Easy, Healthy Desserts to Get You Ready for Summer

Finally, it's spring. The flowers are in bloom, and the weather is heating up. Soon the ice cream truck will be circling the block! But if you're looking for healthier dessert alternatives that are just as refreshing and delicious as ice cream, you've come to the right place. Try these scrumptious treats, all fruit based!

 

1. Vegan Chocolate Mousse  

If you've never eaten avocados for dessert, now's your chance. The texture is creamy and light, just like mousse, and with a little cocao and some yummy ingredients, you might even forget you're eating avocados. Try it! 

Recipe from Organic Authority

Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients:
2 large, ripe avocados, pitted, peeled, and chopped (about 2 cups chopped flesh)
1/3 cup water or nondairy milk of choice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Big pinch of sea salt
2/3 cup pitted dates, soaked in very warm water for 15 minutes and drained
1/3 cup cacao powder
Stevia to taste (optional)

Directions:
1. Combine the avocados, water, vanilla, and salt in a high-speed blender or a food processor. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, use the food processor here, not a conventional blender. Blend until smooth and combined, using the tamper if necessary with the high-speed blender.
2. Add the dates and blend again until well-combined and smooth. You will need to use the tamper here with the blender. Add the cacao powder, put on the lid (so you don’t get dusted in chocolate!), and blend again until smooth. Taste for sweetness and add stevia, if desired. Serve immediately.
3. Store leftover mousse in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.

 

2. One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

Yes, that's right--this dessert only requires ONE ingredient: bananas! If you've never had bananas frozen and whipped up, you're in for a treat.

Recipe from The Kitchn

Ingredients:
A few ripe bananas

Directions:
1. Peel the bananas and cut into chunky slices. Put them on a plate and freeze for 1-2 hours.
2. Put the pieces in a food processor or blender, and blend, blend, blend - scraping down the bowl when they stick. Blend until the mixture turns creamy -- then you're ready to eat! Try adding a dallop of peanut butter.
 

3. Easy Watermelon Dessert

Here's a simple way to jazz up your watermelon--the perfect after-dinner treat!

Recipe from The Food Network

Ingredients:
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons grey salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 (5-pound) watermelon

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, add all ingredients together except for watermelon.
2. Remove the rind from the watermelon and cut into 1/2-inch slices and remove seeds. Cut the watermelon into cubes and place in individual bowls.