Embark on a Sweet Escape With 38 Spring Desserts
Everyone needs a sweet escape, especially when the weather's as sunny and temperate as spring. Let these 38 desserts, all bright and sunny in flavor and starring seasonal fruits, take you on a sugary getaway. From frozen yogurt popsicle bars to avocado ice creams, and even a no-bake watermelon cake (Yum!), there's not a single treat that's not mouthwatering in taste. Even better, many of these recipes are vegan and keto-friendly, so there's an option for everyone. Get excited for warmer days, budding leaves, and the smell of fresh-cut grass with the refreshing dessert ideas ahead!
— Additional reporting by Haley Lyndes
Vegan Chocolate Mousse-Filled Strawberries
These 100 percent edible mousse cups are just begging you to indulge in more than one.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Avocado's naturally light and creamy texture lends itself to all kinds of pudding recipes. This one's our favorite. All you have to do is combine avocados with naturally sweet ingredients, like cocoa powder, honey, coconut milk, and a dash of espresso powder for a light but rich recipe that's perfect for spring.
Chocolate Raspberry Protein Balls
The only regret you'll have after making these ornament-like balls is how they'll look so pretty you'll want to hang them up almost as much as you'll want to eat them up.
Chocolate Hummus Fruit Dip
Chocolate hummus, can it really be true? In fact it is; the secret ingredient in this decadent fruit dip is chickpeas.
Gluten-Free Banana Nut Protein Muffins
Bake a batch of these banana nut protein muffins to enjoy for the week's breakfast or snacks, or double the batch so you can freeze them for later. They taste delicious on their own, but are even better paired with a smear of nut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Iced Lemon Pound Cake
This cake will satisfy your lemon pound cake cravings and fool anyone who's skeptical that a vegan cake could taste this good. Buttery (without the butter), moist, and lemony sweet, this cake is made with almond meal so you'll get a little extra fiber and protein.
Strawberry Shortcake For One
Baking a cake can feel like a lot of work (and temptation) if you're on your own, and this personalized shortcake is just the answer. It layers a light, low-carb cake with fresh strawberries and a healthy scoop of yogurt.
Fruity Frozen Yogurt Bites
For a healthy dessert that everyone of all ages will enjoy, go with these frozen bites of goodness. All you need are your favorite fruits and yogurt.
Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes
These decadent cupcakes don't taste vegan in the slightest — they're moist, sweet, and just plain delicious. The creamy frosting is made with a combination of vegan butter and vegan cream cheese.
Lemon Blueberry Protein Muffins
These light and moist muffins are sweetened with lemon juice and blueberries, making them the perfect spring treat.
Vegan Avocado Ice Cream
Blend, freeze, and enjoy with this creamy vegan avocado ice cream. All you have to do is run avocado, coconut cream, and brown rice syrup (a low-fructose sweetener) through the food processor, along with a squirt of lemon juice to keep the color fresh. It's an easy and refreshing dessert for spring.
Vegan Carrot Zucchini Bread
Mixed with grated carrot and applesauce to add fiber and natural sweetness, each slice of this vegan carrot zucchini bread is perfectly soft and moist.
Frozen Yogurt Cupcakes
Frozen yogurt cupcakes are made with hearty ingredients such as greek yogurt, strawberries, and bananas and only have 30 calories each!
Sweet and moist on the inside and crispy on the outside, this banana bread tastes delicious on its own, but it's even more amazing smeared with nut butter and sprinkled with chocolate chips.
Green Smoothie Popsicles
Your favorite green smoothie in solid form, made with spinach, coconut milk, strawberries, and bananas.
This quick and easy smoothie, made with spinach and Greek yogurt, is sure to satisfy your Girl Scout cookie craving.
Frozen Strawberry Dessert
Finally use those frozen strawberries in your freezer for this delicious dessert, featuring pecans, strawberries, and gluten-free oat flower.
Sugar-Free Keto Low-Carb Lemon Bars
Lemon bars are a staple, and perfect for spring. However, their creamy fillings and shortbread-like crusts aren't exactly low-carb. With just five ingredients, you can make a delicious treat that you'd never guess has substitutions!
Lemon Meringue Pie S'mores
Add a little bit of zest in place of the chocolate with these lemon meringue pie s'mores — a perfect springtime treat.
Peeps Bunny Bark
Love unicorns, bright colors, and Peeps? Swirling together this beautiful Peeps unicorn bark requires minimal technique, and will always turn out uniquely bright and colorful, and just as delicious!
Banana Smoothie Muffins
This recipe for banana smoothie muffins is filled with a healthy secret ingredient you won't even taste — spinach! You basically make a smoothie, add flour and a few other ingredients, and bake!
Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Another avocado ice cream recipe? We're fine with that, especially because making this creamy, refreshing avocado ice cream is easier than it looks. You'll blend your avocados with coconut cream and agave syrup, plus mint for a burst of bright flavor, then toss in chocolate chips and let it freeze. Bonus: the recipe includes instructions for that chocolate syrup, too.
No-Bake Watermelon Cake
On a warm spring day, this crowd-pleasing festive no-bake watermelon cake hits the spot. It's a hydrating treat that takes the classic melon to a whole new level.
Mini Strawberry Cheesecake
Creamy and fruity, these cheesecakes are actually both dairy and gluten-free — though no one would know it. Full of flavor and sweetness, this is one dessert everyone, including your friends with dietary restrictions, will love.
Key Lime Pie
This key lime pie is both tart and creamy, making it the perfect treat for a warm spring night. Made with avocados and coconut cream, it's vegan — but dairy-lovers will enjoy it too!
Frozen Banana Pops
You only need three ingredients, plus some popsicle sticks, to make this hassle-free dessert. These pops are perfect for many occasions, like celebrating spring, and make for a good post-workout treat.
Strawberry Banana Creams
With only four ingredients needed to make these strawberry poppers, you're likely to feast on this dessert all spring and summer long.
Easy Strawberry Puff Pastry Tart
Store-bought puff pastry is the key to making a strawberry tart in no time.
Cherry Petit Fours
Ready to roll up your sleeves and bake something truly memorable? These cherry-jam-filled petit fours, lightly glazed with a vanilla-almond icing, may take all day to make, but the efforts are worth the sweet rewards.
No, those aren't eggs — they are lemon pound cake cupcakes filled with with zesty lemon curd.
Lemon Curd Cake
Those layers! That icing! The oozing curd! We're not sure which part of the lemon curd cake is the most thrilling to our taste buds.
Raspberry-Swirl Greek Frozen Yogurt
If you're still on a yogurt kick, consider this raspberry-swirl Greek frozen yogurt. Scoop it on a cone or serve it for breakfast with some granola. We won't judge.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
Baking strawberry rhubarb crumble is easier than pie — literally. Top with cardamom ice cream or homemade cardamom whipped cream, and watch it melt like butter.
Nothing is better for breakfast (or dessert!) than a slice of tart, rustic rhubarb galette right out of the oven.