15 Healthy and Delicious Summer Desserts
Summer is the perfect time to clean up our dessert acts, so to speak. Fresh fruit—always a healthy option—is abundant, the heat of the day can keep our portion control more in control, and cold treats like pops and icebox pies are light and delicious. These healthy spins on summer treats are just perfect for long, warm nights in the backyard.
Mini Vegan Key Lime Icebox Pies
This “custard” has an insanely rich and silky texture born from a partnership between avocado and tofu, making this a healthy vegan option to the summer classic.
Dark Chocolate Frozen Banana Bites
Did you know that bananas are packed with resistant starch, a type of carb that boosts metabolism? All the more reason to indulge in this bite of delight.
Say hello to 3-ingredient, clean-eating chocolate-dipped clementines. The slight bitterness of the dark chocolate counters the sweet clementines, and pistachios add a delightfully nutty crunch. This 20-minute dessert also makes a pretty presentation at a luncheon or shower.
Leave the s'mores to the kiddos. Treat yourself to portion-controlled, fresh marshmallows dipped in chocolate and topped with sweet and savory delights like coconut or pistachios.
Peaches and Cream Mini Cupcakes
Nothing like a petite, juicy little cupcake to help satisfy a summer sweet urge but employ portion control to keep things on the healthier side.
Fresh Orange Sorbet
This intense and refreshing sorbet is only 91 calories a serving, and easy to make for any summer night: Fresh-squeezed orange juice, orange zest, sugar, and water are all you'll need.
Key Lime Cheesecake
With its crust created from gluten-free oats, plus white sorghum and almond meal flours, this sweet-tart tropical showstopper is perfect for anyone avoiding gluten.
Cherry-Grapefruit Basil Sorbet
Fresh basil pairs wonderfully with the sweet-tart citrus and deep cherry flavors in this elegant sorbet. Garnish the scoops with small basil leaves, if you like.
Watermelon with Tangy Granita
Juicy-crisp watermelon chunks turn extra-refreshing with a cold topping of slushy cucumber-lime granita. If you have access to both, use red and yellow watermelon.
Arctic Lime Freeze
Use only two ingredients, frozen limeade concentrate and tofu, plus water for this easy and refreshing frozen dessert.
Strawberry Yogurt Cream Pie with Cereal Crust
Made with a fiber cereal-crusted pie shell, this strawberry yogurt cream pie is the ultimate no-guilt, no-bake dessert. The fruity filling is made even more digestive-friendly with the addition of Greek yogurt and berries.
The Ultimate Unbaked Brownies
These incredible brownies are a lot of things all at once: they're no-bake, vegan, and gluten-free. They're also incredibly delicious, and feature a luxurious layer of chocolate ganache on top.
Who knew that a ripe avocado could add such a rich flavor and silky smooth texture to a batch of homemade popsicles? With a pop of fresh citrus juice and sweetened with a little agave nectar, these fun, kid-approved frozen desserts are the perfect summer treat.
Coconut Lime Chia Pudding Pops
This nutritious and creamy summer treat is great if you have a popsicle mold, but if you don't, here's a clever hack: Mix ingredients in a small mason jar, shake, add crushed raspberries, a spoonful of chia pudding, and freeze until solid, 4 to 5 hours. Mess-free and super cute!
Vegan Coconut Cream Tart with White Peaches and Blueberries
This nutrient-rich twist on coconut cream pie is lusciously smooth; it’s also vegan, paleo, gluten-fee, and raw. In other words, you’re looking at a tart with a stacked resume.