Saturday, April 18, 2009


This week our church is hosting Team Impact. This is a group of body builders who put on a show of amazing feats and present the Gospel. They go into schools and do presentations at night. I remember seeing them in high school.

Anyway - our church is feeding them all week and I signed up to bring two desserts.
But here is the catch - it's for serious body builders and they have to be low fat.

I don't understand what a low fat dessert is?????

I KNOW Paula Deen can't help I'm asking you - if you have any low fat dessert recipes that will feed at least 12 - can you leave them in the comments or give me ideas. I'm guessing butterfinger cake or red velvet cake balls are not going to be acceptable. (Bless their hearts!)

First - thanks for all the recipes!!! I have no idea how I will pick but I may even try some for our family. We are trying to lose weight so I guess now would be a good time to try some low fat desserts out. I'll let you know what I make.

Also - there is the cutest family that I have been reading about for a while. They had two PRECIOUS little boys and then recently adopted a little girl and in the midst of adopting found out they were expecting again. They had little Hudson (I'm partial to that name since it's our boy name) this week and he is now in the NICU possibly with pneumonia. Obviously that is a subject I'm very familiar with - please pray for him.
You can read about them on Isn't she the cutest mom???


AJU5's Mom said...

I don't have any specific recipe advice, but I would look a fruit desserts. Maybe a fruit pizza? Or fruit sundaes? Or even a frozen ice?

Jodee said...

I think angel food cake is low fat, and you could add some strawberries for fun too!

lisa@littlesliceoflife said...

Maybe Lemon Ice-Box Pie using reduced-fat sweetened condensed milk, reduced fat vanilla wafers and lite Cool Whip?

Or maybe a Strawberry Trifle using angel food cake instead of pound cake and low-fat pudding/lite Cool Whip?

Anonymous said...

angel food cake with fruit is what i would make mixed with a strawberry sauce, or blueberries too

Nada said...

What about angel food cake with strawberries and low fat whip cream! It's yummy and no fat!!

Flo and Grace said...

Yea! I'm the first to comment! I'm not so sure of a low fat dessert, but a lot of the sweet stuff can be subsituted with fruit. So maybe try fruit/granola/yogurt parfaits? Or even a fruit pizza w/ lowfat cream cheese.

Melissa said...

Kelly can not belive i am not the 100th to comment! you could always do angel food cake with cool whip and strawberries. that is what we will have tomorrow after church.

Amy said...

I would try Angel Food Cake with Strawberries, I think that would be pretty low-fat and healthy. You could always add Light Cool Whip, that makes it even better!

Stewart Family said...

strawberry short cake is not that bad? right ?! Angel food cake, strawberries, and lite whip cream.

fruit salad with just fresh fruit

gosh...that is hard. Desserts aren't supposed to be low fat :)

Morgan Holt said...

Banana Pudding sounds good. Use light cool whip and jello pie filling and reduced fat vanilla wafers as substitutes. I also like the idea of strawberry shortcake. Couldn't go wrong with either of those!

Jordan said...

What about a yogurt parfait in a trifle dish? Yogurt, frozen berries, and granola layered?

Shana said...

Long time reader, first time to comment! Anyways, to the point! Honey grab hold of your southern roots...Banana Puddin'...low fat of course! God Bless :)

3-3/4 cups cold fat-free milk, divided
2 pkg. (4-serving size each) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Reduced Calorie Pudding & Pie Filling
32 Reduced Fat NILLA Wafers
2 bananas, sliced
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP FREE Whipped Topping


POUR 3-1/2 cups of the milk into large bowl. Add pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes or until well blended. Let stand 5 minutes.
ARRANGE layer of wafers on bottom and up side of 2-quart serving bowl; drizzle with 2 Tbsp. of the remaining milk. Add layer of banana slices; top with 1/3 of the pudding. Repeat layers, drizzling wafer layer with remaining milk and ending with pudding. Spread whipped topping over pudding.
REFRIGERATE 3 hours or until ready to serve.

Rebecca said...

I would agree with others...angel food cake is lower in fat, esp. with fat free whip cream & berries.

My husband's aunt also learned at weight watchers to bake a box cake with a diet soda instead of the oil to cut down fat. You use white soda for a light cake & diet coke for a dark cake. I know it sounds weird, but she made a lemon box cake with a diet sprite instead of oil & dusted it with powdered sugar instead of frosting.

Katy said...

I make brownie muffins using devils food cake mix and a can of pumpkin. It is a weight watchers recipe. The muffins are low points and I bet they would be really good with a simple low fat cream cheese icing. I'll go look for that now...

Unknown said...

What about angel food cake with fresh strawberries? Or there is a boxed brownie mix called No Pudge Fudge Brownies. They are pretty tasty (for low fat and all)

Jacquie said...

Ha Ha, this posts is funny!

I like to layer sugar-free chocolate pudding with sugar-free or fat-free cool whip... you could sprinkle some dark chocolate chips in between layers, too.

The banana pudding sounded good too.

I usually save all my desserts for free day, but there's a good Eating for Life cheesecake recipe that I love. I usually top it with a few strawberries and some cool whip. If you want that recipe... just email me.

Lindsay said...

here is a website with a whole bunch of low fat desserts.. they actually look okay!!

Diana said...

Maybe fruit and yogurt parfaits? would be easy... Angel cake with berrries (frozen defrosted add splnda and makes a syrup poured over it) with a little light whip cream?

Rachel said...

I would do a yummy fruit salad with poppy seed dressing (I think you can buy the Crumpet Poppy Seed dressing at our local Walmarts.

Good Luck!! This is too funny!!!

Katy said...

Yep I found a low fat cream cheese icing for the brownie muffins. They are good all by themselves too!


