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

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

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.

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Photo by: Justin Walker

Justin Walker

Bars

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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