15 Lightened-Up Summer Desserts

Featured Article, Healthy Recipes and Nutrition
on August 7, 2014
Mint-Chocolate Ice Cream
The Humble Plate

When the days are hot and nights are full of family gatherings, there is no reason to miss out on summer’s delicious flavors that are so often found in sweet treats. Instead of dumping spoonfuls of sugar into your mixing bowl or spending money on artificial sweeteners, try these healthy alternatives to the season’s most popular desserts. Here’s a sneak peak: avocados and coconut oil will be your new favorite ingredients.

Creamy Coconut Avocado Lime Pie

Creamy Coconut Avocado Lime Pie

Clean Eating Goddess

Don’t let the lightness of key lime pie fool you. These pies are usually heavy in dairy and refined sugars. Clean Eating Goddess makes a lightened up Creamy Coconut Avocado Lime Pie. Follow

Chocolate-Mint Ice Cream

Mint-Chocolate Ice Cream

The Humble Plate

Before you reach for store-bought mint-chocolate chip ice cream, this much healthier Chocolate-Mint Ice Cream from The Humble Plate only takes five minutes to make. You would never guess this fudgy frozen treat is simply a mixture of hemp seeds, avocado and cocoa powder.

Chocolate Mint Avocado Cups


Green Road to Bliss

Green Road to BlissChocolate Mint Avocado Cups make the perfect after-dinner treat. The minty ganache will cleanse your palate, and the chocolate will satisfy those sweets cravings!

Banana Blueberry Almond Popsicles


Sugar Et Al

Healthy popsicles are basically smoothies on a stick, and they are way more fun to eat. Sugar Et Al’s Banana Blueberry Almond Popsicles are made with almond milk, fruit and honey. Simply blend and freeze. They’re as simple as that!

Pina Colada Ice Cream 

Every Last Bite

Every Last Bite

Every Last Bite’s Pina Colada Ice Cream is made without cream, milk, yogurt or sugar. Frozen pineapple and coconut milk combine for a creamy texture identical to store-bought consistency. Feel free to add an extra scoop in your bowl.

Peach Crumble 

C It Nutritionally

C It Nutritionally

Peach pies, blueberry pies, cherry pies…summer is the season of fruit pies. It can be difficult to stop after one slice though, so C It Nutritionally made a single-serve, portion-friendly Peach Crumble.

Chocolate Coconut Truffle Pie

Chocolate Coconut Truffle Pie

My Purple Spoon 

Surprisingly, this Chocolate Coconut Truffle Pie from My Purple Spoon is only made with five ingredients. You won’t feel guilty after this decadent chocolate dessert that is nut free, gluten free, and comes with a vegan option.

Striped Smoothie Popsicles


The Sassy Life

It is a shame anyone buys popsicles when making your own is easy and healthy. With The Sassy Life’s Striped Smoothie Popsicles, you don’t have to worry about added sugars or sweeteners.

Frozen Yogurt Blackberry Tartlettes

Frozen Yogurt Tartlette

A Spoonful of Photography

Fancy desserts do not always have to be unhealthy. A Spoonful of Photography’s Frozen Yogurt Blackberry Tartlettes are gourmet treats made from blackberries and yogurt. You can enjoy your dessert twice as much when you gain some nutritional benefits.

Vegan Blueberry Oat Bars


Healthy Happy Mama

Happy Healthy Mama’s Vegan Blueberry Oat Bars can pass as dessert or breakfast. Warm this treat up and try topping with yogurt for a super-healthy blueberry cobbler.

Raw Vegan Tiramisu


Peaceful Dumpling

This Raw Vegan Tiramisu from Peaceful Dumpling has a crust made from almonds and walnuts, which provide vitamin E, omega-3s, magnesium, calcium and iron. Go ahead, grab another slice.

Banana Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding


The Suburban Soapbox

Pudding is a cool, quick dessert to grab in summertime. The Suburban Soapbox’s Banana Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding is high in protein and iron and does not contain the added sugar or artificial sweeteners found in packaged pudding.

Apple Nachos with Peanut Butter and Chocolate


Trial and Eater

For a quick dessert that won’t wreck your diet, try Apple Nachos with Peanut Butter and Chocolate from Trial and Eater. Mix up the ingredients by adding granola or almonds instead of chocolate chips. This is a healthy chocolate dish to serve for a girls’ night, too.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies


Eat Real Healthy Food

Chocolate chip cookies are a summer necessity, especially when you pair them with fresh lemonade. It is easy to over-indulge in chocolate chip cookies, but Eat Real Healthy Food offers a lighter option for Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies that are made without flour, eggs or added sugar.

Hemp Seed and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough


The Honour System

Speaking of over-indulging…chocolate chip cookie dough is an addicting treat. Have you ever baked cookies just so you could nibble cookie dough? The Honour System’s Hemp Seed and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough makes a single serving of cookie dough that is actually a healthy snack. It’s about time this existed!