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Watermelon ice & 5 more refreshing summer desserts

By Wendy Ruopp, July 12, 2012 - 11:58am

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“Eat dessert first” is a motto I can really relate to—and when it comes to summer desserts, it’s also good advice. That’s because some of the best summer desserts are frozen desserts, and nothing stays frozen very long on a hot summer day. As the sun continues to blaze hot this season, I know that fresh, frosty treats are just what I want to make and eat right now.

Here are 6 very cool recipes to enjoy right away.

Watermelon-Yogurt Ice
Watermelon is one of summer’s most refreshing and iconic fruits. Inspired by creamy watermelon sherbet, our light and refreshing dessert truly captures the essence of summer.

Frozen Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Retro, creamy and delicious, this cake is the frozen version of the beloved classic. This recipe takes a bit of time, but the results are worthwhile.

Frozen Raspberry Pie
This creamy, luscious pie is made by combining a fluffy cooked meringue with a raspberry puree, then pouring the mixture into a chocolate-cookie crust.

Chocolate Malt Ice Cream
Malted-milk powder and powdered nonfat dry milk add most of the body to this unbelievably creamy but low-fat ice cream. Stir in some mini chocolate chips or crushed chocolate wafer cookies for a chocolate-lover's delight.

Melon & Apple Granita
This granita uses sweet ripe melon for flavor, apple juice instead of sugar and a touch of lime juice to perk up the flavors. Berries look beautiful on top; or if you can find fresh figs, add them. Orange-fleshed melon gives this dessert its vibrant look.

Grilled Peach Sundaes
There is something truly alluring about the combination of hot and cold—especially in a dessert. Add a scoop of cold ice cream atop any other hot, grilled stone fruit for an equally exciting combination.

What’s your favorite summer dessert? Tell us what you think below.

TAGS: Wendy Ruopp, Food Blog, Entertaining, Family meals, Holidays, Recipe Makeover

Wendy Ruopp
Wendy Ruopp has been the managing editor of EatingWell for most of her adult life. Although she writes about food for the Weeknights column of EatingWell Magazine, her husband does the cooking at home.

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