15 of The Best Summer Fruit Dessert Recipes

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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 and get some nutrition in the bargain! Some of these recipes...MORE 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
    Linda Larsen 

    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
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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
    Diana Rattray 

    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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    Grilled Pineapple Sundae
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    This recipe for a grilled pineapple sundae makes a delicious, impressive dessert you'll be proud to serve guests. Plus, it's so quick and easy to make, you'll have plenty of time to socialize. Pineapple slices are brushed with a simple sauce made of brown sugar, butter, lemon juice, and cinnamon, then quickly grilled, before being layered over vanilla ice cream in bowls.

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    Peach and Blackberry Clafouti
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    Ooh la la! This delicious, French baked peach and blackberry custard cake is a wonderful summer treat. Fresh peaches and blackberries are baked in a creamy egg batter, for a comforting fruit treat that everyone will enjoy.

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    Strawberry Creme Parfaits
    Linda Larsen 

    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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    Easy Blueberry Cake Bars
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    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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    The Perfect Banana Split
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    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
    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
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    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. Healthy and 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
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    Fresh plums are topped with a fabulous spiced crumb mixture to create this winning summer fruit dessert that's so effortles 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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    Classic Fresh Lemon Bars
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    Lovely lemon bars have a tart, refreshing appeal that's perfect on hot summer days. Use an electric mixer to make this family favorite recipe that you can bake in about an hour.

    Want to amp up the indulgence of this classic summer fruit dessert? The recipe includes tips for making lemon bars with a chocolate crust. Yum!


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    Cantaloupe Sorbet
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    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
    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.

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    Blackberry Ice Cream With Sour Cream
    Diana Rattray 

    Scrumptious homemade blackberry ice cream is a great way to enjoy fresh summer blackberries. A little sour cream (or Greek yogurt) adds a pleasant tang to this delicious fresh blackberry ice cream. This fun version of ice cream makes a wonderful afternoon treat for kids, or an after-dinner fruit dessert for adults during the summer.