Fast and Healthy-ish Citrus Desserts

Warm Citrus Fruit with Brown Sugar
These citrus treats perfectly fill the bill when you're looking for a dessert recipe that's healthier than most. Bursting with bright citrus flavor, each recipe features fresh fruits and can be prepped in almost no time. We even have a few five-minute dessert options on the menu! When dessert is this fast and delicious, there's no reason not to indulge your sweet tooth after dinner. Sample these desserts while citrus is in season—but thanks to your local produce department, you can enjoy the tangy fruit year-round.

Ginger Broil

Five-minute dessert? Count us in! Great for a burst of sweetness after dinner or a quick sweet tooth-satisfying snack, this simple dessert features broiled grapefruit slices brushed with butter and sprinkled with brown sugar and candied ginger. A dollop of yogurt on top looks just like whipped cream or frosting, but keeps this dessert healthier.

Stuffed Blood Oranges

You can make these stuffed blood oranges look as fancy or as simple as you like, depending on how much time you have. Use a zester to make festive designs in the peels, or let the fruit and orange liqueur (and frosted topping!) speak for themselves. If you want to make them a little healthier, leave off the frosting topper—but they're still healthy-ish even if you don't (a little frosting never hurts!).

Almond-Tangerine Panna Cotta

Each serving of this dessert has almost 10 grams of protein thanks to Greek yogurt. Even though tangerine slices are cooked into the ruby-red sauce, we recommend adding a slice or two on top before serving for an extra burst of citrus. And it's not just citrus on display here: A splash of pomegranate juice and a few tart cherries help make this dessert extra fruity.

Citrus Ice

Healthier than ice cream but just as cool and refreshing, this citrus dessert is perfect to have on hand when the weather heats up. It takes just 20 minutes of prep time, but you'll have to be patient while it freezes. We used agave syrup to sweeten this dessert instead of a few spoonfuls of sugar, which makes it healthier than a bowlful of ice cream.

Dessert Pizza with Banana Ice Cream

The banana ice cream on top of a chocolaty rice cereal crust may not count as a citrus fruit, but topping your slice with orange wedges certainly does. Experiment with a few different citrus fruit toppers, or let your dinner guests design their own slice. Either way, this fruity pizza is a surefire winner.

Go-Green Smoothie Bowls

Honestly, we're excited to slurp up this smoothie bowl for breakfast or dessert. The stunning colors and gorgeous arrangement of toppers makes it a healthy treat that will also wow guests. We already blended one tangerine into the bowl alongside fresh spinach and mango, but sectioning another for the top makes this recipe truly worthy of a snapshot.

Baked Grapefruit Halves

You had us at baked grapefruit, but the juicy topper really pushes this recipe into dessert territory. A combination of orange slices, bananas, cherries, and orange liqueur makes a mouthwatering topper (not to mention a gorgeous glaze) for simple grapefruit halves.

Cinnamon Orange Slices

You'd be amazed how much a sprinkle of cinnamon can dress up plain orange slices. The hint of spice from the cinnamon takes this two-ingredient recipe from an afternoon snack to a simple and tasty after-dinner treat. This easy dessert recipe will look even more stunning if you serve it on a white plate—any extra sprinkles of cinnamon will stand out on the white background.

Warm Citrus Fruit with Brown Sugar

It only takes a sprinkle of brown sugar and a drizzle of rum to make a plain bowl of fruit into a luscious dessert, and this recipe proves it. Fresh grapefruit, oranges, and pineapple play a role in this juicy, mouthwatering 20-minute dessert. Not only does each one add a burst of sweet and tangy flavor, but their bright colors make this recipe utterly irresistible.

Orange-Mango Agua Fresca

Sometimes dessert can be as simple as a sweet and fruity drink. Fresh mango is the main ingredient in this recipe, but freshly squeezed orange juice brings even more tangy citrus flavor. It's an easy, upscale makeover for plain orange juice that's just special enough to qualify as dessert.

Cranberry Citrus Compote

Fresh grapefruit and orange slices are the main attraction of this compote, with cranberries playing a starring role in the syrup—along with a drizzle of orange juice to add a little extra tang. For a pretty garnish, add a whole star anise to the top of each bowl.

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Fresh Fruit with Citrus-Mint Dressing

This dessert is all about your favorite fruits. Once you make the mint dressing, use any combination of citrus fruits so the recipe can be a little different with each serving. Even if the word "dressing" makes you think of salads, trust us—the combination of citrus fruit and mint was made to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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