Decadent Dessert Recipes That Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

25 Decadent Flourless Dessert Recipes

Decadent Dessert Recipes That Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Victor Protasio

Just because it’s flourless doesn’t mean it’s not decadent. Along with butter and sugar, flour may be one of the staple ingredients that come to mind when you think of baking, but ever-resourceful Southern cooks have spent years devising creative dessert recipes that don’t call for any flour at all. Forgoing the flour in baked goods results in cookies, cakes, and brownies that are extra fudgy and indulgent. Better yet, some of these recipes don't require any baking at all, making them perfect for hot Southern summers.
If you’re running low on flour but still want to whip up something sweet, have no fear. We’ve collected 25 of our favorite flourless dessert recipes that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. From fudgy flourless cookies and tortes to cooling, fruity icebox cakes, these desserts suit all tastes and palates. If you’re looking for a challenge, try your hand at making homemade ice cream—our Banana Ice Cream pairs beautifully with caramel and roasted peanuts. Whether you’re craving chocolate or cheesecake, we have a flour-free recipe for you.

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Recipe: Strawberry Icebox Cake

Made with just 5 ingredients—including strawberry jam and chocolate wafer cookies—it doesn’t get much easier than this icebox cake.



Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Cupcakes

This resourceful little recipe combines souffle- chocolate cupcakes and scoops of ice cream in place of frosting.

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Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Ice cream sandwiches on their own aren’t anything particularly special, but when they’re layered with whipped cream and chocolate, they become something truly remarkable.

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Recipe: Banana Ice Cream

Don’t have the flour necessary to make banana pudding? Make this fresh Banana Ice Cream instead.

Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Banana Pudding Cheesecake

This fusion of banana pudding and cheesecake topped with vanilla wafers is un anything you’ve tasted before.

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Recipe: Easy Fudge

This simple fudge recipe—which makes 5 dozen pieces—comes together entirely in your microwave.


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Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Strawberry Lemonade Pie

Sweet and sour, this no-bake pie with a stunning marbled top will charm adults and kids a.

Micah Leal

Recipe: Chocolate Torte

You’ll only need a small slice of this super decadent flourless Chocolate Torte. Serve with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.

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Recipe: Mamie Eisenhower’s Chocolate Fudge

Filled with nuts and 2 kinds of chocolate, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower’s fudge recipe has earned a rightful spot in our culinary textbooks.


Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Millionaire Pie

Gelatin desserts are back in style, and we’re whipping up this Millionaire Pie to prove it.

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Southern Living

Recipe: Star-Spangled Cheesecake

Frozen strawberries and blueberries create the stunning star pattern crowning this sheet pan cheesecake.


Southern Living

Recipe: Fresh Peach Ice Cream

If you’ve never tried your hand at making homemade ice cream, this is your chance.


40 Easy Healthy Desserts – Best Recipes for Healthiest Dessert Ideas

Decadent Dessert Recipes That Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

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Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yes, you read that right: Your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe has been health-ified, so you can continue enjoying the treats you love without sacrificing your wellness goals!

Get the recipe at Chocolate Covered Katie.


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Healthy One-Bowl Chocolate Chunk Brownies

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Superfood Chocolate Bark

Who says you can't lead a healthy lifestyle and still indulge in chocolate from time to time? This chocolate bark is an easy way to get your fix without over-indulging.

Get the recipe at Choosing Chia.


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Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

How does one make oatmeal cookies healthy, you ask? Add in a healthy dose of quinoa and flax, then naturally sweeten them with honey.

Get the recipe at Dessert for Two.


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Vegan Donuts with Allergy-Friendly Topping Ideas

Vegan doughnuts are surprisingly easy to make. They're just the thing to take to a friend's dinner party or serve at a birthday brunch.

Get the recipe at Cotter Crunch.


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5 Ingredient Chocolate Covered Cashew Bars

Not only do these bars feature just five ingredients, but you can also find said ingredients right in your own pantry. Dates, cashews, tahini, vanilla, and chocolate are all you need to get started.

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.


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Healthy No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

These delectable-looking peanut butter cookies are made with just eight ingredients, and you can make them in 30 minutes. They're also best served cold, which makes them an ideal dinner party dish!

Get the recipe at Joy Food Sunshine.


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Salted Pretzel Cowboy

Okay, so these aren't exactly “healthy”—but a few ingredient swaps can change that!

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.

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Healthy Coconut Tart

Fresh figs and raspberries aren't just good for you, they're also nice to look at! We love this simple, warming tart with flavors of coconut, vanilla, and cinnamon.

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.


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Lemon Cream Tart

We can promise you that this is one healthy dessert idea that tastes just as good as it looks. Citrus lovers, this one's for you!

Get the recipe at Sugar Free Sprinkles.


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Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Instant Pot Caramel Apple Pie

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Mini Cinnamon Roll Cheesecakes

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Three-Ingredient Brownies

These gooey, chewy brownies are unbelievably easy to make. Plus, they're paleo and Whole30-approved!

Get the recipe at Delightful Mom Food.

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Coconut Flour Cookies

Use your favorite nut butter in this chocolate chip-loaded sweet.

