30+ Healthy Lemon Dessert Recipe for Summer

Enjoy the light and tart taste of lemon with these summer desserts. Pair lemons with fruits like blueberries, berries, and coconut to make anything from pies and cupcakes to pavlovas. Recipes like Lemon Frozen Yogurt Ripieno and Blueberry-Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake are bright and delicious dishes that pair well with warm weather.

Lemon Ice Box Pie with Coconut-Graham Cracker Crust

Light and delicious, this Old Fashioned Lemon Ice Box Pie is easy to sweeten thanks to the coconut in the crust, which enhances the flavor and texture. For the best citrus result, use fresh lemon juice. Look for graham crackers made with 100% whole wheat flour to get the most fiber. See graham flour on the label? Good news – this is coarsely ground whole wheat.

Raspberry and lemon ricotta cake

This healthy pound cake recipe isn’t just delicious—it only requires one pan to make. For the best cake texture, make sure you beat the sugar and butter together long enough in Step 2 to look creamy – the time it takes to get there varies depending on the type of electric mixer you have. Serve it with brunch or along with an afternoon cup of coffee.

Corn cake, yogurt and lemon

Topped with fresh raspberries and lemon zest, this cake is a lovely dessert that you’ll be proud to serve at special meals.

Raspberry and Lemon Muffin

Blueberries and lemon are a natural combination in these light and airy pancakes with brown sugar smoothies. If you like an extra lemon flavor, use lemon extract instead of vanilla. These pancakes are best with fresh blueberries, but you can substitute frozen berries for it. Do not thaw before stirring them into the mixture.

Lemon yogurt iced ribeye

Lemon lovers will love the bright flavor of this refreshing creamy dessert. To make it extra special, serve it in an iced lemonade glass! You can use the juice from the lemon cups to make your own frozen yogurt or keep it on hand to enjoy later.

Lemon fluffy

These healthier lemon cookies are made using whole-wheat pastry flour and get their tangy flavor from fresh lemon zest and juice rather than lemon extract. This lemon cake recipe will be the perfect accompaniment to afternoon tea.

Mini blueberry-lemon cheesecake

Mini Muffin-Tin Cheesecake Recipe is a delicious and healthy dessert in the perfect cute size. If making a dozen by a dozen seems like overkill, the recipe can easily be cut in half. If you’re avoiding gluten, use a gluten-free graham cracker to make the crust.

Lemon and blueberry bars

Photographer: Bree Bassano Styling / Annie Probst / Holly Ribeks

Sweet and crunchy, these satisfying bars are great for dessert, as an on-the-go snack, or as a treat tucked into a kid’s brown lunch bag. Plus, it’s packed with everyone’s favorite antioxidant superfood: blueberries.

Lemon squares

Lemon squares are very tasty, but classic lemon square recipes tip the scales on calories and saturated fat. This healthy lemon squares recipe provides 200 calories and more than 5 grams of saturated fat per lemon square. For variety, use lemon juice instead of lime juice.

Lemon brownies

A double dose of lemon juice and zest brings a tangy, tangy flavor to these easy brownies. It’s the perfect dessert for any holiday or special occasion – or when you just need a little something to brighten your day.

Light lemon pie

Smooth and comfortable. A classic pie that’s great even to the crust, redefined with plenty of lemon and fewer egg yolks in the filling.

Whipped and frozen lemonade

Frozen Lemonade Blends the texture of a milkshake with the thirst-quenching flavor of fresh lemonade for an incredibly refreshing treat. This simple frozen lemonade treat comes with four ingredients and a blender. You can use light coconut milk or refrigerated coconut milk instead of full-fat coconut milk, though the end result won’t be as rich and creamy.

Mini Muffin-Tin-Lemon-Raspberry Cheesecake

Jason Donnelly

Cream cheese and lemon mix with raspberries and a drizzle of vanilla in a mini cheesecake muffin. This easy recipe is perfect for brunch or anytime you need a nice dessert to feed a crowd.

Lemon and raspberry poke cake

Jacob Fox

This lemon and raspberry poke cake is tender and light. Holes are drilled into the cake after baking to allow the sweet, tangy glaze to seep through.

Lemon cake with strawberry and coconut cream

Johnny Autry

Make sure your tube pan is free of any grease or flour – the batter for this homemade angel food cake needs to be able to climb up the sides of the pan as it bakes to maintain its structure. Read more about Kristin Hartke’s love of baking.

