With spring and summer on the way, not only is it time to start planning our lunches and dinners around seasonal produce, it’s also time to start thinking about dessert. When the weather gets warmer, it’s likely that you won’t want to turn on the oven and bake that mind-blowingly awesome triple-chocolate cake that you have bookmarked in your Food Monster app (that is, unless you really love chocolate). As much as we love chocolate, it can just be too rich for us when the weather is warm. Plus, we have all fall and winter to make rich and decadent desserts. Since we want to incorporate seasonal produce into our other meals, why not add it to our desserts, too?
If we’re talking about just berries, then spring and summer are the time for blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries. We also get honeydew, watermelon, mango, lime, rhubarb, apricot, and pineapple. Fruits are nature’s candy and there are countless ways that we can feature them in desserts.
We won’t deny that we think about chocolate literally every day, but when the weather is warm, give us something light and refreshing, like these 15 fruity desserts!
1. Mini Fruit Tarts With Cream Cheese Frosting
Fruit tarts have been bakery staples for pretty much as long as bakeries have been around. This recipe for Mini Fruit Tarts With Cream Cheese Frosting takes the spirit of this traditional dessert and makes it healthier. The crust is sweetened with dates, the cream cheese frosting is sweetened with agave, and the fruit is left without the sugary glaze. The result? A bright and colorful treat with only a fraction of the guilt! So, go ahead, have seconds!
2. Strawberry Banana Sorbet
Brighten your day and lift your spirits with a tasty, refreshing, and pretty darn healthy treat! Strawberries and bananas are such a classic flavor combination; there is no point in trying to reinvent the wheel. This Strawberry Banana Sorbet is light and delicious — you’ll be transported to sunny skies with every spoonful. Enjoy this sunshine in a bowl!
3. Raw Strawberry and Kiwi Tart
In this Raw Strawberry and Kiwi Tart, sweet, and creamy cashew cream sits on a crumbly pecan crust. It’s then decorated with fresh strawberries and kiwis to create a dessert that’s vibrantly colored and picturesque. Although strawberries and kiwis are a winning combination, you can also decorate these with any kind of fruit tart.
4. Mango Lassi Blueberry Smoothie
This refreshing Mango Lassi Blueberry Smoothie combines a frothy layer of mango and coconut cream lassi with a sweet blueberry and almond milk smoothie. Since this drink combines fruit components with creamy ones, the texture is similar to that of a milkshake. The result is a beautifully bright two-layered beverage that is perfect for welcoming in the Spring season! Enjoy!
5. Fresh Fruit Lemonade Pops
Fresh Fruit and Lemonade Pops on a hot summer day is probably the best combination since PB&J in the schoolyard. They’re pretty to look at, but it doesn’t stop there. You’ll always want a batch of these tasty popsicles in your freezer to keep you refreshed all spring and summer long.
7. Summer Fruit Spring Rolls
Rice paper, while thin and not of particularly bold flavor, is a fun, affordable, visually-pleasing, and versatile tool for makes eating veggies more interesting. These beautiful Summer Fruit Spring Rolls are perfect for when you’re craving a light, fruity, and nutritious snack. The pink dragon fruit whipped cream makes this treat all the more playful and delicious!
8. Cactus Pear Sorbet
Cactus pears or prickly pears come in a number of varieties and colors. The sweet deep red variety is the one most commonly found in grocery stores and it’s what was used to give this Cactus Peat Sorbet its gorgeous magenta color. Its flavor is dense, with a watermelon-like texture and raspberry-watermelon flavor make it an excellent choice for this sweet sorbet.
9. Superfood Berry Breakfast Bowl
Do you like having something sweet and hydrating for breakfast during summertime too? With the weather gets warmer, start your day with a delicious smoothie bowl like this Superfood Berry Breakfast Bowl. It will lift your spirit, increase your energy levels and it tastes like liquid ice cream in a bowl. What’s not to like?
10. Mango and Coconut Granola Parfaits
Bring a little tropical sunshine to your morning with this delicious Mango and Coconut Granola Parfait. Filled with chunks of mango, young, tender coconut meat, and pineapple orange coconut-milk yogurt, this is a sweet and nutritious way to start off the day! The granola adds a nice crunch too!
11. Vanilla Coconut Orange Creamsicles
How do you eat layered popsicles? Do you bite off chunks, one flavor at a time, or do you like to experience both flavors at once? You can’t go wrong either way with these Vanilla Coconut Orange Creamsicles. The vanilla cream layer is made from cool, creamy coconut milk, and the orange layer is fresh-squeezes orange juice with just a touch of zest. Enjoy these as the days warm up and you start to crave light, refreshing desserts.
12. Fruity Dessert Sushi With Cinnamon Vanilla ‘Rice’
Instead of rice, this raw, Fruity Dessert Sushi starts with a sweet mixture of blended banana, Brazil nuts, and coconut. The “sushi rice” bases are then wrapped in nori and topped with fresh fruit to create an adorably creative dessert. Serve these on a platter with a drizzle of fruit syrup, plus a little extra on the side for dipping.
13. Healthy Banana Split Dippin’ Dots
Remember Dippin’ Dots? The little ice cream spheres were a mainstay at amusement parks across America. These raw, Healthy Banana Split Dippin’ Dots version taste exactly like the Banana Split Dippin’ Dots you remember from your childhood – but with none of those crazy additives. They’ll be a hit with the kids and with everyone else!
14. Blueberry Ice Cream With Tofu and Cashews
This is really delicious Blueberry Ice Cream is full of antioxidants and vitamins and healthy fats and protein. It’s sweetened with maple syrup and gets its creamy texture from tofu and cashews, that are masked by fresh, fruity blueberry flavor. Whether you like your desserts healthy or decadent, you’ll love these.
15. Raw Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake
Celebrate spring with this gorgeous Raw Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake! It starts with a no-bake crust made from dates and almonds. It’s then topped with a creamy, tart lemon cheesecake filling, followed by a layer of raspberry cheesecake. As a bonus, both layers of this cheesecake are made vibrant thanks to natural food coloring!
With desserts like these, who’ll miss chocolate? Not us! …Okay, maybe just a little bit.
Lead image source: Raw Strawberry and Kiwi Tart