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.
Looking for fruit desserts to wow your friends? This easy fruit crisp can be made with any summer fruit you like! It’s simple to make, it’s got a healthy spin, and it tastes SO, so good. The filling is like eating pure blueberry (or whatever fruit you choose!). It's truly a stunning recipe you'll make again and again!
This strawberry shortcake recipe: it’s got the “it” factor. It’s those tender biscuits 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 buttermilk for tang and richness, and the sweet berries are mixed with a little balsamic vinegar to add a zing.
First up in our list of fruit desserts: that old classic, apple pie! This really is the best apple pie recipe. The crust is perfectly buttery and crisp, woven into a rustic lattice. It's brushed in a maple glaze that dries into a sparkly topping. And the interior is filled with tender apples, perfectly spiced with cinnamon and fresh ginger. It's a true stunner!
This apple crumble is as easy as can be: and it's perfect for a crowd! It makes a big 9 x 13 pan of cozy tangy apples and crunchy oat topping. If you're cooking for vegan and gluten-free diets, try this Vegan & Gluten Free Apple Crumble.
Want an easier fruit dessert? Look no further than these sauteed apples! There’s no baking necessary, and no advanced preparation. Just slice up some apples, saute them in butter and spices, and bam! Eat it warm topped with vanilla ice cream, and there’s really not much better. In fact, why even make apple crisp or apple pie at all?
Here’s a favorite fruit dessert that’s simple, healthy, and ultra delicious: chocolate covered bananas! Now, this concept it not new or revolutionary: but it's absolutely perfect for a sweet treat craving. The crunch of a crisp dark chocolate coating around an icy banana makes magic. Store this healthy treat in the freezer anytime a chocolate craving hits.
No list of fruit desserts is complete without this prize winning peach pie! Yes, my great aunt Ruth 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. It's the ultimate revered family dessert!
This easy blueberry cobbler is totally classic and seriously tasty! The “magic” thing about this blueberry recipe is that when baking it, the blueberries sink from the top of the dough to the bottom and a crust forms neatly over the top. It's a lovely crisp golden brown on the top and gooey on the inside. Served with melty vanilla ice cream it's a total treat.
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. Here’s a take on that crisp, all about carefree summer days. It just tastes really, really homey and satisfying. Some strawberry rhubarb crisp recipes call for boat-loads of sugar: for this one, there's just enough. It results in a sweet tart crisp that’s seriously nostalgic.
The great thing about this fruit dessert is that it takes about 10 minutes to put together with no advanced planning! Bananas foster is that romantic dessert recipe you think you can only get in a restaurant--but it's actually easy to make at home! The 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 buttery!
This cherry cheesecake is ultra creamy, with a secret healthier spin! It tastes decadent, but it uses Greek yogurt to add creaminess instead of the traditional cream or condensed milk. It's also crustless! That means 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! Cinnamon-spiced, ripe and tangy peaches are covered in delightfully flaky ricotta biscuits. 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 a stunningly beautiful fruit dessert: 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 you'll have. The fennel adds just the right amount of complexity and pairs well with the lightly moist cake. The thin orange slices come out perfectly sweetened, almost tasting like a candied orange.
You know the yogurt pie made with Cool Whip, strawberry yogurt, and graham cracker crust? Get ready, because this strawberry frozen yogurt pie is even better than the standard! 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.
Here's a classic fruit dessert: blueberry cake! This one is a round cake, fluffy and moist, and it’s topped with a layer of purple-blue ripe blueberries. It’s lightly sweet and has a hint of lemon. Made with olive oil, Greek yogurt and applesauce, it tastes light and fresh instead of indulgent. This means you could serve it as a blueberry breakfast cake, or turn around and serve it for dessert with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly grease an 8-inch pie plate or a cast-iron skillet.
Make the filling: In a large bowl, toss together the fruit, vanilla, lemon juice, arrowroot and salt until well coated. Transfer the filling to the prepared pie plate.
Make the topping: Wipe out the bowl, then chop the butter into small pieces and add it to the bowl, with the oats, coconut sugar, almond flour, vanilla, and salt. Pinch it all together with your fingertips until it forms a shaggy, sandy dough. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the filling.
Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the filling bubbles and the topping is golden brown. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes.
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.