4 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened

1 cup confectioner's sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioner's sugar, lemon juice and vanilla together until the mixture is smooth. Using a spoon or spatula, spread the icing on top of the cooled cupcakes.

Makes enough for 12 cupcakes.

For the brownie muffins you preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix one box devil's food cake mix with one 15 oz can pure pumpkin. This mixture will be THICK but just keep stirring and it will come together. Bake is 12 cup muffin pan for 20 minutes.

Hope this helps! A little anyway...

Betsy said...

haha...I had to click on your comments just to see what people were suggesting! I am with you...what on earth is a low fat dessert??

But the angel food cake with strawberries sounds like a good option! I make that sometimes and it's really good.

Good luck! ;)

Lauren said...

Girl... You KNOW I don't know of any low fat desserts! Can you even use those words in the same sentence?! Ha! Maybe fruit?!?! Yogurt?! Hahaha!

Sarah said...

What about strawberry pretzel jello? Or raspberry? A very yummy treat! It calls for cool-whip and cream cheese but you can always get the low-fat versions.


Strawberry Pretzel Jello Salad:


2 c. crushed pretzels, may be stale or fresh
2 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 stick butter, melted


1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip
1 c. sugar


1 (6 oz.) pkg. strawberry Jello
2 c. boiling water
1 (2 lb.) pkg. frozen strawberries

Mix first layer ingredients together. Press into 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Mix second layer ingredients until smooth. Spread over cooled crust. Refrigerate and let this layer set - this is to ensure that the jello layer won't sink into the pretzel crust! Mix third layer ingredients. When partially set, pour over cream cheese mixture. Chill until firm. Cut into squares and serve.

Jeni said...

Make Paula's Not Yo Mama's Banana puddin and use light cream cheese/pudding/1/2% milk etc. I tweek Paula Deen's recipes all the time with low fat stuff! How thoughtful of you to provide desserts!! YUM I enjoyed reading everyone's yummy ideas!

amy said...

how funny! :) I'm with you-- Paula Dean is my girl! Have you made her "not your mama's banana pudding?" to die for!!
Here's an easy WONDERFULLY delicious healthy choice... maybe not to "manly" but.... :)

Fat Free Sugar Free Chocolate Mousse

3 cups skim milk
2 small boxes of dry sugar free chocolate pudding mix 8oz.
2 cartons fat free cool whip

Wisk together milk, pudding until thick. Add cool whip beat until thick, add cool whip and beat until smooth. Refrigerate for one hour.

Anonymous said...

Strawberries and Kiwis are in season! Sliced strawberries, sliced kiwis, and white grapes, tossed with a little lemon juice and mint leaves looks beautiful!

Yocumotion said...

I agree with the angel food cake BUT have you seen them in the angel food cake cups??? Our kroger has them. I put fat free whip cream in the cup and a cut straberry on top....Yummy I will keep on thinking

hey mommy said...

Fresh Strawberry Pie

1 small pkg sugar-free cook & serve vanilla pudding
2 c water
1 small pkg sugar-free strawberry jello
4 c sliced fesh strawberries
1 (9 inch) frozen deep dish pie crust, thawed
Fat-free cool whip

Bake thawed pie crust according to instructions on package first. Let cool.

Boil water and pudding in saucepan. Remove from heat and add jello. Cool in fridge for 10 minutes (I usually do a little longer). Put strawberries in a large bowl and pour pudding mixture over them. Then pour that into the cooled piecrust. Put into fridge to set. Serve with fat free whipped topping.

This pie serves 8 but is easy enough to whip up two. Enjoy!

Sarah said...

I would echo the fruit and yogurt parfait idea ... just make sure to use low fat yogurt and especially low fat granola (some granola has a ton of sugar and can actually be high in fat).

Hillary said...

LOW FAT DESSERTS??? They have those?? Just tell them it is all about portions! :) Only eat a small piece of butterfinger cake and it will be just fine!

Lauren said...

Whoa! Do they not make fat-free butterfingers? I'm confused... :)

Peter and Nancy said...

In many quick bread and muffin recipes, you can substitute some or all of the oil/fat by using applesauce. The muffins stay nice and moist, and taste good too!

If you google "Cooking Light Magazine," they have fantastic light recipes.

Have fun!

Brenda said...

I take a pack of graham crackers, two different color sugar-free packs of jello, some apple sauce and a carton of cool whip lite.

Mix the jello with some applesauce, about 1/2 cup or so. (mix the different flavors seperately.)

Place one graham craker on plate. Put jello mixture on top in thin layer. Add another graham craker on top with a thin layer of the other color of jello mix. Continue this until your pack of graham crackers are gone. Frost with the cool whip and let it sit for a few hours in fridge before serving (Best overnight)

Really good, simple and healthy!


Jennifer said...

magic mousse jello? it's on the kraft foods website. so easy and can be made w/ sugar free jello and low fat cool whip. i'm sure you could top it w/ berries or something.

Heather said...

Take 1 angel food cake
2 boxes low fat vanilla pudding
1 large can drained fruit cocktail
2 boxes strawberry gelatin
1 tub low fat cool whip

Break the angle food cake in half and break the half into small pieces into the bottom of preferably clear glass large punch type bowl (it looks nice when its done )
prepare 1 box jello pudding and spoon over top of the cake
prepare 1 box gelatin ( the quick set method allowing it to thicken slightly) and spoon this over top then spoon 1/2 can drained friuit over top. add blobs of cool whip over top. Your making layers here ***grin** then repeat in the same order smoothing the cool whip last layer to make it look so yummy..... very low fat easy and delicious ... Good luck

JJC said...

i say make whatever the heck you want and tell them it's low fat. ;) long as it's not a paula deen recipe, it's low fat, right?

