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5 Healthy Summer Desserts to Help You Cool Down

by Ben Giove
July 6, 2021
Photo Credit: Clean Eating Magazine

Hot enough for you? Get ready to cool off and smile with these healthy summer desserts — there’s something for everyone, no matter what you’re craving.

1. Strawberry-Coconut Freezer Fudge from Clean Eating Magazine

Not only are these cashew-butter-based treats sink-your-teeth-in delicious, they’re also super-pretty from the swirl of strawberry puree. Naturally sweet from the coconut, cashews and berries, they have just a touch of maple syrup, so you could even eat one for breakfast (not that we’ve ever done that, ahem).

fudge pops

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2. Creamy Chocolate Fudgesicles from Eating by Elaine

They’re vegan, and free of gluten, nuts and refined sugar. And yet, they’re also creamy and luscious, chocolatey and rich. The secret: Avocado. Yes! Take chocolate-avocado pudding and freeze it into ice-pop molds, and there you have it. (We won’t tell your kids they’re healthy if you don’t.)

coffee granita

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3. Coffee Granita

This one is definitely for grownups (get your own treat, kids!). Made simply with brewed coffee (you could even use ready-made cold brew) and a bit of honey, then topped with vanilla-coconut cream, it’s so easy to throw together and such an unexpected treat. Add some cinnamon for a cappuccino-like flavor, or blend in some cacao for a mocha granita (we love this mushroom-laced one).

vegan cheesecake

Photo Credit: The Movement Menu

4. Raw Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake

This one takes a little more doing, but it would be super-impressive for a party–and it’s no-bake, so your kitchen stays cool. Plus, it’s both vegan and paleo-friendly, so all of your guests can indulge and enjoy. There’s a pretty swirl on top made with beet powder for even more nutrients—but you can leave it off and just decorate with a few edible flowers or a sprinkle of coconut.


Photo Credit: Beth Lipton

5. Cucumber-Pineapple-Mint Ice Pops

If “cucumber” and “ice pop” seem like an odd pairing to you, it’s time to try these refreshing treats. (You’ve heard the expression “cool as a cucumber, right?) Cucumber is 96 percent water, so it’s hydrating, and it adds a sophisticated flavor layer to these tasty pops. Pineapple adds sweetness (and vitamin C), and mint brings it all together.

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