Summer Desserts Under 175 Calories
Delicious sweet dishes just right for spring and summer, and each with less than 175 calories per serving.
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Raspberry Custard Brulee
Layers of raspberries and custard topped with lacy caramelized sugar form this elegant yet easy-to-make raspberry custard brulee.
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To make this rich-tasting, classic custard, stir the egg mixture constantly with a figure-eight motion. This ensures even cooking and helps prevent the bottom portion from sticking and burning.
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Strawberry Italian Ice
The strawberry flavor of this ice is given a special twist by the addition of juice and peel from orange, lemon, and lime.
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Herbed Melon Frozen Yogurt
Yogurt and honey give a silky texture to this melon treat infused with pineapple sage. The fresh, citrus-like -- or as some would say, pineapple-like -- flavor of the pineapple sage is a great match for the cantaloupe.
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Melon and Cream Tartlets
Slices of honeydew melon as well as melon liqueur make these rich creamy phyllo tarts delectable. To make paper-thin ribbons of melon, use a vegetable peeler to scrape lengthwise strips of melon.
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Lemon Beehive Meringues
These lemon-filled meringues with their cone-shaped tops resemble beehives. The secret to a successful meringue is adding sugar gradually so it dissolves into the egg whites.
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Use frozen berries to make this Easy-Freezy Sorbet.
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Country Apricot Tart
This fresh apricot filled tart takes on a rustic appearance with a folded-over cornmeal crust.
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Strawberry Cream Pie
This strawberry cream pie recipe makes an elegant dessert with a creamy strawberry mousse filling, surrounded by delicate ladyfingers. Limeade concentrate and a touch of tequila make this creamy pie taste a little like a strawberry margarita.
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Grilled Fruit Crisp
Sweet, juicy peaches star in this cooked-on-the-grill version of an all-time favorite dessert: fruit crisp. If you can't get ripe, fragrant fresh peaches, substitute frozen or canned.
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Easy Ice Cream Sandwiches
Create your own homemade ice cream chocolate sandwich treats with decorative cookie cutters of your choice. Have fun cutting and filling the cookies in this ice cream sandwich recipe with your favorite ice cream and fruit.
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Fat-Free Watermelon Sherbet
Serve this highly refreshing watermelon sherbet ice as an appetizer, snack, or dessert.
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Mini Cheesecakes with Fruit
Top these tiny cheesecakes with whatever fruit strikes your fancy. The small size makes perfect party treats or light desserts.
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Frozen Berry-Melon Pops
Cool, wet, and refreshing, these fruity berry and melon ice pops make an extra special treat. Watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew melons work equally well. Pick the one that suits your fancy.
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Summer Fruit Cups
A dessert this simple depends on the finest fruits for its success. Start with juicy summer fruits, then drizzle on a syrup steeped with verbena leaves. The verbena lends a sweet, clean, lemon flavor.
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This simple yogurt and berry dessert starts with angel food cake. Either a homemade or a bakery cake will do.
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Mango cubes layered with a mixture of fat-free sour cream and nectarine puree make for a tasty low-calorie, low-fat treat. If you don't have parfait glasses, assemble the parfaits in large wine glasses, champagne flutes, or margarita glasses. Be inventive. No matter what it is served in it will taste divine.
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Pina Colada Sherbet
Tropical flavors of coconut, pineapple, orange, and island rum combine for a four-ingredient wonder of sublime taste. Transform a favorite summer cocktail into a cool and refreshing dessert.
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A raspberry sauce tops off these sorbet-meringue sundaes. Vanilla or chocolate frozen yogurt can be substituted for the sorbet.
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Lime and Lemon Ice Cream
This no-cook refreshing, tart-sweet lemon and lime ice cream is perfect for warm days.
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Sweet sparkling wine such as Asti Spumante brings effervescence to this colorful dessert.
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Easy Fruit Cobblers and CrispsCobblers and crisps traditionally are warm fruit desserts with a biscuit or crunchy topping. Thanks to the availability of fresh, frozen, and canned fruits, you can enjoy cobblers and crisps any time of year. Among the variety of fruits, spices, and toppings in these recipes, you'll find the perfect one for you.Begin Slideshow »