Summer is here, and it is time to harvest the fruits of the year. Strawberries, lemons, bananas, blueberries, apples, pineapples – they are all ripe and filled with delicious juice that will give you the most luxurious and exotic desserts. Combine that with the best energizer on Earth – sugar – and make sure you have a cooler around to try our ideas of easy summer desserts. From chocolate delights to sensational watermelon ice cream, you will find them all in this article. And the best part is that you don’t need to fire up the oven, not for a second, so it is all enjoyment and no sweat.

Frozen Greek Vanilla Yogurt

One of the easiest recipes to try will give you all the savor of the vanilla ice cream minus the calories. It is so simple to whisk everything together that you can get your kids helping out while having tons of fun.

Ingredients

  • Home-made or store-bought low-fat Greek yogurt – 3 cups or 680 grams
  • Sugar – 3/4 cups or 170 grams
  • Gelatin – 1 tsp
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp and a half
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice – 1 tbsp
  • Cold water – 1 tbsp

How to Do It

  1. Decide what type of yogurt you are going to use. Stored-bought yogurt is the easy option and will get you tasting the dessert faster, but if you want to go all-natural, you can make it at home. The best yogurt maker for this operation should include a colander that will help you strain the yogurt when it is ready and turn it into Greek. No matter which option you chose, remember that straining isn’t optional. Let the yogurt strain for 2 to 4 hours in the freezer.
  2. Combine the yogurt with the sugar and vanilla and blend.
  3. Prepare the gelatin by mixing it with cold water and lemon juice. Microwave for 30 seconds, then let it cool.
  4. Mix the gelatin with the yogurt combination and stir. Place the dessert into the freezer and let it cool for 2 to 4 hours until it becomes firm.

Refreshing Key Lime Pie

This pie is like serving a margarita on graham crackers. And the best part is that you can get it chilling in the freezer in no more than 20 minutes.

Ingredients

  • Key lime yogurt – 2 cartons of 6 oz. each
  • Fat-free frozen whipped topping – 1 carton of 8 oz. (let it thaw)
  • Graham cracker crust – 1 nine-inch piece
  • Lime gelatin – 1 envelop
  • Hot water – 1/4 cup or 170 grams

How to Do It

  1. Add the hot water over the gelatin and stir to dissolve.
  2. Whisk in the yogurt and whipped topping.
  3. Pour everything into the crust and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Italian Pineapple Trifle

One of the most refreshing Italian desserts, this trifle is bound to enchant both the adults and the kids, as it perfectly blends the traditional texture and savor of the ladyfingers with fluffy layers of cream and the exotic acidity of the pineapple.

Ingredients

  • Ricotta cheese – 15 ounces
  • Cream cheese – 11 ounces
  • Sugar – 3/4 cups or 170 grams
  • Lemon pie filling – 1 can (15-3/4 oz.)
  • Ladyfingers – 3 packages of 3 oz. each
  • Heavy whipping cream – 2 cups or 455 grams
  • Crushed pineapple (unsweetened) – 2 cans of 8 oz. each
  • Vanilla extract – 2 tsp

How to Do It

  1. Whip the heavy cream in a large vessel and, separately, in a smaller vessel, mix the ricotta with cream cheese and 1 tsp of vanilla. Add the whipped cream into the cheese combination.
  2. Separately, mix the pie filling with the second teaspoon of vanilla and add the pineapple.
  3. In a serving bowl, arrange the ladyfingers on the base and sides. You should use 2 packs.
  4. Start layering the fillings by placing 1/3 of the cheese cream over the ladyfingers, 1/3 of the pineapple filling, and topping with ladyfingers. Repeat one more time with the creams. Refrigerate overnight.

Summer Banana Pudding Parfait

Try this dessert for a kids’ party, and we guarantee you will hear no complaints. Pudding, bananas, and wafers. Yum! You should definitely arrange some cups for the adults as well.

