Fruit can be sweet, tart, or tangy, but always tasty. So it makes sense to incorporate fruit into a dessert. Plus, it must make the dessert healthier, right? Well, not exactly.
It certainly makes it easier to convince yourself that it is, though!.
Fruit desserts are often lighter alternatives that are ideally suited to add a dose of deliciousness and a hint of freshness to a summer’s day. Or maybe you just want to enjoy the wonderful variety of flavors fruit can bring to cakes, ice creams, or pastry tarts.
Whatever your reason for wanting to enjoy them, you will find a fantastic variety of fruity treats to try on this fruit recipe dessert list.
1- Strawberry-Rhubarb Buckle
Ever heard of a buckle dessert? It’s an old-fashioned single-layer cake recipe that features cut-up fruit in its batter. The fruit creating the ‘buckled’ appearance in this particular batter is strawberry and rhubarb.
The batter is made from simple ingredients like sugar, flour, eggs, and baking soda and flavored with some lemon zest and vanilla extract.
Then cut strawberries and partially poached rhubarb are simply folded into the batter before baking. Finished off with a crumble topping, this dessert is full of wonderfully tart tastes and textures.
Whether serving it up with a syrup made from rhubarb, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream, you’ll not regret discovering the beauty of buckles.
2- Homemade Strawberry Shortcake
When it comes to desserts with fruit, strawberry shortcake is one of the more recognizable and well-loved options out there.
This homemade recipe gives you the perfect mix of juicy strawberries, sweet biscuits, and whipped cream.
It’s surprisingly simple and well worth the effort.
You’ll need some sugar and delicious strawberries and heavy cream and vanilla extract for the whipped cream. For the sweet, crumbly biscuits, flour, cold butter, sugar, and buttermilk are mixed into a dough and baked.
Then it’s just a case of assembling everything into a classic shortcake stack for a delightful fruit dessert to be enjoyed by all.
3- Fresh Fruit Icecream
Do you love a bit of ice cream as a dessert? Who doesn’t? With this simple recipe, you can create refreshing ice cream and customize it to include your favorite fruits.
You just need a handful of ingredients and a bit of mixing.
You’ll need to combine sweetened condensed milk, half-and-half, heavy cream, and the mashed fresh fruit of your choosing.
You can add food coloring, too, if you want your ice cream to pop with colors representing your chosen fruits. Then put the mix in the freezer for several hours, and you’re done!
There are lots of different flavors to create. Peach, strawberry, banana, or raspberry gives you just a few ideas. So many delicious ice creams are waiting to be tried.
4- French Apple Cake
A fruit dessert inspired by a French recipe. That must be complicated, right? Not this scrumptiously simple apple cake recipe. Its moist sponge is full of buttery rum flavors and sweet chunks of apple.
The apples should be of the baking variety. Tart choices like Granny Smith or Pink Lady will do nicely. The apple chunks are folded into a batter made of flour, eggs, sugar, butter, and shots of dark rum.
Then just bake in the oven. See? Simple.
This cake is delicious enough when served warm on its own, but a bit of whipped cream or ice cream won’t hurt the dessert experience either. Scrummy!
5- Easy Fruit Tart
Fresh fruit desserts don’t get much better than a fruit tart, with its light crust, creamy filling, and fabulous fruit topping.
Well, how about if it’s easy to make too? Yes, that’s even better.
You just need simple ingredients like flour, butter, and almond or vanilla extract for the crust. After this is baked and ready, it can be filled with a divine mix of heavy cream, mascarpone cheese, cream cheese, and lemon extract.
The fun comes with the fruit topping!
This recipe uses slices of strawberries, mandarins, and a scattering of berries like blackberries and raspberries. You can choose to use whatever favorite fresh fruits you like, however, and create a tasty tart everyone is sure to love.
6- Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
If you’re looking for fruit dessert recipes that remove the guilt from your sweet treats, these oatmeal bars are ideal. The healthy strawberry oatmeal bars are addictively appetizing and only 100 calories each!
