I love dessert. I love dessert during all seasons, but I especially love summertime desserts. There is just something about a refreshing summer dessert that I cannot resist. My struggle with dessert is real: I always want it.
There are many things I love about summer and being able to make healthier options for dessert is at the tops of my list. My favorite type of dessert always contains a fruit and that is what is awesome about summer. Fruit in itself can be just enough sweetness for me, but I also like to spice it up a little.
Five Favorite Summertime Desserts
Check out my five favorite quick summer desserts that don’t require you to turn on the oven! Most of these desserts have ice cream added to them not because you have to, but because I can actually eat ice cream right now so I am taking full advantage of it before I have to cut back again.
1. Grilled Peaches
Slice your peach in halves, throw on the grill and sprinkle with cinnamon! It is that easy and if the grill is already on this is the way to go. And there is no added sugar unless you want to top it with ice cream or cool whip of course. Either way, you can make this a fast-easy and yummy go-to desert this summer. If you are having a cookout, your guests will love this.
2. Marshmallow Fruit Salad
My friend Farrah brought this delicious fruit salad to a summer party and I have been recreating it at home every since. I just chop up whatever fruit I have on hand and then add some marshmallows for the perfect dessert. I love that I can make this in a little bowl and enjoy after dinner to help that sweet tooth of mine. My favorite conception is strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and peaches.
3. Strawberry Shortcake
This is probably my all-time favorite summer time dessert and reminds me of my childhood. I love to use angel food cake as my shortcake. When I am dairy-free I soften the cake with a splash of almond milk and load it with tons of strawberries. Lately I have been enjoying it with a scoop of ice cream.
4. Crunchy Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Let’s be real here: I eat these during all seasons. And in all realness, sometimes I just cut strawberries, melt the chocolate in a bowl and dip away. That is what I call hillbilly chocolate covered strawberries. Lately, I have been getting a little fancier and dipping them in the strawberries and then rolling them in chocolate covered sunflower seeds. Oh my gosh, if you see these, you must buy them because they are amazing and add an extra crunch that is to die for!
5. Ice Cream Cones
Ice cream cones are as simple and as summery as it gets. I like to buy the mini cones because it keeps me from eating too much and it is a perfect amount for my munchkins. I am also quite notorious for loading my cone up with more than one flavor; chocolate and strawberry is what I prefer, but I am also a sucker for cookies and cream. There is something about ice cream in a cake cone- I love it!
Let’s be real here: summertime desserts are a favorite from all the the people in my house, big and little. C couldn’t help but dig into the grilled peaches as I was photographing them before dinner.
Whether it is grilled peaches, chocolate covered strawberries, fruit salad, ice cream cones, or strawberry shortcake, make sure you try one of these summertime favorites the next time you want a quick, easy summer time dessert you don’t have to bake. And if you want to go for the healthiest one, try out the grilled peaches and omit the ice cream… or just watch your portion.
Your turn- tell me!
What is your favorite summertime dessert?