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Light Desserts That Are Perfect for Lazy Summer Days

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Easy Summertime Sweets

Summer has arrived and with it, you might have a constant, nagging hankering for dessert — two scoops, anyone? But you don’t always have to give into the temptation of every tantalizing ice cream parlor you pass. There are plenty of lighter dessert options that are easy to throw together on those hot days where all you want to do is relax — and indulge a little, too.


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Dessert with sweet peaches, cottage cheese and whipped cream, served in glass jars, vintage wooden background, selective focus
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Summer Peach Mousse

Peaches might just be the quintessential fruit of summer and you’d be hard pressed to find a lighter, more refreshing peach dessert than this one. The texture of mousse is all things light and frothy and this no-frills recipe allows the flavor of the peaches to stand front and center.


Recipe: Food.com


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Tart with custard cream and strawberries.
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Red jelly pudding with strawberries
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Strawberry Lemonade Marshmallow Jell-O

As a summertime staple, strawberry lemonade deserves a second spot on this list — this time in Jell-O form. This five-ingredient recipe embraces simplicity and includes an always beloved dessert addition: mini marshmallows.


Recipe: Allrecipes

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No-Bake Coconut Cream Lush Dessert

Think banana cream pie meets coconut macaroon and you come up with this deliciously creamy dessert. It’s got a vanilla wafer crust, a cream cheese and coconut pudding filling, and it’s all topped off with toasted coconut flakes — yum.


Recipe: BellyFull

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Summer Berry Pudding

Berries are like refreshing little jewels of summer and this recipe doesn’t rely on much of anything to enhance their naturally delicious flavor. It’s definitely a good go-to for a quick and easy dessert.


Recipe: Food.com

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Strawberry Mint Seduction

If you’ve never had mint with fruit and you think it sounds unusual, don’t knock it until you try it. It’s the perfect invigorating combination and this dish is the very definition of a light summer dessert.


Recipe: Allrecipes

Homemade tangy lemon curd decorated with fresh fruit in a glass jars on rustic wooden background
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Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

You can’t think about summer delicacies without lemon popping up in the conversation. The tart lemon flavor combined with the mild tang of the cream cheese is the ultimate pairing. 


Recipe: Cooking Classy

Raspberry Sorbet
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Raspberry Summer Sensation

There are two surefire ways to concoct a top-of-the-line summertime dessert: use a frozen ingredient and include Cool Whip. Raspberry Summer Sensation does both — and we are here for it. 


Recipe: Food.com

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Pina Colada Sorbet

“If you like pina coladas…” then you’ll love this. Smooth, cold, flavorful, and refreshing, this sorbet is all things light and delicious. 


Recipe: Allrecipes.com

Slice of Key Lime Pie with Whipped Cream and Lime Zest on a Plate
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Key Lime Pie Lush

Key lime is an ever popular flavor that has become such a fan favorite that it’s veered away from being exclusive to pie and we’ve seen it translated into things like yogurt, drinks, and even Kit Kat bars at one point. This key lime pie lush dessert brings out all of those well-loved flavors in the perfect way.


Recipe: Mom on Timeout

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Fruit Pizza

Fruit pizza is probably the most customizable dessert option on this list. Follow the recipe for the crust and the frosting and you can add any fruits your heart desires as toppings — and you can even arrange them in fun shapes for different holidays. 


Recipe: Gimme Some Oven

Sweet Homemade French Silk Pie
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Root Beer Float Pie

We love a creative take on a classic dessert and although a root beer float pie sounds a little off-the-wall, it definitely checks all of the boxes to qualify as a light and easy summer dessert.


Recipe: Together as Family

Banana smoothie with strawberry
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Banana Split Fluff

Yet another creative take on a classic, banana split fluff is so easy to throw together, plus it looks pretty and tastes just like a banana split. This one is ideal for barbecues and backyard dinners. 


Recipe: I Am Baker

Dole Whip Float
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Copycat Disney Pineapple Dole Whip

If you know, you know. Disney World serves up some seriously delectable treats and pineapple Dole Whip is a definite fan favorite. This replicate recipe will have you feeling like you’re among Mickey and Minnie from the comfort of your own home.


Recipe: Instrupix


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Strawberry Souffle

Hear us out: these adorable little souffles might just be the fluffiest, most decadent summer dessert of them all — and they’re simple to make too!


Recipe: We Are Not Martha

Cold, bright strawberry sorbet, berry ice cream
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