Lemon pavlova

This adorable dessert from New Zealand (and Australia) was created in honor of famous ballerina Anna Pavlova when she visited the Southern Hemisphere. Our version makes a delicious combination of crunchy meringue and velvety curd. Meringue is somewhat brittle – expect it to crack and crumble a bit when cut into individual portions. For best results, avoid making the meringue on a wet or rainy day. Excess moisture in the air may prevent it from drying and crunching properly.

This high-protein blueberry lemonade muffin is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up

Photographer: Morgan Hunt Glaze, Prop Designer: Julia Bayless, Food Designer: Lev Dansky

Cottage cheese is the main secret ingredient in this amazing cake. While the flavor of the cheese softens the fruit, adding the cheese adds protein and keeps the cake moist. The tart flavor of lemon is balanced by sweet blueberries. Enjoy a slice of this cake for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Or try sautéing and tossing them into a bowl of cream cheese or yogurt.

Lemon and raspberry cake

Sonia Puzo

This oh-so-easy and chewy lemon and raspberry dump cake tastes like a cobbler, but with a cake instead of a cookie layer. Raspberry and lemon work well together, but any berry will work well here.

Lemon and blueberry cream

Bree Bassano

A gentle cream for everyone, regardless of dietary restrictions. This dairy-, lactose-, and added-sugar-free version requires just five ingredients, including cold water, and is whipped together as fast as the blades on your food processor can spin. It’s bright with blueberries and the creaminess of banana, making for a simple and easy dessert with a good dose of dietary fiber — how much more could you ask for than a delicious frozen summer dessert?

Raspberry, lemon and ricotta cupcake

Caitlin Pencil

These blueberry and lemon muffins are so light and delicious, it’s hard to eat just one! The blueberries explode in your mouth and the glaze gives an extra boost of sweet lemon flavour. Serve these easy cupcakes at an adult birthday party, wedding, or brunch.

Berries with lemon cream

Mixing vanilla yogurt and low-fat cream cheese creates a topping that’s as virtuous as it is delicious. Any fresh berries can be used in this recipe.

Lemon tart for two

Meringues can only be made a mile high if the egg whites, bowl, and beaters are at room temperature.

Pavlova with Meyer lemon curd and citrus salad

William Dickey

Meringue is so much fun to play with and can be spread out or made into many different designs. Here, we love a sleek, simple stack with a bit of a natural swoosh. You can draw a circle in the center of the parchment with a pen or marker to use as a guide when shaping; Just be sure to turn the parchment over so the pen doesn’t come in contact with the meringue. This pavlova recipe includes several ingredients that can be prepped in advance to make serving a breeze.

Vegan Lemon Cake

You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy vegan lemonade! It’s moist, flavorful, and lots of lemony, thanks to a combination of lemon juice and zest. A glaze made with lemon juice, sugar, and almond milk adds a sweet finish.

Gluten free blueberry and lemon donut

These delicious blueberry and lemon muffins use a blend of gluten-free flours that make them the perfect treat for anyone with a gluten allergy or sensitivity.

Lemon curd pie

If you like lemon bars, you will love lemon pie. Simple, sweet and tart, thanks to plenty of fresh lemon juice, this pie is the perfect after-dinner cleanse.

Lemon cheesecake bites

These creamy cheese and lemon bites are diabetic-friendly and guilt-free!

Lemon blondes and raspberries

Photographer/Bree Bassano, Food Stylist/Annie Probst

Made with whole wheat flour and a bright and refreshing blend of raspberry and lemon, these blondies provide a refreshing snack any time of day.

Mini lemon cord tart

Jennifer Causey

Curl up with these mini lemon curd pancakes! A sweet pressed graham cracker crust in a muffin tin contains a sweet and tangy lemon filling. This delicious, easy dessert is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or after dinner.

Blueberry and lemon ice cream cake

For a sweet and easy diabetic dessert, enjoy this Sour Cream Ice Cream Cake with Blueberries.

Lemon and blueberry cake

Bree Bassano

Got an extra box of vanilla cake mix? Use it to easily make a raspberry and lemon dumpling cake! A layer of baked blueberries with lemon cake on top. With only 10 minutes of active time, this cake is perfect for busy nights or casual get-togethers.

Mini cupcakes with lemon and berries

Photographer: Jane Causey, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors-Hall

These light and fluffy mini cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are lemon flavored and have raspberry colored frosting. Make these easy cupcakes as a brunch or birthday dessert. Make it even more fruity with plump fresh raspberries on top.

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