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12 recipes for desserts under 250 calories

Protein Panna Cotta with poached rhubarb and orange in a glass
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Carina is a freelance journalist. She writes about food and for our "healthy lifestyle" column.

Desserts seem to be stuck with an image of being absolute calorie bombs. Although that may be true for many of them, you know us and, as usual, we’ve got plenty of healthy and light inspiration for you – even when it comes to dessert. The trick is simply to reinterpret classic recipes and tweak the ingredients.

You might see us suggesting you use avocado or beetroot. They might not have been on your radar when it comes to dessert, but superfoods like these help to keep things balanced and light. And don’t worry, it won’t affect the taste. Our recipes for desserts prove that cutting calories doesn’t mean sacrificing gastronomic excellence. And if you don’t feel like making it yourself, you’re welcome to just grab our Protein Cookies – the perfect snack between meals, so you really don’t need to have a guilty conscience.

#1 Strawberry Cheesecake

A cheesecake sounds delicious, of course, but it tends to involve quite a lot of calories and sugar. Not this recipe! First of all, our cheesecake comes in a jar and we’ve also switched out unhealthy ingredients for the perfect blend of yogurt, cream cheese and honey, topped off with strawberries.

Strawberry Cheesecake Jars with Protein Cookies
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#2 Protein Panna Cotta

We love to tweak classics and give them that extra helping of protein. We’ve done the same with this recipe for a light and low-calorie dessert that blends Greek yogurt with orange juice, honey and rhubarb.

Protein Panna Cotta with Poached Rhubarb and Orange in a Glass
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#3 Protein Frozen Yogurt

Delicious ice cream is a summer staple, along with our Whey Protein to build muscle. But when the temperatures rise and you want something refreshingly sweet, it doesn’t have to be laden with calories. We prefer to make our own desserts – and this one is still packed with all the creamy pleasure you’d expect.

Raspberry Yogurt Popsicles Drizzled with White Chocolate on a Piece of Parchment
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#4 Blueberry Cheesecake

Another dessert that’s light and delicious – and you won’t need an oven or unnecessary carbs. Enjoy every mouthful of this fresh and fruity pick-me-up – with ingredients including blueberries and coconut cream – with a clear conscience.

Blueberry Cheesecake
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#5 Blueberry Scones

Speaking of blueberries, they’re also the perfect partner for delicious scones – but these ones are a far cry from the ones you see in bakeries. Our recipe for the sweet afternoon snack is based on an extra portion of protein – thanks to our vanilla flavor Whey Protein.

Blueberry Protein Scones
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#6 Chocolate Mousse Cups

Mmm! Just the thought of chocolate mousse makes our mouths water. But we’re talking about low-calorie desserts – and that’s not a problem with this recipe. Ingredients include avocado and dark chocolate, as well as our Daily Protein + Focus – which is a great energy booster when fatigue sets in during the day.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse Cups
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#7 Cherry Colada Popsicles

Most people are familiar with pina colada, but have you ever heard of cherry colada? This low-calorie dessert recipe features coconut milk as the fruit’s perfect partner – simply add a few more ingredients for the perfect summer snack.

Protein Cherry Colada Popsicles
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#8 Caramel Cheesecake

This no-bake recipe is also high on our to-do list. All the layers of these cheesecake slabs are an absolute delight, but what really stands out in terms of taste is our famous Salted Caramel Protein Cream. This is a great source of protein and contains natural flavors, but no added sugar or palm oil.

No-Bake Caramel Cheesecakes
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#9 Chocolate Cheesecake

You may already have spotted that we are crazy about cheesecakes, but this low-calorie dessert recipe is just too good to pass up. Chocolaty, moist and creamy – in other words, it’s an absolute must-eat.

High-Protein Baked Chocolate Cheesecake with Strawberries
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#10 Lemon Mango Tart

It’s coffee and cake all the way from now on with this fruity number. What sets this light dessert apart is the contrasts – the crust is super crispy, while the center is creamy and custard-like. The blend of lemon and mango also creates a surprisingly delicious flavor explosion.

Lemon Mango Tart Sliced on a Plate
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#11 Beetroot Brownies

Who knew brownies could be so low in calories? That’s probably because of the not-so-secret ingredient in this recipe: beetroot. This is paired with fresh avocado to create the basis for the super creamy frosting – you won’t be able to stop yourself reaching for it.

Chocolate Brownies
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#12 Cookie Dough Fudge

The hype around cookie dough seems to have slowly died down a bit, but every now and then we still like to turn to the sweet snack – and this recipe is both vegan and low in calories. It also contains our Vegan Protein for 100 percent plant-based protein power.

Veganes Cookie Dough Fudge
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