Get the recipe at Well Plated by Erin.

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Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

This blogger writes her vegan and gluten-free Rice Krispie Treats taste “just a crunchy peanut butter cup.”

Get the recipe at Ambitious Kitchen.

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Greek Yogurt Key Lime Cheesecakes

These creamy bites have fewer than 125 calories per serving for the tastiest guilt-free treat.

Get the recipe at Sweet Peas and Saffron.

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Paleo Double Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

These chewy cookies are bursting with chocolatey goodness in every single bite.

Get the recipe at Recipe Runner.

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Red Velvet Fudge

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No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

It takes just 20 minutes and six ingredients to whip up this recipe.

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.

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Hearty Oat Cookies

Nuts, dried fruits, and oats add color and texture to these crunchy, delicious cookies.

Get the recipe.

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Strawberry Ice Cream

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Angel Food Cupcakes

At only 60 calories each, you won't feel bad having two of these delightful Angel Food cupcakes.

Get the recipe at Eating on a Dime.

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Greek Yogurt Cranberry Orange Pound Cake

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Stuffed Baked Apples

Filled with walnuts, dried fruit, oats, cinnamon, and other goodies, this flavorful dessert tastes just an apple crumble when it comes the oven.

Get the recipe at Veganosity.

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy, three-ingredient snack. Simply stick two banana slices together with peanut butter and coat them in dark chocolate—you'll be surprised at how good it tastes!

Get the recipe at Smile Sandwich.

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Greek Yogurt Fruit Tart

With no added refined sugar, flour, or butter, this gorgeous fruit tart makes a yummy breakfast or light afternoon treat.

Get the recipe at Sally's Baking Addiction.

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Brown-Sugar Balsamic Strawberry Sauce

At just 118 calories a serving, this sweet strawberry sauce, flavored with brown sugar and balsamic, is a great way to jazz up classic vanilla ice cream.

Get the recipe.

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Plum Smoothie-Pops

Pink-blossom pretty, frosted pops promise plum-fresh goodness and a frozen blast of cool. Can't wait? Grab a straw and sip. The mixture makes a great smoothie, too.

Get the recipe.



Indulge your sweet tooth with these low-sugar desserts

Decadent Dessert Recipes That Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Don’t be alarmed, but there’s a good chance you’re eating too much added sugar. The average person eats about 17 teaspoons per day, which is about 65 percent more than the American Heart Association’s recommendation (no more than six teaspoons per day for women and nine for men).

Added sugar can be in obvious sources, candies, cookies, ice cream, and pies, as well as the sugar you might add to tea and coffee. There are also sources you’re ly aware of but may be surprised by the amounts: A can of soda contains about 10 teaspoons; a Starbucks’ Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino has over 15 teaspoons — and that’s without the whip! Other sources are much sneakier.

They include condiments, cereals (even whole grains varieties), flavored yogurts, dried fruits, jerky, plant-based milks, and breads. It all adds up pretty quickly. Take this example: A home-brewed latte with ½ cup vanilla almond milk plus one packet of maple oatmeal mixed with ½ cup vanilla almond milk gets you to the six-teaspoon mark at breakfast. And it all sounds reasonably healthy.

Lightening your sugar load isn’t about depriving yourself of desserts and other foods you love. It would be unrealistic (and even harmful) to constantly deny yourself these pleasures. Instead, reducing your added sugar intake is about empowering you to nourish your body better, potentially offsetting weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease, which are all linked to excessive sugar intake.

The best lower-sugar goodies provide some nourishment, naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, fiber, or protein. When you make a practice of swapping ordinary (read: sugary) desserts for these types of healthier, lower-sugar ones, it can help you build long-lasting healthy habits, and you’ll find that your taste buds adapt.

Not only will summery fruit taste gloriously sweeter, but it could translate to a reduction in cravings for sweets. And when a craving does pop up, you might be satisfied with a smaller portion.

To help you reduce your sugar load without depriving yourself of dessert, here are some insanely delicious and light-in-sugar dietitian-approved ideas.

Making a homemade, lower sugar dessert is time well spent! Not only will your dessert be fresh and full of flavor, these treats feature whole food ingredients that bring extra nutrition to dessert time.

Chocolate Avocado Truffles

Chocolate Avocado TrufflesLindsey Janeiro, RDN, LDN of Nutrition to Fit

If you’re looking for the ultimate chocolate experience with just a hint (instead of a boatload) of added sugar, bookmark this recipe.

“They're lower in sugar and made with heart healthy avocados and magnesium-rich dark chocolate,” says recipe creator and registered dietitian, Lindsey Janeiro, RDN, LDN of Nutrition to Fit.

“I've also had readers share they've made these truffles even lower in sugar by using stevia to sweeten and by using stevia-sweetened dark chocolate ( Lily's).”

Chocolate Mousse Filled Strawberries

Chocolate Mousse Filled StrawberriesLauren Harris-Pincus, RD

“These decadent Chocolate Mousse Filled Strawberries are gluten-free, vegan, and have only 70 calories and 7 grams of sugar per serving,” says Lauren Harris-Pincus, RDN, owner of and author of The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club.

