Healthy 4th of July Dessert Recipes

Find healthy, delicious 4th of July dessert recipes including blueberry pies, strawberry shortcakes and all patriotic red, white and blue desserts. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Easy Peach Cobbler Dump Cake

This peach dump cake serves up a fluffy, tender vanilla cake that's studded with juicy, sweet peaches. This peach cake is so simple it's sure to become a favorite summertime dessert. Using a box of organic cake mix makes the recipe prep even easier.

No-Bake Berry Cheesecake Bars

Rating: 4 stars
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As if no-bake weren't tempting enough, consider that the graham cracker crust for these berry cheesecake bars has pecans in it. Ooh la la! In the filling, nonfat Greek yogurt and reduced-fat cream cheese cut the calories and saturated fat.

No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake

Rating: 4 stars
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This no-bake cherry cheesecake is an easy summertime treat. This no-bake cheesecake recipe has omega-3-rich walnuts in the graham cracker crust and uses nonfat Greek yogurt and reduced-fat cream cheese in the filling to keep saturated fat in check. If you want a bright red topping, use sour cherries. Sweet cherries give it a more purple hue. To make gluten-free no-bake cherry cheesecake, use gluten-free graham crackers.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Fruit Bars

Rating: 4.25 stars
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Strawberry and rhubarb are a classic combination--try them in these easy-to-make fruit bars.

Mini Blueberry-Lemon Cheesecakes

This muffin-tin mini cheesecake recipe is an adorable, healthy dessert that's the perfect cute size. If making 2 dozen seems like overkill, the recipe can easily be cut in half. If you avoid gluten, use gluten-free graham crackers to make the crust.

Peach Custard Pie

Rating: 4.83 stars
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We use low-fat milk along with nonfat Greek yogurt in the creamy custard for this peach pie. The yogurt gives the custard a smooth texture without using cream or too many egg yolks. A slice is just as delicious served warm from the oven as it is chilled. For an added treat, serve topped with fresh blueberries.

Cherry Sorbet

Try this cherry sorbet recipe with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream or some more chopped cherries on top.

Dried-Fruit Bars

Rating: 5 stars
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Make a batch of these easy homemade dried-fruit bars to tuck into your kid's lunchbox all week.

Strawberry Shortcake Cake

Rating: 4.67 stars
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Sweet strawberries are nestled between layers of sponge cake and a cream filling in this easy cake. We add nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt to whipped cream to lighten up the filling and give it a little tang.

Watermelon Fruit Pizza

Rating: 5 stars
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This refreshing fruit dessert pizza recipe swaps classic cookie crust with a healthier watermelon crust. Topped with yogurt sauce, your favorite berries and mint, this fresh dessert can easily be doubled for a party or halved for every day.

No-Bake Mason Jar Strawberry Cheesecakes

These no-bake portable cheesecakes are rich and creamy and swirled with fresh strawberries and honey for sweetness--perfect for a picnic or a backyard barbecue! We've used some Greek yogurt to lighten up this healthy dessert.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Rating: 4.27 stars
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Here's a simple recipe for low-fat vanilla ice cream. Our version has all the richness you'll need but about 90 fewer calories than store-bought premium ice cream and a whopping 15 grams less total fat and 10 grams less saturated fat per serving.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Beautiful Berrylicious Flag Cake

Fresh berries make up the stars and stripes on this delicious patriotic dessert.The frosting is healthier by subbing in yogurt for some of the butter.

How to Make S'mores 4 Ways

Think beyond the classic graham cracker-marshmallow-chocolate sandwich with a variety of crisp cookies, fruit, spreads and chocolate.

Strawberry Fruit Salad

Rating: 5 stars
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This summer berry fruit salad recipe makes enough for a crowd. Serve with granola and yogurt at brunch, as a healthy potluck side, or halve the recipe to serve 4.