Light healthy summer desserts
- Create a chilled yogurt parfait. Creamy nonfat (0%) Greek yogurt makes a healthy substitute for ice cream in a parfait. Layer the yogurt with a quarter-cup total of nuts of your choice. You can add a little vanilla or almond extract for flavor, sprinkle the parfait with lime or lemon zest, or drizzle it with sugar-free chocolate syrup, if desired or layer Greek yogurt with fresh summer fruit, such as strawberries, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, or a combination.
- Grill fruit kebabs. Try grilling fruit, which caramelizes its natural sugars and enhances its flavor. You can use either metal or wooden skewers, but if you use wooden ones, soak them in water first for about 15 minutes. Prepare kebabs using chunks of fresh fruit, such as apricots, plums, nectarines, mangoes, or peaches. You can even grill strawberries, although softer fruits like strawberries and apricots will grill faster than firmer ones, like peaches and nectarines. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon, cardamom, or star anise, before grilling, or with chopped mint or lemon zest after. You can also melt dark chocolate to use for dipping the grilled fruit.
- Add lemon or lime to a ricotta crème. Fresh lemon or lime juice and zest make great additions to many summer desserts. Try adding lemon or lime zest and vanilla extract to our classic Ricotta Crème dessert.
- Prepare a frozen dessert. Fresh fruit provides the base for a variety of frozen desserts that are super-refreshing on a warm summer evening. Use whatever fruit you prefer. Two of our favorites are Cool-Down-Quick Peach Pops, a kid-pleaser, and Cranberry Lime Granita, which is gorgeous shaved into festive cocktail