Amy said...

You can do a trifle and use the No Pudge brownie mix ( - it's actually very tasty) - cooked, cooled, then cubed, layered with FF or SF Cool Whip that has been mixed with a package of SF Cheesecake Jello Pudding Mix. Layer a few times, top with Cool Whip mixture, and sprinkle crushed SF candy bar pieces or SF/FF cookies.

You can also make Beth Moore's Sopapilla Cheesecake using reduced fat crescent rolls, reduced fat cream cheese, and smart balance butter blend...but it still has a lot of sugar!

Randall @ Happy For This Moment said...

I do Weight Watchers so can smell out a "healthy" dessert a mile away. I'd definitely do angel food cake (made by you using any mix - then it's in your pan and homemade instead of in cellophane) with fresh strawberries mushed up with a bit of water and Splenda.

Then take a vat of lite Cool Whip, open and add a drop each of almond and vanilla extract and mix it all together. It just makes it so rich tasting for no calories.

Put it all in your own bowls/platters and let people make their own plate - yum!

P said...

Hey Kelly!!

I'd agree with most people that have posted. Maybe either an angel food cake with light whipped cream and strawberries OR a nice strawberry shortcake type thing.

That sounds good to me, but I agree, it just doesn't sound as good as a nice brownie.

BTW I definitely need a recipe for those red velvet cake balls!! They sound scrumptious!

3 Zepeda's said...

Hey Kelly! Check out they usually have some great ideas for desserts! Good luck! Make sure you post with the ideas you used I'd love to know of some great low fat desserts!

Monica said...

Here's a recipe I'll share,it sounds healthy to me and they're pretty good too.Banana Oatmeal cookies.
2 over ripe bananas
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup raisins
1 tsp.vanilla
1 tsp.cinnamon
Combine all ingredients and mix well.
Drop by scant tablespoons unto ungreased cookie sheet.Smush them down a little since they don't flatten out when baking.Bake @350 for 20 min.
If that dosen't sound good,fresh fruit is always good.

Puttin' On The GRITS said...

I haven't read all of your suggestions but strawberry short cake! Those little shortcake "shells" the little cakes in the produce dept. are really low in calories, and you can soak the strawberries in splenda instead of sugar. fat free cool whip. it's SO good.

Another great summer treat are raspberry lemon tarts. mix a little lemon curd with powdered sugar- use splenda too to cut down on the amt of P.S., and pipe it into mini phyllo shells (i don't bake them at all. just use straight out of the freezer) and top with a fresh raspberry. they are SO good.

Courtney said...

I make this strawberry cheesecake. It's from Bill Phillips' (a bodybuilder) book Body For Life. I actually made one this morning.

You'll need:

1 c. low-fat cottage cheese
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
3 Tbsp Splenda granular
12 oz fat free cream cheese, softened at room temp
1 c. egg substitute
1 Ready Crust reduced-fat graham cracker crust
1/2 c. fat free sour cream
2 tsp sugar substitute
1 c. fresh strawberries

Preheat oven to 350

Spoon cottage cheese into blender. Blend til smooth (about 30 sec). Add vanilla extract and Splenda. Blend about 15 more sec.

Add the softened cream cheese and blend 30 sec. (scrape sides as needed). While blending, gradually add the egg substitute. Blend til smooth (about 45 secs)

Pour filling into crust and bake til set. About 35 mins. (in my experience it's still a little "wiggly" when you pull it from the oven, but sets quickly. It'll burn if you wait for it to firm in the me on this one!

Let cool 15 mins, cover and refrigerate atleast 2 hrs.

Prior to serving, in small mixing bowl, combine sour cream & sugar substitute.

Slice cheesecake and top with sliced strawberries and sour cream.

***I don't do the sour cream part. I just use fat free Cool Whip.....but to each his own....

Hope this helps! It's really good! My whole family likes it!

Jeni said...

Two suggestions:

Banana Pudding made w/ skim milk

Strawberries w/ Splenda, over angel food cake

Good luck!

Jane said...

Angel food cake with a twist ... take a box mix and pour in a can of crushed pineapple ... NOTHING ELSE! Then, serve with muddled strawberries on top. SO YUMMY!

Good luck.

PS: Let us know what you end up with ...

amy said...

Kelly ~ I have 2 recipes for you! The 1st one is a WW recipe & is worth 2 points. It is heavenly!

Frozen Peanut Butter Cups

8 oz. fat free cool whip
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 T. chocolate syrup

Mix cool whip & peanut butter until well combined. Spoon into muffin liners. Drizzle with a swirl of chocolate syrup. Freeze for 6-8 hours.
This is a recipe from Cooking Light.

Banana Cupcakes w/ cream cheese frosting

3/4 cup sugar, divided
1/2 cup mashed ripe banan
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
2 large eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt


1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup (4 oz.) 1/3 less fat cream cheese, chilled
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 TBSP. finely chopped walnuts, toasted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. To prepare cupcakes, combine 1/4 cup sugar & banana; set aside. Beat 1/2 cup sugar, butter, and vanilla at med. speed of a mixer for about 3 minutes until well-blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana mixture to sugar mixture, beating well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, & nutmeg, stirring well w/ a whisk. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with yogurt, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each additon.

Spoon batter in 12 muffin cups lined with paper liners. (I spray mine lightly with cooking spray.) Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. cool in pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan and cool completely.

To prepare the frosting, beat the powdered sugar, chilled cream chees, and vanilla at medium speed of a mixer just until blended (do not overbeat). Spread frosting over cupcakes, and sprinkle with toasted walnuts.

calories 247
fat 7.8 grams
protein 3.8 grams
carbs 41 grams
fiber .6 grams
chol 54 mg
iron .7 mg
sodium 193 mg
calc 25 mg


Jenny said...

