Healthy Potluck Desserts to Make at Home


Potlucks are a time of fun, friends, and food. While many potluck desserts can be heavy on your stomach, this is your chance to bring some lighter fare that still delights the tastebuds. 

Here we’ll provide you with quick and easy potluck dessert options that are easy to make at home. Perfect for your next gathering.

GoNanas Banana Bread

Imagine vegan, gluten-free, healthy banana bread. This tops the list of quick and easy potluck desserts.

If you aren’t inclined to make a dish from scratch (no judgment!), we’ve got a solution for you. Our GoNana bread comes in five varieties: 

  • Pumpkin Spice (Seasonal only )
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Original
  • Crackly Banana Bread (Seasonal only )
  • Salted Caramel (Seasonal only )

Simply add bananas, some non-dairy milk, melted coconut oil, and maple syrup, and presto! A finished banana bread delight.

All our banana bread is gluten-free, vegan, and top-allergen-free. The best part? You’d never even know by how delicious they taste. Give them a try today and delight your potluck friends!

Buckeye Balls

The healthier version of buckeye balls is made with wholesome protein powder, organic stevia, natural peanut butter, and antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. This is as opposed to powdered sugar, hydrogenated margarine, or unnatural peanut butter.

These fudgy, tiny balls top the list of best potluck desserts and aren’t packed with too many calories. Still, they taste like traditional buckeye balls.

You’ll need:

  • 100g (1 cup) Unflavored Casein Protein Powder
  • 90g (¾ cup) Peanut Flour
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1½ cups Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 128g (½ cup) Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1½ tsp Liquid Stevia Extract
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 oz 70% Cacao Dark Chocolate (melted)

A serving size is two buckeye balls and contains 170 calories, 10g of fat, 14g of protein, and 6g of carbohydrates. The kicker? Just 3g of sugar!

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This healthier alternative to scotcheroos is gluten-free, high in protein, and low in sugar. Although they taste like traditional scotcheroos, they’re far lighter but maintain the richness of chocolate, butterscotch, and peanut butter.

You’ll need:

  • 120g (4 cups) Crispy Brown Rice Cereal
  • 168g (½ cup) Honey
  • 128g (½ cup) Natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp Natural Butterscotch Flavor
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 64g (⅔ cup) Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
  • 3 oz Bittersweet Chocolate (melted; recipe used 70% Cacao)

You’ll also need an 8x8 brownie pan with some parchment paper.

Each scotcheroo is 170 calories and contains 7g of fat, 6g of protein, and 20.5g of carbohydrates. They also have 10.5g of sugar, but that sugar comes in the form of honey and bittersweet chocolate.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Fudge

This vegan fudge needs no baking and takes around 30-minutes to make. This recipe makes 18 delicious fudge bits created in a blender for easier prep and clean up.

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup Light Coconut Milk (canned)
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Creme-Flavored Stevia Extract
  • One batch Homemade Chocolate Coating melted (or 9oz Dark Chocolate)
  • 42g (2 scoops) Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder (or Chocolate)

Each piece of fudge contains an even 100 calories, 9g of fat, 2g of protein, and 2g of carbohydrates

All can enjoy vegan potluck desserts, and those who don’t know it’s vegan won’t be able to tell.

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Lemon Yogurt Poundcake

Not all of us want a chocolatey dessert. For the fruity fans out there, try this lemon-flavored poundcake.

You’ll need an 8.5 x 3.4-inch loaf pan to coat with baking spray.

This recipe is extremely easy, requiring a mere 15-minutes of prep time. The total cook-time is just over 2 hours since the poundcake bakes for 1 hour and cools for another 50 minutes.

You’ll need:

  • Nonstick baking spray, for coating loaf pan
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat (2-percent) Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup low-fat (1-percent) milk
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg

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Cherry Almond Chocolate Clusters

Another fruity dessert, but this time, let’s keep the chocolate! This straightforward recipe has three ingredients and takes a total of 30-minutes, with a mere 15-minutes of prep.

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup toasted almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped

You’ll also need a double broiler for part of this recipe.

Nutella Chip Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies have it all: dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free. This recipe makes 25 cookies and requires a short 15-minutes of prep time, with a total time of 45-minutes.

You’ll need:

  • ¾ cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 128g (½ cup) Hazelnut Butter
  • 84g (6 tbs) Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 39g (6 tbs) Ground Flaxseed
  • 21g (1 tbs) Molasses
  • 1 tbs Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Natural Butter Flavor
  • 240g (2½ cups) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 192g (1 cup) Granulated Erythritol
  • 60g (½ cup) Oat Flour
  • 1 tsp Double-Acting Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Homemade Nutella Baking Chips (straight from the freezer)
  • ¼ cup No-Sugar-Added Dark Chocolate Chips (or more Nutella Chips!)

Each cookie is 140 calories with 9g of fat, 3g of protein, 12g of carbohydrates, and a mere 0.5g of sugar!

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Chewy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

When it comes to the best potluck desserts, the list wouldn’t be complete without some peanut butter oatmeal cookies. 

This recipe makes 13 cookies and takes a mere 18-minutes to prep, with a total time of 30-minutes.

You’ll need:

  • 13g (2 tbs) Ground Flaxseed
  • 10g (1 packed tbs) Corn Starch
  • 6 tbs Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 128g (½ cup) Natural Peanut Butter
  • 49g (3½ tbs) Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 28g (4 tsp) Molasses
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp Liquid Stevia Extract
  • 144g (1½ cups) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 96g (½ cup) Granulated Erythritol
  • ½ tsp Double Acting Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Salt

Each cookie is 150 calories with 10g of fat, 4g of protein, 11g of carbohydrates, and 2g of sugar.

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Final Word

We hope this healthy potluck desserts list inspires you for your next potluck. All these desserts are sure to delight fellow potluck-goers and provide them with a healthier alternative.

GoNanas believes in natural, simple ingredients and tasty desserts that are vegan, gluten-free, and top-allergen-free. Try our banana bread today!

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