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Fresh and Fabulous Summer Fruit Desserts

Recipes with a delicious new twist

Healthy Fruit Desserts: Summer Berry Terrine

Summer fruit jelly terrine and ricotta ice cream. — Spy/photocuisine/Corbis

Peach pies, grilled pineapple, and fresh strawberries and whipped cream are all classic summer treats. This season, try some creative new fruit desserts in addition to your family's traditional favorite recipes. Plenty of the options below are low-calorie and low-fat, so you can enjoy them in moderation and feel positive about indulging! 

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Summer Berry Terrine by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner

Here's an ideal dessert for any sort of summer gathering. This terrine is visually appealing and packed full of (delicious) antioxidants. It's a little time intensive due to the layering process, but the end result will definitely be worth it.

Per serving: 183 calories, 1g fat, 3g protein, 5g fiber, 36g total carbohydrate

Pukka Pineapple With Bashed-Up Mint Sugar by Jamie Oliver

Juicy pieces of pineapple are delicious plain, in salads and upside-down cakes. This refreshing pineapple dessert featuring fresh mint will be ready in less than 30 minutes.

Per serving: 164 calories, 0g fat, 1g protein, 4g fiber, 43g total carbohydrate

Gingerbread Nectarine Cobbler by Pat Sinclair

Even though gingerbread is traditionally associated with winter holidays, this dessert absolutely shines when made with in-season fruit. If you're looking for a departure from the usual fruit cobbler, this is a recipe you will want to try.

Per serving: 290 calories, 8g fat, 3g protein, 2g fiber, 54g total carbohydrate

Blackberries in Muscat Jelly by Nigella Lawson

Easy to prepare and quite classy, this premium dessert will impress your guests.

Per serving: 176 calories, 0g fat, 3g protein, 3g fiber, 27g total carbohydrate

Summer Fruit Parfait by Margaret Howard

Substitute any of your favorite fruits in this versatile recipe. The possibilities are endless! Just check what's in season in your area.

Per serving: 71 calories, 2g fat, 3g protein, 1g fiber, 11g total carbohydrate

Peak-of-Summer Berry Crisps by Tom Douglas

We just couldn't resist including a delicious crisp recipe to serve warm out of the oven with ice cream. This dessert will never fail to please.

Per serving: 437 calories, 13g fat, 6g protein, 6g fiber, 77g total carbohydrate

Baked Figs With Cinnamon and Honey by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner

Bake this for a sweet, simple ending to dinner. The Mediterranean flavor pairing of figs and honey is classic. It's low calorie, low fuss, and no fat.

Per serving: 103 calories, 0g fat, 1g protein, 2g fiber, 23g total carbohydrate

Strawberry and Basil Shortcakes by Lori Longbotham

Treat yourself with this decadent summer dessert, a twist on traditional strawberry shortcake with the added refresher of fresh basil. Served with vanilla ice cream and strawberry sorbet. Savor this dish on a warm day.

Per serving: 298 calories, 10g fat, 6g protein, 4g fiber, 47g total carbohydrate

Grand Marnier Grilled Oranges by Kathleen Sloan-McIntosh

If you are having a barbecue this three-ingredient dessert is nearly effortless. Just grill the marinated oranges and serve with ice cream.

Per serving: 268 calories, 7g fat, 4g protein, 4g fiber, 39g total carbohydrate

Raspberry Almond Float by Katie Chin and Leeann Chin

Easy and inexpensive, this Chinese dessert is rich in antioxidants and a refreshing dish on a hot day.

Per serving: 174 calories, 4g fat, 6g protein, 4g fiber, 29g total carbohydrate

You may also like: Try these 3 healthy strawberry desserts.

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