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

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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

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                                          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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                                          5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

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                                          Food plays an integral role in our lives and rightfully so: the food we eat is intricately intertwined with our culture. You can learn a lot about a particular culture by exploring their food. In fact, it may be difficult to fully define a culture without a nod to their cuisine.

                                          “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1825).

                                          Don’t believe me? Here’s why food is the best way to understand a culture:

                                          Food is a universal necessity.

                                          It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from – you have to eat. And your societal culture most likely evolved from that very need, the need to eat. Once they ventured beyond hunting and gathering, many early civilizations organized themselves in ways that facilitated food distribution and production. That also meant that the animals, land and resources you were near dictated not only what you’d consume, but how you’d prepare and cook it. The establishment of the spice trade and the merchant silk road are two example of the great lengths many took to obtain desirable ingredients.

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