Unsurprisingly you’ll need oats and some small-diced strawberries. The oats are mixed with flour, sugar, ground ginger and unsalted butter then layered in a pan with the strawberries.
Once baked and cooled, they can be eaten with or without the addition of a sweet vanilla glaze.
Either way, these crunchy, buttery oatmeal bars are sweet and satisfying as a dessert or yummy snack.
7- Easy Fruit Pizza
Are you a fan of easy fruit desserts? Then this fruit pizza recipe is just what you need. Fruit pizzas are a delicious dessert that is ideal to share with friends and family. It looks fabulous too!
This particular recipe is made simpler by the use of a roll of Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough. Just press this into the bottom of a pan to bake.
Once cooled, cover it with a beaten mix of cream cheese, arrange the fruit on top, and brush it with some apple jelly. Simple!
You can choose whatever fruit you please for the topping and have fun playing with flavors, colors, and different designs. Get creative!
8- Fruit Trifle
One of the commonly known ingredients for a trifle is fruit, so it comes as no surprise that a fruit trifle will make it onto this list.
This fruit trifle recipe will include layers of fresh whipped cream, angel food cake, and vanilla pudding along with the fruit.
Purchased instant pudding and angel cake will make this recipe simpler, and you can even opt for different flavors to create different trifle variations.
You’ll also need heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, and sugar for the whipped cream. Then layer everything into a big bowl along with your preferred choice of fresh fruit.
This is a dessert bursting with fresh flavors and a variety of tasty textures. Imagine dishing out big spoonfuls of this trifle at a party. It will be a big hit!
9- Fruit Pizza Cookies
Like the idea of a fruit pizza but in a cute, single-serve cookie form? This recipe is just what you need!
It is essentially the same as a fruit pizza recipe, with a baked base, cream cheese frosting, and fruit topping.
The base in this recipe is individual sugar cookies made from pastry flour, egg, sugar, and flavorings like lemon zest and vanilla extract.
Once the cookies are baked, simply cover them with a light and fluffy cream cheese frosting and finish them off with the fresh fruit of your choice.
This simple recipe creates ideal fruit dessert treats to be handed out at a gathering. Both nutritious and delicious, be sure to make enough!
10- Best Banana Cake
Some of the best fruit desserts have a delicious defining fruit flavor. This is the case with this beautiful banana cake recipe. As the name suggests, it’s simply the best!
The star flavor of this moreish sponge cake is banana. Along with mashed banana, buttermilk will give the sponge its moistness when mixed with flour, egg, butter, and sugar.
For a fabulous finish, it is topped off with a tangy cream cheese topping flavored with vanilla extract.
With a little mixing and baking, you will have a banana cake, so yummy, everyone will be asking for an extra slice.
11- Easy Pineapple Cake
If you want a cake with a more tropical fruit flavor, then this easy pineapple cake recipe is the one for you. It’s a simple sponge with a cream cheese topping. Yum!
You’ll need a standard flour, egg, and sugar sponge mix.
Then add crushed pineapple from a can, along with some of the juice. Bake the batter in the oven, then cover with cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla frosting.
For added moistness, you can even add butter or oil to the sponge mix. This recipe is so easy yet so delicious. Enjoy!
12- 3 Ingredient Pineapple Dessert
Luscious light desserts with fruit don’t come much simpler than this pineapple dessert recipe. Its name gives you a clue about the ingredient list. You only need 3!
The 3 ingredients in question are a can of crushed pineapple in juice, vanilla flavor instant pudding, and thawed whipped topping.
Mix everything together to create a smooth and tangy dessert. The only thing difficult in this recipe is waiting an hour for it to refrigerate before serving it.
Your patience will be rewarded. This is a sinfully simple recipe resulting in a delicious dessert.
13– Pineapple Dream Dessert
To finish up the pineapple trilogy of recipes on this list, we have a pineapple dream dessert. It’s dreamy because of its light pineapple cream cheese filling and buttery graham cracker crust.
