10 Pie Recipes for a Wholesome Summer season

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Pies are one of America’s most popular desserts and are a classic summer treat. There is nothing like a nice piece of cake to end a delicious BBQ dinner. Unfortunately, these summer favorites and epic Labor Day desserts are traditionally crammed with fat and sugar that can easily ruin your healthy intentions and your weight loss journey.

But don’t be discouraged! While store-bought cakes and traditional summer dessert recipes load you up with white flour, butter and sugar, our recipe developers are there Food system and The Leaf Weight Loss Blog have developed some diet-friendly options. Our healthy recipes will fill you up while keeping your healthy eating plans on track. These 10 summer cakes use simple swaps and healthy ingredients to brighten up some of your favorite summer desserts.

Here are 10 summer fruit cakes for a seasonal and filling sweet treat:

Nothing screams “summer” like a large piece of peach cake. Summer is peach season, and that means many tempting peach desserts will pop up – including some not-so-healthy ones. Fortunately, our healthy summer version of the peach cake uses a whole grain crust and a diet-friendly fruit filling with five cups of fresh peaches. No added sugar is required for this sweet treat! Peaches are high in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, which makes them a great addition to your healthy diet during the beach season. A slice of this peach cake has 170 calories and counts as a SmartCarb and two extras on the Nutrisystem plan.

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As they say, one apple a day keeps the doctor away – an old adage that may sound true, given that apples are associated with a lower risk of heart disease. But when apples are used in traditional cake recipes, their health value tends to be lost. Instead of burying apples in loads of sugar, this summer dessert recipe gets its sweet taste straight from the source – whole, delicious apples. It is a delicious treat that you can feel good about. A slice of this healthy apple pie contains only 147 calories and counts as a SmartCarb and two extras on the Nutrisystem plan.

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Where fruit cakes tend to go wrong is in the crust. Cake crusts (and pies) are usually filled with lots of butter. In addition, many fruit cake fillings contain added sugar. However, this lighter version of strawberry cake uses a simple cake crust made from graham crackers and just two tablespoons of butter plus an egg. It also contains a simple but delicious strawberry filling made from whole strawberries and a sugar-free gelatin blend. Get a healthy dose of superfood strawberries – known as a great source of fiber and vitamins – while indulging in a sweet treat. A slice of this summer cake has 132 calories and counts as a SmartCarb and Extra on Nutrisystem.

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Add these lovely blue pastries to your seasonal summer menu! This berry sprinkle looks like a gourmet dessert from your local bakery. However, don’t be fooled as it is extremely easy to do. The secret ingredients that make this recipe unique are chia seeds and oats, which make a satisfying yet smart piece of cake. One serving contains 138 calories and counts as a SmartCarb and an extra in the Nutrisystem program.

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Since summer is peach season, here’s another wonderfully peach-colored dessert recipe to try! While a light alternative, it tastes so much traditional cobbler that it might take you to a south porch. This version is made healthy by replacing the highly refined ingredients like white flour, white sugar, and butter with whole wheat flour, brown sugar, and just a touch of light butter. It’s a delicious and guilt-free summer dessert staple that has just 135 calories per serving. On the Nutrisystem plan, this Skinny Peach Cobbler counts as a SmartCarb and two extras.

Chocolate dessert recipe

When it comes to decadent, delicious, and healthy summer desserts, anything with the words “chocolate” or “mousse” tops the list. But most chocolatey summer cakes are also full of fat and calories. Fortunately, this light version has all the guilt free decadence. The secret ingredient for the creamy, silky goodness of a typical mousse pie in this recipe is none other than tofu! But if you weren’t the one making this dessert, honestly you would never know. Top it off with a cup of fresh raspberries for your antioxidant power too. A serving of this summer raspberry treat has only 157 calories and counts as a SmartCarb and a PowerFuel.

Strawberry Rhubarb

If you are looking for the perfect dessert for a picnic this is it! Sweet strawberries shine in this strawberry and rhubarb crumble that screams summer and sunshine. Forget about kneading and rolling out cake batter with this simple dish. Simply prepare the filling and top it with the stevia-sweetened and gluten-free streusel, it’s child’s play! One serving contains 185.9 calories and counts as a SmartCarb and two extras.

Hot air fryer raspberry crisp

Tired of turning on the oven? Do not worry about it! We cook a no-bake sweet treat that will keep you cool during the warm summer season. All you need is a hot air fryer to make that healthy dessert cake. Fresh raspberries are the star of the show in one of our favorite seasonal sweets. Topped with a crunchy crumble of oatmeal, walnuts, chia seeds and cinnamon, you don’t have to knead any dough for this easy recipe! With just 140 calories per serving, you can have it in yours NuMi diary as half SmartCarb, half PowerFuel and two extras.

Pretzel crust fruit cake

When it’s hot outside and the temperatures soar, who wants to knead cake batter? An airy summer cake is just the thing on hot summer days. We make a sweet and salty crust out of pretzels, butter and sugar, which we fill with whipped cream, lime zest and fresh fruit. Enjoy the cake season even on the hottest days with this cool Pretzel Crust Fruit Pie. Cool off while you dig in fruity flavors! One serving contains 177 calories and counts as a SmartCarb and three extras on Nutrisystem.

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While not a classic cake recipe, this sweet strawberry cake parfait deserves a spot on your summer menu. Quickly prepared no-bake pie recipes are absolutely welcome in the summer when nobody feels like heating the house with the oven or spending a lot of time in the kitchen. This easy-to-make, no-bake recipe gives you the taste of strawberry cake in a delicious parfait. It’s all about mixing up a few ingredients and then layering those tasty mixes. In addition to healthy whole strawberries, this summer dessert recipe also uses non-fat Greek yogurt that contains probiotics to support good gut health and boost your health and wellness goals! A parfait has 252 calories and counts as a SmartCarb, a PowerFuel and an extra in the Nutrisystem plan.

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