Delicious & Light Summer Desserts

Summer means it’s time for picnics, good times, and delicious food. Because of the abundance of fruits in season, there’s no better time of year to try out new fruity dessert recipes. Ripe, seasonal fruits are packed with nutrition and the perfect addition to a light (or slightly decadent) dessert. To give you some ideas for your next family get together, our team at Garfield Medical Center has put together a few summer dessert recipes that are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Fruit in Season During Summer

Seasonal produce tastes better, has higher nutritional value, and is cheaper than out-of-season fruits and vegetables. Summer is a perfect time to take advantage of some fan favorites and test out new fruit-based recipes. It’s better for your health and your wallet!

The following fruits are in season during the summer:

  • Apricots
  • Plums
  • Cherries
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Passion Fruit
  • Melons
  • Lemons
  • Limes

These fruits are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and other nutritious components that can help boost your summer health program. Try them out in a new recipe, or eat them by themselves for a healthy dessert alternative! We’ve included a few recipes below.

No-Bake Summer Dessert: Fruit Tart

Some of the easiest, yet still elegant no-bake desserts are fruit tarts! You can use whatever seasonal fruit you want to top these off. They are a colorful ending to any meal and can be made in just 20 minutes. With a crushed graham cracker crust, chilled mascarpone filling, and fresh fruit on top, you can be sure these will be a family favorite. View the recipe here!

Easy Summer Dessert: Classic Crisp

Peaches and blackberries are at their best during the summer – this recipe combines both in a mouthwatering crisp. With just 20 minutes of prep time, this dessert is an easy and delicious indulgence on summer evenings. The flavorful fruit base is perfectly balanced with a crumbly oat topping. Get the entire recipe here!

Healthy Summer Dessert: Mango Chia Popsicle

For those looking to pursue a healthier alternative this summer, we’ve got you covered! Fruit-based recipes like these Mango Chia Popsicles are colorful, fun, refreshing, and sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. They even manage to sneak a little protein in there. The popsicle takes about 15 minutes of prep time and 6 hours of freezing time (so be sure to make ahead of time for your guests). Consider trying out other healthy popsicle options depending on what type of fruit you like!

No matter what you’re in the mood for, you can bet there’s a fruit that will help satisfy your cravings. Don’t be afraid to try new recipes and experiment with new flavors and fruits this summer! You may just find your new favorite dessert combination and surprise your family and friends with your fresh, healthy ideas.

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.