You just need to quickly bake a graham cracker crumb and butter mix to make the base of this dessert.
Then beat cream cheese and butter together until fluffy before adding sugar and crushed pineapple.
For a final layer, a cool pineapple whip is added on top with a sprinkle of cracker crumbs.
This luscious dessert is best served after chilling for at least 4 hours. It’s creamy, tangy, and so tasty it will soon become one of your favorites.
14- Classic Marshmallow Fruit Dip
This particular recipe is less a dessert in itself and more a way to add enjoyment to eating fruit. It’s a classic marshmallow fruit dip that is so simple to make and requires only 3 ingredients.
You just need marshmallow creme, cream cheese, and vanilla extract. Beat the ingredients together until creamy, and that’s it! It’s ready!
You can have fun with the flavor of this dip and add orange juice concentrate, berry-flavored cream cheese, or spices like honey cinnamon or pumpkin spice.
Just dip in your favorite fruit and enjoy the thick and creamy texture that is sure to add an extra dose of deliciousness to your refreshing snack.
15- Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Despite its name, this sweet, strawberry dessert does not actually feature any salad. Disappointed?
Hardly. What you get instead is a dessert with a crunchy pretzel base, a cream cheese filling, and a strawberry jelly topping.
Crushed pretzels and butter are baked to make the base, and then a filling of mixed cream cheese, whipped topping, and sugar are spread on top.
Once this has been chilled, the fruity finish can be added. Gelatin is stirred with sweetened strawberries before being partially set and added to the filling.
This delightfully layered dessert looks as beautiful as it tastes and is sure to become a new family favorite. Who wouldn’t adore a jelly topping with a strawberry surprise within?
16- Fruit Scone
Scones are a beautifully baked treat traditionally served with a fruit jam and clotted cream.
This fruit scone recipe will give you an easy way to enjoy all this scrumptiousness in the comfort of your own home.
The scone dough is a mix of simple ingredients like flour, butter, milk, vanilla extract, and those crucial sultanas.
This dough is worked and folded until smooth, and then cut scone shapes are baked in the oven until golden. Easy enough, right?
These yummy scones are best eaten on the day of baking. Served with butter, jam, or clotted cream, they are a perfect addition to any afternoon tea or garden party.
17- No-bake Strawberry Cheesecake Lasagne
Cheesecake is a tried and tested dessert that is a favorite in many a household.
But what exactly is a cheesecake lasagne? It features a cookie layer, a cheesecake layer, a fruit layer, and a tasty topping. As an added bonus, this recipe doesn’t even require baking!
The ingredients for each layer are fairly simple. A chilled graham cracker crumb and melted butter crust. Then, cream cheese and whipped topping filling.
Next, a sliced strawberry layer is topped with another layer of whipped topping. These luscious layers are chilled and then can be topped with extra strawberries, cracker crumbs, or even candy bars.
Who knew a lasagne could make such a delicious dessert?
18- Peach Cobbler
A peach cobbler is an undoubtedly tasty traditional dessert, but is it difficult to make? Not if you follow this straightforward and scrumptious recipe.
Peaches are the obvious star ingredient of this recipe, but you don’t have to wait for them to be in season. Canned peaches can be used here too!
In addition to peaches, you’ll need butter, flour, milk, and baking powder for the batter. Pour the batter over butter melted into a baking dish, and then spoon the peaches over this layer.
Finish with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and then bake in the oven. Easy! This cobbler is a deliciously comforting fruit dessert. Serve it warm from the oven with a dollop of ice cream. Perfect!
19- Lemon Curd Tart
How do you give a tartan an even more tasty, tangy flavor? Use a luscious lemon curd filling!
This lemon curd tart recipe will give you an impressive-looking fruit dessert with only 30 minutes of prep time.
All you need to do is create a lovely light crust with a baked mix of butter, flour, and sugar. The filling itself just requires sugar, cornstarch, butter, egg yolks, lemon zest, and lemon juice to be mixed and heated until thickened.
