16 Delicious Fruit Desserts to Make All Summer Long

Easy fat free vegan watermelon popsicles recipe

The Spruce Eats / Emily Hawkes

One of the best things about summer is that so many fruits are at their luscious peak. Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, cherries, pineapple, watermelon, and peaches in season all make summer days that much more enjoyable. Whether you're trying to eat healthier, or you're just wild about the natural sweetness of summer fruits, turn to these quick and easy fruit dessert recipes. You can indulge your sweet tooth! Some of these recipes require no heat at all, and many are wonderful made with a variety of fruit, so you can substitute your favorites and the dessert will turn out fabulously. From classic banana splits and lemon bars, to fruit cobblers, cheesecakes, frozen fruit pops, and more, we hope you enjoy this collection of our favorite summer fruit desserts.

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    Easy Strawberry Shortcake

    Strawberry Shortcake Made With Pound Cake

    The Spruce / Julia Estrada

    If you've never tried making strawberry shortcake before, here's a simple recipe even beginning bakers can feel confident making. Only three ingredients are needed for this cake, which has a beautiful soft and velvety texture that melts in your mouth along with the strawberries and cream. Go ahead and tell people you made it from scratch!

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    Easy Spiced Peach Cobbler

    peach cobbler with ice cream

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    Fresh peaches in season make this a summer fruit dessert to swoon over. Juicy peaches are tossed with sugar and spices, slathered in a buttery syrup, then covered with a simple biscuit-like topping that's baked to a perfect golden brown. Serve topped with ice cream or whipping cream.

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    No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

    cherry cream cheese pie

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    It's hard to believe this delicious, layered cherry cheesecake dessert requires no cooking! Even the most novice baker will find this recipe easy to assemble. Tart cherry pie filling tops a rich, sweetened cream cheese layer, in a buttery graham cracker crust. You just pop the assembled cake into the freezer to chill and it's done.

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    Strawberry Creme Parfaits

    Strawberry Parfait
    Elaine Lemm

    Who doesn't love the pleasing combination of strawberries and cream? With mini marshmallows and crumbled meringue cookies, these make-ahead parfaits are so indulgent and easy, they're sure to become a go-to treat in your repertoire.

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    Watermelon Granita

    watermelon granita

    Leah Maroney 

    Similar to Italian ice, this watermelon granita is a warm-weather treat that does not require an ice cream machine. It's made with only three ingredients and tastes like you're eating frozen fruity crystals. Now that's refreshing.

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    Dole Whip

    Dole Whip

    Leah Maroney 

    A popular Hawaiian dessert, this refreshing fruit-flavored ice cream is the ideal treat on a hot summer day. Pineapple, pineapple juice, coconut milk, and vanilla ice cream are blended together until thick and creamy.

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    Strawberry Angel Food Cake

    Strawberry Angel Food Cake

    ​The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    Airy cream cheese frosting and fresh strawberries create a stunning and delicious layered cake that's sure to impress. This strawberry angel food cake recipe is also surprisingly easy and one you'll use for all sorts of summer affairs.

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    Easy Blueberry Cake Bars

    Easy blueberry cake bars

    The Spruce / Nita West

    These blueberry cake bars have a cake-like texture and flavor and can be made with your favorite summer fruits. Just prepare the quick and easy batter, pour into a cake pan and bake in the oven, then cool and cut into bars for serving.

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    Fresh Strawberry Buttercream

    Strawberry Buttercream

    The Spruce Eats / Elaine Lemm

    Made with fresh strawberries, this strawberry buttercream is a perfect way to dress up your summer desserts. Fill macarons or sandwich cookies, or use it to frost your favorite cupcake recipe. It can even put a summer fruit spin on brownies.

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    Blueberry Grunt

    Blueberry Grunt

    Anita Schecter 

    A blueberry grunt is similar to a fruit cobbler, except that instead of the oven it's cooked on the stovetop. It's a great way to showcase summer fruit and is especially delicious warm topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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    The Perfect Banana Split

    The Perfect Banana Split

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    Banana splits are an all-American dessert treat that may just be the ultimate comfort food! Here's a simple to make banana split recipe with three flavors of ice cream to complement the taste of banana and the richness of chocolate syrup. Top these splits with whipped cream, nuts, and maraschino cherries, for a nostalgic summer treat you'll want to enjoy again and again.

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    Pineapple Custard Pudding Cake

    Pineapple Custard Pudding Cake
    Diana Rattray 

    Wow your family and friends with this tropical, fluffy, pineapple custard dessert cake that's baked in individual ramekins for a pretty presentation. Light, spongy pineapple custard pudding cake is baked with pineapple chunks in the bottom of the dish, for a pleasant dessert with a sweet, zingy flavor and a hint of tartness from lemon juice.

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    Vegan Watermelon Popsicles

    Easy fat free vegan watermelon popsicles recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Emily Hawkes

    Watermelon is a popsicle lover's dream come true, because it's just the right amount of sweet and juicy, and just watery enough to freeze beautifully. So easy to make, these watermelon frozen treats are a wonderful summer treat for kids and adults alike. They're also sugar-free, fat-free, gluten-free, and vegan-friendly.

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    Fresh Plum Crumble With Spiced Crumb Topping

    Fresh Plum Crumble With Spiced Crumb Topping

    The Spruce / Tara Omidvar

    Fresh plums are topped with a fabulous spiced crumb mixture to create this winning summer fruit dessert that's so effortless to make. This is an excellent way to use fresh plums and you can add other fruits to the plum mixture. Try adding sliced pears, nectarines, apricots, blueberries, or peaches to the fruit filling.

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    Cantaloupe Sorbet

    Cantaloupe Sorbet

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    Pureed and frozen cantaloupe has a remarkably creamy texture that has to be tasted to be believed. Your family will fall in love with this easy frozen fruit dessert recipe that's wonderfully refreshing when the summer heat is blazing.

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    Semi-Homemade Cherry Cake

    Semi-Homemade Cherry Cake
    Diana Rattray 

    A box of yellow cake mix and prepared cherry pie filling makes this simple cherry cake a snap to make. The pie filling is swirled through the cake batter just before it goes into the oven, for a beautiful presentation when the cake is sliced. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, or your favorite whipped topping.