Maple Berry Parfait: This parfait is a simple and attractive way to enjoy seasonal berries. The maple syrup sweetens the fruit in a delicious, healthful way.
Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream: This dish is as classy as it is simple. The balsamic vinegar brings out the flavor in the strawberries, and the ricotta cheese is cool and lightly sweet.
Sorbet: This unbelievably simple sorbet uses only three ingredients with marvelous results. The recipe suggests strawberries, but you can use any fruit you like. I’d recommend making a double recipe and storing some in the freezer for later. Bonus: for a dairy-free option, you can simply replace the yogurt with silken tofu.
Sautéed Grape Napoleons: If you’re really looking to impress, this sophisticated dessert uses crispy phyllo dough, tangy goat cheese, and sweet port to create a delicious, complex dish.
Cherry-Hazelnut Cake with Streusel Topping: This cake is fantastic for coffee with friends or an afternoon picnic. It’s sweet, hearty, and absolutely satisfying.
Grilled Bananas: If you’re having a barbeque, slap a couple of bananas, halved the long way, on the grill before closing up shop. The caramelized bananas are surprisingly sweet, easy, and about as healthy as you can get. The recipe here suggests using creme fraiche and fresh berries to garnish, but you can throw on nuts, balsamic vinegar, or anything else you like.
Chocolate Raspberry Tofu Pie: This decadent pie gets its rich, silky texture from tofu–but no one will need to know. Easier than it looks and healthier than you’d expect, this is a great pie for family get-togethers.
Blueberry-Lavender Pops: Who knew ice pops could be so classy? These pops use plain yogurt for an almost ice cream-like texture, and sweeten almost entirely with fruit and honey. The recipe makes ten, so you can have them in the freezer for whenever you get a craving for something cold and sweet.
Chocolate Mousse Pie: If you’re craving chocolate, chef Bobby Deen’s chocolate mousse pie is only 244 calories per slice. By using dark chocolate and low-fat milk, it stays light while maintaining a delicious, rich, chocolate cake. Plus, you don’t have to bake it! A great way to impress guests.
Cantaloupe-Balsamic Sorbet: Because you can never have too many types of sorbet. This creamy dish is slightly more complicated than the previous one (although still incredibly easy!) but it makes up for the extra five minutes by being unbelievably low calorie and delicious.
Thai Fruit Salad: For something delightfully different, this simple tropical fruit salad combines mango, pineapple, coconut milk, and just a little bit of hot sauce to create something sweet and slightly spicy.