10 Delicious Desserts That Won’t Hurt Your Heart

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  • Bake a Heart Healthy Dessert Contrary to popular belief, treats and sweats are not off limits to those on a heart healthy diet. The key is carefully choosing what ingredients you use when making the tasty treats. Avoid whipped cream and butter because they have high saturated fat levels that can lead to high cholesterol levels. As time goes on, these high cholesterol levels could lead to heart attacks, strokes, bad circulation, and even kidney problems. The following desserts are not only low in saturated fat but palate pleasing as well.
  • Cantaloupe Flavored Sherbet Looking for something simple? Cantaloupe Sherbet is your answer. You probably didn't know you could have frozen treats on a heart healthy diet! With only 0.2 grams of saturated fat per serving, you can rest assured you're eating a dessert that’s safe for your heart. Just to give you an idea of how much healthier this option is than regular ice cream, let’s compare it to Ben and Jerry’s Cherry GarciaCherry Garcia comes in with a whopping 240 calories, 9 grams of saturated fat, and 60 milligrams of cholesterol. If you’re trying to be heart healthy, stick to Cantaloupe Sherbet, not Cherry Garcia. You will not be disappointed.
  • Vanilla Angel Food Cake This delectable treat only has 0.1 grams of total and absolutely no cholesterol. Yes, no cholesterol! It’s easy to make, and will not hurt you in the long run. Add lemon to the cake to give it a little kick if you dare.
  • Mocha Phyllo Cups Everyone loves a pastry from time to time. The flaky, baked goodness we know as a pastry tastes so good, but can be detrimental to our health. A normal pastry is high in saturated fat and cholesterol so it's not good for someone trying to stick to a heart healthy diet. Instead of a pastry, try a phyllo. A phyllo is as airy and flaky in texture as a pastry, but doesn’t offer the high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol. Each one of these phyllo cups with mocha have no saturated fat and only 1 milligram of cholesterol each.
  • Baked Pears This dessert is simple in all aspects except for taste. The dessert of pears topped with granola and dried fruit can be prepared in as little as 15 minutes, making it an easy party or get-together dessert. This option is low in fat, with only 1 gram of saturated fat. Add a scoop of frozen yogurt to this treat if you like. No need to feel guilty!
  • Frozen Peanut Butter Pie No, we are not kidding! You can have frozen peanut butter pie and enjoy it, too. This cool, creamy treat chops down fat by using fat-free dairy products but also lowers the cholesterol to a mere 2 grams because it uses only egg whites. With only 1.9 grams of saturated fat, go ahead, indulge.
  • Cream Cheese Brownies These delicious treats may look unhealthy, but they are really not bad for you. Thanks to some key ingredients, they hold a little over 2 grams of saturated fat per serving. The key to this dessert is limiting your portion size. The average person requires 15-16 grams of saturated fat per day on a 2000 calorie diet, so just eat these sweets in moderation.
  • Strawberry Shortcake This main stream treat is often packed with calories and fat. After all, when you have a dessert that’s comprised mainly of whipped cream, sugar, and butter, you may want to stay away from it if you are heart healthy. Luckily there are healthy substitutes that make this dessert both heart healthy and tasty at the same time. You will enjoy it just as much as the fatty original version and not have to worry about negative side effects on your heart and cholesterol.
  • Cinnamon Streusel Crisps Although it hasn’t been scientifically proven, some research has shown signs that cinnamon can help lower cholesterol. We don’t know for sure that there's a link between cinnamon and cholesterol, but one thing we do know is that cinnamon can make almost any dessert delicious. Try these streusel cookies that only have 1 gram of saturated fat thanks to the dough.
  • Vanilla Lemon Berry Parfaits Lemon and other fruits are the key ingredients in this delicious parfait. Have one of these for breakfast or as a snack during the day. The parfait is good for you and will keep you full for a substantial amount of time. Be sure to use low-fat yogurt and fat-free vanilla pudding as alternatives to full-fat ice cream. Did we mention there’s only 1 gram of saturated fat?
  • Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies There’s no shortage of recipes for a healthy chocolate chip cookie. With that said, you have never tried a chocolate chip cookie as healthy and tasty as this. This recipe calls for rolled oats, known to be a good source of whole grain and fiber. It also uses soy milk and canola oil as substitutes for butter and full-fat milk which makes it much healthier without sacrificing any taste. Since it also packs in bananas and has only 1 gram of saturated fat, it’s a dessert you have to try.