6 Better-For-You No-Cook Desserts

There’s no need to pass on dessert when the temperature rises. Instead of sweating it out in the kitchen, opt for these sweet (and better-for-you) recipes with no cooking required.

No-Bake Cookies

Sometimes it’s even better to not have cookies warm out of the oven. These peanut butter-y clusters are filled with raisins, oats, coconut and flax.

FNK HEALTHY BANANA SPLIT PARFAITS, Food Network Kitchen, Semisweet Chocolate Chips, Bananas, Walnuts, Pineapple, Strawberry Ice Cream, Cherries

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Scream for Ice Cream

Try a healthy spin on a sundae classic, complete with all the fixings. Instead of containing the typical 800-plus calories, these parfaits come in at a much more reasonable 360 calories per serving.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Ice Pops

Cool down a spicy meal or sweltering outdoor gathering with these innovative homemade ice pops.



Photo by: Justin Walker

Justin Walker


The naturally sweet flavor and sticky texture of dates brings (and holds) these bars together with the pleasant crunch of pistachios. Simply combine the ingredients in a food processor, then press into a pan, chill and slice.

Fruit and Dip

All you need is a fun dip to dress up fresh fruit for dessert. Try a flavored yogurt, or go for something a little more exciting and combine dry ingredients for a sweet, salty and spicy mixture.

Decadent Shake

Blend frozen fruit with OJ and Greek yogurt for a smoothie that tastes like a Creamsicle, only much better for you.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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