No-Bake Fruit Desserts

Dessert,Featured Article,In Season,Recipes,Seasonal Foods,Summer
July 9, 2011

If you can't take the heat, don't get out of the kitchen—just turn off the stove and whip up a dessert using the bounty of fruits available in summer.

No Bake Desserts
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Mother Nature is certainly happy during the summer—but who can blame her? Summer offers a bounty of delicious options like no other season, one that is filled with naturally sweet equivalents to brownies and cakes—juicy, fresh, dribble-down-your-chin fruits. And the best part is, no baking is necessarily required to coax the natural sweetness from juicy berries, melons, peaches, bananas, pineapples, plums, mangoes and more.

Though certainly a cobbler is always welcome, beating the heat by simply turning off the stove can be a welcome relief to the dog days of summer—especially when a tangy sorbet, icy granita, or a cool "fool" is the result of our labors.


—By Emily Arno

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Orange, Strawberry and Banana Parfaits

Fruity dessert or snack that substitutes gelatin cubes for ice cream.

Blueberry Granita

Blueberry Granita

Fresh blueberries sing through bright and clear in this frozen dessert.

Banana Chocolate Pops

Banana Chocolate Pops

A kid-pleasing dessert that sneaks tofu in under the radar.

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Strawberry Sorbet

A quart of fruit, a bit a sugar and an ice-cream maker—what could be easier?

Frozen Honey Banana Pops

These are frozen bananasicles taken to a whole new level.

Tangerine Sorbet

With only three ingredients, this sorbet is super easy.

Mango Cardamom Granita

This refreshing mango dessert can cool off even the hottest summer nights.