15 Delicious Bariatric Desserts That Feel Like Cheating

By Bari Life

Planning healthy meals that work with your bariatric diet can be tough. You need these recipes in your life!

If you have been skipping dessert because you thought it would ruin your diet then you need to check out these bariatric-diet-worthy desserts!

Can you make great strides after bariatric surgery and still enjoy the food you eat? Absolutely. In fact, it’s the only sure way to make sure your progress continues. How long do you think ANYONE could last on a boring and bland “chicken and brown rice” diet day in and day out?

Answer: not long.

Finding delicious and healthy foods to eat after bariatric surgery keeps you satisfied while losing weight. And dessert is downright satisfying!

Of course the majority of your bariatric diet should consist of whole food sources like lean meats, veggies and fruits; however, throwing in a dessert here and there will do little (if anything) to your long-term goal. Especially if you pick from one in this article!

1. Low-Calorie Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream

If you, too are a fan of the classic Ben and Jerry’s flavor, Cherry Garcia, this is screaming out to you.

Substitute the 260 calorie per half cup option with this lighter route and you won’t be disappointed.

Makes 3 half cup servings


2 cups cherries, fresh

1/2 banana

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

3 tablespoons dairy-free chocolate chips


126 calories

22 g carbs

4 g fat

2 g protein


2. Skinny Mug Brownie

There are few things better than freshly baked brownies. But there’s a big issue with baking a pan of brownies…

When they come out of the oven, they’ve had time to cool and you have removed your perfectly portioned square of delight – there’s still an entire pan of brownies left.

Even those with the strongest of will-power are bound to slip with that kind of temptation. Remove the threat by baking this single-serving brownie in a coffee mug!

Makes 3 half cup servings


1 Tablespoon of Cocoa Powder, unsweetened

2 Packets of Truvia (may substitute for other sweeteners)

2 Tablespoons of All Purpose Flour (may substitute for Almond Flour)

3 Tablespoons of Almond Milk (may substitute for regular milk or yogurt)


96 calories

17.6 g carbs

1.4 g fat

2.9 g protein


3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Microwave Brownie

Harry Burnett Reese got one big thing right – chocolate and peanut butter were meant to be together. This perfect pair does not need to be absent in your diet, you can have your cake and eat it too!

Makes 1 Mug Brownie


2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 tablespoons liquid egg whites

1 tablespoon water


132 calories

17.2 g carbs

3.6 g fat

10.5 g protein


4. Triple Berry Cobbler

There is just something about a good cobbler that makes us think of summer. Fresh fruit and the crispy crust makes a great treat.

Most cobbler recipes call for a boat load of butter and sugar, which makes them immediately off-limits. This recipe takes advantage of healthy alternatives while delivering the goods!

Makes 12 Servings


Nonstick cooking spray

14 ounce package frozen loose-pack mixed berries

21 ounce can blueberry pie filling

2 tablespoons sugar

6 1/2 ounce package blueberry muffin mix

1/3 cup water

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Plain Greek yogurt (optional)

Honey (optional)


162 calories per serving

31 g carbs

4 g fat

1 g protein


5. Dark Chocolate Mint Bites

Desserts don’t always have to be a full-blown production. Cakes and pies are great, but what about smaller indulgences? These little chocolate mint bites are almost like a thin “bark” that will help satisfy your sweet tooth without going full-on dessert mode.

Makes 24 Servings


Nonstick cooking spray

1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats

3/4 cup dark or semisweet chocolate pieces

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1 cup finely crushed chocolate wafers (about 19 wafers)

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon shortening

1 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese – softened

1 tablespoon low-fat milk

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 drop green food coloring (optional)


105 calories per serving

14 g carbs

5 g fat

1 g protein


6. Butterscotch Bars

Desserts That Feel Like Cheating

These take the classic concept of brownies but make use of just a slight variation for a completely different experience. Using butterscotch morsels transforms a typical “brownie” into something spectacularly different.

Makes 36 Servings


1 cup packed brown sugar

5 tablespoons butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg, lightly beaten

9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 2 cups)

2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Cooking spray

3/4 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk

1 1/4 cups butterscotch morsels (about 8 ounces)

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted


148 calories per serving

23 g carbs

5 g fat

2.6 g protein


7. Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

Desserts That Feel Like Cheating – Any time that you can work fresh fruit into a dessert without covering it with butter or sugar you have a win. These bite-sized delicacies are guaranteed to fit into even the most strict diets.

Makes 6 Servings


12 fresh strawberries

⅛ tsp of vanilla extract

4 Tbsp of fat-free cream cheese, softened

3 tsp Stevia® (or any zero calorie sweetener)

1 low-fat graham cracker crushed into crumbs


34 calories per serving

8 g carbs

0 g fat

1 g protein


8. Carrot Cake For One

Carrot cake is one of the most popular “vegetable-inclusive” desserts and for good reason. Usually accompanied by a smooth cream cheese frosting – and several hundred calories per serving. This recipe combines a healthy, single-serving carrot cake recipe with a low calorie cream cheese frosting!

