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Lightened-up summer desserts

Guilt-free indulgences

From SheKnows Canada
During the summer, you tend to have more opportunities to catch up with friends and family over good food. But at the same time, you might be attempting to stay bikini-ready throughout the season. If that's the case, these lightened-up dessert recipes are just the guilt-free options you're looking for.

Apple strudel

Apple strudel

Apples make a delicious and fresh addition to all kinds of summer desserts. Pies, tarts, cobblers, crumbles and more can all benefit from their crisp flavour. But where other apple-infused baked goods are weighed down with high-calorie crusts, Christal at Nutritionist in the Kitch's light apple strudel is gently sweetened and wrapped in crisp, flaky, phyllo dough. No guilt necessary when you enjoy one of these at the end of a long day!

Sugar-free mango sorbet

Sugar-free mango sorbet

A dessert sweetened entirely with the natural sugars found in fruit? Sounds like the perfect healthy summer recipe! And that's exactly what Jennifer at Jennifer's Kitchen achieved when she created this sugar-free mango sorbet. It requires just four ingredients and can be whipped up in minutes, so you can enjoy a refreshing snack or nutritious dessert any time you want.

For a super-easy treat, whip up this nutty banana "ice cream" >>

Breakfast cheesecake cupcakes

Cheesecake cupcakes

When you dig into a piece of cheesecake, the creamy goodness that overwhelms your taste buds makes it pretty hard to believe that something so indulgent could ever be healthy. Fortunately Tessa at Handle the Heat has answered our cheesecake cravings by creating these breakfast cheesecake cupcakes. With low-fat cream cheese, Greek yogourt, rolled oats and toasted nuts, these little goodies are healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast, but so decadent you'll feel like you're eating dessert.

Fudgy brownies

Fudgy brownies

When you think of summer desserts, images of fresh, colourful fruits likely come to mind. But let's face it: Chocolatey treats are welcome at any time of year. And that's especially true when they come in a healthier form, such as these "fudge-tastic" brownies from Leanne at Healthful Pursuit. Her unique recipe uses a combination of mashed bananas, brown rice syrup, xylitol and stevia to achieve a sweet, tasty, lightened-up dessert you can feel good about treating yourself to.

Get more tips on how to make your desserts healthier >>

Cherry chocolate frozen yogurt

Cherry chocolate frozen yogourt

Have you ever craved a heaping bowl of ice cream on a hot summer day? Of course you have — you're only human, after all! But many ice creams can weigh in at 200 calories or more for a 1/2-cup serving and are loaded with artificial flavours and additives. So the next time that craving hits, turn to Gina at Running to the Kitchen's recipe for roasted cherry chocolate chip frozen yogourt. It's made with Greek yogourt, coconut milk and other flavourful ingredients, which makes it the ultimate comforting and cooling summer dish.

Honey almond rhubarb crumble

Honey almond rhubarb crumble

A fruit pie is a great treat to bring your family together on a warm summer evening. But if you're at risk of consuming one slice too many of a high-fat, high-sugar creation, you'll love these honey almond rhubarb crumble jars created by Alex and Sonja at A Couple Cooks. No heavy crust is involved, and the deliciousness is spread out into single-serving jars so it's easy to ensure you have a light and scrumptious portion.

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What delicious desserts do you plan to enjoy this summer? Let us know in the comments section below!

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