The Fourth of July is of course all about celebrating Independence and the Birth of America, but fireworks and barbecues are all part of the celebrating--and dessert is always a special part of any celebration! How about making some of these Healthy Fourth of July Desserts part of your celebration this year?
One of the nice things about the Fourth of July, is it's right in the middle of summer so most people in the US are able to celebrate by being outdoors. And summertime is also the time when fruits are in season, making it easier to grace your dessert table with the natural sweetness of fruit instead of refined sugar.
Berries are a fantastic compliment to this holiday due to their intense red and blue colors, of course. But these healthy desserts aren't just for the Fourth. I'm sure you'll be tempted to make these amazing Fourth of July Treats all year--and not just in the summer!
All of the recipes featured here are gluten-free and refined sugar-free, and have no artificial colors either. Who needs them when you have all this gorgeous natural color from the fruits themselves!
Healthy Fourth of July Desserts
Following are an amazing assortment of Gluten-free Fourth of July Desserts--many are paleo, all are dairy-free, or have dairy-free options, and all are easily done low-carb.
For more details on special diet options, see the notes following the luscious desserts.
And as a prelude to the sweet patriotic goodies, try some of these Healthy Fourth of July Recipes on for size!
Easy & Healthy Fruit Dessert Pizza
Homemade Fruit Popsicles for the Fourth of July
Whipped Coconut Pudding
No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake Bars
3-Ingredient Strawberry Sage Popsicles
The Best Paleo Blueberry Pie
Healthy Chocolate Fruit Dip
Paleo Sheet Cake
Gluten-free Oatmeal Cake
Paleo Strawberry Shortcake
Superfood Berry Popsicles
Red, White, & Blue Patriotic Popsicles
Silky Smooth Bean Fudge
Paleo No-Bake Raspberry Cream Pies
Citrus Drizzle Cake
Berry Swirl Frozen Yogurt Bark
Red, White, and Blue Watermelon Pizza
No-Bake Vegan Lemon Berry Cheesecake Cups
Raw Strawberry Pie
Healthy Berries and Coconut Chia Seed Pudding
Grain-Free Red, White, and Blue Fruit Tart
Keto Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble
Healthy Berry Crisp
Strawberry and Blueberry "Cheese-Like" Cake
Fresh Berries and Whipped Coconut Cream Tart
Key Lime Popsicles
Keto Berry Parfait
Layered Watermelon Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting
No-Bake Red, White, and Blue Flag Cookies
Grain-Free Fresh Berry Cake
Special Diet Notes:
Low Carb Options: if a crust is higher carb, you can adjust it to make it lower carb by using another crust, such as the one in this post.
Also, if you need to eat lower carb you can use a low carb sweetener as an alternative.
Dairy-free: If you are dairy-free, and a recipe calls for yogurt or milk, just sub in dairy-free milk and coconut milk yogurt or another dairy-free yogurt. Cream cheese can be replaced with a vegan cream cheese alternative like the homemade version in this post.
Egg-free: If a recipe calls for eggs and coconut flour (there are only a few of those), it will be tough to make it without eggs, but you could sub in almond flour for the coconut flour and attempt a conversion. I haven't worked out how to do this yet but will try to do it and update with that later.
AIP: Some of the recipe here are easily converted to AIP. If a recipe calls for flour, you could use Tiger Nut Flour or Cassava Flour. For sweeteners, stick to honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar. For egg, use a gelatin egg substitute or another acceptable alternative, and for nut flours, you can try the cassava or tiger nut flours, making appropriate substitutions as outlined in this post, but you will need to do the reverse.
I can't guarantee how the AIP recipes will turn out, since that's a lot of alterations, but they are worth trying for sure. And if you're like me, perfection isn't necessary. I just want something good and healthy to eat!
With all of these great options to choose from, it will be hard to make just one!
Which of these Healthy Fourth of July Desserts is your favorite?