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17 Easy Desserts You Shouldn’t Make If You’re On A Diet (But You Totally Should!)

Think about it: every now and then, you deserve a treat. Why not make it one of these easy, oh-so-yummy desserts? With 17 to choose from, there’s something for that sweet tooth without the whole guilt trip. It’s like sneaking a little fun into your diet plan. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too (at least once in a while)? Ignore your diet for a little while and whip up some of these!

Strawberry Upside Down Cake with a slice missing.
Strawberry Upside Down Cake. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Turtle Brownies

A piece of Turtle Brownie with ice cream on a plate.
Turtle Brownies. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

If your diet is whispering “no”, yet your sweet tooth screams “yes,” these Turtle Brownies are the answer. Rich, fudgy, and loaded with caramel and nuts, they’re the sort of treat that makes you forget about the word “calories”. They’re the perfect blend of chewy, crunchy, and chocolaty goodness.
Get the Recipe: Turtle Brownies

Smoked Peaches with Spiced Rum Whipped Cream

Smoked peaches topped with spiced rum whipped cream on a platter.
Smoked Peaches with Spiced Rum Whipped Cream. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Think about a warm summer evening and the aroma of Smoked Peaches with Spiced Rum Whipped Cream wafting through the air. Juicy peaches get an upgrade with a smoky twist and a dollop of boozy, spiced whipped cream. Simple to prepare, it’s the type of dessert you’ll want to make when you’re feeling fancy.
Get the Recipe: Smoked Peaches with Spiced Rum Whipped Cream

Chocolate Caramel Cookies

Chocolate Caramel Cookies.
Chocolate Caramel Cookies. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Biting into Chocolate Caramel Cookies that combine the gooeyness of caramel with the richness of chocolate is a must-try. They’re the kind of treat that brings the bakery vibes right into your kitchen. With their mouthwatering appeal, they’ll test your willpower to the max. Go on, the gym can wait another day.
Get the Recipe: Chocolate Caramel Cookies

Rhubarb Bread

A loaf of Rhubarb Bread with a few slices on a white plate.
Rhubarb Bread. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Rhubarb Bread is that cozy, warm slice of comfort that pairs perfectly with your favorite tea or coffee. It’s a sneaky way to tuck some veggies into a sweet, tangy loaf. It’s simple to make, tempting to eat, and a reason to look forward to rhubarb season. This bread might make you consider a “cheat day” in your diet.
Get the Recipe: Rhubarb Bread

Mango Curd

A jar of mango curd next to a mango and a mint leaf.
Mango Curd. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

When tropical flavors call, Mango Curd is there to answer. It’s tangy, it’s sweet, and it practically screams sunshine and happiness. Use it to fill cakes or tarts, or just spoon straight from the jar— no one will tell. It’s not exactly diet-friendly, but your palate will thank you.
Get the Recipe: Mango Curd

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

An apple cinnamon roll on a plate with a spoon.
Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Ever thought about combining comfort food icons? That’s exactly what Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls do. They’re like a big, warm hug for your stomach with the classic flavors of apple pie wrapped up in a soft, doughy roll. They might make you rethink your diet plans for the day, but they’re totally worth it.
Get the Recipe: Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

Rhubarb & Strawberry Crumble

A cast iron skillet with strawberry rhubarb cobbler topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a wooden surface with a cloth napkin beside it.
Rhubarb & Strawberry Crumble. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Have you tried mixing the tartness of rhubarb with the sweetness of strawberries? You’ll get Rhubarb & Strawberry Crumble. It’s a no-fuss dessert that’s all about that buttery crumble topping. Forget the calorie count for a moment and dig into this fruity treat. You can always get back on the wagon the next day.
Get the Recipe: Rhubarb & Strawberry Crumble

Brown Butter Apple Blondies

A black plate with Brown Butter Apple Blondie squares with apples on the left and pumpkins on the right side of the table.
Brown Butter Apple Blondies. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

For a twist on the classic, Brown Butter Apple Blondies are your go-to. They’re chewy, they’re apple-y, and with that nutty brown butter flavor, they’re a serious step up from the usual. A piece of this, and you’ll find your diet plans a bit blurred, but sometimes it’s okay to enjoy. Life is short anyway.
Get the Recipe: Brown Butter Apple Blondies

