10 Refreshing Summer Desserts You Need To Make This Year

Ryan Nadolny | Ryan Eats Everything

Summer is knocking on the door and with it we're looking forward to picnics and all of our favorite summer foods.

After a day spent grilling delicious meats and veggies and feeding your crew though, it’s time to sink your teeth into something sweet and decadent.

Sweet treats are great all year long, but summer desserts just hit different.

Fresh berries and local fruit add such a wonderful, refreshing quality to summer's best dessert recipes.

Whether it’s pie, a sheet cake, or ice cream, I am game for all of it. There's no dessert left behind when this guy is around! 

If you're like me and filling the backyard with people for a seasonal feast is right up your alley, don't miss these 10 refreshing summer desserts.

1. Peaches and Cream Pie Recipe

Sweet peaches with whipped cream and a graham cracker crust? Count me in! I’m a sucker for all things pie and peaches. Put them together and it’s a match made in heaven! This peaches and cream pie is the ultimate summer dessert. It's light and sweet, loaded with fresh summer fruit.

2. Banana Sheet Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe

This tasty dessert is a perfect way to use up all those extra ripe bananas that your kids swore they would eat. (And we all know they go brown much faster in the heat of summer!) The cake itself is light and fluffy, and the peanut butter frosting is to die for - a must for any peanut butter and banana lover!

3. Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Pie Recipe

I will fight anyone that stands in my way of peanut butter chocolate mousse. It could be The Rock and I’m going to win that battle. Don’t underestimate me. I WILL bite you. In all seriousness though, while this peanut butter chocolate mousse pie isn't worthy of resorting to violence it is absolutely worth of writing home to your mom about. Give it a try!

4. No Churn Roasted Berry Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Recipe

Why have I never thought to roast berries?! All those natural sugars get all caramelized and turn into something truly decadent. Drool! Then mixed into homemade ice cream?! I’m sold. Plus I love that this ice cream recipe is no-churn making it surprisingly simple to make at home.

5. Rocky Road Bars Recipe

These tasty treats are just like the ice cream except much easier to transport and they don’t melt. Reminds me of a s’more with added peanuts! And I love any dessert that you can prep in advance and then slice into bars for easy serving - even better when it tastes like summer camp like these rocky road bars!

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