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Buttermilk Spice Cake

Buttermilk Spice Cake

This light one-bowl easy butter-less cake has a reduced fat cream cheese frosting and is really good made with part whole wheat pastry flour.

Zucchini Chocolate Cake

No one will guess there’s a vegetable in this moist, healthier chocolate cake made with extra light olive oil and fresh grated zucchini.

Easy One Bowl Coconut Cake

Easy One Bowl Coconut Cake

This variation on my easy yellow cake is just as simple. It’s a coconut lover’s dream, topped with a coconut cream cheese frosting and it’s all made without butter.


Tapioca Pudding

Light and fluffy tapioca pudding will take you back to your childhood. This old fashioned comfort food is easy to make using low fat milk.

high fiber cookies

High Fiber Cookies

There’s lots of fiber and no butter in this crispy oatmeal cookie made with oats, bran cereal, 100% whole grains, figs, and dark chocolate chips.

Butterscotch Pudding

Homemade Butterscotch Pudding

Homemade pudding is surprisingly easy to make, and quick. My easy butterscotch pudding takes just ten minutes to make and tastes a lot richer than you think.

One Bowl Lemon Brownies

One Bowl Lemon Brownies

Everyone is loving this easy recipe. One bowl. No mixer. No butter. Use all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour – it’s a super easy recipe with minimal cleanup.

Polish Chrusciki Angel Wings

Polish Chrusciki (Angel Wings)

These delicate Polish Christmas cookies are the only thing I deep fry but… wow! They simply melt in your mouth and make a stunning presentation.

Strawberry Cake

This is a special occasion cake best made when strawberries are in season. It’s my healthier white cake with fresh strawberries and real whipped cream frosting. OMG!

Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie

They call it pie but com’on – it’s a cake. This luscious dessert is made entirely without butter, even the creamy custard filling. It tastes just like a chocolate éclair.

Christmas Pecan Balls

Christmas Pecan Balls (Snowballs)

You won’t believe how easy it is to make these beautiful holiday cookies. Everything in one bowl, mix, refrigerate, shape, and bake. Everyone will ask for the recipe!

Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownies

This is intense. You start with a 70% cacao dark chocolate bar and add even more cocoa for a fudgy brownie with lots of flavor… but no butter. Easy recipe.

Easy One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Easy One Bowl Chocolate Cake

It’s the easiest cake recipe ever. One bowl, no mixer, no eggs, no butter except the frosting. For a totally butter-free cake with a butter-free glaze, see Baking Without Butter.

Easy One Bowl Yellow Cake

Easy One Bowl Yellow Cake

With this simple recipe everything goes in one bowl for a faster, healthier cake. It’s low in sugar and made without butter. Try it with my 2-minute frosting.

2-Minute Chocolate Frosting

It only takes two tablespoons of butter and two minutes to make this impossibly easy and delicious chocolate frosting. Try it on my easy yellow cake.

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Here’s why you will LOVE this easy recipe: One bowl. No flour. No butter. No mixer. No shaping. It’s the easiest cookies you will ever make. And beyond delicious!

Homemade Apple Pie

Homemade Apple Pie

There is no butter anywhere in my healthier homemade deep dish apple pie. The crust is made with olive oil and the filling uses 9 cups of apples.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Brownies

These healthier chocolate brownies have no butter! My quick & easy recipe uses olive oil, yogurt, whole wheat flour, toasted nuts & dark chocolate.

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons

What an easy recipe! Only four ingredients into a bowl, mix, and bake. Then dip into melted dark chocolate. I make them for parties and we always run out.

Crispy Oatmeal Choc. Chip Cookies

Crispy Oatmeal Choc. Chip Cookies

Big crispy crunchy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies made with no white flour or butter, made even crunchier with toasted nuts.

dark chocolate almond clusters

Chocolate Almond Clusters

Two ingredients. Fifteen minutes. And you’ll never want a candy bar again. Heart-healthy dark chocolate with protein-rich almonds makes a healthy, crunchy, sweet treat.

