As the weather really starts to heat up, it’s a nice indulgence to spend a day outside (by the water if you’re lucky), with a midday refreshment to cool off, refuel, or indulge that inner sweet tooth. Scorching temperatures (ie. bathing suit weather) often mean that nobody wants to gorge on a really heavy dessert or spend too much time slaving away over a hot stove. So we have compiled a directory of lighter, no-bake, no-fuss, fruit-based recipes, from items that you can quickly serve up in a glass to regale your companions, simply throw together as a snack for yourself, or bring to a larger crowd. You’ll at least get a taste of a tropical vacation…
If you’re looking for:
Quick fixes for a little protein and a lot of fruit—great ideas options for breakfast, post-swim or workout, or afternoon snack:
Berry Parfait with Coconut Granola
Layer a cute glass with yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, and granola for a quick but fancy-looking treat! Or try this similar “split” with raspberries and bananas, Yogurt Breakfast Split.
Tropical Fruit Smoothie
Get a little adventurous and try this high-protein smoothie that blends frozen papaya, pineapple, and mango with tofu.
Sweet tropical dessert drinks to refresh and kick off the fun:
Pina Colada Smoothie
An alcohol-free pina colada with coconut milk and pineapple wedges.
Southern Comfort Punch
Careful, this is an adult beverage, a giant punch bowl filled with sliced citrus fruits, ginger ale, and whiskey.
Lime Sherbet Punch
Cool off with a tall glass of this bright, tangy beverage garnished with lime and spoonfuls of sherbet.
Unique takes on classic fruit salads:
Fruit Salad with Honey Dressing
Combine avocado and poppyseed honey-mustard dressing with your favorite fruits (we like apple, banana, but you could try with mango or peaches), and serve in little lettuce cups!
A colorful, sweet-and-sour, coconut-topped staple that holds up well and packs the Vitamin C!
Golda’s Frozen Waldorf Salad
Combine mini-marshmallows with homemade syrup, grapes, celery, and your favorite nuts, then freeze, garnish with mint, and dive into this chilled delight.
Paula’s Easy Watermelon Dessert
Bites of watermelon tossed in a pineapple ginger dressing served in small bowls.
Lastly, here are some exciting chilled desserts that you can bring to the party… Yes, these recipes may require a tiny bit more effort or time, but good luck finding something else so refreshing, delicious, and easy!
Strawberry Banana Ice Pops
Blend banana pudding mix with strawberries and milk and chill in ice pop molds or even paper cups.
Pirate’s Buried Treasure
You won’t find anything quite like this: open pineapple halves filled with grilled pineapple chunks and mango ice cream. If you don’t want to bother cooking, just skip the grilling part!
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