Meal Planning Monday ~ Summer Desserts


This week’s blog post is by Christine Luken.

Nothing makes it feel more like summer than hearing the jingle of the music from the ice cream truck coming down the street.  When I was a kid, my favorite treats from the ice cream man were the red-white-and-blue bomb pops and ice cream sandwiches.  My brother loved the orange push-up pops and Drumsticks.  I’m not sure that any of us outgrow that love of frosty desserts when the weather is hot.  So, I thought that this week, I would share some ideas and recipes for grown-up summer desserts that are both healthy and delicious.

Vanilla Coconut Milk Ice Cream – My friend Shirley shared this recipe on Facebook and I can’t wait to try it!  There are only three ingredients: coconut milk, vanilla, and honey.  Anything coconut reminds me of my vacations in Hawaii, so I’m sure I’ll love it.  Plus, there’s no dairy in this ice “cream” so you can eat it even if you’re lactose-intolerant!  You will need an ice cream machine to make it, which I don’t currently have.  My husband is a huge ice cream fan, so I think I know what I’m getting Nick for his birthday in a few weeks!

Freezy PB S’mores Sandwiches – I recently downloaded the new dessert cookbook from Hungry Girl, Just Desserts: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories.  I’ve been on a chocolate and peanut butter kick lately, so I was eager to try this recipe.  Take 1/3 cup of Cool Whip Free, mix it with 2 teaspoons of powdered peanut butter (like PB2), 8 miniature marshmallows, and 1 tsp. mini chocolate chips.  Take one graham cracker sheet and break it in half.  Spread the Cool Whip mixture in between the graham crackers to make a sandwich.  Freeze for 90 minutes or until filling is firm.  It’s a lot of yum for only 160 calories!  Make a bunch and freeze them in individual sandwich baggies so you can grab one whenever the mood strikes you.

Angel Food Cake with Berries - Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are coming in season right now, so take advantage of their yummy ripeness with this easy dessert!  Mix one 6 to 8 oz. container of lemon Greek yogurt with one cup of Cool Whip.  If you can’t find lemon flavored Greek yogurt, mix 1 Tbsp. of fresh lemon juice with a container of vanilla Greek yogurt before combining with the Cool Whip.  Take a slice of store-bought angel food cake and top it with a dollop of the yogurt/ Cool Whip mixture then top with fresh (or freshly frozen) berries.  Absolutely delicious!

Protein Milk Shakes – Milk shakes are awesome, but they can really derail your healthy eating plan because of all the sugar.  Burger King’s small (12 ounce) chocolate milk shake has 588 calories and NINETY GRAMS OF SUGAR!  Holy moly!  (Don’t believe me?  Check it out on Calorie King for yourself.)  The good news is that you can have a tasty protein shake that will satisfy your cravings without all those calories and sugar grams. Diet Free Life has a bunch of great smoothie recipes, like Apple Surprise and the Coconut Berry Smoothie.  I freeze berries and ripe bananas for smoothies on a regular basis.  Lately, I’ve been taking my Chocolate Fit Pro and putting it in the blender with a few ice cubes and a tablespoon of PB2.  (I told you I was on a peanut butter and chocolate kick!)  The great news is that there are only about 200 calories and 10 grams of sugar – plus 28 grams of protein! – in my chocolate “milk shake.”  It tastes so great, I can’t even believe that it’s so good for me!

What is your favorite summer dessert?



  1. Tracie says:

    I have been hearing a lot about coconut milk ice cream lately. I am definitely going to have to try that out!