Maybe a fruit trifle? Southern Living has one that I've made for some brunches before...if you want the exact recipe, feel free to email me at They're delish, even though they're low fat!!!

Love Being A Nonny said...

I am doing a dessert Monday for a guy who is watching his diet. I am serving angel food cake, strawberries and fat free Kool Whip!!!

Megan said...

Hi! I always substitute applesauce for the oil in my cake recipes! It is really good and makes it a lot less fat. You might use a little more then the amount called for though since it is thicker!

Mom2Jared said...

I have the BEST recipe for Low Fat Honey Bun Cake!!! People cannot believe this is low fat. It is AMAZING! Here is the recipe:

1 box yellow cake mix (reduced fat if you can find it)

1 cup fat free egg beaters

1 cup water

1/4 cup reduced fat margarine/butter

8 ounces fat free sour cream

1 tsp butter extract

1/2 cup brown sugar (I use splenda version)

1 tablespoon sugar (I use splenda for baking)

1 cup powdered sugar

3 tablespoons reduced fat margarine/butter

- Spray 9x13 pan with nonstick cooking spray.

- Mix the cake ingredients well and pour 1/2 of the batter into the pan.

- Combine the filling ingredients and sprinkle 1/2 of this mixture over the batter in the pan.

- Pour the remaining batter over filling mixture.

- Sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture on top, using a fork to swirl it into the batter.

- Bake it at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until it is done. (Be careful not to over bake!!)

- While the cake is still hot, combine the powdered sugar and the melted margarine/butter.

- Poke small holes in the cake with a fork and drizzle icing over the cake

Michele said...

I make this for my family a lot and they love it:

1 large package of orange Jell-o
1 package of fat free Cool Whip
16 oz. fat free cottage cheese
1 can mandarin oranges, drained

Stir the Jell-o into the cottage cheese. Add the cool whip and oranges. That's it! I've also used strawberry Jell-o and fresh strawberries. Yummy!!

Anonymous said...

Spring Fling Cake
(by Weight Watchers)
I make this all the time, never have leftovers and always have to bring copies of the recipe! It's a promised hit!

1 yellow cake mix
4 egg whites
1/2 C. applesauce
1 short can mandarin oranges, undrained

Mix these ingredients together and pour into a 13x9 cake pan sprayed with baking spray. Bake according to the box but keep an eye on it.

8oz can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 small box sugar-free vanilla instant pudding (dry)
8 oz fat-free Cool Whip

Mix pineapple and dry pudding together with mixer; fold Cool Whip in with spoon.

Spread on cake, and voila!

This is the healthiest recipe I've found from Weight Watchers and it's soooo good! It's great for diabetics too!

Anonymous said...

I got one! Tonight we are having Angel food cake (super light and fluffy!) with low fat Cool Whip and blueberries and strawberries! Totally healthy and soooo yummy!!

Emily said...

I have two desserts that are lowfat and very good...

One is "rainbow cake" which is basically white cake mix, poke holes in it after it's baked, pour any jello flavor mixed with water over the cake, add fruit, and cool whip to garnish.

Also, Heath Bar pie, which uses low-fat chocolate pudding and lite cool whip as the filling garnished with crushed heath bar pieces.

I have detailed recipes if those sound good!

Rikki said...

Low fat and dessert should not be in the same sentence!

The only low fat thing I can think of is strawberry short cake.

The Pedigo Family said...

A great Weight Watchers recipe and super YUMMY is:

Super Fudgy Brownies

1 box chocolate cake
1 can of puree pumpkin

Thats it!

Mix those two together and follow the cooking directions on the box! Enjoy!


ashleyjnc said...

Peach Melba
This low fat dessert is a treat on a hot summer day!

Servings: 4
‹ Back to Desserts
• 4 medium fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 2 tablespoons almond-flavored liqueur or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
• 10 ounces frozen raspberries in light syrup
• 2 teaspoons cornstarch
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 1 pint fat free vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
• 2 tablespoon sliced almonds, toasted (optional)

In a shallow bowl, toss 1 tablespoon sugar with peaches and 1/4 teaspoon of the liqueur or extract and set aside.

Place a strainer over a medium saucepan. Pour raspberries into strainer and press with the back of a large spoon to remove the seeds. Discard seeds.

Stir in remaining liqueur or extract, cornstarch and 1 teaspoon sugar until blended. Bring to to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until sauce thickens. Cool for 15 minutes.

To serve, scoop ice cream in dessert dishes and top with peach slices and raspberry sauce. Sprinkle with toasted almonds if desired.

Hugs from Boston said...

Go to Kraft Foods, they have easy low fat desserts, or just google low fat desserts.

Jessica said...

I don't have a specific recipe, but a fruit parfait would be a nice dessert, possibly suitable for their lifestyle??? I'm with you---don't know much about a low fat dessert! LOL But parfaits are yummy in the Spring/Summer! Good luck!

Debbie said...

Hey Kelly, These guys are awesome. We had them at our church just a month or so ago. As far as a dessert for bodybuilders....why not go with a bowl of fresh has to be good for you. Debbie

Elizabeth said...

Layer fat free pudding (whatever flavor, there are lots of good one...i.e. chocolate, cheesecake, coconut, etc.) then put a layer of fat free vanilla wafers, layer with another flavor....keep going. You can put it in a pretty deep bowl and top it with fat free whip cream. Make it pretty if you want and add some chocolate shavings. Let it chill for a while. SO GOOD!! And will feed a lot! My brother is a workout nut and he will polish this off no problem :) And it's super easy to make!

midnight macaroons said...

