Nobody wants to feel weighed down in hot weather. These 8 summer desserts provide plenty of sweet fruit flavor—one of the best things about summer—without the heavy carb overload.
1. Grilled Fig and Orange Blossom Sundaes
Instead of chocolate sauce and caramel, try topping your ice cream with grilled fresh figs. Just brush them with a mixture of honey and fragrant orange blossom water and grill until caramelized. Arrange over scoops of ice cream and sprinkle with toasted pistachios and a drizzle of additional honey. Get our Grilled Fig and Orange Blossom Sundaes recipe.
2. Buttermilk Panna Cotta
anna cotta is a simple, eggless Italian custard that can be flavored countless ways. In this version, buttermilk adds a silky texture and tangy flavor. Just bloom gelatin in cream, then heat the mixture with sugar and vanilla seeds. Strain, stir in the buttermilk, pour into ramekins, and chill. Get our Buttermilk Panna Cotta recipe.
3. Easy Chai Popsicles
These chai popsicles are wonderfully fragrant, perfect to end off a rich Indian meal of complex flavors or to punctuate a lazy summer afternoon. They’re super easy to put together, too. Get our Easy Chai Popsicles recipe.
4. Pineapple-Rum Sorbet
You don’t need to pull out the ice cream maker for this elegant cold dessert. Just blend frozen pineapple with rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice, then freeze the mixture until solid and scoopable. Get our Pineapple-Rum Sorbet recipe.
5. Burnt Caramel Custard Pots de Creme
San Francisco–based chocolatier Michael Recchiuti’s recipe for this caramel custard is superrich and flavored with a hint of milk chocolate. Get our Burnt Caramel Custard Pots de Creme recipe.
6. Peaches ‘N’ Cream Ice Pops
Blend fresh peaches, sugar, and cream with mascarpone cheese for a little tangy flavor. Add diced peaches to the blended mixture for texture, then pour the base into ice pop molds. Get our Peaches ‘N’ Cream Ice Pops recipe.
7. Coconut Ice Cream
Stirring shredded coconut into the base of this ice cream gives the finished product a pleasant, chewy texture. Top your coconut ice cream with diced mango for an easy tropical dinner party dessert. Get our Coconut Ice Cream recipe.
8. Honeydew Melon Ice Pops
Sweet honeydew gets the star treatment in this version of a South Korean ice-pop favorite, the Melona bar. No artificial flavors here; ripe melon is blended and then drained of excess liquid to intensify the fruit flavor, before the cream and sugar are added. Get our Honeydew Melon Ice Pops recipe.