Top 25 BEST Healthy Summer Desserts and Lightened Up Classics!

25 Healthy Summer Desserts

These 25 healthy summer desserts are so deliciously refreshing, you’d never know they’re good for you!  From cookies to ice cream to pies and cheesecakes, you’ll be sure to fall in love with one (or all) of these lightened up, sweet, and guilt-free treats!

This roundup is the perfect thing to celebrate the first day of summer  🙂

25 healthy summer desserts

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1.  Healthy Lemon Sugar Cookies

These healthy Lemon Sugar Cookies are the PERFECT thing for lemon lovers!  Each bite is packed with bright and refreshing lemon flavor — no need for the butter, sugar, or flour.  Yes, these cookies are dairy free, sugar free, and gluten free!

Can you guess the secret ingredient that makes them uber soft?  😉

Healthy Lemon Sugar Cookies (sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, vegan)

If you like this recipe, you’ll probably like these healthy Lemon Shortbread Cookies too!

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2.  Healthy Homemade Fig Newtons

This homemade Fig Newtons recipe is SO easy to make!  They’re chewy and perfectly sweet, yet 100% whole grain, gluten free, sugar free, and vegan too!

Easy DIY Fig Newtons (whole grain, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, vegan)

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3.  Healthy Lemon Bars

Who’s a lemon lover out there?!  *raises hand*

Sweet, tart, and lemon-y treats always make for the best healthy summer desserts.  These delicious Lemon Bars are made without any sugar, butter, and flour, but they’re just as tart and sweet as the original.  You’d never know they’re sugar free, gluten free, dairy free, and high protein too!

And you’re in luck, because this recipe is a sneak preview BONUS taken right out of my Naughty or Nice Cookbook!

Healthy Lemon Bars (sugar free, gluten free, low fat, high protein)

Check out the RASPBERRY Lemon Bars variation too!

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4.  Healthy Lemon Cheesecake Bars

These rich and creamy Lemon Cheesecake Bars are the perfect thing for your next barbecue, block party, dinner hosting, or get-together, small or large.  No one will know they’re healthy!

Healthy Lemon Cheesecake Bars (sugar free, low carb, high protein, gluten free, keto)

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5.  Healthy Key Lime Pie

Ever dreamt of a healthy Key Lime Pie without the healthy taste?  Your prayers have been answered!  This Key Lime Pie has the perfect combination of tart and sweet, rich and creamy, and delicious and healthy!

Healthy Key Lime Pie (low sugar, high protein, gluten free)

Like Key Lime Pie but want something even more decadent?  Try this healthy Key Lime Cheesecake!

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6.  Healthy Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream

Looking for dessert ideas to satisfy your sweet tooth AND keep you cool?  Lemme introduce you to this healthy Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream!

Healthy Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream (refined sugar free, low carb, high protein)

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7. Healthy Lemon Frozen Yogurt

This healthy Lemon Frozen Yogurt is so delicious, smooth, creamy, and refreshing, it doesn’t taste refined sugar free, fat free, and high protein one bit!

Healthy Lemon Frozen Yogurt

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8.  Healthy Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream

This ultra creamy and sweet Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream tastes just as good as the ice cream you’d get at a scoop shop.  The only difference?  It’s healthy, sugar free, high protein, and has just 85 calories per serving!  I gotta say, this is one of the best healthy summer desserts you can have, tbh  😉

This recipe is a BONUS sneak preview from my Naughty or Nice Cookbook!

Healthy Strawberries and Cream Ice Cream (no sugar added, high protein)

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9.  Vegan Bananas Foster Ice Cream

This healthy Bananas Foster Ice Cream is so sweet, creamy, rich, and delicious, you’ll have a hard time believing it’s refined sugar free, dairy free, and VEGAN!

Healthy Bananas Foster Ice Cream (refined sugar free, dairy free, vegan)

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10.  Healthy Angel Food Cake

What’s lighter than cake?  This healthy Angel Food Cake y’all.

Healthy Angel Food Cake (sugar free, fat free, low carb, gluten free, dairy free too)

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11.  Healthy Lemon Poppyseed Cake

Kick cravings to the curb with this healthy Lemon Poppyseed Cake!  It’s moist and filling, lemony and refreshing, and perfectly sweet.

Healthy Lemon Poppyseed Cake (sugar free, low fat, high protein, whole grain)

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12.  Healthy Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Frosting

This healthy Strawberry Cake is moist, fluffy and infused with fresh, juicy strawberries. The cake is topped with a rich and buttery Strawberries and Cream Frosting – aromatic, naturally colored and loaded with flavor, yet free of refined sugar, butter and white flour!

This recipe is a BONUS sneak preview from my Naughty or Nice Cookbook!

Healthy Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Frosting (refined sugar free, gluten free, high protein, high fiber)

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13.  Healthy (Vegan!) Lemon Curd

This healthy Vegan Lemon Curd is creamy, sweet, tart, and delicious.  You’d never know it’s sugar free, low carb, gluten free, and dairy free too!

Healthy Vegan Lemon Curd (sugar free, low carb, gluten free, dairy free, vegan)

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14.  Healthy Lemon Gummy Bears

These healthy homemade Lemon Gummy Bears are way better than the storebought version – they’re chewy and gummy, tart and sweet, and totally guilt-free.

