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20 Light And Easy Dessert Recipes To Try This Summer That Won’t Weigh You Down

20 Light And Easy Dessert Recipes To Try This Summer That Won’t Weigh You Down

All of us love dessert, but some of us love dessert more than others or are just looking for ways to lighten up some classic desserts as swimsuit season approaches. Healthy desserts can be made all year round, but many “healthy” recipes are actually still packed with refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and refined flours. I’ve rounded up 20 light and easy dessert recipes to try this spring and summer that aren’t only made with real food ingredients, but they’re also delicious and will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Your spring and summer are fixing to get pretty sweet! Take a peek at these and pick one (or two!) to try today!

1. Healthy Flourless Carrot Breakfast Cake

20 Easy, Light Dessert Recipes to Try This Summer That Won't Weigh You Down!

    Source: The Big Man’s World

    Regular breakfast cake recipes contain sugar and white flour that lead to erratic blood sugar spikes, but you don’t need them thanks to this Healthy Flourless Carrot Breakfast Cake that satisfies and nourishes! Start your day with it or pair it with some plain yogurt and berries for a refreshing summer dessert!

    2. Fro Yo Berry Bites

      Source: SkinnyMs.

      Do you love frozen yogurt? Get the benefits in a convenient, bite-size form that’s easy to make and has no added sugar. All you have to do is use regular yogurt, berries, and take advantage of your freezer—that’s it! Get the recipe at SkinnyMs.!

      3. Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cheesecake Ice Cream

        Source: Sugar-Free Mom

        Who can say no to peanut butter? Not many people, unless you have an allergy, in which case you may be able to use almond butter instead. Either way, this sugar-free peanut butter dessert by Sugar-Free Mom would make any summer afternoon pretty special!

        4. Greek Yogurt Strawberry Popsicles

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          Source: Simply Healthy Home

          These aren’t just easy on the eyes, they’re also tasty and healthy too! No refined sugars are found in these pops by Simply Healthy Home, and these even have natural protein and probiotics thanks to the Greek yogurt!

          5. Raspberry Lemonade Cake

          20 Easy, Light Dessert Recipes to Try This Summer That Won't Weigh You Down!

            Source: Gwen’s Nest

            This dessert will please sweet tooths of all ages. It’s also very diet-friendly and contains no artificial sweeteners of any kind. Made with nutrient-dense ingredients, this cake by Gwen’s Nest is a must-make for your weekly meals and for parties too!

            6. Pretty in Pink Superfood Smoothie

              Source: The Soulful Spoon

              Not only are smoothies a great way to stay hydrated, but they’re an easy vehicle to add more nutrition to your day. Try this glowing pink smoothie that uses a special fruit that’s rich in nutrients and bright in color. It’s my favorite superfood smoothie yet!

              7. Strawberry Shortcake Quinoa Parfait

              20 Easy, Light Dessert Recipes to Try This Summer That Won't Weigh You Down!

                Source: Eating Bird Food

                Who needs regular parfaits when you can have a protein-packed quinoa parfait? Embrace strawberry season to its fullest potential with this recipe from Eating Bird Food.

                8. Raw Beauty Bites

                  Source: The Soulful Spoon

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                  Have a fudge craving or just a sweet tooth that won’t leave you alone? These Raw Beauty Bites are just what you need. Bring back the snack action for spring!

                  9. Raw Vegan Lemon Meltaway Balls

                    Source: The Healthy Family and Home

                    Lemon is a classic flavor to enjoy during spring and summer, and what better way to enjoy it than with a sweet and healthy meltaway recipe? The Healthy Family and Home has one of the healthiest and tastiest lemon meltaway recipes you’ll ever enjoy!

                    10. Coconut Peach Mango Tea Bread

                      Source: The Soulful Spoon

                      Add something fun to your desserts by mixing things up! This Coconut Peach Mango Tea Bread is light, tender, and features a natural tropical flavor. Get the recipe at The Soulful Spoon!

                      11. Super Light and Fluffy Chocolate Raspberry Mousse for Two

                        Source: Slim Pickin’s Kitchen

                        Mousse is a light way to enjoy chocolate, but most recipes contain added sugars and preservatives. Not this one by Slim Pickin’s Kitchen, which contains all kinds of healthy ingredients—although you’d never know it because this recipe is so good!

