That back-to-school feeling could also be within the air, however I insist… summer time is just not over. I repeat. It’s not over! To show it, we’re doing all the grilling and entertaining we are able to at our home. Summertime wouldn’t be the identical with out ice cream, cobblers, and different basic warm-weather treats so I’ve been on the hunt for mild, contemporary summer time desserts which are guest-approved. I assumed I’d share our favorites to date.
Wholesome Dessert Components
Summer time is the right time to take pleasure in a bit dessert since nature provides us loads of candy treats in season. Recent berries, hand-picked peaches, and different fruits are tastiest through the hotter months. Many native farms and farmer’s markets have these natural fruits obtainable at comparatively cheap costs.
As with all of my recipes, I attempt to hold issues easy as a result of they permit me extra time with my household (and fewer time standing over a scorching oven). Plus, straightforward dessert recipes are an effective way to get the children concerned in making (and consuming) wholesome treats.
I hold my pantry full of those wholesome components for once we crave one thing candy. Studying to make use of wholesome components to reinforce recipes, or to behave as substitutes for different not-so-healthy components, is simple to do and never as costly as you would possibly assume. Making the swap to a more healthy way of life (that features desserts) is way simpler when you’ve got these components readily available.
- Avocado – nutrient-dense and an ideal supply of ‘good’ fat
- Almond flour – an energy-boosting supply of wholesome fat
- Coconut flour – a low-fat, gluten-free grain various
- Coconut milk – a dairy-free various for milk and lotions
- Maple syrup/honey – antioxidant-rich pure sweeteners
- Coconut sugar – a pure sweetener containing nutritional vitamins and minerals
- Stevia – a low-calorie pure sweetener. Learn extra about my tackle it in this post.
- Eggs – binds components whereas including protein
- Heavy whipping cream/butter – vitamin-rich and provides a creamy texture. Use grass-fed dairy if potential.
- Coconut oil – a dairy-free, anti-inflammatory various to butter
- Cocoa powder – an effective way to get that antioxidant-rich chocolate taste with out added sugars
Many of those might be discovered at native grocery shops or on-line from Amazon or my favorit, Thrive Market.
12 Wholesome & Straightforward Summer time Desserts
These are a few of my household’s favourite summer time desserts. Whether or not you might be searching for a summertime deal with to make with the children or decadent desserts to serve at your subsequent outside gathering, you’ll actually discover a tasty and nutritious choice right here!
Home made Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
This recipe places a wholesome twist on one in every of my favourite summertime treats. Avocados and coconut milk create a creamy base, whereas peppermint extract provides that acquainted (and refreshing!) minty taste.
My youngsters love to assist me whip this up. From begin to end, the method is simple with an ice cream maker. However, in the event you don’t have one, simply freeze the combination and stir it each half an hour till it reaches the specified consistency.
No-Bake Raspberry Chocolate Pie
That is one in every of my all-time favorite recipes! Cocoa powder, raspberries, almonds, and honey create a wholesome (and decadent) summer time deal with that kids and adults will love.
Observe the recipe for a big pie, or use single serve dishes. I’ve made this no-bake dessert recipe in pint-sized mason jars for summer time dinner events and it was a giant hit. You may also use strawberries as an alternative of raspberries for am early summer time variation.
Fruit Smoothie Sorbet
This sorbet is a refreshing summer time dessert with out the added sugars and synthetic components of store-bought treats. Recent (or frozen) fruit, one banana, and a cup of coconut milk are all you have to whip this up.
You should use an ice cream maker, however I simply use my blender. My youngsters love developing with new taste mixtures. It’s an effective way to get them to attempt totally different fruits, too.
Crock Pot Cheesecake
This recipe makes a scrumptious and wholesome cheesecake base with out heating up the home with the oven. The grain-free crust is made with almonds or pecans, whereas the cheesecake is sweetened with stevia or honey (you select!).
Cheesecake is flexible and might be tailored to suit the season. High it with contemporary blueberries or add strawberries and drizzle with a darkish chocolate sauce for a summery twist.
10-Minute Peach Cobbler
This recipe is a seasonal favourite at my home. It’s straightforward to throw collectively and makes use of contemporary peaches and almond flour to create a grain-free cobbler. High this cobbler with a wholesome whipped topping produced from heavy whipping cream and stevia for that basic peaches and cream style.
I really like that I can use this recipe to make a single serving or sufficient for 10 individuals to get pleasure from. When peaches aren’t in season, I substitute berries and different gentle fruits of their place.