Healthy Homemade Lemon Gummy Bears

If you like all things gummy bears and fruit snacks?  Try these tried-and-true flavor variations:

Blueberry Fruit Snacks
Green Apple Gummy Bears
Orange Gummy Bears
Strawberry Gummy Bears
Peach Mango Fruit Snacks

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15.  Healthy Homemade Strawberry Frappuccinos

These healthy homemade Strawberry Frappuccinos are perfect for when you’re craving Starbucks but don’t have the time (or patience) to stand in line and would rather go for something healthy!  It’s thick, sweet and creamy, yet refined sugar free, low fat, high protein and gluten free…  seriously.

Healthy Homemade Strawberry Frappuccinos (refined sugar free, low fat, high protein)

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16.  Peach Melba Frosé

When it’s a hot summer night, and all you want is something sweet and chilled to satisfy your sweet tooth and cool you down, this Peach Melba Frosé will hit the spot!  It’s super easy to make too, just throw everything in a blender.

5 ingredient Peach Melba Frosé (no sugar added)

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17. Healthy Key Lime Pie Milkshake

This healthy Key Lime Pie Milkshake is sweet, tart, and super creamy… like Key Lime Pie filling in smoothie form! You’d never know it’s refined sugar free, low carb, low fat, high protein, and gluten free too.

Healthy Key Lime Pie Milkshake (refined sugar free, low carb, high protein, gluten free)

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18.  Guilt-Free Blueberry Lattice Bars

These 5-ingredient Blueberry Lattice Bars are bursting with a sweet, fresh, and flavorful blueberry filling, and are wrapped up in a buttery pie crust with a pretty lattice design. This is definitely a show-stopping dessert and one heckuva crowdpleaser. I guarantee it! No one suspected these were vegan, low fat, and made without any added sugar!

5-ingredient Blueberry Lattice Bars (vegan, low fat, low sugar)

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19.  Guilt-Free Apple Pie…  in an Apple!

Traditional Apple Pie is high-calorie/-fat/-sugar, and on top of that, it weighs you down, making you feel tired.  But not these!  Not only are they made with healthier ingredients, they’re made IN AN APPLE!  You could say they’re perfectly portioned, but I like to say, you get a pie all to yourself and don’t have to share  😉

Healthy Apple Pies served IN THE APPLE! (low fat, low sugar, vegan)

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20.  Healthy Homemade Pop Tarts

Need I say more?  😉

This is a recipe preview from my Naughty or Nice Cookbook!

Healthy Homemade Pop Tarts (sugar free, gluten free, vegan)

Want something a little smaller or better for parties and get-togethers?  Try these Pie POPS!

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21.  Healthy Red Velvet Fudge

End your summer nights on a sweet note with this healthy dessert.  It’s beautifully red, deliciously fudgy, and melts in your mouth!

Healthy Raw Red Velvet Fudge (no bake, sugar free, low carb, gluten free, dairy free, vegan)

If you like fudge — and I certainly hope you do — try these flavor variations!

Blueberry Coconut
Matcha Green Tea
Raspberry Coconut

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22.  Orange Sweet Rolls

These 5-ingredient Orange Sweet Rolls are so soft, sweet, and fluffy, you’d never know they’re low fat, dairy free, and vegan with no sugar added!

5 ingredient Orange Sweet Rolls in a ceramic loaf pan

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23.  Healthy Zucchini Bread with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Take advantage of fresh zucchini because it’s in-season!  This healthy Zucchini Bread is light, fluffy, moist, and delicious — it’ll fill you right up after just one slice!

Low-carb gluten-free Zucchini Bread

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24.  Healthy Strawberry Shortcake Krispy Treats

These healthy Strawberry Shortcake Krispy Treats are one serious crowd-pleaser!  They’re crispy, chewy, sweet, and satisfying.  One bite and you’d NEVER know they’re refined sugar free, high protein, and gluten free too.

Oh, and there’s an option to make ’em vegan too  🙂

Healthy Strawberry Shortcake Krispy Treats (refined sugar free, high protein, gluten free)

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25.  Healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Dip

This Healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Dip is creamy, smooth, satisfying and jam-packed full of fresh strawberry flavor.  It’s cheesecake in the form of a dip!  Perfect for serving with graham crackers, whole strawberries, sliced bananas, or spoons alone.  You’d never know it’s sugar free, low carb, low fat, high protein, and gluten free too!

Healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Dip (70 calories)

What’s lighter than an already lightened up cheesecake dip?  This Strawberry Protein Fluff!  It’s literally like a cloud!

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This is the greatest collection of healthy summer desserts EVER.

You’ll be sure to fall in love with one (or all) of these lightened up, sweet treats!

We’ve got our pies?  Check.
We’ve got our milkshakes.  Fo sho.
We’ve got our snacks?  Heck yes.
We’ve got our ice cream?  Duhhh.

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25 healthy summer desserts

Don’t give up sweets for the summer!  Enjoy the outdoors, be in the sunshine, and eat your sweets (guilt-free!) with these 25 healthy summer desserts.  Any one of these lightened up treats will make your tastebuds dance!

Enjoy  🙂

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With love and good eats,

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– Jess

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