Ingredients

  • Instant pudding – vanilla or banana flavor – 2-3/4 ounces.
  • Whole milk – 4 cups or 900 grams
  • Bananas – 4 pieces
  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Cool whip – 8 ounces.
  • Butter loaf – 12 slices

How to Do It

  1. Combine the pudding with the milk in a large bowl and whisk. Separately crumble the loaf.
  2. Start layering the Mason jars: cake crumbles, vanilla pudding, bananas, wafers, pudding. Continue arranging the layers until you fill the jars. Add whipped cream at the top and store at a low temperature in the fridge.

Raspberry Slices

You can call them slices of happiness as the sweetness of the pure maple syrup combined with the crunchiness of the cashews are ready to make your brain burst into rivers of serotonin. Yes, this is decadence at its best, and we love it.

Ingredients

  • Cacao powder – 1/2 cup or 110 grams
  • Coconut oil (melted) – 1/4 cup or 60 mL
  • Moist dates (pitted) – 12 pieces
  • Raw cashews – 2 cups or 300 grams

For the filling:

  • Maple syrup – 1/2 cups or 125 mL
  • Raspberries (fresh or frozen and thawed) – 250 grams
  • Coconut (grated) – 1/3 cup or 25 grams

For the topping:

  • Maple syrup – 1/3 cup or 80 mL
  • Cacao powder – 1/3 cup or 35 grams
  • Coconut oil – 60 grams

How to Do It

  1. Use baking paper to line a square 20-cm baking pan.
  2. In a vessel, place the cocoa, dates, oil, and half of the cashews and whiz to obtain a coarse paste. Then, spread the mix into the pan. Freeze until it gets firm.
  3. Mix the maple syrup with the coconut, raspberries, and the rest of the cashews and whiz in a blender at high speed until you obtain a smooth paste. Add the paste over the cocoa base and freeze.
  4. To make the coating, mix the ingredients in a vessel and set it over a saucepan filled with simmering water. Stir until the concoction becomes smooth, then let it cool until it reaches room temperature. Pour the filling over the cake and place it back into the freezer.

Frozen Pina Colada Cake

Let the Caribbean enter your home with this refreshing coconut, rum, and pineapple cake. One bite is all it takes to feel the breeze of the ocean and the fine sand embracing your feet. If you are throwing a pirate theme party, this dessert will impress everybody.

Ingredients

  • Coconut milk – 1 can of 13.66 ounces
  • Confectioner’s sugar – 1/2 cup or 110 grams
  • Instant vanilla pudding – 3.4 ounces (1 pack)
  • Whole graham crackers – 15 pieces
  • Crushed pineapple – 1 can
  • Sugared grated coconut – 1 cup (toasted)
  • Cream cheese – 8 ounces
  • Rum extract – 1/2 tsp
  • Frozen whipped cream – 3.4 oz.

How to Do It

  1. Mix confectioner’s sugar with cream cheese and rum. Add 1 cup of coconut milk and pudding mix. Whip at low slow speed. Add whipped topping.
  2. In a shallow dish, pour the remaining coconut milk and slip half of the crackers into it. Arrange them on the base of a 13 x 9 inches tray. Add a layer of the cheese cream, then pineapple and coconut. Repeat one more time. Refrigerate.

Frozen Mocha Torte

A celebration of luxury and elegance, this torte is filled with chocolate syrup and cream cheese, all topped by the reinvigorating aroma of coffee that will give you a boost of energy.

Ingredients

  • Cream cheese – 8 oz.
  • Chocolate wafer crumbs – 1 cup or 230 grams
  • Butter (liquefied) – 1/4 cup or 57 grams
  • Sugar – 1/4 cup or 57 grams
  • Condensed milk – 1 can
  • Instant coffee – 2 tablespoons of granules
  • Chocolate syrup – 2/3 cup or 200 grams
  • Hot water – 1 tbsp
  • Heavy whipping cream (beaten) – 1 cup

How to Do It

  1. Mix the sugar with butter and wafer crumbs. Place the blend on the base of an oiled 9-inch spring-form pan.
  2. Whip the milk with cream cheese and syrup. Add the dissolved coffee granules and whipped cream. Pour the composition into the pan. Freeze for 8 hours or more.

