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10 Healthier Summer Treats: Lighter Takes on Warm-Weather Faves

10 Healthier Versions of Favorite Summer Recipes

Back-to-school is in the air, but summer isn’t over yet! We’ve still got a few more weeks to enjoy the season, and especially some of our favorite desserts. But not all summer desserts have to be over-the-top decadent. In fact some of the best flavors of summer are light, and leave you with enough energy to run around or go for another swim. From thick and chocolaty frosties to blueberry cheesecake, we’re sharing 10 of our favorite lightened-up, healthier summer dessert recipes after the jump!


  • Fresh and Fit Strawberry Pie 1 of 10
    Fresh and Fit Strawberry Pie
    Brimming with fresh strawberry flavor, this pie relies on yogurt for its creamy, dreamy filling.
    Make strawberry pie
    Image: Brooke McLay
  • Raspberry Watermelon Lemonade 2 of 10
    Raspberry Watermelon Lemonade
    Lemonade is a classic summer drink, but it takes a lot of sugar to counter all those sour lemons. Julie's recipe combines watermelon, raspberries, and fresh squeezed lemon juice with just a touch of honey, for a relatively low-sugar, naturally sweetened summer sip!
    Make raspberry watermelon lemonade
    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal
  • Lemon Meringue Pie Pops 3 of 10
    Lemon Meringue Pie Pops
    Have all the flavor of lemon meringue pie in these tasty frozen pie pops made with yogurt!
    Make lemon meringue pie pops
    Image: Betty Crocker
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches on a Stick 4 of 10
    Ice Cream Sandwiches on a Stick
    Tiny cookies that are big on flavor and whole grains surround a vanilla ice cream center, and make a for a divine ice cream sandwich. They may not be healthy, but they're not too bad for you either.
    Make ice cream sandwiches on a stick
  • Molten Chocolate Cake 5 of 10
    Molten Chocolate Cake
    Chocolate cake is a summer cookout classic, and this decadent, chocolaty cake is vegan and low in fat. And with big, big chocolate flavor, it's a treat everyone will enjoy.
    Make chocolate molten cake
    Image: Kathy Patalsky
  • Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles 6 of 10
    Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles
    Real blueberries, honey, and a few graham crackers make for a creamy and delicious summer treat you can feel good about.
    Make blueberry cheesecake popsicles
  • Blackberry Vanilla Smoothie 7 of 10
    Blackberry Vanilla Smoothie
    This thick smoothie has all the sweet creaminess of a milkshake, but with a lot more vitamins and nutrients. Just the thing for the steamy dog days of August.
    Make blackberry vanilla smoothies
    Image: Angie McGowan
  • Banana Split Bites 8 of 10
    Banana Split Bites
    Does tiny equal healthy? Maybe. Sizing down portions is a great way to get your flavor fix without the caloric bomb. These yummy banana split bites are big on the banana, and have a tiny bit of ice cream and chocolate so you'll get all the flavor of a real banana split.
    Make banana split bites
  • Chocolate Sorbet 9 of 10
    Chocolate Sorbet
    Fat free, but brimming with rich chocolate flavor, this sorbet is so good that no one will EVER believe it's vegan.
    Make chocolate sorbet
  • Chocolate Frosty 10 of 10
    Chocolate Frosty
    A classic summer shake gets a vegan makeover! And this rich chocolate shake has a secret ingredient that no one will guess!
    Make chocolate frosties (and find out the secret ingredient!)
    Image: Kathy Patalsky

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