If you want a quick, easy, flavorful recipes for dessert that helps you keep your cool, try these ideas used from the last of the local produce!
In the past, healthy food had not always been considered the same as tasty, but I hope that you find these no cook summer dessert recipes to be on the contrary! The summer fruits that are available this time of year include peaches which are high in vitamin A, C and fiber , raspberries, blueberries and blackberries which are good sources of vitamin C, phytochemicals and antioxidants and melons which are vitamin A and C.
No Bake Summer Tart
This tart features the stars of summer raspberries, blueberries and peaches which and has a no cook pecan and coconut crust.
Makes 6 tarts.
1 cup ground nuts (I used pecans)
1/2 cup coconut
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sliced peaches, raspberries, blueberries (you can change this based on the seasons)
Filling recipe (see below)
Place all the ingredients in the food processor and blend well. On a piece of wax paper and divide crust into six balls and press each ball flat. Spread each crust with a think layer on top of cookie crust and top with fruit.
4 ounces goat or cream cheese
1 tablespoon fruit preserves
Mix preserves in the cheese so it can be spread over cookie crust.
Blueberry/Blackberry Lemon Sherbet
This is a variation from my strawberry sherbet recipe. Since it is summer blueberries are the berries that are in season.
2 cups blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup low fat milk
2 cups Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh, grated lemon peel
Add strawberries to the blender and puree. Add sugar, vanilla, pinch of salt and Greek yogurt and mix well. Place in a shallow bowl and let freeze until firm. Take an ice cream scoop and scoop it up into your favorite dessert bowl. Top with a local, fresh berry! This same recipe would make some great popsicles too. Makes 8 servings, 1/2 cup each.
Frozen Fruit Snacks
This is so easy that you may not even tried it for your week night dessert! All you do is freeze bite size pieces of your favorite fruit and take it out and thaw slightly before servings. Freeze an extra batch or two for this winter! You can sprinkle a little honey, sugar or other sweetener over your fruit also. Watermelon is a wonderful source of lycopene, an anti-cancer phytochemical!
I hope that you enjoy these ideas and get a chance to try one of these cool desserts! They will help you enjoy the last bits of these summer fruits from the local farmers’ markets but allow lots of time for fun in the sun! I hope that you also find that a healthful eating recipe can be a delicious one and part of a health and wellness plan! You can find more seasonal dessert ideas in my new book!