Then just pour this into the crust and leave it to cool. Job done!
You can top this gorgeous tart with a decoration of berries and serve it up with whipped cream. Sweet, neat, and delicious to eat!
20- Banana Cream Pie Lush
A list of fruity dessert recipes wouldn’t be complete without the mention of a lush. What is a lush, you may ask?
It’s a layered dessert featuring a crust, a creamy flavored filling, and a whipped cream topping. Pure indulgence!
This particular lush dessert emulates a banana cream pie. A buttery drop cookie crust makes the base. A layer of beaten cream cheese and whipped topping is added. Then a layer of banana slices.
A layer of banana flavor instant pudding mix whisked with milk is next, followed by another whipped topping layer. Lush indeed!
This lovely lush can be topped with crushed cookies or extra banana slices. However it is served, its soft and creamy layers are certain to be treasured.
21- Homemade Danish Dessert
Ever tried a Danish dessert? Maybe it’s time you do. This recipe features a fruit-flavored pudding that can be served as a dessert itself or as a fruity filling for another dessert.
For this fruit glaze, all you need is a Kool-aid packet, sugar, corn starch, water, and some sliced berries. The berry flavor chosen is up to you, although strawberry or raspberry is recommended.
Everything is mixed and heated until thickened, and cut berries are added, then allowed to cool.
Whether you eat it in a bowl with whipped cream as a thick, fruity dessert or put it aside to use in a pie, this yummy danish dessert recipe will come in handy again and again.
22- Strawberry Cheesecake Lush
A lush with the juicy, creamy deliciousness of a strawberry cheesecake? Yes, please! No baking is needed either. Just a lot of mixing.
This recipe consists of a yummy crushed oreo and butter biscuit base. Next comes a layer of cream cheese and cool whip.
This is followed by a layer of pudding mix combined with milk and a more cool whip. Then comes the layer of sliced strawberries and one more layer of cool whip.
It’s another gorgeously sweet and creamy lush dessert, this time with strawberry at its focus. Better stock up on some cool whip!
23- Chocolate Banana Bundles
While fruit is an undeniably fantastic ingredient in any dessert, it’s hard to argue against the inclusion of chocolate. When combined with fruit, chocolate just adds that little extra dose of decadence.
This banana bundle recipe acts as a delicious drizzle.
Halved bananas are coasted in melted butter and brown sugar before being wrapped in puff pastry.
These bundles are baked in the oven and then drizzled with chocolate. So yummy!
You can try these beautiful banana bundles with ice cream or eat them warm from the oven.
Either way, they will become an addictive dessert treat. You’ve been warned!
24- Chocolate Covered Strawberries
The most simple of all fruity dessert recipes is also the most desired. Is there anything that sounds more appetizing than chocolate-covered strawberries?
Not much. For this dessert, you need the basics. Strawberries and chocolate.
Semi-sweet dark chocolate and white chocolate are individually melted. Then strawberries are dipped into the dark chocolate before being drizzled with the white chocolate.
You’ll have to use all your self-control to wait until the chocolate sets before you try them.
It’s definitely worth making more of these than you need, as you’ll end up treating yourself to too many of them before they get the chance to be offered to others. Chocolate-covered strawberries are truly that scrumptious!
25- Lemon Lush Recipe
If you want a lush dessert with a tart freshness, look no further than this lemon lush recipe. It’s a layered lemon delight!
It has a shortbread crust as a baked base with added chopped pecans. The cream cheese layer is flavored with lemon juice before an instant lemon pudding layer is added.
The final layer is a whipped cream of powdered sugar and heavy cream.
After a bit of baking, mixing, and layering, you’ll have a tangy triumph that will be welcome on any lush dessert recipe list.
26- No-bake Cherry Cheesecake
We’ve had a cheesecake lush and lasagne on the list. Now you can enjoy this cherry version of a more classic no-bake cheesecake recipe.
