It’s summer and that means berries are at their peak. Raspberries are considered to be the most intensely flavored member of the berry family. They come in lots of different colors including red, purple, gold and black. Named after a 16th century French wine called raspis, raspberries are thought to have existed since prehistoric times. Raspberries are thought to be a symbol of kindness and it some cultures, they are believed to be protective and instill calm.

While all berries are healthy, raspberries, like blackberries, have one of the highest amounts of fiber of any berries. They are high in antioxidants, folic acid and have more vitamin C than do oranges. Learn more about the health benefits in Why You Should be Eating More Blueberries and Raspberries and How and Why Berries Benefit Different Parts of the Body.

Unlike many fruits, raspberries do not ripen further after they have been picked so select berries that are brightly colored, plump and unblemished. If the hulls are attached, that means they were picked too soon and won’t be sweet. Store them in the fridge in a moisture-proof container for 2-3 days at most. If you want to freeze them, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet in the freezer. After they freeze, transfer them to plastic storage bags or containers. Then you can enjoy raspberries all year round. Here are 15 dessert recipes in which to enjoy your sweet raspberries.

1. Raw Raspberry Cheesecake (No Expensive Appliances Necessary!)

Raw Raspberry Cheesecake (No Expensive Appliances Necessary!) [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

No expensive appliances are necessary to make this Raw Raspberry Cheesecake. With an almond-based crust and a creamy cashew filling, this cake is filled with raspberry goodness.

2. Chocolate Raspberry Brownies

Chocolate Raspberry Brownies [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

These Raw Chocolate Raspberry Brownies have a raw chocolate brownie base and are topped with creamy, delicious raw raspberry cheesecake. Tangy and delicious, these chewy like smooth and creamy treats might actually make you see rainbows.

3. Peach and Raspberry Crumble

Peach and Raspberry Crumble [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This Peach and Raspberry Crumble is between a dessert and a breakfast. The combination of peach with raspberries is simply perfect but you can use any fruit that you like.

4. Raspberry Rose Macarons (With Aquafaba!)

Raspberry Rose Macarons (With Aquafaba!) [Vegan]

Macarons can be made vegan with aquafaba, the brine from chickpeas that replaces egg whites in baking recipes. These Raspberry Rose Macarons are slightly floral, fruity and creamy – everything you want in a delicious macaron.

5. Raspberry Cream Filled Chocolates

Raspberry Cream Filled Chocolates [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

The filling for these Raspberry Cream Filled Chocolates is made with raw cashews and gets its bright pink color and slightly tart flavor from fresh raspberries. Store them in the freezer and have them as a frozen treat, or leave them in the fridge and enjoy them like a chocolate-covered cream.

6. Raw Raspberry Lemon Doughnut Holes

Raw Raspberry Lemon Doughnut Holes [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Doughnut holes are so cute! These Raspberry Lemon Doughnut Holes are the perfect balance of tart, sweet and refreshing. They’ll make you feel like you’re outside lying on a hammock in the fresh air…even if you’re eating them in the kitchen.

7. Raspberry Dream Pie

Raspberry Dream Pie [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

Cream pies are the perfect thing for summer, specifically Raspberry Dream Pie. This is a most magnificent way to highlight the beauty and yumminess of fresh raspberries.

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8. Petite Chocolate Raspberry Cakes

Mini Raspberry Chocolate Cake [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

There’s nothing quite as good as having your own personal mini cake. It’s even better when the recipe is quite simple to make like these Petite Chocolate Raspberry Cakes. The chocolate filling is fudge like and melts in your mouth together with the raspberries. Delicious!

9. Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Chocolate Raspberry Cake [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

Simply decadent, indulgent and delicious. With chocolate you can’t ever go wrong. This raw vegan Chocolate Raspberry Cake has three different textures that melt together in your mouth and create a beautiful symphony of flavors.

10. Frozen Berry Yogurt Bark

Frozen Berry Yogurt Bark [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

This Frozen Berry Yogurt Bark is a sweet, quick and dairy-free snack. All you need is yogurt, maple syrup and a bunch of fresh berries – raspberries and blueberries for instance – and you have this amazing treat.

11. Raspberry and Coconut Glazed Doughnuts

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Doughnuts are the last treat you’d expect to find on a raw food roster, but these do the genre proud. These Raspberry and Coconut Glazed Doughnuts are absolutely delicious.

12. Homemade Wagon Wheels

Homemade Wagon Wheels [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

With a few little clever substitutions, you can make Homemade Vegan Wagon Wheels. Chickpea brine helps make the marshmallow fluff that goes between the almond cookies along with delicious raspberries.

13. Cacao Raspberry Magic Cake

Cacao Raspberry Magic Cake [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Does anything pair better than chocolate and raspberries? Anyone? The answer is a big, resounding “NO.” It’s the perfect matrimony of sweet, savory, creamy, and tart. See for yourself with this Cacao Raspberry Magic Cake.

14. Chocolate Beet Cake With Raspberry Frosting

Chocolate Beet Cake With Raspberry Frosting [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

This Chocolate Beet Cake is lightened by the addition of orange zest and coconut flour. Topped with a raspberry frosting, itt is a brilliant red color when sliced and always delights dinner guests!

15. Matcha Raspberry Bliss Balls

Matcha Raspberry Bliss Balls [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

By using matcha, these Matcha Raspberry Bliss Balls are super-healthy. The zing of the raspberries really cuts through the dense chocolate and date flavors, making these fresh and bright, just like the tea that inspired them!

Sweeten up your summer with beautiful, healthy raspberries. They’re not just great in desserts. Find even more raspberry recipes at One Green Planet.

Lead image source: Petite Chocolate Raspberry Cakes