For only 250 calories a serving, you can still indulge in these healthy desserts while shedding some pounds.
Cost per serving: 13¢
This delicious peanut butter cookie recipe yields 80 cookies for your family to gobble up.
See recipe: Ultimate Peanut Butter Cookies
Cost per serving: 24¢
This simple, sweet recipe will keep your guests nibbling without hurting your wallet.
Recipe: Peanut Butter Cookies with Butterscotch Bits
Cost per serving: 20¢
These little two-bite cookies will be impossible for anyone to resist. Make them up to a day ahead of time and store in a resealable container until the day of your big party to give yourself more time.
See recipe: Peanut Butter-Cup Cookies
Cost per serving: 20¢
Pantry staples such as honey, cornflakes and peanut butter come together for these deliciously crunchy clusters. This is a flexible recipe, so go ahead and tinker with the ingredients to suit your taste. Try almond or cashew butter instead of peanut butter, or sprinkle in some cinnamon.
See recipe: Haystack Cookies
Cost per serving: 7¢
Simple to make and costing less than 10¢ per serving, dessert does not get any cheaper than this! For variety, you can use a different type of cereal, or swap chopped nuts for the coconut.
See recipe: Chilled Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies
Cost per serving: 31¢
A semisweet chocolate shell encompasses a creamy mixture of peanut butter and honey in these over-the-top homemade Peanut Butter Cups.
See recipe: Peanut Butter Cups
Cost per serving: 33¢
The addition of salted pretzels helps balance out sweet treats like this chocolate-chip blondie. When baking this recipe, coarsely crush the pretzels to ensure that they keep their crunch.
See recipe: Chocolate Chip-Pretzel Blondies
Cost per serving: $1.19
This Mixed Berry Granita recipe is the perfect refreshing after-dinner treat! Add a splash of rum for a little kick when serving at adult-only gatherings.
See recipe: Mixed Berry Granita
Cost per Serving: $.88
Cool down (and impress guests) with this fruity, frozen treat. Add a sprig of mint for extra flavor.
See recipe: Blueberry Granita
Cost per serving: 43¢
This icy treat is a perfect way to cool down on a hot day, and it only takes 10 minutes to prep! We love to make it with strawberries, but it’s just as delicious with raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or even a combination.
See recipe: Strawberry Granita
Blend up this icy refreshment and enjoy all the benefits―like vitamins A, B6 and C―that watermelon has to offer.
See recipe: Watermelon-Limeade Slushie
Cost per serving: $2.44
Try this recipe for a tangy frozen treat. Garnish with sliced berries and serve with strawberry sauce.
See recipe: Two-Melon Freeze with Strawberry Sauce
Cost per serving: 35¢
It’s hard to find a more delicious, inexpensive dessert than this crustless pie. You can make it with nearly any fruit, including blueberries and/or raspberries, or sliced peaches, plums or nectarines.
See recipe: Strawberry Meringue Gratin
Cost per serving: 66¢
Take a walk down memory lane with these Creamsicle-esque freezer pops, a healthier twist on the original made with real orange juice and yogurt. You don’t even need special pop molds—you can use paper cups and craft sticks.
Recipe: Orange-Vanilla Frozen Yogurt Pops
Cost per serving: $1.31
Try serving these pears with low-fat ricotta cheese instead of vanilla frozen yogurt.
See recipe: Honey-Roasted Pears
Cost per serving: $1.80
For a delicious summer treat, swap greek yogurt for frozen greek yogurt.
See recipe: Spiced Oranges with Greek Yogurt
Cost per serving: $1.83
After a heavy meal, give your guests some balance with a refreshing fruit salad. Since this is made in advance, there’s no last-minute fussing, either.
See recipe: Winter Fruit Salad
Cost per serving: $1.38
Lychees are sweet, delicate, juicy fruits with a texture similar to the flesh of grapes. They’re available in cans in the Asian or ethnic foods section of many supermarkets. If you can’t find them (or don’t care for them), swap in more mango, pineapple or orange.
