Light Summer Desserts


Stay swimsuit-ready all season long with fruit-filled treats, less-sinful pies and light-as-air mousse and ice cream creations.


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Blueberry Compote

A homemade compote is a simple way to transform a bowl of frozen yogurt or ice cream into a proper summer dessert. Ellie Krieger's recipe is low in sugar but bursting with blueberry flavor. 

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Grilled Bananas with Maple Creme Fraiche

Bobby Flay grills bananas until the sides are caramelized and crunchy and then tops them with dollops of maple-sweetened creme fraiche. Plate with berries for a simple, beautiful and sweeter-than-you'd-think dessert.

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Honey Tangerine Gelatin

Mix powdered gelatin with honey tangerine juice and zest for fresh citrus flavor. Leave it to set in the fridge and then serve with a dollop of whipped cream. Have you ever seen such a sunny dessert?

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Raspberry Tart

Raspberry liqueur and fresh raspberries come together in this sweet-tart pastry best enjoyed in small but decadent doses.

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Lighter Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie

This no-cook pie is lighter than its full-fat counterparts, thanks to low-fat milk and fat-free frozen whipped topping, but it still possesses rich chocolatey flavor.

Get the Recipe: Bobby's Lighter Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie

Maple Berry Parfait

Syrup-drenched berries taste delicious when layered with zesty, spiced ricotta in this parfait that works well as a sweet breakfast or a simple dessert.

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Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream

Balsamic syrup adds a rich, savory note to a bowl of berries, best complemented by a super-sweet ricotta, honey and vanilla cream.

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Angel Food Cake

Alton adds a teaspoon of orange extract to give this naturally light, spongy cake bright flavor.

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Chocolate Egg Cream

Contrary to the name, there's no egg or cream in Bobby Deen's recipe — just chocolate syrup, seltzer water and 3 tablespoons of whole milk. It's chocolate milk in a far lighter and bubblier form.

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Strawberry Ice Cream

A pound of frozen strawberries gives this frozen treat incredible flavor, and low-fat Greek yogurt delivers the creamy consistency of ice cream with only a fraction of the fat.

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Thai Fruit Salad

Bobby Deen tops his mango and pineapple salad with an exotic coconut, honey and Sriracha drizzle and chopped scallions, adding a spicy and savory twist to this healthy dessert.

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Dark Chocolate and Banana S'mores

By baking his own graham crackers with a mixture of all-purpose and course whole-wheat flour, organic sugar and molasses, and non-hydrogenated margarine, Bobby Deen enriches the flavor and controls the calorie count of his s'mores.

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Basil Limoncello Sorbet

Tiffani Thiessen's simple, six-ingredient sorbet is refreshing and packed with tart lemons, crisp basil and a hint of booze from limoncello.

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Melon with Strawberries and Raspberries

Carving the seeds out of the center of a halved melon transforms it into a tasty bowl for summer berries.

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Hungry Girl's Banana Split Pie

Fake a banana split pie with Hungry Girl’s recipe using chocolate pudding, whipped topping, bananas, syrup, peanuts and cherries.

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Chocolate Dream Ice Cream

A bit of indulgence doesn’t have to leave you feeling guilty. For a sweet treat that doesn't pack on the calories, sprinkle any of the following toppings on some low-fat ice cream: chocolate bar, chocolate chips, peppermint patty or crumbled chocolate wafers.

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Mascarpone Amaretti Cup

Debi and Gabriele's elegant mascarpone mousse, topped with chocolate shavings and crumbled amaretti cookies, is perfect for serving as a party dessert.

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Mixed Berries with Limoncello

Giada tosses a mixture of summer berries with fresh basil, mint and a splash of limoncello for a sweet medley that's ready in less than five minutes.

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Super-Simple Sorbet

All you need to make this super-simple, super-fresh sorbet are frozen strawberries, yogurt and sugar.

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Mexican Chocolate Tofu Pudding

We know what you're thinking: Tofu in a dessert? Here, silken tofu is practically tasteless and allows the chocolate and spicy chile flavors to shine through, while adding creaminess (no milk required).

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Mango Kulfi

This lighter version of a favorite Indian ice cream is made with mango juice, chunks of fresh mango and toasted pistachios. Best of all: You don't need an ice cream maker to enjoy it.

Get the Recipe: Indian Ice Cream: Mango Kulfi

Cookie-rific Ice Cream Freeze

Sip on this low-cal version of a cookies and cream shake, made with chocolate crisps, light soy milk, fat-free ice cream and fat-free whipped topping.

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Frosty Cappuccino

Wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Whip up one of these frothy and frosty cappuccinos. It takes just five minutes to make, has only 105 calories, and satisfies caffeine and chocolate fixes — sure to put you back on the sunny side.

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Gimme Gimme S'mores Sandwich

This treat is too cold to be a s'more and too marshmallow-y to be an ice cream sandwich –– but who cares? All that matters is that it's delicious and only 133 calories.

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Bobby's Lighter Fresh Fruit Bread Pudding

The best way to bake a healthy dessert that still satisfies your sweet tooth? Stud bread pudding with strawberries and bananas, then garnish with additional fresh fruit slices.

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Heavenly Milkshake

Nonfat frozen yogurt, honey and almond milk are all you need to whip up Bobby Deen's lighter and healthier remake of Paula's vanilla milkshake.

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Dessert Island Parfait

A few drops of coconut extract transform fat-free vanilla yogurt into a sweet and tropical base for mango, banana and shredded coconut.

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Angel Food Cake With Mangoes

Dress up store-bought angel food cake with a zesty-sweet mango sauce and fresh mango cubes.

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HG Hot Couple: Chocolate-Dunked Strawberries

Dip strawberries fondue-style into fat-free chocolate pudding snacks for instant and guilt-free satisfaction.

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Very Berry Dreamboat Parfaits

A blend of nonfat vanilla pudding and fat-free cream cheese is layered between strawberries and raspberries, then topped with crumbled graham crackers for a touch of crunch in this pretty parfait.

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Upside Down Pineapple Parfaits

Layering pieces of vanilla cake with caramelized pineapple in a martini glass looks festive and tastes fabulous.

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Cherry Lemonade Super-Slushie

Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien blends frozen cherries with ice and sugar-free lemonade for a refreshing slushie that's high in vitamin C and low in calories.

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Tropical Vanilla Pudding Shots

Made with a mixture of crushed pinapple, fat-free instant pudding and coconut rum, these shots make fun mini desserts with a cocktail kick.

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