Healthy-ish summer desserts that go beyond boring fruit salads or smoothies tend to be pretty ingredient-heavy and/or time-consuming. That’s why we’ve rounded up some quick, simple, and still-somehow-delicious sweet treats you won’t want to miss. Warmer weather means invites to plenty of cookouts, barbecues, potlucks, and parties. And now you’ll have an an arsenal of easy dessert recipes to pull from for whatever summer throws your way.
Who wants to fire up the oven on days when it already feels like 120 degrees outside? Answer: no one. That’s why we’re so obsessed with this no-bake yogurt tart recipe. Whether you need to whip up an easy crowd-pleaser for a cookout or just want a healthier alternative to the ice cream truck, there’s this quick and refreshing dessert.
We love fried food as much as the next (sane) person, but sometimes lightening things up isn’t so bad. This Mexican-inspired ice cream dish replaces the crunchy grease of a frier with an equally delicious (and more health-conscious) crust of Special K and cinnamon.
This flavor-packed dessert strikes the perfect sweet/savory balance, and the dried lavender gives a slight herbal kick that complements the fruity-ness. If you want to, you can even brush these guys with some bourbon. Just remember to scrape off the hot dog grease before throwing your peaches on the grill.
What if we told you that re-creating your favorite chocolate bar at home is not only super easy but also turns out just as tasty as the real thing? This simple take on Almond Joys requires only five ingredients, all of which are wholesome and natural. Prep and throw them in the fridge for a special summer treat. (The key word here is “Joy,” obviously.)
With the boxed ones just a grocery store-run away, making your own frozen treats at home seems totally nonsensical. But before you load up your cart, remember that the artificial colors and flavors in those bad boys aren’t too awesome for your body.As an alternative, try these easy watermelon pops (made with only three ingredients!) to satisfy icy cravings without all the nasties. Prep them before a day at the beach or pool, or even for just sitting in front of a fan in your living room.
Yup, you heard that right. There’s a way to make cake without actually baking. These vanilla cake bites will be your saving grace when running late to a potluck or Labor Day party. Minimal effort, maximum deliciousness, and a great option for sweet fiends who are always on the go.
Homemade ice cream recipes can seem daunting. But before you decide to scroll by, hear us out: You actually don’t need any fancy equipment to make these from scratch! Yup, all you need to create healthy ice cream flavors are a few kitchen regulars (e.g., bananas, PB, strawberries) and a blender/food processor.
The matcha craze has officially hit fever pitch: Every coffee shop, dessert menu, and neighborhood bakery is pushing the popular powder. For those who worship at the altar of matcha and just can’t get enough, this dip’s got your name on it.
For those who are lactose intolerant or just easing up on dairy, it can be hard to find a legit ice cream alternative that isn’t your typical sorbet. (No offense, but we think we can do better.) Granita, the fresh fruit dessert from Sicily, is an ideal dairy-free summer treat. This particular recipe is just as creamy as soft-serve but a little bit more gut-friendly.