Butter Tarts

Canadian Butter Tarts

Canadians (like me) love these! My tarts have a healthier and easier oil crust and a sweet, gooey filling. Make them in a tart pan or muffin pan.

Pączki (Polish Doughnuts)

Pączki (Polish Doughnuts)

Traditional Polish pączki are fried but with my healthy recipe they are oven-baked, then filled with jam or my favorite: homemade custard. They are smaczny!

crispy apple tart

Crispy Apple Tart

It looks impressive but it’s easy to make this lightly sweet, crispy apple tart with an apricot glaze. Make it for kids and call it an apple pizza!

Healthier Sugar Cookies

Healthier Christmas Sugar Cookies

One of my most treasured recipes, these sugar cookies have half the saturated fat – maybe that’s why it’s so easy to eat five! Cut into holiday shapes or use a cookie press.

Chocolate Pudding

People are loving my healthy, low-fat chocolate pudding, especially the video. This easy recipe takes just five minutes to make and tastes a lot richer than you think.

Pumpkin Pie Without Butter

Healthier Easier Pumpkin Pie

You can make a delicious pumpkin pie with low fat ingredients and no cream or butter anywhere. Mine has an easy oil crust and the filling is a breeze.

Pecan Pie Without Butter

Easy Pecan Pie

No fancy ingredients needed. My simple pecan pie is made with an easy, healthier, oil crust and the filling all goes into one bowl for a quick stir.

Lemon Coconut Cake

It’s a fresh lemon cake with a lemon curd filling and a fluffy 7-minute frosting sprinkled with coconut – and it’s all made without butter.

blueberry coffee cake

Blueberry Coffee Cake

This buttermilk streusel coffee cake is moist and light and has tons of antioxidant-filled blueberries, which are known to support brain health.

Light as a Cloud Ricotta Cheesecake

My Italian style ricotta cheesecake has less fat and less calories but lots of flavor from fresh orange & lemon peel. It will melt in your mouth.

My Everyday Cookies

These are my go-to cookies because they’re 100% whole grain, made with whole wheat flour, oats, and olive oil… but no butter. They keep really well.

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

Less butter, less sugar, with… believe it or not… olive oil and whole wheat flour! It’s a delicious, soft and chewy cookie & one you’ll feel better about eating.

Marble Loaf Cake

Marble Loaf Cake

There’s no butter in this lightly sweet marble loaf with a chocolate swirl. It’s made with extra light olive oil and makes a nice light dessert or something sweet with breakfast.

Citrus Chiffon Cake

Old-fashioned chiffon cake is like angel cake only more moist because it contains oil. This light, airy cake is beautifully fragrant with orange & lemon zest.

Fruit Pizza

Fruit Pizza

It’s a show-stopping dessert and so much fun to make. Decorate this giant (healthier) sugar cookie with cream cheese, fresh fruit and an easy marmalade glaze. Wow!

Lemon Meringue Pie Without Butter

Lemon Meringue Pie

Billows of heavenly meringue piled on a luscious lemon curd. It’s the easiest and healthiest lemon pie with an oil crust and foolproof filling.

Black Forest Brownies

These are some seriously fudgy brownies. Canned dark sweet cherries send these moist and yummy bars into brownie heaven… without butter. Easy recipe.

Custard Pudding

This simple 4-ingredient recipe makes creamy, low fat, delicious custard to use as a filling or as a favorite dessert. Make this easy pudding in 15 minutes.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Cake

No one will guess what’s in this moist and delicious cake. My healthy recipe uses anitoxidant-rich sweet potato and very little butter. It’s my go-to chocolate cake.

Greek Walnut Cake

Greek karithopita is a sweet, moist walnut cake spiced with citrus peels, cinnamon, and cloves and infused with a sweet syrup. And it’s made with olive oil!

Lightened Up Pumpkin Cheesecake

Light as a cloud, my ricotta and cream cheese pumpkin cheesecake uses all reduced fat ingredients for a healthier but rich tasting holiday dessert.

