A Guide to the Best Low Macro Desserts of 2023

Are you a dessert person? Do you enjoy a sweet treat every once in a while?

Well, you aren't alone. A study showed that around 75% of people describe themselves as a "dessert person". 

The health and wellness space has room for everyone, no matter what your goals and lifestyle are. You can pursue any dietary path and still enjoy desserts. 

When you're counting macros, it's hard to find desserts that taste good and have an acceptable amount of carbs, sugars, and calories. It can be discouraging, but we have several macro desserts for you to try in this guide. 

Below you're going to read all about macro-friendly desserts that don't force you to compromise your health.

Protein Bliss

Protein is a key macronutrient. No matter what your goals are, you must consume plenty of protein. It helps repair your muscles and contributes to your overall well-being. 

Consuming enough protein is challenging for many people, which is why people are starting to eat high-protein desserts. 

There is an array of desserts that are not only high in protein but low in fat and carbs. You don't have to stray from your fitness goals to satisfy your sweet craving. 

You simply need to pay attention to the macros and make desserts that are high in protein

Fruit-Based Delights

Fruits have always been a go-to option for those watching their macros. However, a few berries may not satisfy your cravings. There has been an increase in creativity when it comes to turning fruit into a tasty dessert

For example, you can grill pineapple and sprinkle it with cinnamon. You can bake apple slices and drizzle them with nut butter. The possibilities are endless. 

This option offers natural sweetness and a variety of essential vitamins and minerals. This is appealing to those who want to keep their desserts healthy and less fattening. 

Protein-Packed Nut Butter Bars

Whether you're looking to buy a dessert or make it at home, consider nut butter bars. These high-quality jars of nut butter are packed full of protein. Unlike popular traditional peanut butter that you find at the store, protein-packed nut butter is low in carbs and sugars. 

When you're making your protein bars, you'll need to be conscious about what ingredients you're using. They can quickly become unhealthy and high in carbs if you aren't careful.

Here is a recipe you can follow to create the best nut butter bars at home. 

Ingredients include: 

  • One cup of American Dream nut butter (your choice) 
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of sugar-free syrup 
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup protein powder
  • 1/4 chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • Pinch of salt

Once you have your ingredients, you'll start by combining the almond butter and syrup. Microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. This will make it easier to mix. 

Add the dry ingredients and mix until the mixture is uniform and thick. 

You'll then line a baking dish with parchment paper and press the mixture into the pan. Do your best to create an even layer. 

Place the dish in the refrigerator and let it chill for a few hours. Cut them into squares or rectangles.

You can then wrap them individually, so they are ready to go. You can easily grab one on your way out the door. 

Gluten-Free Brownies

Many people are sensitive to gluten and it's tough to find a dessert that doesn't hurt your stomach, helps you reach your goals, and tastes good all at the same time. 

A gluten-free nut butter brownie is the perfect option. Instead of using wheat flour, try using almond or coconut flour.

This will ensure the texture and flour aren't compromised. Adding a rich nut butter enhances the flavor and also increases the protein content.

Nutty Greek Yogurt Parfait

Greek yogurt is a great staple for anyone focusing on getting a lot of protein in their diet. However, that doesn't mean it has to be boring. 

You can create a flavorful and beneficial dessert by layering a mixture of nut butter low-sugar granola, berries, and yogurt. 

This not only will curb your sweet tooth but also give you a gluten-free, high-protein dessert to enjoy.  

Nut Butter Spread

Macro desserts don't have to be complicated. You don't have to spend hours baking and following a recipe. 

After a long day of work and a large dinner, you may not want a heavy dessert. Sometimes simple is best. Having a spoonful of nut butter before bed may be just what you need to curb your sweet tooth. 

Low-Sugar Nut Butter Cups 

If you've reluctantly cut out chocolate to reach your fitness or health goals, we have good news for you. 

You can add chocolate to your dessert without ruining your progress. A low-sugar nut butter cup is the perfect solution to your chocolate cravings. 

These treats combine the richness of dark chocolate with luscious nut butter filling. It's sweetened with little sugar alternatives and provides a blend go flavors while keeping your sugar intake low. 

To create this macro dessert, you'll need a few ingredients. 

You'll need your favorite nut butter, coconut flour, vanilla extract, and salt. You'll also need one tablespoon of coconut oil and 1/2 cup of sugar-free dark chocolate chips.

Get your muffin pan and place mini cupcake liners in each slot. Combine one cup of nut butter, with two tablespoons of concert flour, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, and salt. 

Once combined, scoop out small portions of the mixture and roll into small discs. Place them in the bottom of the cupcake liners. 

You'll then melt the sugar-free dark chocolate and coconut oil together and ensure it's smooth. Next, you'll spoon the melted chocolate over the peanut butter discs. Be sure they are covered completely. 

Then set the muffin tin in the refrigerator and let cool for 30 minutes. They'll then be ready to eat. 

Easy to Make Cakes

No matter how old you are, nothing can replace a tasty cake for dessert. However, you may not have the time to bake a cake every week for you and your family. 

There is a better option, and it's an easy-to-make, gluten-free mug cake. This is especially appealing to those who don't like to cook or have a busy schedule. You'll take a pre-made mix, add water and an egg, and place it in the microwave. Enjoy after only two minutes. 

