15 Refreshing Summer Dessert Recipes | Healthy Dessert Ideas

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It’s summer, which means more outdoor barbecues! While potato salad and iced tea should be served at every backyard barbecue, the meal isn’t complete without a cool summer dessert to keep you refreshed under the heat. If you don’t want to turn on your oven or heat up your kitchen, here are 15 delicious and refreshing summer dessert recipes to try!

I could remember one summer that I went to Los Angeles just to try out a baking course that I’ve always fancied during the semester. It was one of my first few baking lessons. It centers on desserts. I never really took the time to put a name on it but looking back at it now, I figured the recipes I learned there were perfect for summer desserts. I know how we all love desserts around here which is why I know you will really enjoy this post on refreshing summer  dessert recipes

Top Summer Desserts

We rarely talk about desserts when thinking about summer. Most of the time, the conversation would revolve around the places that we’d want to go to. But you have to admit if it weren’t for good BBQ desserts for a cookout, not even the most expensive destinations would mean anything. 

So before we delve into the real deal, maybe you’d want to indulge in some of these top summer desserts:

  • Strawberry Shortcake

This is definitely first on the list? I mean who among us here has never dreamt of munching on these sweets on vacation when we were kids? It just feels so good on the mouth with its whip cream and soft dough. 

  • Blackberry Chip Ice Cream

It entails everything you could ever want in a dessert. There is the chocolate cookie, the sweet blackberry, and most importantly, ice cream. 

It may not be the ordinary dessert that you’d imagine to be served on the table but once you get a taste of these goodies, dessert won’t be the same again without them. 

  • Lemon and Blueberry Cupcake

I always loved blueberry almost as much as I love blackberry but I have to admit that I was never a fan of lemon. 

I couldn’t imagine what these berries would taste like paired with lemon. But it blew my mind. It was one of the best cupcakes I have ever tasted. 

My Favorite Summer Desserts

I do have my favorite summer desserts. We’re going to talk a bit about them below just before we start discussing the recipes that all of you are dying to know about. 

  • Peach Melba Ice Pops

Ice pops – they’re sort of like ice cream but they are a lot easier to make for yourself. There is no need for fancy equipment. All you need is the ingredients and your fridge. 

  • Creamy Frozen Raspberry Mousse

Depending on how long you’ve been following my blog, you may have noticed how much I love creamy food. And this frozen raspberry mousse suffices as one of my favorites as far as creamy goodies are concerned. 

  • Frozen S’mores

I don’t know if I ever told you this before but I am really into camping. And you can imagine that when I do go camping, I’d be super obsessed with smores. 

But when you’re at home, you really wouldn’t want to make a campfire just for your marshmallow goodies. You can get a bit more creative than that. Why not make some frozen S’mores?

Light Summer Desserts

Desserts are great but they also pack a lot of carbohydrates. You might say that it’s not the kind of food for people who are trying to stay in shape. 

But that’s not always true. Just because you need to be in your best physical condition does not mean that you have to avoid all your favorite goodies. 

However, you do need to readjust your desserts. You cannot stick to your regular desserts all of the time. Luckily, I know some light summer desserts that are just as delicious as all the sweets that we know too well but won’t lead to weight gain. Here are some of them. 

  • Blueberry Compote

It’s basically just some kind of frozen blueberry yogurt but one that you can serve in a bowl. It’s one of my favorites. Even though it doesn’t pack a lot of calories, it’s still one of the best desserts out there. 

  • Grilled Bananas with Maple Creme Fraiche

Grilled bananas made me cringe the first time either. But a friend recommended it to me and so I just had to give it a chance. And I have to say it was a decision that I didn’t regret. It was really delicious. 

  • Raspberry Tart

 I just love tart! Don’t you? This is most certainly the kind of dessert that you need to try at least once in your lifetime. 

Summer Dessert Recipes With Cream Cheese

I’ve been really excited to share this one with you. I am pretty sure that there is at least one blog post where I mentioned my love for cream cheese. I mean, who doesn’t love cream cheese anyway? 


In this section of this post, I am going to tell you a bit about the best summer dessert recipes with cream cheese

  • Oreo Delight

The name suits the dessert so much. It is certainly delightful not just because of the cream cheese but also Oreo. 

  • Rhubarb Cheesecake

I’d say that this is the perfect dessert. It’s not too sweet but at the same time, it will most definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. It can maintain its creamy goodness from start to finish. I think this was the third cream cheese recipe that I learned in my younger years. 

  • Eggnog Cheesecakes

I saw this recipe from my friend’s folder once. The Eggnog certainly got my attention. I never thought that it was going to be a people pleaser. I recommend this recipe for beginners since you get to make these goodies without the actual baking. 

