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
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
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.
3. Fruit pizza
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
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.
5. Chocolate almond banana pops
And while we are still in chocolate heaven, try dipping a few bananas in for a cool, refreshing treat. Pop a stick in one end, dip in Greek yogurt, and then roll in crushed almonds, drizzle with chocolate, and keep in the freezer until frozen. Everyone in the family will bow down when they taste this healthy alternative to ice cream.
6. Fresh fruit crumble
Fruit crumbles are a delicious and healthy dessert your whole family will adore. Use whatever fruit is in season locally, and you won't even have to add any additional sweetener to this healthy dessert.
7. Death by chocolate brownies
Are you surprised to find brownies on this list? If so, you probably haven't heard of the secret to lightening up your favorite brownie recipe. It may sound strange, but baby food prunes or applesauce can be swapped in for butter or oil in almost any brownie recipe for a lighter version of this decadent dessert. Serve warm over a scoop of frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream. Shhhh… no one will even know the difference.