Healthier Chocolate Cupcakes

Easy healthy one-bowl recipe uses no eggs and canola or extra-light olive oil. The frosting has only 2 Tablespoons of butter. Moist, rich tasting, and easy to make.

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

It’s the perfect combination: fresh lemon and fresh blueberries for a moist and light cake made with minimal butter and maximum anti-aging blueberries.

Easy Red Velvet Cupcakes

If you love red velvet cupcakes, then have them… with my healthy recipe: No eggs – one bowl – easy cleanup – and only one tablespoon of butter. Super easy!

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

I bake a lot of cookies but these are the first to disappear. They have whole wheat flour and less sugar & butter than most. Use chocolate chips or dark chunks.


They’re fat-free – basically egg whites and sugar but they taste like cotton candy! Homemade meringues are incredibly easy (and cheap) to make.

Double Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Homemade biscotti takes a little work but dang it, these are good! They’re made with heart-healthy dark chocolate, whole wheat flour and fragrant toasted almonds.

Apple Pie Bars

Everybody loves apple desserts. This easy crust is made without shortening or butter, using heart-healthy olive oil. I call this a lazy apple pie.

Kitchen Sink Cookies

There’s something for everyone in this healthy cookie. It’s made with whole grains, oats, peanut butter, nuts, chocolate chips, and coconut, but no butter.

Cinnamon Apple Brownies

Cinnamon-Glazed Apple Brownies

Healthy, moist, whole wheat brownies made without butter or oil and spilling over with fresh apples and toasted nuts. Easy recipe – glaze is optional.

Baked Doughnuts

Doughnuts are back, baby! Doughnuts don’t have to be fried to taste good. Mine have no butter, no grease, and are so light they might just float away.

Anti-Aging Jelly

Some juices have enormous health benefits like blueberry, pomegranate, acai berry, even cranberry. Now you can have them for dessert.

Cinnamon Puffs

Is it a muffin? A doughnut? A cupcake? I don’t know! But it’s really, really, really good! The buttermilk batter makes these mouth-watering puffs moist and fluffy.

Bread Pudding

This old fashioned bread pudding is low fat and easy to make using 1% milk and just a pinch of nutmeg. It’s spectacular when made with my poppy seed egg bread.

Chocolate Chip Pizza

It’s my less-butter, less-sugar, whole wheat chocolate chip cookie made pizza-style and perfect for kids’ parties… or big people parties, too.

Oatmeal Snacking Cake

If you ever wanted to have cake for breakfast, this is the one. It’s not too sweet, has whole grains, eggs, and a beautiful crispy broiled coconut-pecan topping.

Rice Pudding

My easy recipe is low-fat, using 1% milk and Arborio or Calrose rice – both yummy. I could eat the whole bowl in one sitting, it’s that good!

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Light as a feather coffee cake topped with toasted nuts and streusel with dark chocolate chips, all made without butter. Serve warm.

Whole Wheat Carrot Cake

Here’s my delicious, healthier carrot cake made with whole wheat flour & olive oil and no butter anywhere. Toasted pecans and crushed pineapple add so much flavor!


Cookies & cakes & pies, oh my!

Now I wonder why there are more recipes in this section than anywhere else? Because I love my sweets! That’s why it’s important for my recipes to be as healthy as I can make them because I still have to live with myself. If I can make it with less sugar, I will. If I can make it with more fiber, I will.

The truth is, I eat dessert every day but many times, it’s a cookie that I made like my crispy crunchy oat cookies made with 100% whole grains and olive oil. There’s no guilt trip there. Sometimes I even have dessert after breakfast! My blueberry coffee cake is perfect after a light and healthy breakfast, or my oatmeal snacking cake also makes a great breakfast dessert.

I see no reason to avoid healthy sweets. Just make them as healthy as you can and don’t make my baked doughnuts and then eat them all in one sitting. I’m not saying I’ve done that…. I’m not admitting to anything. – Jenny Jones