Healthier Summer Dessert Ideas

Looking to indulge with less guilt this summer?

These healthier dessert recipes are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth and keeping you cool.

If you’re looking to make any dessert healthier, try substituting ingredients based on your health goals, such as cutting calories or fat by using low-fat milk or by using applesauce instead of oil. You can also garnish recipes with fruit, nuts or spices for added flavor and nutrition.

Try some of these light treats to curb your cravings while getting important nutrients.

All-Fruit Cake

The amount of fruit in this cake is as extensive as its health benefits. Watermelon provides nitric oxide to your body, which helps lower blood pressure. Kiwis add a tangy and sweet taste to the cake and are full of vitamin C, K and E and potassium. Unlike other cakes, every ingredient in this cake is healthy.

Fresh Fruit Popsicles

Gardening outside on a hot day? With these popsicles, you don’t have to feel bad about indulging – these sweet treats are just the refresher you need.

Red, White and Blueberry Yogurt Bark

This festive recipe is a unique frozen treat, either to bring to a Fourth of July party or just to enjoy on a typical summer day. Berries help to boost your immune system and protect against inflammation, while Greek yogurt is high in protein to get you back outside and moving in the hot sun. You can use any variety of fruit or toppings that you like.

Chickpea Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

You can get creative and experiment with different flavors by adding different kinds of nuts, cinnamon or other spices. You can even make it into an ice cream sandwich by adding some frozen vanilla yogurt in between two cookies.

Strawberry Sundae Bites

These cute little treats are perfect for a dinner party dessert. Try using a combination of yogurt and whipped cream. You can also garnish with a combination of granola, nuts, and dried fruit with sprinkles to add nutrients, texture and color. These only take five minutes to make and are kid-approved.

Banana S’mores

Bananas are high in essential vitamins and minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. Top this banana recipe with some nuts, frozen yogurt, raspberries and other fruit for some extra flavor.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Once the avocado is blended, you can’t even tell it’s there. It adds a creamy texture while providing heart-healthy fats.

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