Not only does this dessert taste amazing, it's quick and easy. It's healthy and will allow you to easily stick to your diet. 

There are also a lot of flavors to choose from. You can experiment with different mixes and toppings. Every night you can have a new dessert option in just minutes. 

It's also easy to clean up. Traditional baking involves lots of bowls, pans, and utensils. You won't have to drag all of your appliances and dishware out to make a healthy mug cake. 

You'll be able to quickly satisfy your cravings as soon as they appear. 

Dumbbells and Desserts

As someone who is focused on fitness, building muscle, and being in shape year-round, you'll need a dessert menu that allows you to enjoy your life outside of the gym without wasting all of your hard work. 

Whether you're an athlete, bodybuilding, powerlifter, or simply enjoy going to the gym, you'll need desserts that are high in protein and low in carbs. 

Our nut butter protein bars are an ideal option for you. You can have it as a snack during your workday or eat it after a tough workout. 

Any dessert that is high in protein will help your muscles recover without sacrificing taste. 

Have you ever considered pancakes for dessert? Oftentimes time flapjacks are thought to be a breakfast food, but can turn a high-protein pancake into an after-dinner treat. 

Child-Friendly Dessert Ideas

Finding healthy snacks and desserts that your children will like is not an easy task. This is especially true if your child is a picky eater. 

If you're searching for a low-sugar snack that both you and your children will like, consider nut butter bites. One of the best things about this dessert is can be eaten any time of the day. 

You can pack a few in your child's lunchbox and you won't have to worry about them having a sugar rush/crash. This dessert isn't high in artificial sugars and it can even provide them with nutritional value that will get them through the long school day.

We know motherhood is busy, so this recipe is easy and simple. You'll need the following: 

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup nut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup 
  • additional optional add-ins: chia seeds, hemp seeds, shredded coconut, dark chocolate

You'll combine all the ingredients and allow them to chill for about 15-30 minutes. This will make it easier to roll into balls. 

You'll then roll them out into bite-sized balls. Then they are ready to eat. 

Focusing on Nutrition

You may not be spending all your time in the gym, but you understand the importance of a well-rounded diet. Restricting yourself from having desserts and sweets can cause issues too. 

Macro desserts and different types of nut butter can offer numerous benefits. Nut butter cookies are crafted with nutrient-dense almond, peanut, and cashew butter. 

These types of cookies will align with your nutrition-focused approach and lifestyle. 

If you're craving something sweet or dessert, but don't want to eat a cookie mid-morning, you can make a nut butter and banana smoothie bowl. 

Take one frozen banana, two tablespoons of almond butter, one cup of unsweetened almond milk, and protein powder and blend them.

Pour into a bowl and top with strawberries, chia seeds, and drizzle with extra nut butter. Another easy dessert idea is to make nut butter-stuffed dates. 

You'll take Medjool dates, slice them lengthwise, and stuff each one with your choice of nut butter. You can sprinkle sea salt on the top too. 

As you focus on your healthy living, you'll want to have a well-balanced diet. Be sure to include carbs, proteins, and fats. You can also tailor recipes to your individual dietary needs and preferences. 

The Macro Desserts Prescription 

Counting macros and eating healthy becomes even more important when you have a medical condition or a gastro sleeve. It's important to focus on easily digestible food and nutritious recipes. 

However, a medical condition or preparing for a bariatric surgery doesn't mean you can't enjoy dessert and sweet treats. 

A nut butter protein shake is a great option. You can use it as a high-protein snack or even a meal replacement. 

You can mix cashew butter with non-fat Greek yogurt, honey, and berries to create an easy-to-digest sweet snack as well.

When it comes to making macro-friendly desserts, it's important to keep your protein size small. This will help you avoid discomfort.

Keto Delights

If you're dedicated to a keto lifestyle, you likely need some low-carb, high-fat dessert ideas. 

Keto peanut butter cookies are a great option and the perfect snack after dinner. You can buy them online, but be sure to look at the ingredient list to ensure they are keto. Many brands have keto options so be on the lookout. 

You can also make them yourself with four ingredients. You'll need one cup of peanut butter or your favorite nut butter, 1/2 cup low-carb sweetener, one egg, and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. 

You'll combine those ingredients, roll the mixture into small balls, and cook them in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. 

Whether you're making cookies, brownies, or protein bars, make sure the sweeteners you're using are keto-friendly. Stevia, monk fruit, and erythritol are great keto-friendly options that you can find at your local grocery store. 

Macro Magic and Healthy Living

Whether you're focused on fitness, nutrition, or keeping your family as healthy as possible, nut butter is a great delicious option. 

As you search for the best macro desserts, keep your health and fitness goals in mind. You don't have to compromise for a sweet treat. 

Our nut butter is made with high-quality ingredients. Each order is handcrafted and made-to-order, so you don't have to worry about your package sitting on a shelf. 

Start shopping at our American Dream Nut Butter shop for high-protein, low-carb, and gluten-free butter. 


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  • Oh this all sounds so good! Definitely a much try!

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  • Here for all the macro friendly desserts!! 😍

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  • I am a huge lover of the nut butters! I am type 1 diabetic and a peanut butter enthusiast, so finding one that I can fit into my lifestyle has made a huge impact for me! I love this post with desserts I can indulge in, without over indulging in.

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