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10 Ways to Eat Dessert for Dinner

With summertime in full swing, it’s easy to get to the end of the day and feel more like a nosh than a meal. The days are longer and hotter and lazier, so why pull out all the stops to make a hot-cooked meal, when you could just toss a healthy dessert together and end the day with a nice, light bite. Here are ten simple desserts that (when served with a modest portion of protein on the side, a bit of grilled chicken or shrimp) make for beautiful, decadant meals in just minutes.

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  • Grapefruit Brulee 1 of 10
    Grapefruit Brulee
    This simple Grapefruit Brulee, served with a dollop of creamy yogurt is a warm, fresh way to enjoy dinner tonight. Find recipe here.
  • Fruit-Filled Melons 2 of 10
    Fruit-Filled Melons
    A bit of greek yogurt or cottage cheese and fresh berries stuffed into a melon makes a perfect summertime dinner, but tastes just like dessert!
  • Apple Berry Soup 3 of 10
    Apple Berry Soup
    Chilled Berry Soups may scoop like dinner, but they are sweet as can be. A great way to finish up a summertime evening. Try serving this soup with a bit of grilled chicken on the side. Find recipe here.
  • Chocolate Zucchini Bread 4 of 10
    Chocolate Zucchini Bread
    There's no reason you can't eat chocolate for dinner! Try smothering this healthy bread with a bit of vegan cream cheese and you'll never know you aren't eating a decadant piece of cake for dinner! Find recipe here.
  • Chocolate Chip Flax and Oat Bars 5 of 10
    Chocolate Chip Flax and Oat Bars
    Sweet and hearty, these simple homemade energy bars are a great way to fill up for dinner, while indulging your sweet tooth. Serve it with a berry smoothie for the ultimate treat. Find recipe here.
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake 6 of 10
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake
    You can have it all tonight with this simple Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake mixed with yogurt and bananas. Delish! Find recipe here.
  • Quinoa Waffles 7 of 10
    Quinoa Waffles
    Sometimes breakfast for dinner tastes just like dessert. Such is the case with these hearty Quinoa Waffles. Tons of protein, lots of flavor! Find recipe here.
  • Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone 8 of 10
    Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone
    Grilled Peaches, Creamy Mascarpone Cheese, a drizzle of Agave. Need we say more? Find recipe here.
  • Vegan Carrot Cake 9 of 10
    Vegan Carrot Cake
    Who needs dinner with a dessert this delightful...and healthy?! Vegan Carrot Cake is a rich, hearty way to indulge yourself at dinner tonight. Find recipe here.
  • One Ingredient Banana Ice Cream 10 of 10
    One Ingredient Banana Ice Cream
    Need something cool for dinner tonight? Try this Banana Ice Cream made with only banana's! No sugar added! Find recipe here.

These 16 summery fruit pie recipes may not count as dinner, but they’re perfect for dessert!

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