See recipe: Exotic Fruit Salad
Cost per serving: $1.61
This refreshing fruit salad is a refreshing and perfect end to the meal. If mangoes aren't available, use pineapple or bananas. Or, if you prefer a more exotic touch, opt for kiwi or papaya. For a different flavor, try a mixture of half lime zest and jusice and half orange zest and juice.
See recipe: Lime-Scented Mango-Strawberry Salad
Cost per serving: 56¢
Give the standard chips and salsa a sweet makeover. Ready in 10 minutes, this yummy snack costs less than 60 cents per serving.
Recipe: Cinnamon-Sugar Tortilla Crisps with Pineapple Salsa
Cost per Serving: $.45
Three ingredients are all you need for this super-easy fruit dessert.
See recipe: Lemon-Sugar Grilled Pineapple
Cost per serving: $1.31
This Grilled Fruit Packets recipe will satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth—for a lot less calories. This dessert is ideal for really hot days, when the idea of baking is too much to bear. Consider serving the fruit on grilled pound cake, if desired.
See recipe: Grilled Fruit Packets
Cost per serving: 34¢
Dress up dried fruit for just pennies with this dessert. The bite-sized treat is perfect when you're craving a taste of sweetness and easy to grab on the go!
See recipe: Crunchy Chocolate-Dipped Apricots
Cost per serving: $1.58
Fat: 7g (sat 4g)
Top off your healthy summer cookout menu with a delicious fruit dessert. This one, with fresh peaches and plums and a crispy oat topping, is a lighter alternative to a classic fruit pie.
Recipe: Peach and Plum Crisp
Cost per serving: 87¢
Make this dish à la mode by serving the roasted fruit with vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt instead of whipped cream. Also, experiment with cookie selection. Gingersnaps lend a nice bite to this dessert, but other types of cookies work just as well: Graham crackers, butter cookies or oatmeal cookies are all great choices.
See recipe: Roasted Peaches with Cookie Crumble
Cost per serving: 23¢
If you don't typically incorporate rhubard into desserts, this recipe is a great "starter". To prep, remove coarse strings from the rhubarb by cutting off the ends and peeling away the outer layer, just as you would with celery stalks—be sure to cut them off any leaves and wash your knife before trimming and chopping the stalks.
See recipe: Individual Rhubarb Crisps
Cost per serving: 80¢
This comforting dish makes a great dessert or an indulgent brunch.
See recipe: Roasted Maple Apple Crunch
Cost per serving: 10¢
The perfect ice cream topper, the key to this sauce is the sugar’s color—you’re looking for a large patch of golden colored sugar (this usually develops in one section of the saucepan). If the sugar turns the color of diluted cola, you’ve gone too far and the sauce will taste burned.
Try this ice cream recipe: Buttermilk-Bourbon Caramel Sauce
Cost per serving: 43¢
A carton of plain vanilla ice cream and 5 common pantry ingredients are all you need to make these fun,bite-sized treats. Planning a big dinner or party? These little truffles can be kept in the freezer for up to 24 hours, so make them in advanced to give yourself more time.
Try this ice cream recipe: Mexican “Fried” Ice Cream Truffles
Cost per serving: 15¢
When making these caramels, use a candy thermometer to ensure that the temperature reaches 248°F. The cooking time is usually about 30 minutes but it can vary, so watch carefully. Be sure to bring the temperature back to 248°F after you’ve added the second cup of cream or the caramels won’t set up properly.
See recipe: Salted Butter Caramels
Have extras or want to enjoy it later? Spoon the pureed mixture into small paper cups and freeze with an ice-pop stick in the center until firm.
See recipe: Banana-Strawberry-Lime Sorbet
Cost per serving: 37¢
These tarlets taste best when served about 30 minutes after they come out of the oven. But you can make them up to 2 days ahead: keep them covered and refrigerated, and reheat for about 10 minutes in a 350°F oven just before serving.
See recipe: Mixed-Nut Tartlets