you. They’re made with only a handful of ingredients: bananas, oats, raisins, cashews and cinnamon. You mix them together into a thick batter, pour it into a muffin tin, then bake for about 20 minutes. The muffins come out golden brown and ready to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.
The fresh taste of lemons takes center stage in this revised version of the popular dessert. To make this Lightened-Up Lemon Bars recipe, the fruit is blended with sugar, butter and eggs to create a thick and gooey filling that’s sweet and tart. It’s layered on top of a flaky crust made with whole wheat flour and a little lemon zest. Each bar is like a bite of spring sunshine.
Cookies can be the perfect little bite of sweetness you crave, and these are made just right to enjoy when you’re trying to drop excess pounds. This Cinnamon Pecan Cookie recipe comes with the perky taste of cinnamon and brown sugar, plus a crunchy, salty pecan. While they will delight your family and guests, no one will blame you for keeping them for yourself.
This Mini No-Bake Lemon Coconut Cheesecake Bites recipe brings together so many flavors we love, including lemon, coconut and vanilla. They’re blended with real cream cheese and Greek yogurt to make a smooth filling. It’s spread onto the lightly crunchy crust, then it’s all chilled in the freezer until firm.
Each muffin-size bite will light up your tastebuds while keeping you on track to your weight loss goal. If you want to switch things up, you can make them with orange zest instead!
Start your Easter morning, or any day, with this lightly sweet Cinnamon Raisin Carrot Muffin recipe. They’re made with grated carrots, applesauce and yogurt, so they’re moist and crumbly. Raisins, cinnamon and maple syrup infuse them with flavor, while sliced almonds add a bit of crunch. Enjoy one with a glass of skim milk for protein to pair with the SmartCarbs in the muffin.
Cinnamon rolls are a holiday morning tradition in many families. You can join in while you lose weight when you use this Classic Cinnamon Roll recipe. The whole wheat dough is swirled with lots of fragrant cinnamon and the rolls are glazed with vanilla-flavored cream cheese. Your family will clamor for more and only you will know they’re healthier than the store-bought kind.
While everyone else is digging into baskets full of high-calorie candy, treat yourself to this healthier Grasshopper Candy Bars recipe. They’re like the rice cereal and marshmallow treats kids love, but the flavor is taken up a notch with cocoa powder, mini chocolate chips and mint extract. They’re easy to make and lots of fun to munch.