5 Summer Desserts You Can Eat Without the Guilt

You know the moment when you find yourself standing in front of an open freezer contemplating how long it will take to inhale that entire pint of Ben and Jerry’s? We’ve all been there. And since everyone deserves a little post-dinner pick-me-up without feeling completely awful afterwards, I found five summer desserts you can enjoy without the guilt. Because what’s the fun of having your cake if you can’t eat it, too?

roasted fruit crunch recipe

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Roasted Fruit Crunch

The only indulgent part of this sweet fruit recipe is the crumbled amaretti cookies on top. (And since they’re balanced out by all of that fruit, the calories practically don’t count.)

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meyer lemon gelato

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Meyer Lemon Gelato

This tart lemon gelato is the perfect solution for those summer nights when you’re craving a pint of Phish Food.

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strawberry creme fraiche tart

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Strawberry Creme Fraiche Tart

Two pints of fresh strawberries cover this sweet, homemade tart recipe. How’s that for healthy?

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strawberry ice cream sandwich

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Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwich

Made with gingersnap cookies and the ice cream of your choice, you can pick and choose just how indulgent you want to make your weeknight dessert.

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polenta berry cake recipe

Photo: The Italian Vegetable Cookbook

Polenta Berry Cake

Make the most of all of that farmer’s market fruit by whipping up this this sweet, post-dinner treat.

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