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Light summer desserts that will keep you dancing through balmy nights

Naomi de la Torre is freelance writer and stay-at-home-mom with two delightful boys, ages three and six. Naomi has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, is a self-proclaimed salsa diva, and can make a killer octopus ...

These lighter summer desserts won't weigh you down through the heat and humidity

Once those temps climb to the 90s, the last thing you want is a belly full of heavy cake. On top of that, summer is the time when we're surrounded by fresh fruit. And we're more physically active, so we don't want to be slowed down by a rich dessert.

Thankfully you can still have your cake and eat it too during the hotter months — when you swap it out for one of these light and refreshing summertime treats.

1. Fresh fruit kebabs

These lighter summer desserts won't weigh you down through the heat and humidity
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Summer is a great time to take advantage of all the delicious fruits that are in season. For a healthy and peak-of-season flavorful dessert, skewer up some tasty fresh fruit kebabs. Big, juicy chunks of pineapple, mango, banana, grapes, strawberries, blueberries... are you drooling yet?

2. Light tiramisu

These lighter summer desserts won't weigh you down through the heat and humidity
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Traditional tiramisu gets a makeover in this delectable summer treat. There is nothing like the light, fluffy goodness of cream cheese layered with ladyfingers and espresso. This tiramisu recipe will make you dance with delight.

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3. Fruit pizza

These lighter summer desserts won't weigh you down through the heat and humidity
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Let's face it: Pizza is always a winner no matter what's on top. And if you haven't tried a fruit pizza yet, you are in for a mouthwatering surprise. Whip up this skinny dessert with your favorite homemade pizza crust. (Or if you are in a rush, a store-bought crust will work in a pinch.) After it's cooked, spread on a thin layer of Neufchâtel cheese mixed with just a dollop of the sweetener of your choice. Pile on as many fresh berries as you can handle, dust with powdered sugar, and voilà! You've died and gone to pizza heaven.

More: 12 sugar-free summer desserts that don't skimp on flavor

4. Chocolate-covered strawberries

These lighter summer desserts won't weigh you down through the heat and humidity
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Have you heard the good news about dark chocolate? It's our favorite healing superfood. To make this delicious dessert, use a double boiler to melt a bar of dark chocolate, dip some succulent strawberries into it, then wait for them to harden, and get ready to swoon. These dunked chocolate strawberries are the perfect treat for any summertime soiree.

Next up: Chocolate almond banana pops

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