I have a simple and low fat recipe!!! I take a low fat yogurt (berry flavor) and add two spoonfuls of cool whip topping. I mix it together and put into a serving bowl. Then spread cantaloupe/fresh pineapple/ grapes/strawberries to dip in. It's always been a big hit and it's easy to "whip" together.

Emily said...

Oh, also, I saw this group when I was in 7th grade! ha! It was at First Baptist in Mountain Home

Leanne said...

The terms "low fat" and "dessert" should NOT be used in the same sentence. In fact, I think that "low fat dessert" is an oxymoron...

Best of luck!!!
Leanne in GA

Anonymous said...

My husband is a body builder and I have to make low fat meals for him. I make a low fat chocolate pie and he eats almost the entire thing.

1-graham cracker pie crust
1-large box fat free instant chocolate pudding
1-reg container of fat free cool whip

Mix the pudding with skim or 1% milk. Let thicken and pour into pie crust. Top with cool whip. That easy!!

Hope this helps!!

Theresa said...

I used to eat ice cream sandwich type substitutes, it was with 2 chocolate graham crackers with fat free cool whip in the center. Put them in the freezer and a great dessert! Hope this helps!

The Irish Lass said...

If you google Jello, you'll find the Kraft foods website featuring lots and lots of great recipes where you can use sugar-free pudding and sugar-free Jello in desserts to make them low calorie. Check out the pie recipes there, they are great! Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I used to make a Weight Watchers dessert that was pretty tasty. I don't remember the exact amounts, but if you layer fat free Saltines with fat free Cool Whip and fat free chocolate pudding, put it in the fridge, it ends up tasting like a cream puff. Pretty yummy, and very easy.

Sarah said...

Strawberries or blueberries with whipped cream or cool whip!You can even make them into little sandwiches with graham crackers. Yum yum! Whatever you make, just show us a picture,ok?! :)

Carol said...

You can buy a ready to mix Angel Food Cake Mix, and just add a large can of crushed pineapples (juice included) don't add anything else, the fruit is in place of water, then bake as directed. (you can use angel food cake pan or 2 loaf bread pans. Bake as, slice and serve. This is a recipe from Weight very good, easy and kind on calories and 'points"~

Anonymous said...

OK, I have two very simple NO baking required recipes:

1. BAPTIST PIE-you'll need a prepared graham cracker pie crust, mix together: fat-free cream cheese(small pckg), fat free cool whip(whole tub), mandarin oranges and crushed pinapple for filling. Fill crust and refigerate for 2hrs. It is great.

2. MALLOW DIP and FRUIT-Mix together fat free cream cheese(can use strawberry flavored) and marshmallow cream, put in dip bowl and serve with fruit(any kind)

---These are very easy for a busy momma ;)

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Makila said...

I'm guessing scotcharoos with lots of sugar and peanut butter don't count. Isn't low fat dessert an oxymoron?

Good luck. :)

Kristen Good said...

what about a fruit jello? Martha Stewart .com has some great recipes.

Amy Jane said...

Hey, Kelly! Long time reader, first time commenter, and fellow Baptist PK here. This a recipe my mom made many times for Sunday lunch when we had company. It's wonderful full fat and reduced fat as well. Plus, it's super easy.

Blueberry French Cake

1 angel food cake
1 can blueberry pie filling
1 c. sugar
2 8 oz. blocks cream cheese, softened
1 c. milk
Large carton of Cool Whip (not the half gallon size and not the 8 oz. size - the one in between)

Beat together the cream cheese and sugar. Add milk and mix well. Fold in Cool Whip. Tear cake into small pieces and place half of the pieces in a 9x13 dish. Pour half of the cream cheese mixture over the cake pieces. Layer the rest of the cake pieces then the remaining cream cheese mixture. Let this set in the fridge overnight. Top with pie filling before serving.

*I never use the entire cake - a 9x13 will only hold so much.
*Reduced/low fat cream cheese, Cool Whip and milk all work just as well as the loaded stuff.
*Cherry pie filling is also delicious if you're not a blueberry person.
*It's always a hit whenever and where ever I take it.

Good luck!

Amy Jane

lottfam said...

I apologize if this is a repeat but I didn't have time to read through all the comments . . . I have done the Strawberry triffle with low fat and sugar-free ingredients, and it's really good.

My grandmother makes a similar recipe in a 9x13 with peach slices. Start with broken up angel food cake, vanilla pudding, cool whip and peaches. Repeat. We usually save the nicer slices for the top and make three long row on top. It is very refreshing and it's a little cheaper than strawberries because you use canned peaches.

Good luck. We'll be watching to see how it turns out.

RG Mama said...

I say to cook up your standard dessert and cut it up into tiny little bites. That's the low-fat, low-cal version. Then, if they want more, they can have it, but if they just want a small tasty treat, then there it is. Most low-fat desserts sound too girly and fluffy for body builders, I think.

Can't wait to hear what you decide on!

Anonymous said...

"Bless their hearts" is right!!!

Juli said...

One carton of fat free cool whip + one angel food cake + one carton of strawberries, blueberries, or fruit of your choice (cut into pieces, in the case of strawberries)=one low fat dessert that is so easy and a big hit when I make it for my family.

Hope this might help!

Sonya said...

What about a Jello Poke Cake? They make the sugar free cake mixes and they have an egg white recipe. Plus I always use sugar free jello and fat free cool whip.

Denise said...

Look up the Kraft website and search for the Angel Lush Cake.
It's an angel food cake that you layer with a filling of crushed pineapple, Jello vanilla instant pudding and a cup of cool whip. Aside from the fat in the cool whip, it's all fat-free. I have made this using fat-free cool whip to try to remove all fat, but the filling was very runny. Maybe you could try the reduced fat kind instead.
It's very good and really light.

