10 Healthy Fourth of July Desserts
Fourth of July Desserts
From calorie-laden parade candy to sugary tri-colored rocket ice pops, July 4th isn't exactly known as a diet-friendly celebration. Luckily, there are patriotic and sweet ways to celebrate the holiday without tanking your healthy eating plans. Focus on seasonal fruit—which happens to often be red and blue—and opt for simple yet impactful sweetener swaps. Any of these pretty red, white, and blue desserts will please the backyard crowd.
Vegan Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
Sure, the chocolate chip variety gets the glory as the all-American cookie, but the classic sugar cookie deserves a part in your spread of Fourth of July desserts. Customize your next batch so you can share with your dairy-free and wheat-free pals (dessert equality FTW!) by using coconut oil instead of butter and a combination of almond and oat flours rather than all-purpose. Tint the macadamia-based frosting with freeze-dried blueberry and cherry powder for a festive finish.
Get the recipe: Vegan Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
Watermelon Pizza with Cream Cheese Icing
Dessert pizzas most often feature a cookie crust, but not this genius, healthy twist. The sugar-free, low-carb, keto-friendly pizza uses a thick slice of hydrating watermelon as the base. Toppings include blueberries and raspberries, which is fitting for this Fourth of July dessert, but any fruits, nuts, or even herbs (mint or basil would be great) will work. (Related: More Fun Ways to Enjoy Watermelon This Summer)
Get the recipe: Watermelon Pizza with Cream Cheese Icing
Tart Cherry Ice Cream with White Chocolate and Macadamia Nuts
Add some sparkle to your summer soiree with this lusciously creamy frozen dessert of cherry macadamia nut coconut milk-based ice cream. It's like a white chocolate-macadamia nut cookie merged with a pint of cherry ice cream—all in a perfect-for-summer package. (Next: Combine drinks and dessert in this boozy red, white, and blue fruit salad.)
Get the recipe: Tart Cherry Ice Cream with White Chocolate and Macadamia Nuts
Blueberry-Almond Shortcakes with Lemon Whipped Cream
You can't be blue after a bite of these almond-laced shortcakes. Portion size and a light lemon whipped cream filling are the two keys to keeping the calorie count at a slim 148 per serving. The sweetest news? Just three tablespoons of sugar are plenty to balance the tartness of the season's best berries for the fruit sauce.
Get the recipe: Blueberry Almond Shortcakes with Lemon Whipped Cream
True, this Fourth of July dessert is not a made-in-the-USA creation. Yet this Dutch-derived custard, fruit compote, and yogurt recipe might just become your new summer holiday dessert tradition! Made with dairy, berries, and egg yolks, these pretty parfaits pack in 12 grams of protein to keep you well-fueled throughout the entire barbecue. (Bonus: Add some savory additions to your backyard barbecue menu with these 24 festive and easy Fourth of July recipes.)
Get the recipe: Dutch Vla-Flip
Blueberry Vegan Frozen Yogurt
This vibrant fro-yo requires just four ingredients: coconut milk, dairy-free yogurt, frozen blueberries, and vanilla. While it's already a picture-perfect Fourth of July dessert, you could add an optional fifth ingredient: chopped chocolate-covered cherries. Try the double-churn method to give this lightened-up dessert the decadent texture of a premium ice cream. (Just do yourself a favor and wait to digest all that goodness before you tackle this fun cooler workout that will wow everyone at your BBQ.)
Get the recipe: Blueberry Vegan Frozen Yogurt
Chocolate Ganache Tart
Keep your cool with this no-bake dessert. Since the gluten-free and vegan tart shell is made simply with almond flour, coconut oil, salt, and your favorite liquid sweetener, it requires zero time in the oven. That pastry makes the ideal vehicle for serving the chocolate-espresso filling, red raspberries, white sliced almonds, and blueberries for a Fourth of July dessert that makes a pretty presentation.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Ganache Tart
Coconut Mixed Berry Crisp
With less than a tablespoon of sugar per serving, you'll want to dig into one of the leftover slices of this gluten-free raspberry and blueberry crisp for breakfast tomorrow—if there are leftovers, that is. Try serving it with a dollop of chilled Greek yogurt instead of ice cream. Best thing is, it can last up to three days in the fridge.
Get the recipe: Coconut Mixed Berry Crisp
Triple Berry Coconut Chia Pudding Parfaits
Save time on the Fourth of July by stirring together these fiber-rich chia pudding parfaits the night before. Each glass is only 119 calories, so you'll have room for all the second-servings you want. (Because, really, who's counting calories?!)
Get the recipe: Triple Berry Coconut Chia Pudding Parfaits
5-Minute Fruit Tart with Creamy Banana Filling
Cauliflower isn't just for curries and pizza crusts. Stealthily add it to the banana "nice cream" filling in this no-bake tart for a low-cal vitamin boost. No one will guess there are veggies hiding beneath the pile of berries and naturally sweet honey. (You'll also want to check out this 3-ingredient strawberry banana caramel soft serve with almond butter syrup.)
Get the recipe: 5-Minute Fruit Tart with Creamy Banana Filling