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  • 15 Lightened-Up Summer Desserts

  • These guilt-free summer desserts are what dreams are made of.
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  • When the days are hot and nights are full of family gatherings, there is no reason to miss out on summer’s delicious flavors that are so often found in sweet treats. Instead of dumping spoonfuls of sugar into your mixing bowl or spending money on artificial sweeteners, try these healthy alternatives to the season’s most popular desserts. Here’s a sneak peak: avocados and coconut oil will be your new favorite ingredients. Creamy Coconut Avocado Lime Pie [caption id="attachment_120214" align="alignnone" width="493"]Creamy Coconut Avocado Lime Pie Clean Eating Goddess[/caption] Don’t let the lightness of key lime pie fool you. These pies are usually heavy in dairy and refined sugars. Clean Eating Goddess makes a lightened up Creamy Coconut Avocado Lime Pie. Follow Chocolate-Mint Ice Cream [caption id="attachment_120225" align="alignnone" width="493"]Mint-Chocolate Ice Cream The Humble Plate[/caption] Before you reach for store-bought mint-chocolate chip ice cream, this much healthier Chocolate-Mint Ice Cream from The Humble Plate only takes five minutes to make. You would never guess this fudgy frozen treat is simply a mixture of hemp seeds, avocado and cocoa powder. Chocolate Mint Avocado Cups [caption id="attachment_120263" align="alignnone" width="493"]SONY DSC Green Road to Bliss[/caption] Green Road to BlissChocolate Mint Avocado Cups make the perfect after-dinner treat. The minty ganache will cleanse your palate, and the chocolate will satisfy those sweets cravings! Banana Blueberry Almond Popsicles [caption id="attachment_120244" align="alignnone" width="493"]IMG_1123-2-784x1024 Sugar Et Al[/caption] Healthy popsicles are basically smoothies on a stick, and they are way more fun to eat. Sugar Et Al’s Banana Blueberry Almond Popsicles are made with almond milk, fruit and honey. Simply blend and freeze. They’re as simple as that! Pina Colada Ice Cream  [caption id="attachment_120257" align="alignnone" width="493"]Every Last Bite Every Last Bite[/caption] Every Last Bite’s Pina Colada Ice Cream is made without cream, milk, yogurt or sugar. Frozen pineapple and coconut milk combine for a creamy texture identical to store-bought consistency. Feel free to add an extra scoop in your bowl. Peach Crumble  [caption id="attachment_120258" align="alignnone" width="493"]C It Nutritionally C It Nutritionally[/caption] Peach pies, blueberry pies, cherry pies…summer is the season of fruit pies. It can be difficult to stop after one slice though, so C It Nutritionally made a single-serve, portion-friendly Peach Crumble. Chocolate Coconut Truffle Pie [caption id="attachment_120217" align="alignnone" width="493"]Chocolate Coconut Truffle Pie My Purple Spoon [/caption] Surprisingly, this Chocolate Coconut Truffle Pie from My Purple Spoon is only made with five ingredients. You won’t feel guilty after this decadent chocolate dessert that is nut free, gluten free, and comes with a vegan option. Striped Smoothie Popsicles [caption id="attachment_120247" align="alignnone" width="493"]striped-smoothie-popsicles1 The Sassy Life[/caption] It is a shame anyone buys popsicles when making your own is easy and healthy. With The Sassy Life’s Striped Smoothie Popsicles, you don’t have to worry about added sugars or sweeteners. Frozen Yogurt Blackberry Tartlettes [caption id="attachment_120231" align="alignnone" width="493"]Frozen Yogurt Tartlette A Spoonful of Photography[/caption] Fancy desserts do not always have to be unhealthy. A Spoonful of Photography’s Frozen Yogurt Blackberry Tartlettes are gourmet treats made from blackberries and yogurt. You can enjoy your dessert twice as much when you gain some nutritional benefits. Vegan Blueberry Oat Bars [caption id="attachment_120260" align="alignnone" width="493"]OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Healthy Happy Mama[/caption] Happy Healthy Mama’s Vegan Blueberry Oat Bars can pass as dessert or breakfast. Warm this treat up and try topping with yogurt for a super-healthy blueberry cobbler. Raw Vegan Tiramisu [caption id="attachment_120249" align="alignnone" width="493"]raw_vegan_tiramisu3-700x466 Peaceful Dumpling[/caption] This Raw Vegan Tiramisu from Peaceful Dumpling has a crust made from almonds and walnuts, which provide vitamin E, omega-3s, magnesium, calcium and iron. Go ahead, grab another slice. Banana Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding [caption id="attachment_120220" align="alignnone" width="426"]Banana-Chia-Seed-Pudding-5-426x640 The Suburban Soapbox[/caption] Pudding is a cool, quick dessert to grab in summertime. The Suburban Soapbox’s Banana Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding is high in protein and iron and does not contain the added sugar or artificial sweeteners found in packaged pudding. Apple Nachos with Peanut Butter and Chocolate [caption id="attachment_120261" align="alignnone" width="493"]600x900xApple-nachos-chocolate-peanut-butter-3.jpg.pagespeed.ic.36V8tBvv62[5] Trial and Eater[/caption]For a quick dessert that won’t wreck your diet, try Apple Nachos with Peanut Butter and Chocolate from Trial and Eater. Mix up the ingredients by adding granola or almonds instead of chocolate chips. This is a healthy chocolate dish to serve for a girls' night, too. Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies [caption id="attachment_120252" align="alignnone" width="493"]healthychocolatechipcookies4 Eat Real Healthy Food[/caption] Chocolate chip cookies are a summer necessity, especially when you pair them with fresh lemonade. It is easy to over-indulge in chocolate chip cookies, but Eat Real Healthy Food offers a lighter option for Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies that are made without flour, eggs or added sugar. Hemp Seed and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough [caption id="attachment_120262" align="alignnone" width="433"]Hemp-Seed-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie-Dough-for-One-4[1] The Honour System[/caption]Speaking of over-indulging…chocolate chip cookie dough is an addicting treat. Have you ever baked cookies just so you could nibble cookie dough? The Honour System’s Hemp Seed and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough makes a single serving of cookie dough that is actually a healthy snack. It’s about time this existed!   This article originally appeared as on Spry Living

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