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
Raspberry Watermelon Lemonade 2 of 10Lemonade 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
Ice Cream Sandwiches on a Stick 4 of 10Tiny 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
Blueberry Cheesecake Popsicles 6 of 10Real 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
Banana Split Bites 8 of 10Does 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 10Fat 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 10A 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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