Is it hot where you are? I know summer is truly here now that I’m constantly coated in sunscreen and bug spray. As much as I love the warm weather, it can be exhausting (and sweaty!), so now is the time of year that I really want to have delicious, refreshing summer desserts to look forward to.
Whether you are eating alone or entertaining, looking for something chocolatey, fruity, or—you know—flavored with beer, this list has something to please everyone!
1. Banoffee Pie by BBC Food
Do you remember the scene in “Love Actually” when Keira Knightley turns up with banoffee pie as a peace offering? She later says she has “terrible taste in pie” because the dessert is both loved and hated in Britain, where the recipe originates from—this is one for banana lovers!
Personally, I would never turn down a slice. With layers of crushed biscuits (the British equivalent to cookies), caramel, sliced bananas and cream, this dessert is just the right amount of decadence.
Of course it doesn’t get more British than BBC Food, but if you’re looking for a dairy-free/vegan/mostly raw version, I recommend this recipe by My New Roots (via Oh She Glows).
2. Mojito Fruit Salad by Iowa Girl Eats
This is not only a refreshing, zesty choice for dessert—it’s also so pretty! IGE’s recipe calls for watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and mint, but you could experiment with different fruits. This is easy to put together if you’re entertaining, and the leftovers can be put into smoothies or sparkling wine.
3. Chocolate Chip Fro Yo Sandwiches by Skinnytaste
Look no further for this year’s Fourth of July treats. What could be more American than chocolate chip cookies, frozen yogurt, and red, white and blue sprinkles? Gina’s recipe is low fat/calorie, but you can adjust it to your personal preferences.
Did you have lots of popsicles when you were a kid? I did, but I called them “ice lollies.” The Beeroness’s grown-up popsicles make for whimsical, crowd-pleasing treats—especially because they incorporate beer! Go for the Lemon Pale Ale or Strawberry Jalapeño recipes if you want refreshing, and the Chocolate Stout Cheesecake Fudgesicle if you’re in the mood for something richer.
5. Sorbet by The Kitchn
Sorbet is, of course, a classic summer treat, and it’s really very easy to make at home. Follow the Kitchn’s guide to making sorbet with whatever fruit you have to hand. Or, choose one of the Kitchn’s recommended flavors. Anyone who is making the Bourbon Peach Sorbet is welcome to hang out at my house!
6. Meringue with Crème Fraîche & Fresh Berries by The Wicked Noodle
In compiling this list, I remembered that once upon a time I was obsessed with this dessert. I ate meringues topped with crème fraîche and berries over and over again in college. The appeal for me is that it’s a sweet dish without being too heavy, so it’s perfect for a hot summer evening, and it takes hardly any time at all to assemble.
7. Raw Mandarin Carrot Cake with Lemon Cream by One Green Planet
Cake is my favorite food in the whole entire world, and nothing and no one will ever make me give it up. But, it can be a little much for the summertime, which is why raw cakes are perfect. Sweet and mellow mandarin/carrot cake is complemented by lemon cashew cream, with a little kick from the turmeric. Serve it with iced herbal tea.
8. Pineapple Whip by Hip2Save
Let’s talk about a really simple recipe: This pineapple whip is made with just pineapple and coconut milk. All you need is a food processor or blender!
9. Fruit Art by Literally, Darling
No matter how much you love fruit, sometimes you need to jazz it up. Follow Viktorija’s instructions to make your own apple art, flower bouquet and even an adorable little hedgehog!
10. Mint Chocolate Chia Pudding by Fresh, Fit & Healthy
I happen to know several people who are crazy about mint chocolate. If you always order mint chocolate ice cream or can’t resist peppermint patties, this recipe for you. But, it has the added bonus of including chia seeds! Chia seeds have a wealth of health benefits, including the fact that they are high in antioxidants, protein, fiber and calcium. Feed your body and your soul with this one!
What summer desserts are you making? Tweet us @LitDarling!