  • Keto Pumpkin Pie

I would never expect cream cheese to be present in anything with a pumpkin on it. But believe me. You will taste the cream cheese in every bite. The taste is quite tantalizing but it’s okay because it’s a keto recipe. You can eat as much as you want without having to worry too much about how it will impact your workout and diet. 

So that’s that for my favorite summer dessert recipes. But our story doesn’t end here. We still have a couple of original recipes that we want to share with you. Are you ready for them?

15. Chocolate Frozen Custard Recipe

My Chocolate Frozen Custard Recipe is an old fashioned, silky, decadent homemade chocolate ice cream. Because the unofficial start to summer just screams for a celebratory ice cream cone, don’t you think?

Check it here.

14. No Bake S’mores Snack Mix Recipe

This S’mores Snack Mix is the perfect no bake treat for camping in the summer. This treat is simple to make and only requires 5 ingredients.

Check it here.

13. Mint Chocolate Chip Sheet Cake

My Mint Chocolate Chip Sheet Cake is a moist chocolate cake recipe topped with an amazing mint chip frosting. Make it for birthdays, cookouts, and potlucks ~ everybody loves this ice cream inspired dessert!

Check it here.

12. Grilled Peaches Recipe with Mascarpone and Honey

This Grilled Peaches Recipe is the perfect treat for the warm summer weather! This quick and easy vegetarian recipe works great as a dessert or an appetizer to parties. Pair with Honey Mascarpone and fresh thyme for the perfect finish.

Check it here.

11. Cast Iron Three Berry Crisp

Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are the epitome of summer berries. They are the most flavorful (and nutritious!) during the summer when you can get them from local farmers markets. This three berry filling is baked in a cast iron skillet and topped with an oatmeal crisp. It pairs well with some vanilla ice cream for a great summer dessert.

Check it here.

10. Best Peach Cobbler Recipe

This easy peach cobbler recipe is made from scratch & is the best peach cobbler ever! The fresh peach filling is baked with a sweet, buttery biscuit topping with hints of vanilla sprinkled with sugar. 

Check it here.

9. Blueberry Pie Recipe

This is the best homemade Blueberry Pie Recipe you’ll ever make! It’s made from scratch with a fresh blueberry pie filling and NO cornstarch, and includes step-by-step instructions with photos and a video! 

Check it here.

8. Cherry Crumble

Get the most out of summer with this delicious Cherry Crumble recipe! Using less sugar thanks to standard cherry sweetness, this classic dessert could easily substitute as breakfast. See more sweet cherry recipes.

Check it here.

7. Strawberry Angel Food Cake

Light, fluffy, and berry loaded Strawberry Angel Food Cake. Put the season’s juicy and tasty California strawberries to sweet use in this strawberry dessert recipe.

Check it here.

6. Peach Dump Cake

This easy peach dump cake recipe is a cross between a cake and a crumble and will be your new favorite party dessert. A few simple ingredients and less than 10 minutes you can have this delicious dessert in the oven!

Check it here.

5. S’mores Brownies

The best dessert mash up, s’mores + brownies will be your new favorite! Starting with a graham cracker crust topped with brownie batter baked and topped with chocolate chunks and toasted marshmallows! Perfect for your next party dessert!

Check it here.

4. Easy Colorful Kool Aid Ice Cream : Simple Homemade Ice Cream Recipe Everyone Will Enjoy

What if I told you that you could have delicious homemade ice cream made with just four simple ingredients that you probably already have in your house? Total game-changer, right? Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with this awesome Kool-Aid Ice Cream recipe.

Check it here.

3. Star Meringues With Fresh Berries

These star shaped meringues, “spangled” with fresh berries are the perfect patriotic dessert for the summer.

Check it here.

2. Pimms Summer Fruit Tart

With summer approaching, I’ve given my Pimms Summer Fruit Tart recipe an update, with fresh new images, a revamped recipe including homemade pastry and top tips to avoid a soggy bottom!

Check it here.

1. Key Lime Pie Dip with Cream Cheese

Easy key lime dessert recipe. This No-Bake Key Lime Pie Dip is an fun dessert that combines the sweet and tart flavor of a key lime pie in a cream cheese dip. 

Check it here.

15 Refreshing Summer Dessert Recipes | Healthy Dessert Ideas

15 Refreshing Summer Dessert Recipes | Healthy Dessert Ideas

It's summer, which means more outdoor barbecues! While potato salad and iced tea should be served at every backyard barbecue, the meal isn't complete without a cool summer dessert to keep you refreshed under the heat. If you don't want to turn on your oven or heat up your kitchen, here are 15 delicious and refreshing summer dessert recipes to try!




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