Lemon Loaf

A slice of lemon pound loaf on a plate with daffodils.
Lemon Loaf. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

The bright, zingy taste of Lemon Loaf can brighten any day, diet or not. It’s simple, it’s sweet, and it’s got that punch of citrus that lemon-lovers crave. Whether for breakfast or a snack, it’s sure to tempt you into saying “Just this once.” You won’t regret it, promise.
Get the Recipe: Lemon Loaf

Cookie Dough Milkshake

Cookie Dough Milkshake with a spoon and syrup in the background.
Cookie Dough Milkshake. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Take a sip of a Cookie Dough Milkshake and give yourself a break from all things green and low-carb. It’s like drinking the cookie dough right out of the bowl, only better, because it’s a milkshake. It’s not exactly light, but everyone deserves a hall pass once in a while. Your diet can take a mini vacation.
Get the Recipe: Cookie Dough Milkshake

Maple Pecan Pie Bars

A close-up of two pecan brownies on a slate surface, showing the rich, chocolatey interior and a topping of chopped pecans.
Maple Pecan Pie Bars. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Your excuse to enjoy the rich flavors of a classic pecan pie with a maple twist, in a more snackable form is Maple Pecan Pie Bars. They’re all the nutty, syrupy goodness of your favorite holiday dessert, made easy. Honestly, they’ll make you debate whether sticking to your diet is worth missing out on this. Spoiler: it’s not.
Get the Recipe: Maple Pecan Pie Bars

Zuccihini Cookies with Chocolate & Pecans

Zucchini Cookies on a parchment-lined tray.
Zuccihini Cookies with Chocolate & Pecans. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Just when you thought cookies couldn’t get any better, along comes Zucchini Cookies with Chocolate & Pecans. They’re your green light to enjoy, mixing both veggies and chocolate in a surprisingly scrumptious way. They’re so good, that you’ll want to “forget” your meal prep. Give them a try and watch your diet take the backseat.
Get the Recipe: Zuccihini Cookies with Chocolate & Pecans

Buttermilk Banana Cake

Banana-Buttermilk Cake on a platter.
Buttermilk Banana Cake. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

A slice of Buttermilk Banana Cake is hard to resist, even for the most disciplined dieter. It’s moist, it’s flavorful, and it has that home-baked goodness that resonates with every forkful. Its charm lies in its simplicity, and while it might not be helping your waistline, it sure does wonders for the soul.
Get the Recipe: Buttermilk Banana Cake

Speculoos White Chocolate Blondies

A white plate with four square pieces of Speculoos White Chocolate Blondies bars.
Speculoos White Chocolate Blondies. Photo credit: Dinner By Heather.

Need a mini getaway from your daily routine? Speculoos White Chocolate Blondies are here for you. There’s something about the combo of spiced Speculoos and creamy white chocolate that makes these blondies irresistible. Yes, it’s a straight-up dessert – no pretending to be anything else.
Get the Recipe: Speculoos White Chocolate Blondies

Strawberry Upside Down Cake

Strawberry Upside Down Cake with a slice missing.
Strawberry Upside Down Cake. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Turn dessert on its head with Strawberry Upside Down Cake. Flip the script on your routine with this juicy, berry-packed cake that’s every bit as fantastic as it sounds. It’s the sort of dessert that tells your diet, “Hold up, we’ve got something better going on.” Trust and believe this: it’s definitely better.
Get the Recipe: Strawberry Upside Down Cake

Blueberry Grunt

Blueberry Grunt on a blue plate with ice cream.
Blueberry Grunt. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Are you game for something a little different? Give Blueberry Grunt a try. It’s a quirky, old-fashioned dessert with a funny name and a serious burst of blueberry. It’s kind of like a cobbler, but with dumplings, and it’s the sort of comfort food that could make you momentarily forget all about calories.
Get the Recipe: Blueberry Grunt

Nanna’s Apple Cake

An apple cake on a white plate with cinnamon sticks.
Nanna’s Apple Cake. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

There’s nothing like Nanna’s Apple Cake to make you feel like you’re wrapped in a warm hug. It’s all apples, cinnamon, and sweetness, baked into a slice of pure nostalgia. So, while it may not fit neatly into your diet, sometimes you’ve just gotta go with what feels like home. This tastes like home!
Get the Recipe: Nanna’s Apple Cake


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