Chocolate Coconut Clusters
These simple coconut clusters are straightforward to make and virtually style too good to be wholesome (however, I promise, they’re). Coconut, almond butter, and chocolate is an ideal mixture of candy, savory, and creamy. They’re stuffed with wholesome fat and sweetened with antioxidant-rich darkish chocolate.
My youngsters at all times need to assist with these, and I typically catch them sneaking bites within the course of. These are good to have readily available for a wholesome snack, however they’re decadent sufficient to function a dessert, too.
Wholesome Panna Cotta
Panna cotta is Italian for “cooked cream” and has a pudding-like texture. This recipe is dairy-free (though you’ll be able to substitute dairy milk in the event you want) and requires honey and maple syrup to sweeten it up. A key ingredient in panna cotta is gelatin. Grass-fed gelatin is a wholesome supply of protein and might soothe the digestive tract.
I really like the flexibility of this recipe. Gown it up with caramel or chocolate sauce for particular events, or hold it easy with summer time berries and nuts for a nutrient-dense deal with.
Wholesome Butter Pecan Ice Cream
Vanilla ice cream is sweet, however butter pecan is best. This recipe is crammed with healthy fats (the type we’d like for a cheerful mind) and sweetened with pure sweeteners. Who knew ice cream might style this good, and be good for you (sparsely, after all)?
This recipe may even be made dairy-free by changing the butter with coconut oil. Utilizing homegrown pecans from the native farmers market makes this deal with further particular.
Berry Cream Bars
This recipe is a little more concerned than the others listed right here, however I couldn’t resist sharing it with you. These bars are scrumptious!
With dates, honey, coconut, raspberries and blackberries, this recipe makes a scrumptious and wholesome summer time deal with. I think about you possibly can substitute blueberries and strawberries for the raspberries and blackberries, too.
Paleo Avocado Brownies
Typically I simply want a fudgy, chocolate brownie. That’s why I created this grain-free brownie recipe with avocados and dairy-free darkish chocolate.
This recipe is wealthy in vitamins and antioxidants and naturally sweetened with honey. Add nuts for an extra protein enhance.
For a enjoyable, summery dessert add contemporary or dried edible flowers (daisies, violets, lavender, calendula, or chamomile, for instance) both within the combine or as a garnish. If including them into the combo, be certain to finely crush the flowers.
Strawberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Making strawberry ice cream at house is one in every of my favourite methods to make use of contemporary strawberries. Egg yolks and coconut milk add protein, whereas honey and strawberries naturally sweeten the creamy base. Add a banana, peanut butter drizzle, selfmade marshmallows, coconut cream or whipped cream for a wholesome strawberry banana break up.
This ice cream received’t be as vibrant pink as store-bought ones that use synthetic dyes. Should you nonetheless need that vibrant pink hue, you’ll be able to attempt a natural food dye.
Paleo Lemon Blueberry Cake
Higher than strawberry shortcake, this lemon blueberry cake combines the sunshine and refreshing flavors of summer time collectively completely. Recent (relatively than frozen) blueberries and loads of lemon juice make this cake scrumptious and wholesome. It’s additionally grain and dairy-free, which I really like.
Though this recipe is a bit more concerned, it’s completely value the additional effort. It will be good for a summer time brunch or afternoon espresso date with buddies.
Coconut Mango Popsicles
These healthy popsicles are an ideal frozen deal with for decent summer time days, however they’re additionally nice for digestion! With coconut water kefir as the bottom, these provide probiotics in addition to electrolytes. They’re really easy to make the children typically make all of them by themselves.
Should you don’t need to wait, you’ll be able to skip the fermentation step and use plain coconut water. You’ll miss the probiotic advantages however will nonetheless have a tasty and wholesome deal with.
Whereas this isn’t precisely a recipe, I feel it’s value together with. I really like that my youngsters get pleasure from fruit a lot and don’t want further sweets on a regular basis. Recent fruit is one in every of our favourite desserts, particularly when the fruit is contemporary and in season. We wish to have contemporary berries, sliced peaches, and watermelon for summertime treats. Don’t overlook a sprinkle of cinnamon for further antioxidants!
Straightforward Summer time Desserts for Summer time Recollections
I can’t assist however be nostalgic about summer time with all the swimming, taking part in, exploring, and engaging summer time treats. That’s why I really like having this arsenal of wholesome summertime desserts so my youngsters can have the identical enjoyable reminiscences (with out all of the junk!).
Seize each second!
What are your favourite wholesome summertime treats?