21 Nearly Guilt-Free Treats to Serve at Your Wedding

Keep your New Year's resolution to eat healthier and offer guests these semi-healthy treats.

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to eat healthier in 2020, consider serving an array of nearly guilt-free desserts on your wedding day. Though you'll likely choose to offer slices of a delectable wedding cake to loved ones, it's also a good idea to have a separate dessert table for attendees who may not want to be tempted with a sugary confection.

While it's difficult to create a truly guilt-free wedding dessert, there are many sweets that are less sugary and fattening than the go-to chocolate-on-chocolate cakes, nostalgic candies, and other treats that sound absolutely delish – but choices your guests might regret later. Cake pops are a great way for couples to serve their favorite cake flavors since the portions are much smaller, so guests can also enjoy fresh fruit, pies, tarts, kettle corn, and more.

Take a look at the 21 wedding dessert ideas below – including two wedding cakes: a "naked" cake with just a bit of frosting and fresh berries and a stacked pancake confection ideal for a brunch wedding (or a couple who doesn't like cake). While these desserts certainly are not entirely guilt-free, it is possible to make healthier versions of all of these sweet treats, which provide guests with a taste of sugary sweetness without overwhelming their palettes – and allowing them to stick to their New Year's resolutions.

1. Fresh Berries
Fresh berries in martini glasses wedding dessert
Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography

2. Popcorn or Kettle Corn
cute wedding dessert snack option popcorn and kettle corn in striped cones
Photo by Caroline Tran

3. Cake Pops
wedding dessert ideas guilt free cake pops in cute cake stand with glass cover
Photo by Steve Steinhardt; Planning & Design by Beth Helmstetter Events, Inc.

4. Pies
Server at wedding holding two pies
Photo by Ryan Ray Photography

5. Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
Strawberries dipped in white and dark chocolate
Photo by Catherine Hall Studios

6. Mini Donuts
wedding reception donut wall healthy dessert options
Photo by Simone Photography; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants

7. Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies on white platter
Photo by Yvette Roman Photography

8. Strawberries & Cream
Strawberries and cream at bridal shower
Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios

9. Fruit Tarts
Fresh berries in tart at wedding reception
Photo by Marc Royce Photography

10. Tea Party Desserts
Three tier tea party stand with mini desserts
Photo by Carasco Photography

11. Pie Pops
David Tutera wedding pie pop desserts
Photo by Michael Segal Photography

12. Lemon Bars
Lemon bars on two tier cake stand
Photo by Yvette Roman Photography

13. Chocolate-Covered Pretzels
Pretzel sticks covered with white and dark chocolate with sprinkles
Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography

14. Cotton Candy
Cotton candy wedding dessert with edible sprinkles
Photo by Millie Holloman Photography

15. French Macarons
Tower of pink macaron desserts with gold flakes
Photo by Caroline Tran

16. Mini Pies in Mason Jars
Miniature pies baked and served in mason jars
Photo by Jana Williams Photography

17. Mini Berry Pies
Miniature berry pies with heart shape crust toppers
Photo by Mischa Photography

18. Mini Pecan Pies
wedding dessert ideas that are semi healthy miniature pecan pie
Photo by Vue Photography

19. Jelly Beans
wedding dessert ideas that are semi healthy jelly belly candy jelly beans
Photo by Paul Barnett Photographer

20. Pancake Wedding Cake
Wedding cake with sugar flowers made of pancakes
Photo by Elizabeth Messina

21. "Naked" Cake with Fresh Berries
Naked wedding cake with fresh berries
Photo by Sarah & Ben

For more wedding cake and dessert ideas, visit our photo galleries to see hundreds of images from real weddings! View inspiring small wedding cakes with seriously stunning style, discover ways to serve pie at your wedding, and get ideas from these gorgeous donut displays.

Authored by: Kelcy Christy