3 Low-Calorie Desserts to Bring to the Summer Cookout

Summer-time means a lot of things—school’s out, road trips, pools open…and cookouts! Here are 3 low-calorie desserts to bring to the next summer cookout.

  1. Banana/Oatmeal/Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Specs (per serving):

138 Cal., 8g Fat, 2g Protein, 16g Carb., 1g Fiber, 0 Chol, 1mg Iron, 114mg Sodium, 16mg Calcium

10 min prep; 25 min cook


What you need:

1 cup                     oat flour

3/4 cup                 old-fashioned rolled oats

1/2 teaspoon       baking powder

1/3 teaspoon       baking soda

1/2 teaspoon       salt

1/2 cup                 raw sugar

1/3 cup                 canola oil

1/3 cup                 plain soy milk

1/2 teaspoon       vanilla extract

1/2                        ripe banana (cut into small pieces)

1/4 cup                 chopped walnuts (or another favorite nut)

1/3 cup                 semisweet vegan chocolate chips



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine oat flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and raw sugar in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, soy milk, and vanilla. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients. Stir to combine. Fold in banana, walnuts, and chocolate chips.


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using an ice-cream scoop, scoop dough and place on pan. Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.


  1. Fudgy Cream Cheese Brownies

The Specs (per serving):

127 Cal., 6.7g Fat, 2.9g Protein, 14.1g Carb, .1g Fiber, 25mg Chol, 107mg Sodium


What you need:

3/4 cup                                sugar

1/4 cup  + 2 tablespoons   reduced-calorie stick margarine (softened) *TIP* Don’t use tub margarine because those contain                                                 water, which will make the brownies gummy.

1                                           large egg

1                                           large egg white

1 tablespoon                       vanilla extract

1/2 cup                                all-purpose flour

1/4 cup                                unsweetened cocoa

cooking spray

1                                           8-ounce block 1/3 less-fat cream cheese (softened)

1/4 cup                               calorie-free sweetener

3 tablespoons                     1% low-fat milk



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat sugar and margarine with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, egg white, and vanilla. Beat well. Gradually add flour and cocoa. Beat well. Pour into 8-inch square pan coated with cooking spray.


Beat cream cheese and sweetener with a mixer at high speed until smooth. Add milk. Beat well. Pour cream cheese mixture over chocolate mixture. Swirl together using the tip of a knife to create a marbled effect.


Bake for 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into squares.


  1. Southern Banana Pudding

The Specs (per serving):

180 Cal, 2g Fat, 5mg Chol, 37g Carb, 370mg Sodium, 5g Protein


What you need:

1 pkg (3-1/2 oz)                  fat-free vanilla flavor instant pudding and pie filling

1-1/2 cups                           fat-free milk

1/2 teaspoon                      vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups                           fat-free whipped topping

2                                           sliced bananas

1 box                                    crumbled vanilla wafers


*Optional*(if you don’t mind adding an extra 20 calories)

Caramel sauce and chocolate syrup topping



In medium bowl, combine dry pudding mix, milk, and vanilla. Beat with mixer until thickened. Add 1 cup of the whipped topping.


In 1-1/2 quart round dish, layer the bottom with wafers, then banana, then pudding. (If you choose—drizzle caramel and chocolate syrup over the pudding). Repeat the process.


Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of whipped topping, crushed wafers and (if you choose—caramel and chocolate sauce)


For large gatherings, just double the recipe. Enjoy! <3