Lisa said...

Try a fruit salad with fat free whip cream.

His Doorkeeper said...

Forget the fat-free-desserts.....where's the daily picture of my sweet SUGAR, Harper??????????

Harper's Nonny

Lori said...

oh Kelly you are so fortunate to have a gazillion readers we always give you advice when asked. All you ever need to do is ask and you get all the answers and more than you could ever try.

Ruthie said...

Yogurt Parfait is my answer to your problems!!! It is super delicious and quite healthy. I'm not exactly sure of the fat content, but it certainly can't be as bad as "regular" desserts. Here's how I make it...

YOGURT PARFAIT (layer it in a trifle bowl or some glass bowl or glass 13x9 b/c it's so pretty!)

- low-fat, vanilla yogurt (I prefer Dannon's Naturals)
- frozen, wild blueberries (the wild ones, because they are smaller and seem to be a better size proportion for the dish, and serve them frozen, not pre-thawed)
- granola (either make the simple recipe at the end, or buy some. Cascadian Farms makes a good one, found at Walmart)
- Chocolate chips (my preference is Ghiradelli's 60% Cocoa chips - delish and pretty good for you!)

Simply layer yogurt, granola, blueberries and then choc. chips, twice in your glass dish.

I am telling you, it tastes and feels so decadent, but it is quite healthy!

2 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. wheat germ
6 c. quick oats

Combine and mix into dry ingredients:
1/2 c. water
1 c. vegetable oil
1 c. honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. salt

Spread out onto two cookie sheets and bake at 250 for 1 hour.

Even if you don't make the granola or the parfait for the event, you really must try it for yourself!

Have fun!
Ruthie :)

Ruthie said...

I just remember I wrote a post on my blog about the yogurt parfait and thought you might like to take a look. There's a picture of the final result and the recipe again. Here's the link :

Ruthie :)

The Jones Clan said...

I am with you, I have absolutely no idea what a low fat dessert would be. Would that even taste good?

by the way, I love your blog, and Harpers b-day is my b-day.

Becky Garrison said...

Try this >>>

Ashley Marie said...

Fat Free Banana Pudding?

sugar-free instant vanilla pudding ( make like normal)
sugar-free/fat free cool whip
( whip in with the pudding)

Add these in the pudding and on top=)
low-fat wafers

It is really yummy ....and kind of southern. lol

Anonymous said...

Hi Kelly,

Pavlova is a great dessert that is low fat (and light but doesn't taste light). There are 4 ingredients (egg whites, sugar, vinegar, and vanilla) and it's really popular in Australia and New Zealand. You bake it for an hour, turn off the oven, and leave it there in overnight. No peeking! If you open the oven early, it won't turn out right.

Here's the link if you want to try it (and I would make 2 for that crowd):

Melissa's Thoughts said...

I was on a low fat high fiber diet and my favorite dessert was angel food cake (no fat) with a mixture of fruit. I used splenda if it needed any sweetner. This is really good.

Williams Family said...

Weight Watchers Recipe:
boil 1/4 cup water... add to small box of lemon(strawberry is good too) dissolve jello..add low fat yogurt same kind as jello...add fat free cool whip..mix well...put in graham cracker crust and freeze.
It is really good!!
If you use strawberry you can garnish the pie with strawberries.

Unknown said...

Orange Jello Salad (my family LOVES this)

I Lg. can crushed pineapple
! Lg. sugar free orange jello
1 C. chopped pecans
1 small container of low fat cool whip

Heat crushed pineapple in sauce pan until bubbly. Add jello and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.

Once cooled stir in pecans and cool whip. pour into pan (I have no idea what size i use - sorry) chill and serve!

It is so yummy!!!!!

christi from Mississippi

Janene said...

angel food cake topped with lite cool whip and fat free vanilla yogurt whipped together, spread on the cake and top with fresh berries

Amber said...

How about a sunshine take yellow cake mix, milk, mandarin oranges and egg, I think and mix together and bake in 2 8inch pans. The "icing" has cool whip, crushed pinapple, sugar free instant pudding and coconut. It's not the totally fat free, but it's pretty good. Let me know if you're interested and I'll send you the whole recipe. (

Unknown said...

I would suggest using a weight watchers recipe. some of them are really good!! I like to go to and then just find dessert recipes. It's a great website for someone doing weight watchers and has hundreds of recipes! I'm sure you will come up with something that will be delish!!!!

Elyse said...

Anything with angel food cake and strawberries crushed with low fat cool whip. Also...a fruit salad with yogurt on the side. If you want to make muffins, use applesauce instead of the oil...same taste and LOW FAT :)

Hope this helps! Team Impact is AMAZING :)

Mommyto3andahusky said...

whatever you make....lie! :) Tell them its low fat! ;) lol they will enjoy it. Everyone needs to cheat and enjoy a dessert every now and then.

Anonymous said...

angel food cake with strawberries was my first thought, then I remembered Weight Watchers Carrot Cake that is yummy

Robin said...

Here is a recipe for low fat cheese cake...I hope that you may one day like it...

Prep Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hours,

* 15 ginger or vanilla wafer cookies (such as Mi-Del brand)
* Cooking spray
* 1 8-ounce pack fat free cream cheese, softened
* 1 8-ounce pack light cream cheese, softened
* 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
* 1 egg
* 4 egg whites
* Zest and juice of 1 lemon
* 1 cup sugar
* 2 cups seasonal berries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Place cookies in a small food processor and make crumbs—or place cookies in a large resealable bag and crush with a rolling pin.

Scatter crumbs in the bottom of the pan and press down. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and allow to cool.