                        12. Lemon Raspberry Chia Pudding

                        20 Easy, Light Dessert Recipes to Try This Summer That Won't Weigh You Down!

                          Source: Dessert Now Dinner Later

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                          Raspberries, lemon, and chia make a great light combo for desserts, and you could actually enjoy this chia pudding recipe by Dessert Now Dinner Later for breakfast too! Make a few of these ahead of time and you’ll have light desserts and treats all week!

                          13. Funfetti Breakfast Cake

                            Source: Slim Pickin’s Kitchen

                            Who doesn’t love funfetti anything? I know it’s always been one of my favorite ways to enjoy a kid-like treat, but who wants refined cake mixes and sugary frostings just so they can have funfetti-flavored delights? Try this Funfetti Breakfast Cake and enjoy it for breakfast OR dessert. It’s made with real food ingredients so your blood sugar and sweet tooth will both be happy!

                            14. Chocolate Cherry Nice Cream

                              Source: The Soulful Spoon

                              Not into dairy or can’t tolerate it? No need to miss out on ice cream when you can have nice cream instead! Nice cream is made with fruit instead of dairy, and it has the same consistency as ice cream without the added fats or lactose found in milk-based ice creams. Try this Chocolate Cherry Nice Cream on a hot day or even with some oatmeal for breakfast!

                              15. Frozen Yogurt Bark

                                Source: My Fussy Eater

                                Chocolate bark isn’t the only dessert you can enjoy when you want something to munch on that’s healthy for you; try Frozen Yogurt Bark instead! It packs protein, fiber, and natural sweetness if you make it with high-quality ingredients. This recipe from My Fussy Eater is a great one to start with!

                                16. Vegan Blackberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl

                                  Source: Hello Glow

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                                  Smoothie bowls are all the rage, and they’re wonderful to enjoy as a healthy meal option or as a dessert. You can even make smoothie bowls to serve in large batches for parties and get-togethers. Try this unique smoothie bowl recipe by Hello Glow that features blackberries and coconut for a tropical, fruity twist!

                                  17. Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

                                    Source: Dessert With Benefits

                                    Missing the traditional peanut butter cup candies most of us grew up with? There’s no need to fret thanks to this healthy option by Dessert With Benefits. Dessert has never looked so good!

                                    18. Greek Yogurt Popsicles

                                      Source: Damn Delicious

                                      Popsicles just never get old, especially in the warmer months. Thankfully, there’s a healthy recipe to the rescue: Greek Yogurt Popsicles. And if you’re dairy-free, you can even make them with coconut Greek yogurt instead. Keep these in the freezer for hot days coming up soon!

                                      19. Creamy Vegan Lemon Bars

                                      20 Easy, Light Dessert Recipes to Try This Summer That Won't Weigh You Down!

                                        Source: Minimalist Baker

                                        Lemon bars make such a great spring dessert, and they’re a wonderful option to take to parties, cookouts, or showers you might be going to. Try these Creamy Vegan Lemon Bars by Minimalist Baker as your next way to enjoy luscious lemon desserts. They’re not only easy to make, but they’re also packed with real food ingredients—no refined flour or sugar needed!

                                        20. Instant Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt

                                        20 Easy, Light Dessert Recipes to Try This Summer That Won't Weigh You Down!

                                          Source: Dessert Now Dinner Later

                                          Strawberry and banana is a classic flavor combination that’s pretty hard to tire of. Pair them with yogurt, freeze, and you’ve got a fabulous dessert that is just like ice cream in texture and sweetness but much better for you. This Instant Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt by Dessert Now Dinner Later will be one you’ll want to keep on hand all summer long!

                                          Your spring and summer now have 20 reasons to be all that much better. Try out more light desserts with these 33 Healthy and Delightful Berry Recipes You Can’t Miss! 

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                                          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                          Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                          your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                            Why You Need a Vision

                                            Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                            How to Create Your Life Vision

                                            Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                            What Do You Want?

                                            The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                            It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                            Some tips to guide you:

                                            • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                            • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                            • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                            • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                            • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                            Some questions to start your exploration:

                                            • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                            • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                            • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                            • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                            • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                            • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                            • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                            • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                            • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                            • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                            • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                            It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                            What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                            Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                            A few prompts to get you started:

                                            • What will you have accomplished already?
                                            • How will you feel about yourself?
                                            • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                            • What does your ideal day look like?
                                            • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                            • What would you be doing?
                                            • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                            • How are you dressed?
                                            • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                            • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                            • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                            It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                            Plan Backwards

                                            It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                            • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                            • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                            • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                            • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                            • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                            • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                            • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                            • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                            • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                            Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                            It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                                            Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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