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7 Summer Desserts That Taste Way More Decadent Than They Are

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 light desserts satisfy your sweet tooth without weighing you down

Look, we could eat sweets all day every day, but as the temperatures start to soar, a big ol' hunk of chocolate cake starts to sound less and less appetizing. When summer hits, all desserts are definitely not created equal.

Since we love to spend summery nights in the warm breeze, light desserts are totally in order. Seasonal fruits and lightened-up baked goods can completely satisfy our sweet tooth without feeling heavy — but finding the right recipes can be tricky. We found the perfect refreshing swaps for you.

1. Fresh fruit kebabs

These light desserts satisfy your sweet tooth without weighing you down
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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. Greek yogurt cheesecake

These light desserts satisfy your sweet tooth without weighing you down
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Traditional cheescake gets a makeover in this delectable summer treat. There is nothing like the light, fluffy goodness of cheesecake layered with fruit. This recipe will make you dance with delight.

More: 3 Recipes That Turn Seasonal Fruit Into Perfect Summer Desserts

3. Fruit pizza

These light desserts satisfy your sweet tooth without weighing you down
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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.

4. Chocolate-covered strawberries

These light desserts satisfy your sweet tooth without weighing you down
Image: Natural Chow

Have you heard the good news about dark chocolate? It's a superfood. Which makes chocolate covered strawberries healthy. The cherry on top? This recipe is super easy to make and feels really fancy.

Next up: Chocolate almond banana pops

Originally published June 2011. Updated June 2017.

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