Quick, refreshing, and light desserts are the best for summer. The local farmer's market is filled with beautiful and colorful seasonal fruits like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, cherries, grapes, nectarines, plums, cantaloupes, and watermelon. The best way to consume these summer fruits is to make easy and refreshing summer desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.
This post is all about popular and best summer desserts that include summer fruit pies, patriotic desserts, cool and refreshing ice creams, popsicles, gelato, sorbet, milkshakes and drinks, no-bake desserts, make-ahead desserts, and also some baked recipes like galette, cakes, cupcakes, and muffins.
The good part about these desserts is that they are quick and easy to make, and they taste refreshing and delicious with the seasonal fruits.
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These beautiful red, white, and blue desserts are the best patriotic desserts you can make on the 4th of July or national holidays and show love for your country.
Fruit desserts are the best way to enjoy seasonal fruits' natural sweetness and flavors.
You can make fruit salad, strawberry cinnamon crisp, tart, crumble, parfait, or check out easy strawberry turnovers with puff pastry sheets, peaches, and cream, shortcake with seasonal berries, oatmeal bars with berries of your choice, fruit galette with ice cream, sticky rice with mangoes and more.
Cake and Chocolate Recipes
You can never ignore chocolate desserts; try combining them with seasonal fruits and vegetables in summer. You will love our zucchini chocolate bread, white chocolate mango mousse, and raspberry with chocolate chip cookies.
Also, try some of the best fruit-based cakes, bread, and cupcakes that include strawberry cupcakes with fresh strawberries, peach upside-down cake, mini pavlova, which can also be served as individual desserts, and fruit bread with mixed seasonal fruits.
Healthy and Light Dessert Recipes
These recipes are light, healthy, and unique, which will cool your body plus a total crowd-pleaser.
Cool Frozen Summer Desserts
Homemade ice creams are always the best. Maybe no churn, gelato, sorbet, or fruit popsicles. We always have a tub of ice cream with seasonal fruits.
Drinks are always the light, refreshing, cool, and delicious way to enjoy a hot summer day. Don't miss trying these summer drinks.
We have iced coffee, iced tea, seasonal fruit smoothies, coconut water, tomato juice, homemade grape juice, blueberry mojito, raspberry lemonade, milkshake with dulce de leche, state fair, and carnival-style orange shake-up.
You can make ahead some of the best and most delicious summer desserts. Some of my family's favorites include frozen treats like dulce de leche ice cream, 3-ingredient mango ice cream, no-bake panna cotta, overnight chia seed pudding, fruit-based bread, zucchini cake, and more.
I have given make-ahead and store instructions for desserts in each of their recipe posts.
No Bake Summer Desserts
If you don't want to turn on your oven on hot summer days, just like us, then do try these quick and easy no-bake summer desserts that are perfect on a hot sunny day.
These no-bake treats are made using seasonal fruits like berries (strawberries, blueberry, blackberry, watermelon, peaches, and more).
If you are looking for individual serving desserts, then try out a trifle, parfait, mug cake, fruit panna cotta, and fruit-based mousse.
Fruit-based pies, cakes, cupcakes, jello, or slice of seasonal fruits are the light and best way to end your summer meal.
Easy Summer Dessert Recipes
Berries and Cream
- 1 lb Fresh seasonal berries, chopped (Use strawberry, blueberry, blackberry or combine seasonal fruits)
- 1 or 2 tablespoon Sugar
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
For the cream
- 1 pint Heavy cream
- ⅓ cup Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Confectioners sugar
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
- Combine berries of your choice, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Toss and keep it in the refrigerator for atleast 30 minutes so that the juices are released.1 lb Fresh seasonal berries, chopped, 1 or 2 tablespoon Sugar, ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
- Add cream, sugar, confectioners, and vanilla extract in a bowl, and whip until medium-stiff peaks are formed using a hand-held mixer.1 pint Heavy cream, ⅓ cup Sugar, 1 tablespoon Confectioners sugar, ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
- Arnnage cream and berries in dessert bowls or glasses. Keep in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.