Summer’s bounty is here and it’s time to enjoy all those beautiful, fresh fruits. Not only is eating with the seasons more healthy and tasty, it’s cheaper, too! There’s nothing more enjoyable than biting into a perfectly ripe and juicy piece of summer fruit that’s still warm from the sun. Then again, turning those fruits into a decadent dessert can only make things better.
Before you get started, check out our story on how to pick out the ripest summer fruits!
1. Raspberry S’mores Pudding Bars
Source: Buns in My Oven
Nothing says summer like s’mores! When you pair those ooey, gooey flavors with fresh raspberries, you know you’ve found the perfect summer dessert — no campfire needed.
For the crust:
- 1 1/2 cups Honey Maid graham cracker crumbs
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
For the filling:
- 2 (3.8 ounces each) packages Jell-O® instant chocolate pudding
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- 1 pint raspberries
For the topping:
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
To make the crust, heat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter. Press into a parchment-lined 9×9 baking dish and bake for 7 minutes. Let cool completely.
To make the filling, add the pudding mix to a large mixing bowl. Stir in the milk with a whisk and continue whisking until thickened, about 5 minutes.
Pour half of the filling onto the crust, top with half of the berries, cover with the remaining filling, and top with the remaining berries. Press the berries into the pudding. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until ready to serve.
Top with the marshmallows and use a kitchen torch to roast them until lightly browned. Alternately, place the pan under the broiler and broil for about 1 minute or until the marshmallows are toasted. Keep a very close eye on them as they’ll burn very quickly.
The marshmallows taste best if toasted just before serving, but leftovers can be stored in the fridge.
2. Pear Galette
Source: Two Peas & Their Pod
This no-fuss dessert only sounds fancy. The free-form pie crust is simple to make in a food processor and the filling consists of just two ingredients.
3. Strawberry Mousse Brownie Cake
Source: Inside BruCrew Life
This recipe combines homemade brownies with mousse and fresh strawberries for a decadent cake that any chocolate-covered strawberry lover will enjoy. If you’re in a crunch for time, you can start with a box of brownie mix.
4. Strawberry Nutella® Pastries
Source: The Novice Chef
Strawberries will forever be my favorite summer fruit, especially when paired with chocolate! These homemade pastries make a fun and portable dessert that just screams summer.
5. Peach Crisp
Source: My Baking Addiction
Oats and brown sugar create the perfect crunchy topping for this fresh peach crisp. Top with a dollop of ice cream or whipped cream for a cool and creamy treat.
6. Fat-Free Raspberry Cheesecake Fluff
Save both time and calories with this fat-free raspberry cheesecake fluff. It’s ready in just 10 minutes and is absolutely bursting with bright raspberry flavor!