Holiday merry-making just isn’t complete without sweet treats around for the nibbling. Luckily, not all tasty bites need to bust the calorie bank. The secret is knowing how to cut calories while keeping the taste buds tantalized.

We tapped the calorie-chop know-how of Gretchen Spetz, RD/LD at the Center for Human Nutrition at Cleveland Clinic, to reveal these sweetie low-sugar delights–each 120 calories or less. What’s more, each dish is exceedingly simple to make. Problem solved: Your dessert spread just got a whole lot healthier. Now, grab your whisk, gather some kitchen helpers, and prepare to dig in.

Mint-Chocolate Mousse

Calories: 120

Sugar Per Serving: 5 grams


6 oz. silken tofu

1/2 tsp. of cocoa powder

3 oz. 70% cocoa dark chocolate

1/2 tsp. peppermint extract

1 tbsp. either skim milk, 1 percent milk, soy milk, or unsweetened almond milk

1/8 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. agave nectar

2 tbsp. light whipped topping (an extra treat!)

Easy-Peasy Prep Steps:

1. Place chocolate in microwave-safe bowl on low power to melt.

2. Put all ingredients in a food processor.  Blend until smooth.

3. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Baked Apples

Calories: 80

Sugar Per Serving: 15 grams (no added sugar!)


4 small granny smith apples

1 tbsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

2 tbsp. artificial sweetener

Water to sprinkle

Easy-Peasy Prep Steps:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Slice apples thinly and place in 9×9 baking, or pie, dish.

3. Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg, and artificial sweetener. Mix to coat all apples.

4. Place a small amount of water in bottom of dish  (so it covers about one-fourth inch).

5. Bake apples uncovered for 30 minutes or until apples are soft and break apart easily.


Calories: 10

Sugar Per Serving: 2 grams


8-oz. diet cream soda

1 tsp. orange extract

1 maraschino cherry

Preparation Steps:

1. Add the orange extract to the diet cream soda and serve over ice in a fancy cocktail glass in place of high-calorie creamy drinks such as eggnog.

2. Add the cherry as a festive garnish.

What are Your favorite low-cal-but-still-tasty holiday treats?