And most of that sugar is from the in-season strawberries, so it doesn’t count toward your added sugar allotment. Plus, these chocolate-stuffed berries feature another nutritious extra. “The secret ingredient is soft, silken tofu,” says Harris-Pincus. “Tofu adds protein, heart-healthy fat and creaminess without any dairy.

No Churn Salted Chocolate Chip Banana Ice Cream

No Churn Salted Chocolate Chip Banana Ice CreamChelsey Amer Nutrition

If ice cream is more your thing, you might enjoy this healthier alternative.

“This chocolate chip ‘nice cream’ is a great lower sugar option as it’s made with no added sugar and is naturally sweetened with fruit,” says Chelsey Amer, RDN, owner of Chelsey Amer Nutrition.

“It’s a great sweet treat to keep you cool all summer with less fat and sugar than traditional ice cream.”

Mini Peach Crisp for 2

Skillet Ginger Peach Crisp for TwoMarisa Moore

Culinary dietitian Marisa Moore, RDN, shares this hack for making a lower sugar dessert: “Use the sweetest peaches picked at the peak of ripeness.” This allows you to get by with less sugar, she says. In addition to lowering the added sugar, she made this crisp healthier by cutting back on the butter.

“It uses just enough to keep the crisp topping together for a delicious golden brown finish,” she says. You’ll also get whole grain goodness (not to mention nutty flavor) from the oat flour used in the gluten-free crisp topping. Another pro strategy: Make it a mini.

“That’s always a winner for me,” says Moore, adding “This little recipe won’t leave you with a huge pan of dessert staring at you in the fridge all week!”

Frozen Yogurt Bark with Blueberries and Pomegranate

Frozen Yogurt Bark with Blueberries and PomegranateNutrition Twins

Instead of fro-yo, why not try some fro-yo bark? “This deliciously refreshing bark is packed with nutrients from the probiotic and calcium-rich yogurt as well as the antioxidant-rich blueberries and pomegranate,” say Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos Shames, the registered dietitians behind the The Nutrition Twins. “At only 18 calories per serving, this dessert satisfies cravings for rich, creamy and decadent desserts, yet keeps the sugar at just 3 grams, and that includes the sugar from the fruit!”

Healthy Fruit Pizza

Healthy Fruit PizzaHolley Grainger, RD

Holley Grainger, RD, creator of Cleverful Living shares this recipe that’s chock full of healthy ingredients. “This simple and sweet Healthy Fruit Pizza is pretty enough to serve at a dinner party yet fun enough for the kiddos to enjoy on a summer evening,” she says.

“The whole wheat flour and oatmeal add whole grains, fiber and B vitamins. In place of sweetened cream cheese icing, whip up a more nutritious but equally delicious version by combining Greek yogurt and cream cheese. Top with an assortment of fresh summer fruit berries, peaches, kiwi and mango,” says Grainger.

If you’d rather buy dessert than DIY it, these dietitian-approved picks will become your new obsession.


“Yasso Greek Yogurt Bars have been an absolute favorite dessert of my family this summer. The texture is rich and creamy, the portion is satisfying and filling, and the flavor options can't be beat,” she says.

“Lately, we've been loving Orange Cream, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Fudge Brownie but I must say, Mint Chocolate Chip still reigns supreme as my favorite. Best of all, each bar is made with Greek yogurt, has around 5 grams of protein and has roughly 100 calories.

These bars are decadent, flavor-packed and a treat for the entire family.”

Enlightened Ice Cream Bar

Harris-Pincus says her favorite lower-sugar frozen dessert is an Enlightened Ice Cream Bar.

“They also make amazing pints but I personally prefer the bars which are perfectly portioned for those who can't stop at 1/2 cup of ice cream,” she says.

(Let’s be honest; that’s probably most of us!) “My favorite flavor, Frozen Hot Cocoa, packs 7 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber for only 90 calories and 6 grams of sugar.”

Lily’s Sweets Dark Chocolate Bars

Though Janiero says she enjoys “real deal” dessert on occasion, these stevia-sweetened bars are her pick for a lower sugar option. “I was honestly surprised by how delicious they are!” Enough said.

Lily’s Sweets Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Speaking of delicious, these Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups rank high on my list of no added sugar desserts. A serving has four grams of protein from organic peanut flour and here’s the best part—the 130-calorie serving is two full-sized cups, not one!

Skinny Dipped Dark Chocolate Cocoa Almonds

Moore says these nibbles are sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, but they’re more than just a sweet treat. “It’s also nice that the nutty base offers up a bit of fiber, fat and protein for staying power and it tends to keep me from overeating. I usually take them along when I travel as the packaging is perfect for on the go.”

Simple Mills Crunch Double Chocolate Cookies

If you’re a cookie fan, these deserve a spot in your pantry. The three-cookie serving feels indulgent and satisfying but has just 6 grams (1 ½ teaspoons) of added sugar and 110 calories . The base is a blend of nut and seed flours, which means you’ll get some minerals from this tasty treat.

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