Meanwhile, place cream cheeses and cottage cheese in a large mixing bowl or in a blender. Beat with an electric mixer or blend until smooth and creamy. Add egg and beat/blend into cream cheese mixture, followed by egg whites, beating until blended. Add lemon juice, zest and sugar, and beat/blend until well combined.

Empty cheesecake filling into springform pan. Bake in oven for 50 minutes, until the center is almost set. Remove from oven. Run a palette knife around the outside of the cheesecake to allow air to circulate a little, and cool on a wire rack. Carefully remove rim of pan, then chill for at least 4 hours.

Top with berries.

Serves 12

Per Serving: Calories 211, Calories from Fat 61, Total Fat 6.8g (sat 3.2g), Cholesterol 35mg, Sodium 300mg, Carbohydrate 28.1g, Fiber 1.2g, Protein 9.3g

The Garners said...

How about angel food cake with fresh berries??

Michele said...

Healthy Cherry Angel Trifle

1 package sugar-free cherry gelatin
3/4 cup boiling water
1 prepared angel food cake (torn into 1-inch cubes)
1 can (about 20 ounces) light cherry pie filling
1 carton (8 ounce) fat-free whipped dairy topping

Dissolve gelatin in water; refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Place half of the cake cubes in 3-quart trifle or clear glass serving bowl; top with half of the gelatin and pie filling.
Repeat layers. Top with fat-free whipped dairy topping.
Refrigerate for one hour.

Let us know which recipes you use!

Sarah said...

Hey Kelly! This is also my first time to comment. I just love keeping up with you and your sweet family.

This recipe was my mother's special dessert and if you use low-fat cream cheese and whipped cream, it is fairly healthy and really good. It is called, "Berries In The Snow".

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup coconut
3 Tbsp. wheat germ
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Mix all ingredients til crumbly. Press into 8X12 pan.
Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes.

8 oz. low fat cream cheese
1 cup low fat whipped cream
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. honey

Whip cream cheese til fluffy and soft. Fold in whipped cream, honey, and vanilla.

16 oz. any fresh, frozen, canned berries or fruit OR any that are unsweetened and sliced
1 cup water
1/2 cup honey
4 Tbsp. cornstarch

Blend water, cornstarch, and honey. Boil til clear. Add fruit. Pour half fruit over the crust, then cream cheese mixture. Then the rest of the fruit. Freeze for 2 hours and serve cold. It cuts into squares really nicely.

Have a great night!! God bless you all!!


Gretta said...


1 sugar free angel food cake
1 large box sugar free vanilla instant pudding mix
1 large light cool whip

Layer angel food cake pieces

Then pudding

Then cool whip

Then strawberries

Repeat layers until bowl is full

This looks beautiful in a truffle bowl.

Roetta said...

Would you put all the yummy recipes in your recipe file??? Wow
when do we start cooking???

Shannon said...

Eclair Cake is one of my favorite low fat desserts.

Here's a link to it on my blog:

I make it often using low fat graham crackers, fat free cool whip, sugar free pudding, and reduced sugar frosting. Everyone loves it and would never guess it's lowfat!

Ashley said...

Team Impact has been to our church several times for revivals and such. They are amazing!

Here is a recipe for a low-fat chocolate pudding pie:

Low Fat Chocolate Pudding Pie
1 Graham Cracker Crust (we buy the reduced fat.)
1 (small box) Instant Sugar-Free White Chocolate pudding mix
1 (small box) Instant Sugar-Free Chocolate pudding mix
Fat-Free Milk
8 oz. Fat Free Cool Whip

Mix white chocolate mix with 1 cup milk. Stir until thick. Spread carefully in the bottom of graham cracker crust. Mix chocolate pudding mix with 1 ½ cups milk until thickened. Pour on top of white chocolate pudding. Top with cool whip. It does not need to be chilled, however it is better when it’s really cold out of the fridge. I usually like to chill mine for about 1-2 hours before serving. It is so good!

Mariah said...

EatingWell's Died-and-Went-to-Heaven Chocolate CakeThis foolproof cake is one of our most popular recipes. Dutch-process cocoa is preferred here for its deep chocolate flavor.
1 3/4 cups all-purpose white flour
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup canola oil
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup hot strong black coffee
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons buttermilk, or low-fat milk

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 12-cup Bundt pan or coat it with nonstick cooking spray. Dust the pan with flour, invert and shake out the excess.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, white sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add buttermilk, brown sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Whisk in hot coffee until completely incorporated. (The batter will be quite thin.)
3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes; remove from the pan and let cool completely.
4. To make icing: In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough of the buttermilk or milk to make a thick but pourable icing. Set the cake on a serving plate and drizzle the icing over the top.

Nutrition Information
Per serving
Calories: 222
Carbohydrates: 44g
Fat: 5g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Monounsaturated Fat: 3g
Protein: 3g
Cholesterol: 27mg
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Potassium: 142mg
Sodium: 340mg


PREP TIME: 20 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 15 min.

LEVEL: Moderate
Low Calorie
Low Sat Fat
Low Sodium
Heart Healthy

Katie said...

Try the raspberry trifle recipe that's on the back of the angelfood cake box. It's SO good, easy, and fat free. Angelfood cake, raspberry yogurt, jello mix, and fresh raspberries. Yumm! :)

Polly said...

I"m on a low fat diet. This pie has become a mainstay in our house
It is completely fat free, so the consistency is a little off, but it tastes wonderful. And best of all it is EASY! I would make two of the pies as they are a little on the thin side.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

You can't go wrong with angel food cake, strawberries and fat free whipped topping. I make my own angel food cakes using the mix in the grocery store (in the cake mix section). Good luck with your desserts. Love & blessings from NC!

