Independence Day is right around the corner and whether you’re having everyone and their cousin over for a large barbecue or you’re keeping it simple and intimate, you’ll want to treat your guests to a total feast extravaganza.
If you’re lacking inspiration for your 4th of July Celebration, don’t worry — we’ve got you covered for everything from entrées to sides. Just check out these 25 Spectacular Recipes for Your 4th of July Cookout or these 15 Patriotic Vegan Dishes for the Perfect Red White and Blue Party on Independence Day. We’ve also got you covered on the grill with these 40 Most Magnificent Vegan Burgers to Serve on Fourth of July and these 30 Epic Vegan-friendly Grilling Ideas for Your July 4th Cookout. They are sure to produce fireworks on your guests’ taste buds! Need desserts? You can end the celebration on a sweet note with these 30 Vegan Desserts to Show Off You Are a Proud American on July 4th.
Or, if you love to keep your holiday parties colorful and on theme, try any of these 15 delicious red, white, and blue desserts from the Food Monster App! Just be sure to bring one of each, so you can show your true patriotic colors with a magnificent dessert spread!
1. Strawberry Rhubarb and Coconut Panna Cotta
This Strawberry Rhubarb and Coconut Panna Cotta by Alison Marras is a very easy and fairly simple dessert to pull off but don’t let that fool you. It is every bit as decadent and scrumptious as you can imagine. The tart taste combined with the sweetness of strawberries and the richness of the coconut makes this panna cotta a perfect summer treat.
2. Barley Rosemary Strawberry Shortcakes and Coconut Whipped
These Barley Rosemary Strawberry Shortcakes and Coconut Whipped by Rebekah Waters are lovely and festive. With their ruby red berries and fluffy clouds of whipped vanilla coconut cream, sandwiched between a sweet, crumbly biscuit made with earthy barley flour and coconut oil — eat them al fresco after a barbecue for a light and beautiful summertime dessert.
3. Blueberry Lime Cheesecake With a Cookie Crust
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This Blueberry Lime Cheesecake by Gemma Gonzalez might be the best cheesecake you’ll ever have. It’s extremely creamy, not overwhelmingly sweet or tangy, and it has a stay-in-place crust that will let you cut beautiful, picturesque slices. The batter for the filling tastes like a vanilla milkshake, so be sure to taste-test before you pop it in the refrigerator.
4. Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Popsicles
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Similar to those red, white, and blue, sugary rocket popsicles that you grew up with, but a healthy, whole foods version! These Patriotic Popsicles by Shannon Leparski are free of added sugars/colorings or anything weird. They are creamy and taste like smoothie-yogurt-ice cream popsicles. YUM! The coconut milk is the trick and adds that creamy taste.
5. Dessert Chips and Strawberry Salsa
If you’re someone who loves fruit forward concepts, you will love these Dessert Chips and Strawberry Salsa by Gabrielle St. Claire. It’s quick, easy, packs fresh seasonal fruit, basil which adds another element of flavor and enhances the flavor profile of these fruits, low sugar. As a whole, this dish packs flavor, is affordable, one you could put together with your eyes literally closed while hopping on one foot, and doesn’t disappoint!
6. Blueberry Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Cake
This Blueberry Strawberry Banana Ice Cream Cake by Emily von Euw is one delicious demon. It is creamy, sweet, fresh, tart, and colorful all at once. Actually, that has nothing to do with demons so never mind that. Plus, it is super easy to make (surprise, surprise) and can be eaten the same day you make it.
7. Raw Coconut Blood Orange Ice Pops
While these Raw Coconut Blood Orange Ice Pops by Stacey Isaacs are works of art, they’re actually super easy to make and even more fun to eat. The top portion is a creamy, homemade coconut ice cream while the bottom is made from frozen blood orange juice. The luxurious creamy vanilla ice cream is complimented by the sweet, slightly sour flavor of the blood orange juice in a combination that is unbeatable on a hot day.
8. Champagne ‘Jello’ With Strawberries and Cream Cheese Whip
If you’re getting nostalgic about the Jello cups of your childhood, this Champagne “Jello” With Strawberries and Cream Cheese Whip recipe by Gabrielle St. Claire is perfect for you. Agar agar powder, an ingredient derived from seaweed that’s been used in Japanese cooking for centuries, sets almost exactly like gelatin (it’s slightly less firm) and is easy to work with. The combination of the tart champagne jelly, paired with the rich cream cheese whip and the strawberry mix combines multiple textures, colors, and flavor that just puts this over the top.
9. Vanilla Lime Cheesecake
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Cheesecake is one of the most decadent inventions in the history of humans but it can be hard to find an edible one for a plant-based eater with a nut allergy … until now. This delectable Vanilla Lime Cheesecake by Tiana Haines has a light buckwheat crust that is topped with a velvety, vanilla tofu cheesecake that is garnished with fresh blueberries and lime zest to tie the whole dish together.
10. Raw Blueberry Cheesecake With Apricot Walnut Crust
This Raw Blueberry Cheesecake With Apricot Walnut Crust by Lera Krasovskaya is so easy to make, but it looks stunning and tastes delicious. The base is made from dried apricots and walnuts so it’s sweet and nutty and the creamy cashew filling has a subtle sweetness and vibrant purple color. Top it with plenty of blueberries to add to the presentation and get ready to watch jaws drop when you bring this to the table!
11. Rhubarb Granitas
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Granita is a Sicilian delicacy that’s extremely popular in the hotter months during the summer so needless to say – this semi-frozen beverage is very refreshing. This Rhubarb Granita by Lilia Jankowska is made from tart rhubarb, lemons, and a bit of sugar birch to counteract the sourness of the rhubarb.
12. Easy French Patisserie Fruit Tarts
These Easy French Patisserie Fruit Tarts by Zoe and Mia Lau have deep reds, blues, and blacks from the berries that rest gracefully on top of the thick, creamy custard. All of these flavors are set in a simple crust that makes these tarts a great treat to break out for company.
13. Chia Raspberry Cheesecake
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This vibrant Chia Raspberry Cheesecake by Mitra Shirmohammadi will brighten anyone’s day just by looking at it – and it tastes even better. The rich sticky date crust is topped with a silky smooth cashew cheesecake and then finished with a homemade raspberry chia compote that makes this cake truly special.
14. Summer Berry Cashew Cream Pie
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This delicious Summer Berry Cashew Cream Pie by Emily von Euw comes together in no time — you can whip it up in the afternoon and have it ready in the evening! Fresh blueberries and strawberries sit atop a thick cashew cream in a simple crust made from just oats and dates. This is refreshing and not too sweet. Serve with extra berries and a few sprigs of fresh mint. Extra berries means extra fun.
15. White Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake
At first glance, this White Chocolate Blueberry Cheesecake by Gretchen Price may look country style or a bit rustic with its dripping mounds of blueberry topping. It combines three luscious flavors and packs them onto a graham cracker crust for the most sophisticated palate pleaser you will ever experience! Creamy white chocolate cheesecake is perfection with blueberries. The sweet and the tart playing together in harmony with a backsplash of hominess that the classic graham cracker crust brings. This decadent cheesecake makes you feel like you are at a black-tie event — even if you’re just relaxing at home.
Want more summer dessert recipes? Check out these 15 Decadent Raw Vegan (No-Bake) Dessert Recipes or these 15 Creamy, Dairy-Free, Raw, Vegan Desserts to Make Your Summer Sweet!
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