Cherry-Amaretti Fool

Italian desserts are the best for the summer, and you must definitely try this amaretti cookies and cherry combination. You can top it with whipped cream, mint, or extra cherries, there’s no limit to how lavishing you want your serving to be.

Ingredients

  • Gelatin – 1 pack
  • Sour cream – 1 cup or 240 grams
  • Cold water – 1/3 cup or 78 grams
  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
  • Sugar – 1/2 cup or 100 grams
  • Vanilla extract – 1/2 tsp
  • Almond extract – 1/2 tsp
  • Cherries (Bing or other dark types) – 2 cups, chopped
  • Amaretti cookies (crushed) – 16 cookies
  • Heavy whipping cream – 1 cup or 235 grams

How to Do It

  1. Mix the gelatin with cold water. After 1 minute, place the vessel over a saucepan filled with bubbling water. Stir until the gelatin dissolves. Let it cool.
  2. Mix the sugar with the lemon juice, sour cream, 1 cup of cherries, gelatin, and extracts. Blend them until you obtain a puree.
  3. Whip the cream and save a half cup for topping. Fold the remaining quantity into the puree. Add the crushed biscuits and the rest of the cherries. Pour the mixture into 8 dessert dishes and refrigerate for 2 hours or more. Serve with whipped cream or other toppings of your choice.

Vanilla Berry and Yogurt Trifle

A cup of pure delight, perfect for the whole family. The ladyfingers create a consistent base, while the Greek yogurt adds fluffiness and refreshment. Top everything with berries, and you have a healthy and incredibly tasty dessert.

Ingredients

  • Frozen strawberries – 1 package
  • Frozen raspberries – 1 package
  • Frozen blueberries – 1 package
  • Sugar – 4/3 cup
  • Vanilla Greek yogurt – 3 containers
  • Heavy cream – 3/4 cups
  • Confectioner’s sugar – 1 cup
  • Cornstarch – 1-1/2 cups
  • Orange liqueur – 2 tbsp (optional)
  • Ladyfingers – 40 pieces

How to Do It

  1. Add the strawberries and blueberries into a saucepan with half of the sugar and the cornstarch and boil until thickened (2 minutes tops). Refrigerate.
  2. Whip the heavy cream. Separately, mix the rest of the sugar with the yogurt and whipped cream.
  3. Assemble the trifle in a large dessert cup. Break the ladyfingers in half and cover the bottom of the dish. Drizzle liqueur over them and add 1/3 of the yogurt cream. Place half of the berries on top of the cream and cover them in the berries mixture. Next, spoon more yogurt cream, add ladyfingers, syrup, yogurt cream. The top layer should be formed by the berry mixture. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Watermelon Sherbet

For lazy afternoons, when all you want is to whip a frozen treat in just a few minutes and savor it on the lawn chair, we recommend this watermelon sherbet recipe. It is healthy and refreshing, perfect for adults and children as well.

Ingredients

  • Chopped and seeded watermelon – 8 cups
  • Sugar – 1-1/2 cup
  • Lemon extract – 1/2 cup
  • Cold water – 1/2 cup
  • Gelatin – 2 packs
  • Milk – 2 cups

How to Do It

  1. Combine the watermelon with the lemon extract and sugar and let them in the fridge to cool for half an hour. Then, blend them until you obtain a smooth puree.
  2. Prepare the gelatin as indicated on the package. Add it to the watermelon puree and stir the milk as well.
  3. Leave it in the freezer for at least 4 hours.

Final Thoughts

If you are a big fan of frozen desserts just like we are, we guarantee that each one of the recipes we selected will bring you the gratification you deserve for your effort. Go for the simple frozen yogurt or sorbet recipe if you want to keep things simple and more natural, or extend the grocery list and get everything you need for the luxurious chocolate torte. In the end, all that matters is to have fun while preparing the sweets and stay as far from the oven and as close to the freezer as possible. It’s summer.