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.
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.
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.
Recipe: Healthy Banana Split Parfaits
Cool down a spicy meal or sweltering outdoor gathering with these innovative homemade ice pops.
Recipe: Summer Breakfast Ice Pops
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.
Recipe: No-Bake Apricot-Pistachio Bars
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.
Recipe: Pineapple with Spicy Sugar Dip
Blend frozen fruit with OJ and Greek yogurt for a smoothie that tastes like a Creamsicle, only much better for you.
Recipe: Resolution Smoothie
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.