Makes 2 Servings

Cake Ingredients:

1/4 cup flour

Just over 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp salt

optional 1/2 tsp ener-g or 2 tsp flaxmeal, to help it rise more

1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar OR xylitol (or coconut or white sugar)

pinch uncut stevia OR 1 more tbsp sugar

1/3 cup canned carrots, drained (or steamed carrots, peeled) (For a variation, sub with 1/4c pureed pumpkin) (60g)

1 tbsp milk of choice

1 tbsp oil OR more milk of choice

1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Frosting Ingredients:

1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp cream cheese

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Pinch stevia, or 3-4 tbsp powdered sugar

1/4 cup Mori-Nu tofu OR more cream cheese

up to 2 tbsp milk of choice, as needed for desired thickness

NUTRITION PER SERVING (using 2 tbsp of frosting):

100 calories per serving

17.5 g carbs

2 g fat

3 g protein



9. Quinoa Sesame Brittle

Desserts That Feel Like Cheating

Desserts That Feel Like Cheating – Every couple of years a specific food gets more attention than it may deserve. Quinoa is kind of a buzz word these days – but it completely delivers in this unique brittle. Quinoa contains a healthy dose of fiber and iron and the fact that it works in even sweeter fares makes it a great ingredient to keep on hand.

Makes 10 Servings


1 cup mixed nuts, chopped (I used almonds, walnuts, and pine nuts)

1/3 cup uncooked white quinoa

1/3 cup sesame seeds (You can use a mixture of black and white)

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup maple syrup

4 tablespoons palm sugar

2 tablespoons coconut oil


148 calories per serving

17 g carbs

8.7 g fat

3 g protein


10. Raspberry Lemon Bars

Desserts That Feel Like Cheating

Lemon bars are great, but add fresh raspberries and it’s a “next level” kind of moment. The crust uses both white and whole wheat flour and a secret ingredient: chopped walnuts. The walnuts in the crust give this a different but tasty variation.

Makes 16 Servings

Ingredients for Crust:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon cold water

Ingredients for Filling:

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1/2 cup lemon juice

1 teaspoon lemon zest

2 eggs

1 egg white

1 cup fresh raspberries

powdered sugar, for dusting


126 calories per serving

18.6 g carbs

5.8 g fat

3.3 g protein


11. Mini Plum Cakes

Desserts That Feel Like Cheating

This recipe is just in time for summer. As plums are now in season, take advantage of their presence and try out these mini cakes!

Makes 12 Servings


3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 flaxseed meal

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 tablespoons avocado

1/3 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup low-fat milk

1 plum (or any stone fruit), pitted and cut into thin slices

2 tablespoons raw sugar (optional)


113 calories per serving

14 g carbs

5 g fat

3 g protein


12. Lemonade Cupcakes

Desserts That Feel Like Cheating

Desserts That Feel Like Cheating -Keeping with the summer desserts theme, how about some lemonade? Lemonade cupcakes that is. If you are a lemon fan you will love these delicate little cakes. The applesauce may seem like a strange ingredient but it is really the secret to keeping the cakes moist and delicious without adding a bunch of butter.

Makes 24 Servings


1 15.25 oz box of white cake mix

1 cup water

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tbsp lemon zest

1 1/2 tbsp sugar free lemonade mix

1 8-10 oz tub of light whipped topping


98 calories per serving

18 g carbs

3 g fat

0 g protein


13. Strawberry Banana Creams

Desserts That Feel Like Cheating

Now that strawberries are in season this is a recipe you don’t want to miss. Take a trip to your local farmer’s market for some exercise and pick out some perfect strawberries for these little ones.

Makes 1 Servings


1/2 small banana

2 ounces vanilla Greek yogurt

8 strawberries

1 tablespoon sliced almonds


145 calories per serving

22.5 g carbs

3.4 g fat

8.2 g protein


14. Guilt-Free Double Chocolate Brownies

Desserts That Feel Like Cheating

Brownies do not always need to make the “black list of dieting.” In fact, recipes like these give them a chance at redemption. Making substitutions like using unsweetened cocoa powder give you the chocolate without the calories that come with pre-packaged and sweetened chocolate. The name is spot-on: Guilt-Free. Try for yourself.

Makes 18 Servings


Nonstick cooking spray

4 tablespoons butter

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup cold water

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate pieces

2 teaspoons powdered sugar


111 calories per serving

18 g carbs

4 g fat

1 g protein


15. Crema Catalana

Desserts That Feel Like Cheating

Desserts That Feel Like Cheating – This one gets a little fancy. If you’ve ever had creme brûlée and enjoyed it, then this is right up your alley. Most custard desserts are loaded with sugar and fat. This recipe makes smart substitutions to deliver the rich flavor without wrecking your bariatric diet. This one requires a torch of some sort to get the caramelized “glass” on top. It’s worth it to break the crust for that sweet crunch!

Makes 6 Servings


2 cups whole milk

3 (3 x 1-inch) strips fresh lemon rind

1 (2-inch) cinnamon stick

7 tablespoons sugar, divided

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/8 teaspoon salt

3 large egg yolks


142 calories per serving

21 g carbs

5 g fat

4 g protein


The Bottom Line:

While bariatric surgery is not the “easy way” as some people think, you should be enjoying life! Enjoying life to the utmost involves enjoying great-tasting food. The goal for life after bariatric surgery should be to improve your health, but also enjoying life.

Of course the bariatric life requires discipline and commitment, so use these recipes to stay on your path to a “new you” and stay away from bland, tasteless meals!

What are your thoughts on these recipes? Let us know in the comments below!


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  1. Hi,

    I’m ‘out of place’ here, but have a relative coming to Christmas who is on a bariatric diet, so am looking for inspiration.
    She loves raspberries, so I found myself wondering if the cherry chocolate ice cream could be modified to a raspberry chocolate variety?.
    Any thoughts?.
    I think I’ll have to try making the raspberry lemon bars anyway!. 🙂

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