When it’s hot outside, we want our desserts to be cool and creamy. This often leads to thoughts of ice cream sundaes, milkshakes and whip cream. During the summer is also a great time to have a focus on the fresh, seasonal fruits that are available this time of year. I wanted to share a collection of cool and creamy desserts that are also light it calories and high in things that are good for us too! I enlisted some help from some registered dietitian nutritionists who are also experts in the field when it comes to tasty food! Each one who shared their favorite cool, summer recipes has a food blog full of creative ideas. I want to thank each of them for sharing them and I hope you get a chance to give some of them a try!

When I think of summer, I think about the availability of berries, peaches and melons so I wanted to start off with Kara Lydon, the Food Dietitian’s Roasted Peaches and Cream Popsicles.

Farmers' Market Peaches


Roasted Peaches and Cream Popsicles

 

When we think of spring and summer, strawberries come to mind and here is a great collection of strawberry recipes! From Lauren Harris-Pincus’ blog Nutrition Starring You, here are her chocolate filled strawberries! When strawberries are out of season, this could also be used as a spread for other berries, peaches and even apples in the fall.

 

Chocolate Mousse Filled Strawberries

Have you ever thought of beets to make a sorbet? They pair well with strawberries and when they are out of season, try it with some blueberries or blackberries! This recipe was shared with me from registered dietitian Kaleigh McMudie from her blog Lively Table!

Strawberry Ginger Beet Sorbet

Vegan Nice Cream Hearts

Vegan Nice Cream Hearts

  Strawberries pair nicely with bananas provide a great texture for a vegan substitute for ice cream! This Emily Kyle Nutrition recipe was featured in Fitness Magazine. I think that blueberries or raspberries could do great in this when strawberries are out of season.

 

 

Mango Frosty Dessert

Once you tried this, Liz Weiss’ Mango Soft Serve Frozen dessert from Meal Mom Makeovers who needs ice cream! I think this could also work well with peaches substituted for the mango.

Mango Coconut Soft Serve Frozen Dessert

 

Golden Popsicles

I did not even think about being able to get some tumeric milk in a cool popsicle until Dixya from Food, Pleasure and Health shared this tasty recipe with me!

Golden Milk Popsicles

Be your own barista and save money and calories too without losing the flavor with Jessi Haggerty’s Chocolate Toasted Almond Mock-a-Ccino

Chocolate Toasted Almond Mock-a-ccino

Jessica Penner from Smart Nutrition shared these delicious banana pops that both children and adults will love!

 

Choco Banana (chocolate-covered frozen banana)

For folks trying to eat food grown closer to home, you can also freeze peaches and melons also. Check out Vine Ripe Nutrition’s blog post on how to make Frozen Fruit Snacks which also includes a Blueberry/Blackberry Lemon Sherbet and a No Bake Summer Tart!

Roxana Begum’s blog The Delicious Crescent has this elegant rose custard. I think that the jelly topping could also use a raspberry, blackberry, blueberry or even peach jelly from some local farms! I want to thank all of my nutrition expert friends who have shared their favorite cool desserts and I am going to enjoy making all them all summer long! As a registered dietitian nutritionist in Asheville, I love helping others find ways to eat healthy and tasty too!

Rose Rice Custard with Pomegranate Jelly

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