These fruit desserts showcase all the best ways to make fruit into a sweet treat, from easy strawberry crisp to our award winning peach pie.
Are you a fruit dessert person or a chocolate dessert person? Over here, Alex is the fruit dessert person and I’m the chocoholic. But the older I get, the more I appreciate the subtlety and nuanced flavors that fruit desserts have to offer. Also, there’s something so special about the fruit of the season: like desserts you only make for a few weeks per year.
That’s the case with our Award Winning Peach Pie, a creamy, custardy pie featuring the juiciest ripe peaches the season has to offer. I grew up eating this pie, and my family idolizes it. Why? It’s so special to us because it’s only made a few times a year. But on those occasions? Pure heavenly peaches and cream bliss.
The fruit desserts in this list range from healthy desserts to total indulgences. Our strawberry crisp has vegan and gluten free options and is naturally sweet using maple syrup. And in contrast that award winning peach pie has all the butter, flour, and cream and is a total indulgence.
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No list of fruit desserts is complete without this Prize Winning Peach Pie! My great aunt Ruth once won a prize for this peach pie at her county fair. The contrast of the thick, creamy sweet custard with juicy ripe peaches and salty pastry crust is unlike any peach pie you've ever had. My mom has been making this peach pie for years and it's always a show stopper. In fact, in our family growing up we were allowed to lick our plates after peach pie. It's the ultimate revered family dessert!
Looking for fruit desserts to wow your friends? This easy blueberry crisp is everything: it’s simple to make, it’s got a healthy spin, and it tastes SO, so good. The filling is like eating pure blueberry. And guess what: there’s no sugar in the filling! The only sugar in the recipe is in the crisp topping, but it’s the perfect amount of sweetness: just enough so that the blueberries shine but not so much that you have to brush your teeth immediately afterwards. What really puts it over the edge is the lavender — it’s optional, but adding a little crushed culinary lavender steps it up to a new level.
This strawberry shortcake recipe. Friends, it’s got the “it” factor. It’s that just-sweet-enough, spongy cake with sweet summer berries you’d imagine relishing on a porch swing in the heat of the day, or savoring on a lazy summer night. It’s something for summer birthdays, July 4, picnics, and cookouts. This one uses Greek yogurt to keep it moist, and turbinado sugar as a crunchy topping. And the strawberries are mixed with a bit of balsamic vinegar to bring out the sweet tang.
First up in our best fruit desserts: Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp! Growing up, my family had a massive rhubarb plant in our backyard. Every year my mom would harvest the pink-ish green stalks and make a rhubarb crisp. And man, was it heavenly! It reminded me of a watermelon jolly rancher, neon pink and intensely sweet tart. Here’s a take on that crisp, this time a healthy strawberry rhubarb crisp made with maple syrup and a pure oat topping. It’s naturally sweet, naturally gluten free, and has a vegan option. And most importantly naturally SO darn good.
The great thing about this fruit dessert is that it takes about 10 minutes to put together with no advanced planning! Enter bananas foster, that romantic dessert recipe you think you can only get in a restaurant: but it's actually easy to make at home. The bananas foster sauce is made with butter, brown sugar, and spices. Then rum is added and lit on fire until it burns off and the sauce becomes thick and gooey! Serve bananas foster with vanilla ice cream or our homemade whipped cream and it’s a little bit of heaven.
This cherry cheesecake is ultra creamy but has a healthier spin! Alex and I love to lighten up traditionally rich desserts, and cheesecake is one of the richest there is. This one is still decadent tasting, but uses Greek yogurt to add creaminess instead of the traditional cream or condensed milk. It also is a crustless cheesecake, meaning fewer overall calories — you don’t even miss it because the filling is that creamy! Top it off with your favorite fruit: here cherries bring a fresh bright flavor and the perfect decoration.
This is really, the BEST peach cobbler. Man, is it a showstopper! Imagine: cinnamon-spiced, ripe and tangy peaches, covered in delightfully flaky ricotta biscuits. Because my mom has such a stunning peach pie recipe, I’m a little picky about peach cobbler. No canned peaches or boxed topping here! Luckily, this peach cobbler absolutely holds up to the hype and is a new family favorite.
Here's one of the most stunningly beautiful fruit desserts: an upside down cornmeal cake! The jewel-toned oranges against the yellow cornmeal is seriously striking, and it's the most moist, flavorful cornmeal cake we’ve ever had. The fennel adds just the right amount of complexity and pairs well with the lightly moist cake. And the thin orange slices come out perfectly sweetened, almost tasting like a candied orange.
This fruit dessert came from a challenge: to create a healthy version of a strawberry yogurt pie. You know, the one made with Cool Whip, strawberry yogurt, and graham cracker crust? Get ready, because this all natural strawberry yogurt pie is even better than the original! It's made with organic whole milk yogurt and real strawberries, and the entire pie is naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup. Instead of graham crackers, the oatmeal cookie crust is made of oats and cinnamon. It's become a fan favorite!
And to round out this list of all star fruit desserts: fruit and chocolate, of course! Chocolate and cherries are the perfect combination, and we dreamed up this rustic cherry galette to feature them both. A galette is a rustic pie: “rustic” meaning no pie plates or crimping needed. Instead, simply roll out the dough, spread on the filling, fold over the crust, and bake. (For a standard pie, here’s our homemade pie crust recipe.) And the flavor? It’s out of this world. Our friend's 7-year-old daughter called it “spectacular!” -- which is the best compliment we could imagine.
Looking for more fruit desserts?
We’ve got lots more where those came from! Here are a few more of our favorite fruit desserts starring beautiful, ripe and juicy fruit:
- Chocolate Cherry Dessert Bites
- No-Bowl Applesauce Cake
- Granola Instant Pot Apple Crisp
- Mint Syrup with Peaches
- Berry Banana Ice Cream
- Acai Bowl Popsicles
- Easy Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake
- Poached Pear Recipe with Pecan Granola
- Apple Galette Recipe with Pomegranate
- Blackberry Vegan Cheesecake Bites
- Blood Orange Granita Recipe
- Mini Apple Pies
- Five-Spice Baked Pears
- Easy Blueberry Cobbler
- Chocolate Peach Shortcake
- Basil & Strawberry Popsicles
- Strawberry Cornbread Cake
- Angel Food Cupcakes
- Simplest Strawberry Tart
- Rhubarb Crisp Recipe
- Berry Brownie Yogurt Parfait
- Baked Bananas with Toasted Coconut
- Lemon Gelato
- Skillet Apple Cobbler
- 80 More Fruity Desserts
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.