Katy said...

Team Impact - totally awesome. They were just here a few weeks ago and our kids went to see them. A number of our youth were saved through their message!


georgiafulenwider said...

My daughter was saved at a Team Impact (aka Power Team) event years ago. They are amazing!!! This time last year she went home to be with Jesus; therefore, I am VERY greatful for their ministry!

I make all of our cakes low fat by substituting equal parts apple sauce for the amount of oil called for in the recipe or on the back of the box. Oh so yummy and very moist!

Good luck! Almost forgot, Harper is adorable!


KelMel said...

What about banana pudding? You can make it fairly healthy. Banana Pudding is one of those desserts that just says "Southern" to me. :)

Banana Pudding10 servings
Hands on: 25 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 25 minutes or more for cooling

The pudding can also be served in individual 1-cup ramekins.

1/3 cup all-purpose flour
Dash of salt
2 1/2 cups 1 percent low-fat milk
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups sliced ripe bananas (about 5 to 6)
45 reduced-fat vanilla wafers
4 egg whites
1/4 cup granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine flour and salt in medium saucepan. Gradually stir in low-fat and condensed milks and yolks, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 8 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Arrange 1 cup banana slices in a 2-quart baking dish. Spoon 1/3 pudding mixture over bananas; top with 15 vanilla wafers. Repeat layers once; top with remaining bananas and pudding. Arrange remaining 15 wafers around inside edge of dish. Gently push wafers into pudding. Beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar is dissolved (2 to 4 minutes) Spread meringue over pudding, sealing to edge of dish. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden. Let cool at least 30 minutes.

Per serving: 334 calories (percent of calories from fat, 16), 9 grams protein, 61 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 6 grams fat (2 grams saturated), 45 milligrams cholesterol, 186 milligrams sodium.

Shannon said...

The baked strawberry pie that hey mommy gave you is a family favorite of ours. We have many diabetics and they can eat it and LOVE it! I buy a shortbread crust from the store and it tastes so similiar to the strawberry pretzel dessert! I LOVE it! I use light cool whip instead of Sugar Free Fat Free though, it doesn't have much fat and I really like the taste better and my family can still eat it. My mom makes this for every church soup kitchen they have!

Heather said...

This is my recipe for low fat mocha brownie torte. It's always a hit around here!

Unknown said...

How funny...Justin and I were just talking about the Power Team (same thing as Team Impact) last night!

Bethany said...

What an adorable family. I will be praying for them and their new addition :)

Robyn said...

I know the whole angel food cake with fruit thing ...but I bet that's been done before. Here's one they probably haven't had. I don't have exact fat grams etc...but it is low fat. It is banana cooking..and its great! We eat this when noone is on a diet!

2 packages sugar free vanilla pudding (small)
1 pkg banana sugar free pudding (small)
Mix this using the directions on the side for pie and use SKIM milk of course
Then fold in Low fat fat free whatever Cool whip 1 reg size container
Blend in 2 blocks of Fat Free Cream Cheese (start off with it at room temp so it is easier to blend)
Then you just layer with fat free vanilla wafers and let it refrigerate for at least several hourse before serving. The longer it sits the better because of the wafers.


I think this might be a WW recipe...someone passed it on to me.

Hope it helps

Robyn said...

Ok I just forgot from the banana pudding recipe above:

slice fresh bananas and layer as well

OMG-how could I forget the bananas in banana pudding!

Lauren Delaine said... it too late?
If not, I have a recipe for Sugar-free Mississippi Mud and--NO--you absolutely cannot tell it's sugar-free. And it can be considered lowfat. I don't get the low-fat cream cheese but it does call for it.

I won't post it in case I'm a day late...just send me a line if not and I'd be happy to send it to you.

Sara said...

Team Impact is coming to our church NEXT week. I'm so excited about it. Unfortunately, we're not doing yummy desserts to celebrate. What a great idea!

Donna said...

Poor body builders, Bless
Their Hearts. I bet they have had every angel food cake concoction from trifle to parfait to mud pie. Bake what you want, serve it in small bites. They can take one or ten, their choice. They do burn up a zillion calories when they are lifting, so a red velvet cake ball won't kill them. And I agree with Nonny. Where's our Harper picture today!

Stacy said...

Hi Kelly!

Thought I would help you out a bit on the food for the team impact guys! I go to church with 5 of them in Denton, Tx and have been in home groups with them and they eat anything, doesn't have to be low or no fat! when we do potlucks and all they just dig right in to whatever is there! have fun, they are really neat guys!

Jamese said...

My mom makes a really good weight watchers cake. Here is the directions:

1 box of Cake Mix of your Choice
(I think chocolate/devils food is the best)
1 2 liter Diet Coke

Bake as directed on box.

You can make cup cakes or a sheet cake. Top with Cool Whip and Caramel. I think that is low fat!

They are really good too!

Ginny said...

two words- FRUIT TRAY!!!

There's No Place Like Memphis Mama said...

I'm sure someone has said this but I didn't feel like reading through all the comments...but banana pudding! Just sub all the ingredients with low fat items. it's so easy!!!!

"Hello... It's Me Again..." said...


1 can (12 oz) frozen pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
orange juice (2 juice cans full)
water (1 juice can full)
1/2 cup sugar
3 medium firm bananas, sliced
frozen, sliced, sweetened strawberries
1 can (15 oz) mandarin oranges
1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple
clear plastic cups

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients. Ladle into the cups and freeze. To serve, set them out of the freezer for 40-50 minutes or defrost them a bit in the microwave. Feel free to substitute ingredients as you like. I place all the cups on a cookie sheet to keep them upright in the freezer.