A commitment to lose or maintain weight does not mean a promise to skip out on all things sweet. Dessert can absolutely be part of a healthy weight-loss plan, and the countless tasty treats available under the WW plan (formerly Weight Watchers) proves it.
Whether you're following the WW SmartPoints system or you're just looking for something satisfying that won't torpedo your healthy eating, the sweets listed below check all the boxes.
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How WW SmartPoints Work
Before we get to all things delicious, here's a quick look at exactly how the WW SmartPoints system works. Instead of tracking calories, the system calculates a daily points allowance for you based on your height, weight, age, sex and weight-loss goal.
Every type of food is given a specific points value based on its nutritional profile, including its calories, protein, saturated fat and sugar.
The allotment of total daily points differ depending on the individual.
Most fruits and veggies are zero points, meaning you can pile them on — that's why sweet, seasonal fruit star in many of the divine desserts below. It's called nature's candy for a reason.
15 Desserts That Are 4 Points or Less
Every person using the WW SmartPoints System has a minimum of 23 points to use throughout each day.
Below, you'll find dessert recipes below that range from 0 to 4 points. Of course, you don't need to be following any kind of WW plan to enjoy these, so let yourself be seduced by these non-diet-busters.
1. Open-Face Indoor S’More
This chocolatey, marshmallowy treat permits the eating of s'mores all year round (no campfire required). They're the perfect pick for when a chocolate craving calls, and with just three ingredients, this treat is easy to assemble.
Get the Open-Face Indoor S'More recipe from WW.
2. Mini Coffee-Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches
Sometimes nothing but ice cream will cut it. In instances like these, look no further than these adorable ice cream sandwiches that use chocolate wafers as the "bread." You can skip the instant espresso if the coffee flavor isn't your thing.
Get the Mini Coffee-Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches recipe from WW.
3. Baked Peaches With Almond Crisp Topping
A summery sweet with so much texture, this fruit-focused dessert is great for a crowd, but also simple enough to make for a meal of one. If you've never tried baking peaches in the oven, your moment has come.
Get the Baked Peaches With Almond Crisp Topping recipe from WW.
The "chile" in this recipe does more than add a little heat to your sweet. Having capsaicin — which is present in cayenne pepper — may boost metabolism, according to a June 2017 review published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition.
This recipe especially rocks because you can freeze the dough and bake as many cookies as you like, whenever it's convenient (or you have a craving).
Get the Chocolate Chile Cookies recipe from WW.
5. Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons
Coconut lovers know that macaroons are a vital dessert to enjoy beyond the Jewish holidays. These babies call for just 5 ingredients, and you can skip the chocolate dip if you'd prefer (but why would you?).
Get the Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons recipe from WW.
6. 2-Ingredient Ice Cream Cupcake Bites
Two ingredients? Two points? Almost sounds too good to be true. But have faith, these cute little bites will satisfy cake cravings and they come together quickly. While the recipes calls for some store-bought WW ice cream bars, you don't have to tell a soul that they're not entirely homemade.
Get the 2-Ingredient Ice Cream Cupcake Bites recipe from WW.
7. Chocolate-Dipped Baby Bananas
Bananas' zero point status turns the fruit into the ideal chocolate vehicle. If you're having trouble finding baby bananas, feel free to halve regular-sized ones. Keep a couple of these in the freezer and you'll know just what to do when a chocolate emergency strikes.
Get the Chocolate-Dipped Bananas recipe from WW.
Here's another recipe that allows you to freeze the dough so you can enjoy a fresh-baked cookie whenever you please. If you feel like getting fancy, add a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg to the batter for a little kick.
Get the Caramel Cookies recipe from WW.
9. Berry Lemon Tartlets
Some folks just love a tart, lemony dessert, and if you happen to be one of those people, this recipe is for you. The recipe serves 30, which is fine, because these little guys make for a major crowd pleaser. No blueberries on hand? You can swap in raspberries, blackberries or even halved strawberries instead.
Get the Berry Lemon Tartlets recipe from WW.
Chocolate or vanilla? You don't have to choose with these meringue cookies. The bite-sized cookies are sweet and crispy. Like any meringue dessert, these must be cooked at a low temperature for a long time. Plan ahead: These cookies spend around three hours baking in the oven.
Get the Meringue Cookie recipe from WW.
Don't bother turning on the oven when cookie cravings call. These cookie dough bites are safe to eat without baking because they're egg-free. The secret ingredient here is chickpeas, which'll give you a nice dose of fiber and keep you satisfied.
Get the No-Cook Peanut Buttery Cookie Dough Bites recipe from WW.
12. Chocolate-Peanut Butter Party Dip With Fruit Kabobs
Surely you haven't forgotten the fact that fruit contains zero points. It's what allows a serving of this decadent dip to clock in at just one point. Use any fruit you have on hand that'll pair well with peanut butter (honestly, having trouble thinking of any fruit that wouldn't!).
Get the Chocolate-Peanut Butter Party Dip With Fruit Kabobs recipe from WW.
13. Mango Strawberry Nice Cream
Another place for seasonal fruit to shine is in this mango strawberry "nice cream," which calls for a blend of coconut milk and frozen mango, bananas, and strawberries — and that's it!
Get the Mango Strawberry Nice Cream recipe from WW.
14. Watermelon Basil Granita
This icy treat makes for a refreshing treat on a hot day or really any time you're craving something cool. It will require a little patience, as you'll need to scrape the icy edges over the course of four hours to get that perfect texture. It's worth it!
Get the Watermelon Basil Granita recipe from WW.
15. Grilled Stone Fruit With Fresh Mango Sauce
One bite of this dish is sure to transport you from your home to a tropical paradise. Seriously, don't sleep on the magic that is grilling fruit; the process enhances the food's natural sweetness and really just tastes like luxury.
Get the Grilled Stone Fruit With Fresh Mango Sauce recipe from WW.
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