9 Essential Summer Desserts

Summer sweets never tasted so good!

Clean Eating Apple Pie

Summertime is the right time to dig into your favorite treats. Whether you have a penchant for popsicles or a craving for ice cream, it can be a challenge to find recipes that won’t wreck your waistline. Store-bought treats seem convenient, but you often pay a price in added refined sugar or artificial sweeteners. Family favorite dessert recipes aren’t always healthy either. They may contain loads of refined sugar, refined grains, or unhealthy fats.

Never fear! You can still treat your sweet tooth to your favorite flavors without destroying your healthy eating goals. Enjoy the recipes below without guilt! They contain ingredients like natural sweeteners, whole grains, and antioxidant-powered berries.

Just remember: don’t eat too much of a good thing. Always serve yourself the recommended serving size listed with each recipe to avoid consuming excess calories.

1. Blueberry Tart with Walnut Crust

Nothing says summer like fresh blueberries–and with summer desserts like this one you can enjoy these little blue gems without guilt. The delish crust is made with ground walnuts and whole wheat graham cracker crumbs.

2. 3-Ingredient Coconut Mango Ice Cream

Say “hello” to summer with tropical tastes in this super-simple recipe that’s perfect for a lazy summer evening.

3. Skinny Strawberry Ice Cream

This no-guilt treat is made with Greek yogurt and honey, allowing you to savor this comfort food classic. Plus, you can whip this up in a food processor–no ice cream maker required!

4. Refreshing Lemon-Lime Popsicles

Keep these frozen summer desserts on hand to satisfy kids of all ages.

5. Yogurt & Blueberry Jam Popsicles

Healthy granola gives a satisfying bite to this low-fat treat.

6. Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Bites

Perfectly portioned and oh-so-good, these naturally-flavored treats take full advantage of lush strawberry flavor.

7. Frothy Chocolate Shake

Hot summer evenings are the ideal time to enjoy this healthy homemade milkshake, which is made with Greek yogurt and almond milk. You won’t miss the shake shop guilt one bit.

8. No-Bake Lemon Berry Cups

Refreshing summer desserts like this one are so simple to make that the kids can pitch in.

9. Clean Eating Apple Pie

Whole wheat and oat flours make this a classic pie that won’t wreck your menu plan. This dish is perfect for get-togethers and shindigs.


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Last updated June 28, 2018

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Amy Wagner

Amy is a writer specializing in health & wellness, business, and entrepreneurship. She's a long-time martial arts teacher who has earned a 4th degree black belt in tae kwon do. When Amy's not writing or kicking, she's wrangling sons, reading fiction, or crushing on BBC actors.

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