It has a simple, chilled graham cracker crust. The filling is a decadent mix of cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and whipped topping.
The star of this recipe, though is the can of cherry pie filling, which is used as the topping.
This tart topping balances wonderfully with the light, fluffy filling and crumbly, buttery base. It makes for a magnificently moreish mouthful of dessert. Just give it a try!
27- Cherry Crunch Cake
Do you like a bit of a crunch in your dessert? You’re in luck! This cherry crunch cake is the tart and crumbly answer to your dessert prayers. It’s also enticingly easy to make.
A can of cherry pie filling is once again a focal ingredient.
Pour this into a baking dish and cover it with the crumbly combination of packaged white cake mix and butter.
Bake in the oven, and that’s it. Really! All finished! Just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s not completely scrumptious. Why not give it a go? You won’t regret it.
28- Cherry Pretzel Dessert
The trio of cherry desserts covered on this list is finished with a yummy cherry pretzel dessert recipe. And yes! You guessed it! It does feature a can of cherry pie filling as an ingredient.
It also has a baked crushed pretzel and butter crust with a vanilla pudding mix, condensed milk, and whipped topping filling.
Once these two layers are ready, simply top them with the cherry pie filling.
This recipe can easily be changed up by using different fruit toppings like blueberries or strawberries.
Whatever you choose, it will be a fresh and fluffy fruit dessert that is certain to satisfy your sweet tooth.
29- Watermelon Icecream
If you like a recipe with a simple ingredient list, you’re not going to do any better than this watermelon ice cream. All you need is watermelon and canned coconut milk.
That’s it! You can throw this dessert together in 10 minutes.
Blend frozen watermelon until smooth, and then add the coconut milk. You can also use yoghurt or sweetened condensed milk instead. Blend the two ingredients together until they are smooth, and then freeze for a few hours.
You can serve this mix as ice cream or use it in molds to create popsicles.
This is a refreshing and healthy fruit dessert option that skimps on the calories but not on the flavor. Enjoy the guilt-free treat!
30- Lemon Pudding Dessert
Creamy, fluffy lemon desserts are luscious and light. This lemon pudding dessert is no different. It’s super simple too which is always a plus.
All you need is some cold butter and flour to make a crumbly, baked crust. Then add a layer of cream cheese and whipped topping for a creamy filling.
Top this with an instant lemon pudding mix combined with whole milk for a refreshing cake layer.
You can finish this off with another addition of whipped topping for an extra-smooth finish or switch your base for a graham cracker crust.
Whatever your modifications are, they won’t detract from the scrumptious result!
31- Banana Pudding
This pudding embraces the beautiful flavors of banana along with the creamy textures of a cream cheese filling and the light snap of vanilla wafers.
The cream cheese is combined with condensed milk and vanilla pudding mix. This is then thickened with whipped topping.
Vanilla wavers are used to line the bottom of a dessert dish, followed by a layer of sliced bananas.
The filling is poured on top and then chilled in the refrigerator.
It’s as simple as that!
It’s an easy recipe you can quickly throw together and leave to chill, so when you’ve finished your mains, a delicious fruit dessert is waiting to complete your meal perfectly!
31 Easy Fruit Desserts
- 1 can (20 oz) pineapple chunks, drained
- 1 can (15-1/4 oz) sliced peaches
- 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges, drained
- 2 large bananas, sliced
- 2 unpeeled red apples, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 c cold whole milk
- 3/4 c sour cream
- 1/3 c thawed orange juice concentrate
- 1 package (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
- Ensure the canned pineapple chunks, sliced peaches, and mandarin oranges are drained. Slice all the fruit into bitesize pieces, then mix them together in a large bowl.
- Make the fruit sauce by whisking the vanilla pudding mix, milk, orange juice concentrate, and sour cream together until smooth.
- Fold the fruit sauce gently into the mixed fruit. Once the sauce has been mixed in, cover the bowl.
- Before serving, leave the bowl to chill for up to 3-4 hours.